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Old Sep 26, 2010, 2:57 PM   #1
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Default Sony A300 flash problems

I've got a Sony A300 and I'm having some serious issues. I hope someone can help. When the camera is on Live View, most of the time the flash doesn't go off even when on the auto setting. However, when on the OVF setting the flash works as it is supposed to.

Am I an idiot, or is my camera malfunctioning . The green light is solid, not blinking and the flash symbol appears - but no flash sometimes even when it is very dark. But when the OVF setting is used, it works fine.

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Old Sep 30, 2010, 5:58 PM   #2
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Hopefully someone else would know for sure but I think your camera is malfunctioning. I just tried mine both ways & even made some changes in menu but the flash always worked when I was in auto.

Hope you find the solution!
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 5:59 PM   #3
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Are you sure the battery is fully charged?
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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... but no flash sometimes even when it is very dark....
Is the picture dark? In auto does the camera boost the ISO enough to not need the flash?

You are probably best to ask in the forum for your specific camera where folks might have read the manual (I assume you have read it) and have experience with that camera.
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I think JimC is on to it. It sounds to me as if the LCD is drawing enough juice from the battery to prevent the flash charging and firing as it should. If your battery has a weak cell, it could do this. If possible, try it with an AC adapter or a different battery.

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Old Oct 6, 2010, 3:17 AM   #6
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I had a heap of problems with my flash when i first got it, turns out the connectors on the flash were faulty, check that, as the info wont be getting through. Give them a clean and try again (also press your finger on the connectors and make sure they arent sticking and are bouncing back properly)
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...turns out the connectors on the flash were faulty, ...
altho your suggestion is good, it seems as if the OP was using the built-in flash.
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