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Old Dec 3, 2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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Curious as to whether anyone has experience repairing the internal flash mechanism of an Olympus Camera? Currently, I am experiencing very poor picture quality when attempting to take photos indoors, relying on the camera's internal flash, in the auto mode. The indoorphoto's are extremely dark and the images are almost indiscernible.The flash does go off but suspect the intensity is not sufficient, in relation to the speed and f-stop.Do the flash units degrade over time and lose light intensity? The camera in question is a Camedia seriesthat is now more than5 years old. It is a great camera in all respects and functions perfectly, other than in auto/flash mode. There appears to be a bulb of some sort in the flash unit itself. Can replacement bulbs be obtained and is the repair something that can be atempted by a mechanically inclineuser? Olympus estimates the repair will cost $140. Thanks


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Old Dec 5, 2006, 10:46 PM   #2
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Just curious: you didn't state the model, but does your camera have a setting for fill flash? Have you checked your menus to be sure that the flash is at full power. Also check your exif data to see if the flash is listed in the data. It's probably broken, but be sure and check all the software settings for you camera.
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The camera in question is a Camedia C-3020 Zoom and all settings indicate utilization of the regular flash versusfill flash. The flash unit is firing but the overall intensity is not sufficient in auto mode , in relation to the shutter speed-aperature settings, for acceptable photos. The camera's original default settings have been restored to eliminate the possibility that an errant programming error wascausing the flash malfunction.
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