T3i - is flash supposed to go off when shutter button half pressed?

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T3i - is flash supposed to go off when shutter button half pressed?
Jun 17, 2011

Hi, I have a brand new T3i, and this is my first slr. So forgive me for stupid questions, please. When I have the camera set to scene int. auto, portrait, etc, when the flash goes off automatically, I noticed that sometimes, when I press the shutter button half way to autofocus before taking the pic, the flash will make a buzz and go off a bit. Not a full flash. The full flash does go off when I press the button all the way, so that I assume is working fine. Is this normal, cause I have no idea! If it isn't supposed to do this, I need to exchange the camera for one that works proper. Sorry if its a stupid question, I just want to be able to take some awesome pix of my kids.

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