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How to store and keep digital camera working?

The best way is to keep the digital camera in a plastic shoe box which seals out dust and keep the humidity controlled. Remove the batteries and also keep them in the shoe box. Keep all the wires and chargers in one place too. This often extends the digital camera life span. Lenses will move smoothly years later, LCD will not crack or turn black due to moisture leaked in. And battery leakage will not corrupt contacts in the camera.

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phone in water

This has worked for me before. I once mistakenly left my portable on the deck face up over night and it rained ( a lot)
Do NOT use hair dryer or warm air to dry it.
Remove battery and dry
Shake phone gently to get most of water out..
Dry phone as much as you can with absorbent material.
Even use a QTip in the battery compartment.
If you have any of those silica packages around from new shoes or electronics (those sandy white packages that say do not eat) wrap them around phone with elastics. These are desiccants and will absorb moisture.
Wrap phone in single layer dry absorbent material to keep dust out , secure with elastics
Put layer of rice in plastic container that is say at least 6 times bigger than phone - (doesn't have to seal perfectly) and put phone on top of rice.
Cover phone ie bury it in rice. An inch or two of rice around phone.
Put lid on
Put container with phone and rice in refrigerator. Cold air is much less humid than warm. If you have humidity control on frig turn to minimum humidity.
Leave for 2 days - longer is better.
Charge battery.
After taking out of frig let it warm up for a while so it doesn't feel cold.
Insert battery.
(Optional) Say prayer to whatever deity you choose
Hold breath
Turn on phone
Hopefully celebrate

Feb 05, 2014 | Samsung Galaxy SII Unlocked Android Cell...

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canon xha1 won't turn on and hdv light keeps blinking

Same Problem, same day, have you found any solution?, i stored the camera for abut 6 months following the Manual specifications, keeping the camera away from humidity, dust, even light and unmounted batteries, but it didn't turned on when i really needed it, I tried changing batteries, power source, i've already checked the lock/standby and the main dial, anyone help please!

Jun 17, 2011 | Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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error 99 on canon 300d

Canon's error 99 is a catch all for several things the short answer is an electronic connection. Something isn't making contact and the first place to go is to the "gold" contacts between the lens and the camera body. Make sure the camera is off and remove the lens, place the camera lens side down on a clean dust/lint free surface or put a body cap on. Take the lens and holding as vertical as possible with the gold contact points down use a soft rubber red pencil eraser to lightly clean the contacts. You can remove any rubber dust and partials with a lens cleaning cloth NOT TISSUE. Make sure the area is clean of lint and dust, place the rear lens cap on or stand the lens up on a clean dust and lint free surface. the camera is a bit more tricky as you need to clean the contacts inside the mirror box. Hold the camera as best you can face down and again use the pencil eraser to lightly clean the contacts. Holding the camera as mus as possible lens side down. This will minimize any dust, dirt or lint getting into the camera body and eventually ending up on the sensor. Remove any rubber dust with a lens cloth not tissue and don't use any liquid, don't use a puffer either all that will do is drive dust partials into the camera. Once that's done install the lens, next remove the battery and do the same cleaning trick with the battery contacts, if you have a battery grip do the same thing. Okay now check out the camera if everything is go and works then you are good to go. If not then I would suggest doing a camera firmware update, all updates can be found on the Canon web site they are free and will correct any issues your camera has with the internal programming which may also be the cause of your error 99.

Jan 11, 2011 | Canon Digital Rebel / EOS-300D Digital...

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My camera got wet with fresh water. I let it dry, but it doesn't turn on. Do I need to buy a new one?

Maybe not. It depends on how much water got in and maybe is still in, and whether the battery is busted, shorted or just depleted.

I'd suggest keeping the camera for some days in a really dry place - you can heat an oven to about 50 degrees, not more, ABSOLUTELY NOT a microwave oven!, and place the camera in a small sealed carton box with some packs of silica gel (can easily be found in electronics and musical instruments stores - they just throw them away). The silica will **** out all moisture from the air. Higher temperatures might damage the plastic, so must be avoided.

Meanwhile, you will have extracted both SD card and battery from the camera (it's best to put it in the box with all plastic doors wide open to ensure circulation), and will have cleaned the SD contacts and the battery terminals. Try charging the battery with the Casio charger to full capacity.

After the camera is assuredly dry as a bone, put back the charged battery and see if it works.

This worked with my Exilim 500, but it had been dunked for a few seconds only; I don't know whether yours ended in water long enough to trigger electro-oxidative damage from live circuits. It's worth a try nonetheless. Let me know...

Jul 02, 2010 | Casio EXZ550 Digital Camera

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