Condinsation or Mechanical?
Hi there. Your problem i had it before at least twice. It is about condensation. What You should not have done was to start it up after getting it from those temperatures, but then again, how could You know?
1-As humidity blured the lenses, even inside whats worse, the camera wont be able to find a focus setting. That will be all the crazy motor sounds you hear.
2-humidity also afects electronics, which may induce to camera to start up and shut down several times out of control, as water conducts electricity and is all over the mother board and switches.
3-You did good, removing the battery is the first thing to do.
Now you have to wait till the camera gets as dry as possible inside.
4-The lenses WILL have to be cleaned. At some point they might look dry and clean but believe me, they will need to be cleaned.
5-If I was You, the camera wasnt under warranty, and I was ready to buy another one... i would do the next:
A-disassemble as much as possible being able to put back together. i wouldnt touch the lense assembly.
B-as there is monitor/screen anti-dust sprays, such those for office use, theres also someting similar for electronics, mother boards and all. get one of those and if you cant find it then go with the usual anti-dust.
C-spray whatever you could expose.do not spray the lenses.
D-both outside-most and inside-most lenses clean as you would clean a very expensive pair of reading glasses. use the right cleaner and whipe.
E-assemble back again, i wouldnt put all screws back as more cleaning might be nessesary. install battery and turn on.
F-if it works, congrats.i still think the lense will need cleaning inside.
G-if it is still acting crazy, either the humidity is still present or the damage was done for good when it was turned on that night. water would be responsible for conducting electrical current higher than normal to some important and delicate parts, such as processor and all.sorry.
H-either re-clean and try again or just sell for parts and buy another one.
HOPE THIS ALL WORKS FOR YOU, AND REMEMBER NOT TO LIVE -ANY- ELECTRONICS BEHIN ON VERY LOW OR HIGH TEMPERATURES. THEY ARE MADE SO THEY WILL FAIL AND WILL GET THE USER TO PAY FOR A NEW ONE, IS THAT EASY.
PLEASE FEEDBACK AND LET ME KNOW IF IT WORKED.
Dec 04, 2007 |
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 Digital Camera