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I have a Nikon D3100. It doesn't take pictures while the built in flash is popped up, but is working fine when the flash is down. What could be causing this?

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    – xenoid
    Feb 18, 2023 at 10:55

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I'm guessing that the exposure settings are significantly different (darker) when the flash is up because it is expecting the flash to add a lot of light. If the exposure settings are dark enough that the camera cannot achieve/verify focus it will not take a picture (except when set to manual focus).

Alternatively, if the camera is set to the continuous release mode it will not take a picture when the popup flash is enabled... the two functions are incompatible (pg 53 of the manual).

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