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  1. #1
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    Flash in auto mode

    My flash activates in auto mode even when I’m outdoors on a sunny day with my lens aperture fully open. I know there are various methods in turning it off, but I can’t figure out why it is even activating when there should be sufficient ambient light to not require a flash. Is this normal with the 7200 or is there a menu item I’m missing. I can turn the flash off using the flash button and back dial but as soon as I turn the camera off and back on, the flash goes back to auto mode and activates on bright, sunny days. I’m confused!

    Please don’t respond by saying to use a different mode. I normally shoot in manual, but was trying something recently in auto and noticed this. I also know that turning the dial one notch to CCW is basically auto mode without the flash, but I’m curious why auto mode would call for a flash if the light sensor is indicating sufficient ambient light.


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    Last edited by Bluemark; 08-11-2019 at 07:53 PM.



  2. #2
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    This is pretty well normal behavior in auto mode. The camera wants to be ready in case it suddenly goes dark.
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  3. #3
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    ........The camera wants to be ready in case it suddenly goes dark.
    If that truly were the case, the flash would always pop up as soon as the power is turned on.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


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  4. #4
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    The flash pops up if it thinks fill flash is needed. If the scene is bright and evenly lit, it won't pop up. If there is a brighter area in the frame, it will pop up.
    I just tried it on my living room wall. Brightly lit wall, no flash. I moved the camera slightly to include a sunny window with the same wall and the flash popped up.
    I must have a really good camera.

  5. #5
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Perhaps you have a maximum ISO set that tells the camera it needs to use the flash.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


    My Website.

  6. #6
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    The flash pops up if it thinks fill flash is needed. If the scene is bright and evenly lit, it won't pop up. If there is a brighter area in the frame, it will pop up.
    I just tried it on my living room wall. Brightly lit wall, no flash. I moved the camera slightly to include a sunny window with the same wall and the flash popped up.
    I can be outdoors in a snow covered field in a bright sunny day and my flash will pop up.

  7. #7
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    Perhaps you have a maximum ISO set that tells the camera it needs to use the flash.
    Iíve tried it on auto iso and same result

  8. #8
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluemark View Post
    Iíve tried it on auto iso and same result
    But you still may have a limit set on the maximum ISO it is allowed to use.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


    My Website.

  9. #9
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    But you still may have a limit set on the maximum ISO it is allowed to use.
    Sorry, I should have mentioned, along with Auto ISO, the max ISO is also selected.

  10. #10
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    Re: Flash in auto mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluemark View Post
    ........, the max ISO is also selected.
    And it is what?
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.


    Go forth and actuate!


    My Website.





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