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D3400: wish to disable the flash for any mode


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With my Nikon D3400, I’d like to disable the flash while choosing any of the modes on the Mode dial.  The only things I have discovered that are possible are:

 

  1. On the Mode dial, the flash can be permanently disabled by selecting the Flash Mode.  But this is only for this mode – it doesn’t apply to any others on the dial.
  2. If I select (for example) Portrait mode, I can press the ‘i’ button and within that menu turn off the flash.  But this setting only holds for that photograph at that time.  If I then turn off the camera and then turn it back on, the setting is lost (i.e., the flash mode reverts to Auto).

 

Ugggh !!  I guess I’m, asking for too much.  I’m frankly surprised that this camera apparently has no capability to, at the operator’s discretion, disable the flash for any mode.  And unfortunately, I have seen nothing in the User’s Manual (136pp) that addresses this, and have found nothing online.



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You have discovered that the "creative" modes are anything but creative. Nikon's assumption is that a user who depends on the in-camera automation won't want to control the flash either.

 

The thing to do when you want full creative control of your camera is to stick to using the PSAM part of the mode button and make all decisions yourself.



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Thanks Nikonian.

 

I called Nikon Tech Support and was given a very simple answer, which is consistent with your response:

 

Because the D3400 does have the Save Feature built in, changes to the flash setting within the Auto mode or any of the Scene modes (Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait) are temporary.  (Landscape and Sports are flash off only.)  They apply to the pictures taken before the camera is shut off.  Once the camera is shut off, the settings are lost and mode reverts to Auto.

 

In the P-S-A-M modes, the default is for the flash to be disabled.  Any changes to these via the ‘i’ menu are retained even after the camera is shut off.

The “No Flash” mode  is essentially the Auto mode with flash disabled.