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My Kodak Easy Share C433 camera does the same thing! Does anyone have a solution? "camera turns on..sometimes turns off again...if
lucky will take a picture before it turns off again.. the battery is
flashing even though I have just changed them"
Probably not worth the time and money to fix it.
One last try, you can take the battery out and put both camera and battery into a bag of dry rice (uncooked of course :) make sure it's completely covered and leave for a few days.
Sometime, this will completely absorb the moisture in gadgets that got wet and it might work again.
Since you tried turning it on after it got wet, it might not work b/c something may have shorted out.
Turning on a wet camera is a sure way to fry the circuits. Stop doing that!!! You should remove the card and battery, dry those compartments as best you can, and then bury the camera in a bowl of dry rice for a week. Since you've already tried turning it on, even this technique may not work but give it a try.
Water and electronics just don't mix, and your problem could be anything from a blown 15-cent diode to a fried main board that would make the camera nothing more than a small paperweight. Suggest that you take the camera to a local Canon dealer (NOT the camera department at a chain store) and also contact Customer Service via the Canon web site. Be sure to get a firm price, not just an estimate, before you commit to anything. The fix could approach or even exceed the cost of a new camera, and repairs typically only carry a 30-day warranty.
Chances are you did create a short circuit. But, even if you would have given the camera a week to dry buried in a bowl of dry rice, the stickiness and the acidity of the soda would have continued to cause even more damage. Unless you're willing to spend some serious money to fix it, I would consider another camera and a more careful lifestyle.
You may want to try if the little black latch contact next to the
battery and the memory card is not working properly. The camera will freeze and not turn on when this contact is not engaged. Open the battery
latch, press down on the little black contact using a pen and try to
turn on the camera. If so, the latch doesn't engage that contact any
more in regular use. If not, no luck. I had this problem and fixed it
by putting a small thick piece of tape on the little pin on the latch
that is supposed to press this contact.
I have bought many "broken" Casio cameras that had this issue. 9 out of 10 were easily fixed.
The first thing you do is remove the battery and card. Let the camera sit empty overnight. Next morning, take the camera and puch down on the power button...the on and off button. Hold it for 15 seconds. Release it after that 15 seconds. This will reset the camera. Then try the battery and card again. Many times...that is all it takes.
If that doesn't do it...but a new battery (NP 20) they sell on Ebay...no more than $7 as rule with shipping. Buy a new charger as well...no more than $8 usually..same place. Do not throw away your camera or take it in for repairs until you at least try this. It could be the cheapest fix possible.
If a new and charged battery still doesn't work, it may be the connection points...inside the camera...the little springs you see when you look into the battery slot. I have never had to adjust these as they were never the problem. What is sometimes the problem, id when the battery is pushed into place...the right way and not backwards (we have ALL done it!) there is a little latch that comes out from the side to hold the battery in...make sure it does in fact hold the battery in tight before shutting the battery cover. The battery cover does not have to be closed for the battery to work.
If all the above fails...sell me the camera and charger and battery...seriously!!
Wet and camera do not mix - wet onto the circuit board will cause a short and blow stuff.
There is nothing to repair- cameras like other small electronics are machine made in a single piece.
You can ask Panasonic via the support site - but I fear it is new camera time.