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Camera failure in high humidity conditions

Hi, I live in Thailand, own an 8700 and use it a lot (thousands of pictures a month). In the dry season it works fine but in the wet season it starts to misbehave. The trigger seems to be when the humidity is greater than 90%. The problem is that the shutter release button doesn't always work when pressed and often fires without being pressed. I noticed this problem after I'd had the camera for over a year so it was out of warranty. I had it repaired by Nikon Thailand only to have the problems return the next wet season, again out of warranty. I recently bought a new (refurb) from an Ebay store. Guess what, the wet season is upon us and I'm having the same problem. This has now gone past bad luck to bad design.

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  • Makana Dec 22, 2007

    I have had a similar problem, My camera will fire a shot when it first gets turned on (on its own) and it will not take anymore pictures. I can make adjustments but nothing happens when I press the button to take a picture. This has happened twice when I am far away from home usually at a tropical setting? I end up lugging my equipment around for nothing and usually have to use a small pocket camera I have for a back up. I am very unhappy as I have sent this back to Nikon before for the problem and was charged $162.00 to repair and it worked ok until I went back to the islands and now it is messed up again.

  • charmdream May 15, 2009

    I am having exact same problem. The camera automatically takes one picture when it turns on. After that, couldn't take any picture when pressing the shutter button. :-(

    Anybody knows how to fix this?

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I have had my Nikon for a few years down with little to no problems.I am on vacation now and my camera is acting up. I have read a few posts on here about high humidity affecting their cameras. I live in a very dry enviroment and we are in a very humid enviroment for vacation. Not the tropics but...... Wondering if that is my issue and if there is a fix. My camera is putting lines across all my pictures. It worked just fine for the first three days and then I turned it onto take a picture and started getting the lines.

I read the post about firmware but I have the latest version listed for my camera.... I have put it in a very cool airconditioned enviroment but that didn't help. It did not fall or get hit.

I would love to have SOME vacation pics so any help would be appreciated. I would love any suggestions.

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First put in an air conditioned environment to 'dry it out' Get a snap shut 'Poly' bag and lots of Silica Gel bags or even Rice in a cloth bag to take up moisture. If you are really clever you could organize the bag so the lens pokes out through a hole with a Rubber band sealing the bag around the lens barrel Keep it in it. From time to time rake out the absorbent bags to dry out.

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I've had the exact same problem. I upgraded the firmware, 5min ago and it seemed to fix it. Here is the link! http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin/nikonusa.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=r3JdX4Hi&p_lva=13452&p_li=&p_accessibility=0&p_page=1&p_cv=1.186&p_pv=2.110&p_prods=1%2C110&p_cats=186&p_hidden_prods=&prod_lvl1=1&prod_lvl2=110&cat_lvl1=186&p_search_text=&p_new_search=1&p_search_type=answers.search_nl

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