Yesterday I was faced with a situation where I often saw the message "flash busy" with no chance to shoot. As I understand it, this can happen when battery power to flash is low, but I only used the built-in flash (default kit flash). Please explain when and why this happens.


The "flash busy" message is shown when the flash is charging and not yet ready to be used.

The flash works by slowly charging a capacitor from the batteries and then discharging all that power in a very short time.

If your batteries are low on power or you have low quality batteries it will take longer to charge the flash and so you'll see a lot of "flash busy", also, if it's dark and you need to use the flash on high power it will take longer to charge.

  • Nir thank you! Does flash from kit has it's own capacitor?
    – Edward83
    Jul 15 '13 at 10:54
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    @Edward83 - every flash, the flash needs to generate a lot of light in a very short time, a lot of light requires a lot of power, a battery can't provide lots of power in a short time - so you need to get the power out of the battery slowly and store it in something where you can get it out into the "lamp" quickly
    – Nir
    Jul 15 '13 at 11:03

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