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Powershot dunked in salt water... is there any hope?

Had the camera since it came out and loved it..
went on my honeymoon and jumped in the water with it still in my pocket..
genius I know, now it won't even power on; is there any hope for the little guy?

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I'm sorry but short of running the camera over with a bulldozer, dunking in salt water must rank a close second to the absolutely worst thing that you could do to a camera. The camera may look fine on the outside, but many electrical shorts and building corrosion are happening out of sight inside. Would suggest considering a new, or even previously owned, Canon camera.

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