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Flashes for

Point-and-shoot Cameras

Does your point-and-shoot camera have a hot shoe, or a tripod socket?

If so, you can get an additional flash.

The second flash will have more power, so it will reach farther.

Depending on the model, you may be able to bounce the flash off of the ceiling for better lighting.

If Your Camera Has a Hot Shoe

A hot shoe is a bracket on top of a camera on which a flash can be mounted.

If your camera has one, you can slide a second flash into it.

The camera will trigger the flash using a connection on the hot shoe.

The Metz Mecablitz 34 CS-2 is an example of a flash you can use if you have a hot shoe on your camera.

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If Your Camera Doesn't Have a Hot Shoe

If your camera doesn't have a hot shoe:

• You can attach a flash to your camera using the tripod socket, if your camera has one.

• Because there's no electrical connection, the camera flash will be used to trigger the second flash.

Turn off red-eye reduction to prevent its pre-flashes from triggering the slave flash.

Or, buy a flash that can recognize the difference between pre-flashes and the actual flash.

The Metz Mecablitz 28 CS-2 is an example of a flash you can use if your camera doesn't have a hot shoe, but has a tripod socket.

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