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04-20-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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K200D misbehaving built-in flash

Hello everybody,

Just received a K200d today in the mail and popped in some new batteries to test it out before I left the seller feedback. Straight away this is some of the behavior I was experiencing.

I was set in portrait mode, all auto settings. I was testing the auto focus with the shutter button partially depressed. The auto focus started to kick in, but at the same time the built in flash popped up which is normal I'd say. The next part isn't. After the flash popped up and the shutter button still partially depressed, the flash started to intermittently 'flash' with a sort of electrical zapping sound on and off repeatedly for a few seconds. I released the button and then pressed it again. happened a second time. This all occurred without the shutter ever actuating. After more trial, the issue never presented itself again, and the flash worked perfectly as you would expect.

After my initial trials I wanted to see if i could make it happen again. I can.

Is this some type of feature that allows the camera to adjust the amount of flash/light needed for the photo prior to shutter actuation? Or is this a malfunction?

Any help or insight into this 'issue' is much appreciated to a newcomer on this helpful forum. (I'm new to dslrs aside from some classes back in high school).

Thanks!

04-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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That was the Paranormal Activity Detector, were you near a Graveyard ?

Really, just the autofocus pre-flash if there is not a lot of light. Supposed to help against Red Eye.( And temporarily blinds Zombies so you can get away )
You can turn it off in the menus.
If you don't have one, Download the manual from Pentax . Lots of settings to learn.
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Definitely download the manual. See if this link works:

Downloads & Literature - PENTAX Imaging USA

If it doesn't, Digital Cameras by PENTAX - Waterproof Digital Camera - Digital SLR, then Support (upper right), then Downloads on the left, then Digital SLR, then K200D, manuals is at the bottom. There's also a firmware upgrade for better stability with SDHC cards, kind of optional.

I think if you press the Fn button, then the down arrow, then choose the lightning bolt without anything else around it (second to the left), that's manually controlled flash. I think that disables the flash firing to make AF work better, unless you manually raise the flash first. It should only happen in low light anyway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobpur Quote
That was the Paranormal Activity Detector, were you near a Graveyard ?

Really, just the autofocus pre-flash if there is not a lot of light. Supposed to help against Red Eye.( And temporarily blinds Zombies so you can get away )
You can turn it off in the menus.
If you don't have one, Download the manual from Pentax . Lots of settings to learn.
Hahaha, good one. I was hoping it was some type of feature and not an equipment malfunction, I will try to turn it off and see what happens. I was downloading the manual as I typed the original post and just started to read it actually. Thanks for the help!

QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
Definitely download the manual. See if this link works:

Downloads & Literature - PENTAX Imaging USA

If it doesn't, Digital Cameras by PENTAX - Waterproof Digital Camera - Digital SLR, then Support (upper right), then Downloads on the left, then Digital SLR, then K200D, manuals is at the bottom. There's also a firmware upgrade for better stability with SDHC cards, kind of optional.

I think if you press the Fn button, then the down arrow, then choose the lightning bolt without anything else around it (second to the left), that's manually controlled flash. I think that disables the flash firing to make AF work better, unless you manually raise the flash first. It should only happen in low light anyway.
Done and done, thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by SlyClockWerkz Quote
I was hoping it was some type of feature and not an equipment malfunction
If you did those tests in proper daylight, I'm not sure if it's supposed to happen. Else, to my knowledge, it's a feature when you use the special modes. When the camera has problems focusing, it will pop up the flash for AF assist. You can prevent this by using normal modes like Av, Tv and M (and possibly P).
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