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Dried water droplets on inside of lens

Would really appreciate any help with my waterproof camera, the >Olympus 795SW (bought in Australia in Dec 07). After a few days at the beach (i always carefully rinsed the camera afterwards in fresh water), i saw my camera lens had spots of water on the inside! I rinsed and dried the camera again, hoping it would help....only to find more droplets when it dried off. Now, whenever i take a photos, the droplets appear in each one, rendering it almost uesless! This is not the best news, since i am currenlty on a world holiday and dont have time to send it to an authorised repair service centre. I would really appreciate any advice on this problem.

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The camera lens will have to come completely apart, and all the pieces be cleaned. This is not something you can do yourself at home. Because there is water in the lens, there is the risk that the humidity will cause corrision of some of the pieces and electronics inside of the lens unit.

You an try leaving the camera in a dry warm place that is not more than about 100 deg F for a few days to see if the water will dry out. But, I am sure that there will be water stains inside on the lens surfaces.

Jerry G.


Posted on May 16, 2008

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