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Camera dropped in water, flash broken

I acidentally dropped my friends camera down the toilet on New Years Eve. I took the battery out straight away and put it in the airing cupboard for about 24 hours. It is working pretty much as normal, except the flash isn't working. Any ideas how much it would cost to fix the flash, or if it would simply be cheaper to buy a new camera?

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    Water is a killer of cameras. It's kind of working now, but trust me it will get progressively worse and eventually totally fail as corrosion sets in. It's doomed. Yes it's time to consider a new camera. The A70 was nice, but have you seen the new Canon A590 IS? Check it out on Amazon, think you'll be pleasantly surprized at its price and what it can do.

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