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Hello.. I have a very strange need and I am wondering if any cameras can do this:.

My nephew is autistic and among his many "quirks", he will absolutely not open his eyes when a picture is taken. He will sit there and smile, but with eyes closed. The reason is he anticipates the flash going off and just will not open his eyes till the picture has been taken..

We can get a good picture of his eyes if he is caught off guard and has no time to realize a picture is going to be taken. So outdoors in daylight we have some success because we get the camera ready, then call his name, he turns his head to look at us and quickly take the picture..

However, night time and indoor shots are impossible with our current cameras due to the red light flash warning..

So.. long story short, is there a point/shoot camera in the 4mp+ range that does NOT have the red light warning and also takes quick shots w/ flash?..

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It seems he is very sensitive to bright lights, and does not enjoy the feeling of a flash. How about a very quick and simple fix, put some tape over the light. But as it seems he does not like the flash. Taking photos with no flash seems to be the way to go here, if you can convince him the flash will not fire..

You did not state what camera you are using right now, but set the flash to forced off. Turn up your ISO (on a P&S your image will get noisier).

Ideal for no flash photography is an SLR indoors but thats not what you want to go for.Maybe give him some sun glasses and he can see that you will not fire the flash..

Sunglass photos may be cooler for him too right now and you do not get closed eye photos.Not sure how high or low functioning his autism is so just throwing out ideas..

Sparky_caGo take photos ..

Comment #1

Fuji have the F30 and F31 which do better in low light ( which means indoors ) than any other compact you'll get..

It has a flash if you want it and it's a generally good compact..

Ideally a DSLR - almost any entry level DSLR will be better than a non-DSLR in all circumstances..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #2

I completely agree with the others - buy a camera for low light no-flash photography. An entry-level DSLR with a large aperture lens is perfect - such as the canon 400D with the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The image quality in ordinary room lighting will blow your socks off - and your nephew will gradually learn that cameras are not all bad..

The room I'm sitting in is lit by a single 100 W bulb. I've just metered it out of curiosity - with the 50/1.8 wide open, and ISO 1600 which is a bit noisy but ok on the 400D, I get 1/400. So I could drop the ISO speed to 400 and still get a useful shutter speed, or I could use f/2.8 and ISO 800 and still have no camera shake problems..

Another option would be one of the f/2.8 zooms such as the Sigma 18-50/2.8 (which I have and recommend) or the Tamron 17-50/2.8. More expensive and more than a stop slower, but more versatile than the 50/1.8...

Comment #3

Eric_Nathan wrote:.

However, night time and indoor shots are impossible with our currentcameras due to the red light flash warning..

Are you asking about the focus assist lamp? It is an infra red lamp that illuminates the scene to speed focusing..

If that is your problem it can be changed in your setup menus..

REd..

Comment #4

Red13 wrote:.

Eric_Nathan wrote:.

However, night time and indoor shots are impossible with our currentcameras due to the red light flash warning..

Are you asking about the focus assist lamp? It is an infra red lampthat illuminates the scene to speed focusing..

If that is your problem it can be changed in your setup menus..

I was wondering about that too. Mostly the flash warning light is mounted on the back of the camera to tell the user that flash is needed / ready / not ready. That should not be visible from the front..

The red light from the front of the camera is most likely the focus assist lamp. As such, it has nothing to do with the flash, but will tend to come on in dark conditions to help the camera to focus (actually it may come on even when the flash is not being used)..

Not sure which camera you actually have, but it should be possible, as suggested to set it to "off"..

I do also agree with some of the previous suggestions, of cameras that would be able to take pictures without flash, examples being the Fuji F30 or F31FD - if you can still find one..

A bit bigger and heavier, the Pentax K100D has good low-light capabilities, if fitted with with the right lens.Regards,Peter..

Comment #5

Turn off auto focus assit lampif ou jsut want to stop warnign him. If you want to get good shots without flash, get a new entry level, or even used + 50 mm 1.8 lens...

Comment #6

1) Put a piece of tape over the red light. Black electrical tape or similar..

2) Buy a cheap manual flash. Pawnshop, thrift shop, used, $10 or less. Camera store, $20. Ritz has one for $15. Ritz has a manual "slave" flash for $20 which you can use for this and might find more uses for. Flash that in one hand, take a picture right after..

Done...

Comment #7

Red13 wrote:.

Eric_Nathan wrote:.

However, night time and indoor shots are impossible with our currentcameras due to the red light flash warning..

Are you asking about the focus assist lamp? It is an infra red lampthat illuminates the scene to speed focusing..

If that is your problem it can be changed in your setup menus..

REd.

This is PERFECT. YES I am referring to that red warning light that comes on just before the flash. I believe the flash is not the problem, but rather his ANTICIPATION of it. He doesn't close his eyes in outdoor shots with no red light warning..

So yeah I feel a little stupid for not thinking I could probably take out the warning light in my settings and solve the problem. I am still a newb. BTW my camera I used most of the time is a Canon Power Shot SD-630. I'm gonna try and fix this now, thanks!!..

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