Don’t have overly high expectations when using a built-in digital camera flash. Flash photos can range from great to awful. If you take a lot of inside shots, consider purchasing a camera with a hot shoe, that takes an external. Or get a slave flash.
Getting the most from a built-in camera flash
A digital camera flash triggers automatically in low light conditions when set to auto mode. On some digital cameras, lifting up the flash activates it.
For best flash performance, always use a flash within the range listed in the camera manual specifications. If your digital camera has flash compensation, adjust settings to increase or decrease flash output as needed.
To improve overall photo quality when using a flash, move subjects closer to available light coming through a window or door before shooting. If there is not outside light, turn on more room lights and change the white balance settings as needed.
Many don’t think of using the flash outside. A digital camera sees less detail than the human eye so fill-in flash is used to bring out details that may be lost in shadows. It’s an effective way to eliminate dark, shadowy areas which lack detail such as when a subject is back lit or in the shade.
Digital cameras typically have several flash modes that can be changed to suit a variety of lighting situations. Flash ranges change according to the zoom/focal length used.