Coolpix L1 that won't take a picture after getting wet
I have a Coolpix L1 that got rained on recently (while I was taking pictures, not left out or anything). Now, everything works fine (focus, screen, all functions) except when you push the button to take a picture, nothing happens. No shutter, nothing. I've tried resetting to defaults, fresh batteries, new SD card...drying it out. Nothing works.
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If you tried it straight after, it may now be broken. The general treatment is to take out any battery, and place it in a warm dry place for a day or two to eliminate any moisture. The internals of any drill will not usually be damage if you do this.
The same is true to some extent of mobile phones, key remotes etc.
The DCIM folder should not be hidden, but if it is, you can show hidden and system files if you go into the control panel and select folder options. Click on "Show hidden and system files.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use Nikon Transfer or iPhoto or any other photo cataloging program.
Just to the left of the [OK] button, there is a button with a symbol that sort of looks like a clock with one hand... that is the timer button. Press that -- you should see a timer symbol appear on your display. After you press the shutter button, the picture will be taken in about 10 seconds.
I had the same problem.The shutter button is faulty and is always half pressed - auto focus is operational (this is the step before actually the picture is taken. Try to clean it up with some special electrical contact spray. if this does not work - need to replace it - Not a simple job for the novice. You might need to take the camera to a service center for a spare on-off-expose button. I had an old faulty camera where I took the button from it. That solved the problem.