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Camera is not getting on - after fell in sea water

Hi my camera accidently fell in the beach.Even though it was inside the cover and inside the sea water just for few sec, it is not getting switched on. I had tried removing the mositure by removing the battery and memory and keeping in sunlight for few hours.Still no luck.

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  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    i had the same problem with mine.. it was dropped on a hard surface then worked for 1 month and den suddenly turned off while using it : ( 

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  • arlinpimente Mar 22, 2009

    me to exept mine fell in the sand know it dosnt want to turn on unless i plug to my com....puter

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    that happened to me too nit was also it was a kodak cam



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Camera was dropped on a hard deck or into any water solution.

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Whether your camera was dropped into any water (or onto a hard deck for that matter) - even for a split second - the damage has already been done. Esp with the "hard deck" drop.

Unless your digital camera is a totally "100% waterproof down to X number of feet" sports digital camera, or quite possibly a "water-resistant" sports digital camera I'm afraid you got water into the "lens barrel" area of the camera and that usually is just as FATAL as getting water into the camera anywhere else as well. Esp if it's SALTWATER!!

Saltwater will destroy any camera (or anything else electronics for that matter) just as bad as leaky batteries will. Once those micro circuit-boards get that acidic saltwater or batt acid on them it's only a matter of time before TOTAL FAILURE.

Sometimes it's immediate, and other times it takes awhile for that saltwater/acid to do it's damage inside. But it will happen - as I know very well from all my years of repairing electronic equipment no matter what it was - Marine environment stuff as well.

See - those saltwater crystals left behind never go away once the water evaporates. Only way to possibly get that saltwater out initially (out of anything electronic dropped in ocean water btw) - with any luck - is to first remove any and all batteries from the damaged electronic item(s).

Next - squirt ALCOHOL (91% or higher rubbing alcohol, or better yet 99% Isopropyl Alcohol) into the openings where you suspect the saltwater got into the camera (or other items) to begin with, and then hold the camera with the lens barrel facing down while shaking the excess Alcohol out. Just letting the excess ALCOHOL drain out by itself won't do, as you need to get out as much as possible thus carrying the saltwater by-chemicals out with it as well.

If you have a compressed air source - no higher then say 20-30 psi, or a LPHV (Low Pressure High Volume) regulated air pressure source - use it instead to forcefully blow out any and all Alcohol as best you can.

Next - take the flushed out camera and open up any access panels, memory card slots, battery port doors, display panels, etc and place the camera in a kitchen oven that uses GAS ONLY, and with ONLY the PILOT LIGHT burning leave the camera in there for no less then a complete week (7 days)! NO LESS then 7 days!

That low PILOT LIGHT ONLY heat temp ( < ~ 110-115F ) will never harm anything electronic (as I use mine all the time to naturally dry things out that have gotten wet for one reason or the other). It will thoroughly dry out the camera insides and hopefully remove all traces of moisture and salt residue! Hopefully!

If you keep using that camera without at least doing the above FIX with Alcohol - after you have exposed it to saltwater - then I'm afraid your camera will have suffered unrecoverable internal damage and will fail totally at some point thereafter.

Saltwater and Electronics DON'T MIX - plain and simple.

Same goes for any camera that has been dropped on the "hard deck".

The guidelines and consequences of a dropped camera are listed below as a general guideline of what NOT to do, what to do afterwords, and what to do to try and prevent a camera drop to begin with.

I'm afraid that "drop", or "small drop", or even that "very big" drop you - or anyone else here posting - spoke/speaks of was more like that of a camera ending life - as related to all digital cameras. No matter how much that ?-year old ???? camera cost when new.

Not all digital cameras are created equal, and if you are an active sports person, or something close to it whereas your camera is subject to or exposed to this kind of rough treatment then you might want to consider doing several things from now on.

Unfortunately it sounds like you dislodged the imagining converting pixel matrix chip and/or the related optical components that convert the optical picture information into digital information that is processed to the memory card for storage.

You may have even possibly dislodged some PC connectors (printed circuit board connectors) inside the camera. Not to mention pulsed servo motor drive components as well.

Each camera is different as to how many individual circuit boards they have inside. Could be 3-4-5 or more. Each is interfaced by a paper thin flat interface type cable and it's possible that particular board cable could be damaged as well. Hard to say. Very very complex inside!

I've had a few destroyed digital cameras apart myself (that people gave me to try and fix) - just to see how they were put together, as I knew they were toast right off the bat in less then 5 mins after looking at them. If it wasn't bad batteries leaking inside and destroying the many smaller circuit boards inside, then it was dislodged and broken parts inside from being dropped.

In any case - each digital camera I had apart WAS NOT worth repairing if taken into an authorized repair dealer or even the main factory repair outlet. Esp if it is/was a SONY!! Sony anything is really not worth the repair charges they want today. Totally ridiculous as they charge you roughly $35-50 today just to even look at whatever is broken of theirs. Then comes the actual repair cost on top of that. I won't buy anything of theirs anymore, as they burned me twice before years ago - and twice was enough....

Not so with Olympus and other digital camera makers! That is why all my cameras today are Olympus because of the GREAT factory warranty or out of warranty service I received past to present. They are the best in my books and I have NO TIES AT ALL to them in nay matter or form!

One thing I should mention here regarding digital cameras in general, as with all 35mm film cameras as well is this.

With digital cameras that cost less then $200 (esp those under $100), and those that are say 3 to 5 years old already - if they break internally for whatever reason (ie: batts leaking - worn out drive motors - dropped camera - water damage - etc) they are considered THROW AWAY CAMERAS and NOT WORTH FIXING. Plain and simple - all sentimental attachment aside btw. Always remove and keep the Memory Cards before throwing out any damaged "beyond repair" camera though. The cards can always (possibly?) be reused on your next digital camera purchase.

With any new camera purchase over $200 it's always an added decision whether to buy the 2 or 3 year EXTENDED WARRANTY - as related to the added cost. I know I would have, and I have done so on my $400+ higher ended Olympus 35mm film camera not only because Olympus builds the best and are renown for their lens QUALITY worldwide, but because I wanted the extra PEACE OF MIND knowing an act of God or Mother Nature could occur at any time. It just made sense to me at that time!

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    Frank JR Aug 29, 2008


    As an example - I actually had 2 normal use problems with that 35mm
    film camera that were totally covered by that Xtended warranty and one
    involved an R&R of the film drive motor assy due to whatever
    lubrication related reason it decided to bind up and act sticky as
    opposed to normal smooth lens barrel operation, which btw I know would
    have been very expensive had it not been covered for FREE!

    SO - for those reasons above (and a few others) you really only
    have 2 choices here - not knowing what you paid for your digital
    camera brand new, but knowing it's over 3 years old and only you know
    how much use you have on it as well.

    In either case scenario above - your digital camera would have to be
    in to a Factory Repair Center if you choose to take that
    route. If it were me I would first call the factory direct and see if
    they offer a Blanket Repair Cost option - worst case scenario (dropped
    camera). Then take that quoted option and base it against the actual
    cost of that camera when you bought it brand new.

    If it's even very near, or way over then say 50% of the cost you first
    paid for that now broken camera to begin with - I would pass on even a
    factory repair and just buy another brand new digital camera. Whether
    the same exact model or a newer upgraded model - the latter option
    being better from a compatible software viewpoint!

    I would also ask the Factory Service Center if they had some
    kind of an upgrade option should you decide to take it into their
    facility and then they themselves find out it's really unrepairable
    cost wise? Sometimes they'll offer you this - sometimes they don't -
    doesn't hurt to ask!

    If they want to charge you anything just to look at it - pass on that
    unless they are going to credit you that towards a final repair quote!
    In either case GET a quote before any work is started on it. SONY
    refuses to do this because they are purely MONEY DRIVEN!! Worst CS Dept
    I have ever been to in my life.

    If your camera truly is a total loss then count your losses - lost
    - at this point, and go out and just buy
    another good quality camera of your choice. Prices have dropped a lot
    in the past 4 years. Still buy another camera that uses your same
    original camera memory cards if you can (whatever they are), or else
    upgrade to an XD memory card camera if
    you have to buy all new storage media cards. XD cards are surely
    the best I feel - as far as durability & size goes - no doubt about
    that part!

    If you do decide to go with another new camera this time around - buy a
    quality PADDED case for your camera, and get a good quality " WIDE NECK
    STRAP" not only for the camera's safety, but also for support and
    comfort when actually using the camera. The price of that better
    quality NECK STRAP pays for itself and prevents your camera from
    hitting the deck like it did this time around. It's PRICELESS in my
    book and the best INVESTMENT anyone could ever make!

    Those ridiculous flimsy wrist straps are a big
    NO NO if you really value any camera of yours. I treat my Olympus C-740
    like it was my baby! Literally! Anything you wouldn't do with a real
    life human baby - then you wouldn't do with your camera as well. Goes
    hand in hand!!

    My SAMSONITE brand padded nylon camera case that I found at either
    TARGET or else FRYS Electronic store cost me less then $12, and it
    works just GREAT! Best one I ever found! Holds all my XD memory cards -
    up to (6) total - in the original factory plastic snap cases they come in
    - all in a separate leather zip up case - plus 2 full sets (8 total) of
    Ni-MH rechargeable batts.

    Even though my $300 C-740 camera only cost me ~$155 with tax - after a
    50% store rebate at Office Depot in June of 2005 - I cherish it dearly,
    as I waited a long time for the price to drop on it.

    Just can't be too careful with digital cameras these days.

    Hope this repair/fix feedback has helped you to make a solid decision
    on the next step, as that choice will be yours alone. Sorry - I can't
    help you further.

    Best regards,



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