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Dropped in water, won't turn on

I dropped my camera in water. Fished it out within seconds. I dried off the outside, took out battery and memory card and dried them. The camera will not turn on. Anything I can do?

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  • jlgamaney Apr 24, 2009

    No, it was not on.

  • jlgamaney Apr 24, 2009

    This happened yesterday and this morning I have taken the back off and will try gently drying it. The camera was purchased in Nov. of 2007 and the warranty was one year. Thanks for the Batteries Plus suggestion-one is in area and I will give it a try. Thanks for your help!

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Was the camera on at the time it fell in the water?

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

  • Jerry Apr 24, 2009

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the only way to have ensured that the camera was complete dried was to take it apart. It is also possible that the battery shorted out. You wouldn't happen to have a meter to test if the battery is infact good? Do you have a Batteries Plus or similar in your area? They could test the battery for you. You did what most people would have done, but sometimes the slighest of moisture can short out components. Last question is, how old is your camera? Any warranty? I also wanted to apologize, I didn't mean to post it as a solution, meant to post it as a "Clarification."

  • Jerry Apr 24, 2009

    No problem that's what we're here for. One last comment, if this happened yesterday and you have the back removed, you might try and use a blow dryer to ensure that you get in there. Blow dryer in cold/medium heat, will not damage any components, just hold is about 6" to 8" inches away. Best of luck!

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