The flash pops up from the top panel, opposite the mode dial and shutter button. Notice the rugged construction of the metal hinge mechanism. It springs the flash unit upward and forward in order to diminish the chance of a long shadow from the zoom lens. However, the manual warns that some lenses may still get in the way of the built-in flash's cast of light.
The flash offers only a modest range. With the
16mm-50mm kit lens, the flash dropped off dramatically at just 10 feet
or so, when shooting at wide angle. At full zoom, it could cast some light on subjects 15 to 20 feet away, but the lighting was not particularly strong.
The best feature of the flash is that you can set it to always fire (forced flash) when raised - or use any other of the flash modes. On the downside, when the flash is retracted, you can't change the flash mode for when it's raised. You have to pop up the flash to change its mode.
To the left of the flash is an external flash hot shoe, for mounting a more powerful flash.
Flash mode menu:
Auto/red eye reduction
Forced flash (for backlit subjects in bright light)
Slow synchro (for shooting in low light)
Second curtain sync (flash fires just before shutter closes)
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