Configuring the Flash Settings (PowerShot SX720 HS)

Article ID: ART164636 | Date published: 02/22/2016 | Date last updated: 06/29/2023


Configuring the Flash Settings (PowerShot SX720 HS)


Follow the steps below to configure the flash settings.

Fires for each shot (On).

If you set the [Flash] to [Auto], the [Flash] will not fire in bright environments. However, if for example you take a shot of people against a backlight, the [Flash] will fire even when you shoot in daylight to prevent the faces from becoming obscured.
The instructions below refer to the setting that makes the [Flash] fire for each shot (On).
  • The instructions in this section apply to a camera with the [Shooting Mode] set to [Program AE] ( ).
Shooting Mode with Limited Flash Settings

1. Turn on the [Power] on the camera.

2. Move the [Flash pop up] () switch to raise the flash. 


The flash will not auto pop-up. It must be manually raised with the switch.

3. Press the [ ] button.

  • The setting screen cannot be accessed by pressing the [ ] button when the flash is lowered. Move the [ ] switch to raise the flash, then configure the setting.
4. The flash setting screen will appear.
Press the [ ], [ ] buttons to select [ : On ], and then press the [ ] button.

5. When the icon changes to [ ], the configuration of settings is complete.

You can select one of the following 4 flash modes.
For details on the available shooting modes, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the camera.
[ Auto : ]
  • Fires automatically in low-light conditions.
[ On : ]
  • Fires for each shot.
[ Slow Synchro : ]
  • Fires to illuminate the main subject (such as people) while shooting at a slower shutter speed to illuminate backgrounds out of flash range.
[ Off : ]
  • For shooting without the flash.
The flash cannot be configured in the following shooting modes.
... Not configurable
Function Shooting mode
*1 *1 *1
*1 Not available, but switches to in some cases.

When [Raise the Flash] is Displayed

When shooting in [AUTO] mode or [Hybrid Auto] mode in low-light conditions, [Raise the flash] may be displayed on the cameraâs screen. In this case, please move the <> switch to raise the flash. As there is no automatic function to raise the flash, the flash will not fire unless it is raised manually.

When the message shown above is displayed, please move the [ ] switch to raise the flash as shown in the image below.

Flash Range

If your shots are dark despite the flash firing, move closer to the subject.
See the table below for details on the flash range.
Maximum Wide Angle 50 cm - 4.0 m (1.6 â 13 ft.)
Maximum Telephoto 2.0m (6.6 ft.)



Rate this Article
Was this article helpful?
Yes, This document is helpful
No, This document needs a clearer explanation
Please provide your comments