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Holiday My son went on a holiday to thailand wash the camera after useing in the sea each time when he got to the most beautiful place snorkeling it stoped working after the second picture only just under the water line ,good thing he did not dive 10 meters ,after reading so many problems about this camera i will never buy or suggest to anyone to buy one i'm seriously thinking about putting it in the oven like some people say not much to lose the hairdryer bit did not help .If anyone has a better suggestion please tell me,thanks karel

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Delicate electronics and acid (salt water) make poor companions. Any time you get a modern camera anywhere near the ocean it's only a matter of time until it's gets just a drop or two of sea water in the wrong place. One must consider a underwater camera a expendable item. As a retired SCUBA instructor/dive guide and repair tech, I, knowing exactly what to do and how to carefully prep a camera for under water use, have killed several.

Likely your son had a speck of dust or lint or a hair across the sealing surfaces when he closed up the camera. That's all it takes.

Contact the company about repair, but be ready to say "it's not worth it" and just get another camera. They ALL leak eventually, IMHO.

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