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Posts: 14
Registered: ‎10-11-2014

Not very important but interesting

I was in a camera store on Saturday and asked if they had hot-shoe covers for my 70D and they had so I bought one. On Sunday I tried to take a photo with the built-in flash just as fill in but the flash would not deploy, I tried every mode to get it to deploy, no joy, then, the hot-shoe cover dropped out and Lo and Behold the flash started deploying, there must be some sort of sensor in the hot-shoe.

Super Contributor
Posts: 135
Registered: ‎10-21-2016

Re: Not very important but interesting

There is a sensor, it detects when an external flash is fitted and prevents the internal flash from activating.

You used to be able to buy covers with a cutout on one side that wouldn't actuate the sensor, not sure if they are still available or even practical for more modern cameras.

Posts: 8,593
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Not very important but interesting

"There is a sensor,..."


Actually a micro switch.  You can see it if you look closely.  Ditch the cover you don't need it.

A lot less stuff for 2018 but still a lot of Canon stuff. Along with, a lot of other stuff.
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Posts: 3,242
Registered: ‎06-11-2013

Re: Not very important but interesting

The switch/button hides under the leaf spring on the hot-shoe rail.  It keeps the flash from popping up and crashing into something if you have something in the hot shoe (such as an external flash, or an external video mic, etc.)



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