I think this flash pop up problem is a problem with many of the small cameras. My canon, that I mentioned, is like that, but to be honest, I wouldn't trade it for another camera (that must say something, right?!). At least with the big cameras there is usually a designated hand and fingers placement area. Just to share, mine will go up a little and then I'm like, "oh yeah, move my finger." However, I don't take many flash photos as it's great in low light.