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Dark image....even using flash.

I'm having a problem with my Canon PowerShot A630 Digital Camera. In the Auto mode and other mode except Manual mode the result of my pictures are dark even i am using a flash? Please help me with this problem. Thank You.

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  • mjmaura Mar 18, 2008

    same problem here....the flash fires correctly but the image comes up dark. Nothing found in the settings file or menu.

  • tracyr321 Sep 02, 2008

    I have a Canon Powershot A630. I suddenly noticed a change where every single picture I take in auto mode is very dark no matter how bright it is outside. I followed some tips on other posts about checking settings, but can't find anything that could be changed to resolve this problem. If there is a way to fix this, I appreciate step-by-step instructions or does the camera just need to be repaired?

  • ckhogg Sep 16, 2008

    Same here. It worked perfectly fine for a few years, then all of a sudden, despite confirming correct settings on everything - multiple times, all pictures with flash are extremely dark. Stark contrast to what it should be.

  • RyansInFL Oct 03, 2008

    I also have this problem on A630 and have checked the settings. Is there any other solution if these are correct?

  • mycamerawoes Oct 26, 2008

    Yup, same thing here. Thought I'd messed something up one night taking outdoor dark photos so I reset everything back to original settings, but didn't seem to help problem. Flash may be going off just before shutter release which would be a problem but I don't know how to fix it. Love the camera otherwise for the most part. 

  • babaoriley7 Nov 07, 2008

    the Flash Sync is out of wack. From everything I've heard from different camera shops is that Canon would have to fix this. If your warranty is expired that would be a significant chunk towards the price of a new camera.

  • simonej Dec 22, 2008

    I have the same problem: even using flash, the picture is too dark now. The camera bought two Christmas's ago was working fine but in June 2008 began having a yellowish tinge to the indoor photos, seemed to work fine again in August 2008 indoors while we were on vacation, but then since October 2008 has been producing too dark photos even with flash. We've tried using nighttime setting but then the pictures are blurred. Any help would be much appreciated.

  • jana_h8 Jan 02, 2009

    Same problem here...after 1 year of great operation...dark exposures with flash in AUTO and SCN modes. Tried resetting to change. Somebody mentioned checking menu settings...which ones? If the flash is in fact "out of sync" is there any way to adjust?

  • svsk98bt Mar 16, 2009

    yea, have the same over here. worked fine till it started giving problems. In auto mode, flash and photo are out of sync. Manual modes things work fine. But its irritating to change setting every time for point n click camera.

  • jessoxina May 17, 2009

    Mine have the same problem.. any updates?



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That doesn't really answer the question. What settings are you checking? In our case, the problem happens in different settings not just the auto mode.

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Go to the menu & open setting file.properly check the settings of auto mode

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The problem here is likely the auto setting. Put it to sunny, clear day instead of indoor picture and you should be ok. Also, point it at neutral colored objects when you take the picture and allow it time to adjust by holding the button in partway before depressing it fully.
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