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[Question] About the flash.

You can select the flash mode that best suits your shooting conditions.

[Flash Modes]

Symbol Mode Description
Flash Off Flash Off The flash will not fire.
Auto Auto The flash fires automatically when the subject is poorly lit or backlit.
Red-Eye Flash Red-Eye Flash Reduces the red-eye phenomenon that makes people's eyes appear red in pictures.
Flash On Flash On The flash fires regardless of the lighting conditions.
Flash Synchro Flash Synchro The flash fires with the shutter speed slowed. This is useful when taking portrait pictures in a nightscape. Camera shake may occur, so the use of a tripod is recommended.
* Default setting is [Auto].

[Built-in Flash Range]

Wide-angle Approx. 20 cm to 4.0 m (from the front of the lens)
(at ISO Auto / 1600)
Telephoto Approx. 28 cm to 4.0 m (from the front of the lens)
(at ISO Auto / 1600)

[Operating procedure for flash mode selection]

  • 1 In a shooting mode, push the [ADJ./OK] button to the right Right (Flash) (Flash).

    [ADJ./OK] button flash

  • 2 Flash options will appear in the screen like below.

    Flash mode options

  • 3 Push the [ADJ./OK] button Up or down to choose a flash mode.
    • A symbol of the current flash mode is displayed at the upper left of the picture display.
    • This flash mode symbol at the upper left of the picture display blinks when the flash is charging. Once the flash is charged, the symbol stops blinking and lights steadily, and the camera is ready to shoot.

Note on flash usage

Note [Attention]
  • You cannot take a picture when the flash is charging (approx. 5 seconds).
  • When using the flash, the startup time of the camera may take longer until the camera is ready to shoot from when the camera is turned on.

Memo [Memo]
  • The flash mode is retained until you press the [ADJ./OK] button toward Right (Flash) (Flash) again.
  • The flash does not fire in the following modes or shooting, like; the Movie mode, the Continuous mode, Multi-target AF, the Dynamic range double-shot mode, and Bracketing.
  • You can adjust the light intensity of the flash.
  • [How do I adjust the light intensity of the flash (Flash exposure compensation)?]
  • The auxiliary flash fires to increase the AE accuracy.
  • The flash cannot be used in some shooting modes or with some shooting menu options.
    • In the S-Auto mode, only [Auto] or [Off] options are selectable.
    • The scene modes below have some limitations in the flash modes.
Scene Mode Flash Mode
Night. Port. Only [Red-eye Flash] and [Flash Synchro] can be selected.
Initial setting: [Flash Synchro]
Landscape / Discreet Mode / Pets / Night Landscape Multi-shot / Fireworks / Golf Swing Continuous mode Fixed to [Flash Off]
Answer ID: edc05040
Date created: March 15, 2011
Date modified: --
Product: CX5
Operating system: --
Category: Hardware operations
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