As the title states, I need some assistance with a (sort of) broken camera flash. I have a Canon Powershot SX410 IS and my issue is that it doesn't like to flash. I thought for a long time the bulb itself was burnt out but I accidentally got it to flash the other day.What happened is, I needed a light for something and my camera was the closest thing next to me, so I flipped the flash up so the focus lamp would come on. I was shining the focus lamp where I needed to (pointing down) when all of a sudden the flash finally flashed after 30+ seconds of the shutter being pressed. I was only able to flash it one more time (also pointing down) using the same method the next day. I'm not sure what the issue could be, and I'm also not sure whether the orientation of the camera actually matters or if both instances just coincidentally happened while pointing down. The camera also dies when I attempt to get it to flash again.
Additionally, the icon does flash as if it’s charging yet I don’t hear it making noise.
Could the capacitor have gone bad where it won’t hold a charge? Additionally, maybe it’s not getting enough voltage in the first place. I’ll try and see if it works slightly better on a fresh charge, though I suspect the change will be minimal.
Edit: I uh, just discovered my camera has flash settings when you press D-pad right? I somehow didn’t know that .😂 Editing the settings doesn’t seem to have an effect on the flash working, however. And yes, it’s set to on.
In my experience, properly functioning cameras of that generation make very little if any noise while charging the flash.
I don't know. The fact the flash setting and icon appear probably confirm it isn't an issue the detecting when the flash is open. CHDK can show you the battery voltage. My SX710 with a reasonably charged battery (NB-6LH) drops from ~3.85 to ~3.7 volts while flash icon blinks to indicate charging.An aging battery will likely deliver less peak current, which could lead to longer charge times.
The manual (available as PDF from Canon) can be quite helpful. I don't mean this in a "LOL RTM NOOB!" way BTW, the exact expected behavior of the different buttons and UI elements is not always obvious, which can make it hard to understand whether it's functioning as intended or not.
My battery is pretty aged, though I don't think it should take 30+ seconds? Most of the time when I attempt to get it to flash, after about a minute or so of the flash "charging", it will shut the camera off and act as if the battery is dead, yet turning it back on after a few seconds will report that the battery is indeed full. This does not happen with anything else. The two times I did get it to flash it was after about 30 seconds.
So there's a chance that replacing the battery may make my flash properly function?
If I were to replace the battery, would any average battery on something like Amazon work or are 3rd parties generally to be avoided? Thanks for the help so far anyway too.
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