Whilst on holiday I accidently dropped me digital camera into the sea, It now doesnt work, I have changed batterys etc etc. I know cameras and water do not mix, but just wonder is there anything I can try to try and fix the problem
You'll need to buy another camera. If it had of been fresh water you could dry it out and MAYBE it would work, however, salt water shorts out the electronics. (salt conducts electricity, blah blah blah.)You could try putting it in fresh water since you can't make it any worse, then let it dry out and see what happens. In my experience, salt equals death.
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If you ever do this again then you must immediately rinse the camera in freshwater, remove the battery and get it to a repair outlet immediately. Even then your camera will likely be unrepairable if it shows any symptoms after the accident.
Sea water is about the worst thing you can subject a camera to as it's electrically conductive. When the camera dries out, salt crystals form inside and cause physical damage and chemically attack the camera to corrode it.
Sorry, but in my experienced opinion your camera is a total write off and I don't know any professional repairers who would even attempt to fix this as it would almost certainly have to be returned to them for additional work as more faults show up afterwards.
As long as the xD card was not formatted it is possible to recover the images that were accidently erased or unable to be downloaded to computer. You can go to the following website link and download an image recovery software program that is free of charge. http://www.z-a-recovery.com/ You want to download a program called Zero Assumption Recovery. It is a very simple program to use and people have had much success in recovering lost images.
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.
The camera's charge-couple device (CCD) within the camera must have suffered a short-circuit due to the sea water, rendering the imaging device damaged. As a result, the battery would drain pretty quick while its switched on.
Please take the camera to the nearest service center to have it repaired.