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    This is probably a stupid question. I have a Droid X running Froyo. There doesn't seem to be a way to turn off the flash in the camera application. The shots I am trying to take are low light but far enough away that a flash is not going to help anyway, and it's a huge distraction.

    I've gone through the settings carefully, and there is no "flash" setting. If you touch the left side of the screen, a "flash" button comes up on the right, but touching that gives you "Flash adjustments not allowed in this scene". ("Scene"??) I have not found a combination of settings that will make the "flash" button do anything useful. It's like it's just a joke button. Google searches for that exact phrase turn up zero results. This forum shows how to find the flash settings in "settings", but there is no such control on my phone. Help?
     

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    Update: I discovered that you can turn the flash off if you set the scene to "auto". Is this the only way? I wanted more control over the exposure than that.
     
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    What scene won't let you turn off the flash? I suppose that scene is hardcoded for a flash. Why not just use a different scene that's not?
     
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    I know Steady Shot won't let you turn the flash off, it has to stay in automatic. But yeah, if I want to take a pic without the flash, I just switch from Steady Shot to Automatic and turn the flash off. Kind of a pain, but I don't have to do it often, so I'll live.
     
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    As far as I can tell, the only scene that will let you turn off the flash is Automatic, which is a bit counter-intuitive. (My two Nikon bodies, for instance, are the opposite -- you have full control of the flash in every mode *except* Automatic.) What I want is full manual control, and there doesn't seem to be any way of achieving that. Maybe a different camera app?
     
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    I too am disappointed with the lack of control over the camera
     
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    Try using camera 360 app. Might allow what you are looking for.
     
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    Or download Vignette. Steady shot with flash off option.
     
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    I too am disappointed in the Droid X camera controls and quality. It is inferior to the iPhone camera in every way. This is too bad because the X is otherwise a vastly superior phone. I am going to try to camera apps to see if that helps. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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    PB, you need to stop comparing Android to Apple. The latter is a closed system that is maximized to their whims and wants. Android is much more of a bare bones architecture that allows users to search the market and make customizations to their phones such that they are uniquely theirs. To that end, and back on thread, there are MANY great camera apps out there. As I previously mentioned, Vignette (the paid version and why not pay a developer if you can spare a dime) is terrific. It has many wonderful options and adjustments to photograph, both before, during and after the snapshot. I can't recommend it enough. However, you may also want to try out Camera Zoom FX and Camera 360. Some good reviews there also.

    Best of luck.
     

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