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Camera dropped in a bucket of water

My husband dropped our camera, that was in its carry case, into a bucket of fresh water. It was ony submerged momentariy but it now won't turn on. I took out the battery & memory card and et it dry out for two days. I recharged the battery and tried it again. There was a brief moment of ight on the screen then nothing. Is this fixabe? Thanks

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I very much doubt it. If you had removed the batteries straight away, stripped the complete camera and let warm air waft over it for a day and then put it all back together and tried it, you may have been lucky. But wet circuit boards and electricity is asking for major problems. Even leaving a closed camera for 2 days wouldn't have given it a good drying out.

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