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Camera Flash is not working

I am having the camera for the last 1.5 years. For the last few months, the flash is not working even if we turn it on and also the image will be dark if the flash is on. Very rarely it works !!! The AF Illuminator is set as 'Auto'. Everything was working fine initially when I bought the camera. Please let me know what could be the solution for this ... Thanks in advance

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This kind of error requires a professional assistance. Please contact your nearest Authorized Sony Service for price estimate. The best possibble option for you is if this error is because of poor soldering/contact. Otherwise replacement of complete board SY-123 is too expensive. If you need more info please advice.

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Repair is not a DIY job, the camera must go to an authorised Panasonic service centre. But given that your camera is about eight years old now the repair is likely to cost more than the camera is worth. The part is fairly cheap (if still available), but it's the standard minimum labour charge which is the killer.

Also you'll be wise to consider that as the camera has passed it's six year maximum design life you may get it back only to find that something terminal like sensor failure is lurking just around the corner. It's a fact that very few digital cameras last as long as yours has, so it's arguable that you've had your money's worth from it.

The final option is to treat the camera as a write off and attempt a DIY fix which might actually get it to be useful again. You'll gain valuable experience either way and may actually effect a perfectly good repair.

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I hope that I've given you a few useful ideas and that you're able to soon get snapping again. Please don't forget to rate my answer.
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