Try resetting the camera. It is next to the battery release. I had a similar issue and posted help. No remedey. So, after praying about this issue, I was lead to power it down and eliminate all the power by taking out the battery push the power button and many others. I found the reset button pushed it and it is all working now. The praying for a solution was key. Praise Jesus. DRD
I had the same problem. My flash of DSC-F828 was not working. Just reset the camera and that will do the job. FOr resetting open the batery panel and there is a small reset hole. reset with a pen or pointed object.
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The flash may be broken.
If not these are the flash settings on the camera in case a different flash mode has been set accidently.
Set the mode dial to [camera icon], and press [up arrow] on the control button repeatedly to select a flash mode.
The flash mode has the following features.
No indicator (Auto):
The camera decides to use the flash based on lighting
conditions. The flash will be used when
there is not enough light or when shooting a
subject against a light source.
The flash will be used regardless of the amount of ambient light.
The flash will be used regardless of the amount of ambient
light. In this mode, the shutter speed is
slower under dark conditions, so you can
clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area.
Assuming that you haven't put the camera into a mode in which flash is disabled, either the charging capacitor or flash bulb is defective. It will have to be serviced so the appropriate part can be replaced.
You mean, you see the flash logo on the screen, indicating the flash is charged, and then the flash does not fire at all?
Or does the flash logo not appear on the screen?
If the flash does not charge, this could be, because the batteries are low. Or when it takes a very long time before the logo comes on, same reason.
If your camera is on automatic and you did not select flash off, the flash should charge, when you pop it up. The logo on the screen should come on, and when not enough light is available, the flash should fire when you press the button.
Everything in the camera can go defective, but the flash on your camera is made, to last at least as long as the rest of the camera. So make sure you are doing everything correct (like in the manual) before you think the flash is defect.
The manual is still online.
The problem is under the hotshoe plate. There are extremely small hols where the sensor for the internal flash are positioned. These sensors tell the camera when an external flash or some other accessory is mounted on the camera and not to open the internal flash. What happens is because the alignment of these hols is so precise and critical any amount of movement or minute partial of dirt can upset or stick these sensors.
What has happened is that when you removed your external flash the sensors did not reset because of dirt or misalignment so show the setting as if the external flash is still mounted and that's why the internal flash won't pop up.
How to fix it, well for a repair person it may be a simple fix by slightly loosening the hotshoe and cleaning the dirt from under it and realignment. It'll work again until it gets dirt in there again or misaligned. This is one area that Canon shouldn't have been so precise. I'm not suggesting you do this but when I had the same thing happen to one of my field cameras I took a hard plastic coffee cup and lightly started tapping on the edges of the hot shoe. After a few light taps around the shoe I the internal flash popped up. Once I finished my shoot I sent the camera to Canon to have the problem repaired properly. Repair and shipping to a Canon facility cost me $65.00 Canadian.
Look at arms on the top cover were you can put a external flash sometimes they are bent and the flash thinks there is a external flash and won't open. Also if you look under the right side of the hot shoe flash you will see a little white piece sticking up under the arm that recognizes an external flash sometimes it gets dirty, some alcohol and a qtip will solve this. If that doesn't help reset the camera to the original settings. Put the camera in P mode go into the main menu and clear the custom functions and the camera settings and then with your nails grab the flash cover and then use your other hand and press the flash pop up button. Alot of times residue will get in between the top cover and flash cover. Again use alcohol and a q-tip and clean everything under the flash real good. Sometimes the arm is bent under the flash, it should be straight and rest forward slightly if it is bent use a pair of pliers with no teeth and straighting back into place! If none of this helps could you take a pic of the top of the camera with the flash closed and open and maybe I can see what is going on!
Try doing a reset - press the "Mode" and "On/off" buttons together for a few seconds and you go back to factory settings. Sounds like you got into some funky mode, assuming everything else is working ok.
The S700 does NOT have a manual release for the flash to pop up, but it DOES have a spring already. DO NOT try to force it! Set the flash to "FORCE", leave your lens cap on and waste a shot to allow the flash hood to pop up. Reset your flash to the desired setting and now the flash is already open and ready for use without the delay and the startling effect it has when your concentrating on framing your shot. As for the other problem of no flash in any setting: Check your menus to see if you have the flash totally disabled, check your batteries, does the "charge indicating light" come on at all between shots? In RARE cases, the actual bulb that flashes may be burned out, or a component in the flash circuit itself,such as the capacitor, may have gone bad. Did the flash ever work? If under warranty, return for repair or replacement. There are NO user serviceable parts in these tiny cameras
You probably haven't changed the camera and/or flash back to TTL mode from wireless mode. Make sure they are both set to TTL, not commander mode and you should be fine. Note that the LCD on the flash will indicate which mode it is with a little graphic. On the D70 you had to switch between TTL and Commander mode to set it up to work using the built in flash as the commander, so you just have to switch back.