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I know this is a tractor forum, but there seems to be people here who know something about everything.

I have an older Canon PowerShot A710is digital camera. I think it was the second digital camera I ever purchased, and it worked great. It now has a problem. All functions work, except the flash. In any mode that has the flash set to auto, the camera will not focus and take a photo. If I go into any of the other modes (other than the full-auto mode) and turn the flash off, the camera will focus and take a photo. This would be an acceptable solution, except that in any situation other than full sunlight or a brightly lit room, the exposure time is so long that the photos are all blurred.

Anyone ever come across this issue before? I replaced the batteries, and tried resetting the camera, but no change. I wouldn't even care except the case is metal, and the camera is pretty robust other than this flash problem, so I would let my kids use it instead of one of the newer cameras.
 

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Is there an eye/sensor that controls the flash? If so, maybe it is dirty/needs cleaning. Just a wild guess
 

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No sensor that I can see. I remember on old 35mm cameras there was a light that came on when the capacitor that fires the flash was charged. I wish there was a similar indicator for this camera because I'm kind of thinking the flash circuit never thinks the flash is ready.

If I knew where to look I'd pull it apart and see if maybe it is as simple as a capacitor replacement. Oh well, maybe it will be going into the trash in another few weeks after I get sick of looking at it and don't come up with any other ideas.
 

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Is also possible that the strobe in the flash has burned out. Digital cameras will pop off a quick bursts of flashes before the shutter opens in order to set the exposure and focus. I'm not completely familiar with that camera but I know most DSLR's have a button that will trigger the flash with out the shutter button being pushed. My friends and I had tons of fun doing drive by flashings so to speak in the last photo class I took.

Here is the link to the manual if you don't have it.
 

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Andy,I did a little searching yesterday,and it seems that it may be pretty much toast. Not much you can obviously check other than the battery contacts. Are they OK (clean)?
 

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Thanks for the info guys! Yes, I have the manual.

Yes, the battery contacts are good.

It looks like it is heading to the great landfill in the mountain. Maybe I'll put it on fleabay for 99 cents with $5 shipping.

Anyone here want it?
 
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