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My fujifilm E550 fine pix has sand in it

I havent been able to use it since. can this be fixed

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Possibly. But not at all cost effectively unless you try to do it yourself; the E550 was released nearly five years ago at around US$400 but good used ones are now worth less than US$50 and a professional repair will cost far more.

As your camera is effectively a write off you have nothing to lose by trying the repair yourself. You'll need a set of precision screwdrivers, an anti-static workmat or wrist strap, cotton wool buds and a set of small, artists paintbrushes would be useful and a bit of ingenuity and patience.

Start by holding the camera pointing slightly downwards and turn it on. With the lens extended try to remove every grain of sand you can using the brushes and maybe by sliding a piece of sticky tape into any gaps so that loose sand sticks to it and can be removed. When you've got all you can out, tap the camera gently and remove any more sand which appears and do the same again after turning the camera upside down. Repeat the same process for the battery and memory card chambers. When you're certain you can get no more out of the camera, remove any panels which you can. You may find some hidden screws inside the battery/memory card chambers and possibly beneath stick on trim. First remove any sand stuck to the inside faces of the panels and then shake out any inside the camera. If you see any grease/oil with sand stuck to it then remove the grease/oil with a cotton bud and make a note to replace it with fresh lubricant on reassembly. Basically, delve as deep as you dare to remove all that you can.

If you're lucky, you'll have a camera which has the vast majority of the sand removed and any remaining sand will be in non-functional places. If you're unlucky then you'll be looking for another camera, but you'll have gained valuable experience for the next time you have to dismantle and repair similar devices.

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