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  1. #1
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    D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    With my Nikon D3400, Iíd like to disable the flash while choosing any of the modes on the Mode dial. The only things I have discovered that are possible are:


    1. On the Mode dial, the flash can be permanently disabled by selecting the Flash Mode. But this is only for this mode Ė it doesnít apply to any others.
    2. If I select (for example) Portrait mode, I can press the Ďií button and within that menu turn off the flash. But this setting only holds for that photograph at that time. If I then turn off the camera and then turn it back on, the setting is lost (i.e., the flash mode reverts to Auto).


    Ugggh !! I guess Iím, asking for too much. Iím frankly surprised that this camera apparently has no capability to, at the operatorís discretion, disable the flash for any mode. And unfortunately, I have seen nothing in the Userís Manual (136pp) that addresses this, and have found nothing online.


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  2. #2
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    Welcome to the forum, hope someone can help you as the Nikons i have used would need me to select the flash use.
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  3. #3
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    Stick around and ask questions and we can help you get out of those automatic scene modes. I don't think your flash will pop up in S,A,M or P modes. P is a nice nearly full automatic mode that won't use flash unless you pop it up. It can also be easily tweaked for the situation. Then you can move on to S or A mode as you learn.
    I must have a really good camera.

  4. #4
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    You need to explore the manual with regard to Scene settings. Several (Landscape is one) turn the flash OFF... I'm not trying to minimize the value of the D3400 but it is considered an entry level camera. As such, the expectation is that the user is NOT interested in the complexities of photography and Nikon provides the automatic scene features. The camera is doing what the majority of its buyers want when using the automatic modes. The camera does allow you to turn OFF and control the flash in other P,S,A, and M modes...

    Maybe it's time for you to consider expanding your photography skills and step away from those automatic Scene modes?

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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    Welcome!

  6. #6
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes
    This is in response to all others above, which I appreciate. I called Nikon Tech Support and got a pretty simple answer:

    Because the D3400 does have the Save Feature built in, changes to the flash setting within the Auto mode or any of the Scene modes (Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait) are temporary. (Landscape and Sports are flash off only.) They apply to the pictures taken before the camera is shut off. Once the camera is shut off, the settings are lost and mode reverts to Auto.

    In the P-S-A-M modes, the default is for the flash to be disabled. Any changes to these via the ‘i’ menu are retained even after the camera is shut off.
    The “No Flash” mode [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Tommy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image002.jpg[/IMG] is essentially the Auto mode with flash disabled.

  7. #7
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

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

    As others have said, if you really want control of your photos, you really need to dump the scene modes.
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    Re: D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes

    D3400: wish to disable the flash for all modes
    Welcome to the forum! I like your user name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TklM2-lSby4
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