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Play & Menu buttons/display not working properly after water got in

We used this supposedly waterproof camera while in the pool, and it got a little wet (never submerged more than 1 foot). The camera wouldn't work after that, and it appeared that the battery just wasn't holding a charge. So I purchased a new battery, and now the camera appears to be working, but when I turn it on the display shows the Y/M/D display, and I can't access the Menu feature. In addition, it doesn't play back any pictures (basically the play button and Menu button both are not functional at this point). I've already contacted Olympus, but am still waiting to hear from them at this point. Help!!

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I took mine surfing, and it leaked salt water (just a couple of drops) into the battery compartment. I rinsed the whole camera with fresh water, and the camera came back to life -- but had similar display issues.

I had the camera serviced at Best Buy, where I had purchased a 4yr maintenance contract. In addition to fixing the electronics, they replaced the door on the battery compartment with one that has a metal hinge instead of the original plastic.If you don't have a warranty, then getting a used replacement is by far the cheapest route.

My advice: buy another one on eBay or Craigs. I just got a second one two weeks ago for $70.00 and it is working perfectly. This is an awesome camera, and worth the hassle to repair or replace.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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