Water got into my friends Olmypus Stylus 720 camera
When snorkeling no more than 5 to 8 ft. in the ocean water got into the camera. We opened the cover to the display a few hours later it had already started to rust. We tried to air dry it but I don't think that it will work. Now is there anyway we can save the hard drive with all of the pictures that he took?
Re: Water got into my friends Olmypus Stylus 720 camera
The pictures should be on the memory card, and not the hard drive. If you get a replacement camera (the same model) you could put the memory card into it, and your pictures should be there. Otherwise, you could get a memory card reader.
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Fiji's great isn't it?! Friendliest people and GREAT diving and marine life. A photographers dream, as long as the camera works.
Anyhow, to answer your question, YES, your camera is dead. May it rest in peace at the nearest electronics recycling station. If you even get a few drops of salt water in an electronic camera it's either going to be toast immediately, or it won't take long for the inevitable corrosion to do it's magic and kill it. You could send it in for repair, but that would likely cost more than a new(er) camera.
I just had a similar problem. I am not sure how it was fixed, but it works again - at least for now.
I had the camera on and was taking pictures when the screen went dark. Same as you describe, it takes pictures, flash works, LED, works, everything but the display. I plugged it into my computer with the USB adapter to see if I can salvage what is on the card and the diplay lights up. Tried several variations, but when the cable is connected to the computer (didn't have to be connected to the computer) the screen worked. Unplug, no display. I spun the settings button a couple of times. I accidentally took a couple of short videos and pictures that I deleted. I unplugged the camera and powered down again (tried that before). Power up and the screen is fine.
Again I have no idea what fixed it or why the display worked with the cable plugged in. It might have been related to the videos or some setting that I had slipped into (thought the display button never worked or changed anything).
Hopefully something in there helps or someone can explain what I did.
After 3-4 years use including a few snorkelling sessions, the camera seals are going to be way past their best; especially true if you've occasionally stretched that 3m limit by much. If you're like me you definitely will have, my camera is rated to 5m and I regularly snorkel past 10m but I regularly replace and lubricate the seals.
You probably had a leak, if it was freshwater the camera may survive after drying out, but seawater always leaves corrosive and conductive salt deposits behind.
If the camera recovers then take the hint and either get the seals replaced or upgrade to a camera specifically for aquatic use.
Delicate electronics and acid (salt water) make poor companions. Any time you get a modern camera anywhere near the ocean it's only a matter of time until it's gets just a drop or two of sea water in the wrong place. One must consider a underwater camera a expendable item. As a retired SCUBA instructor/dive guide and repair tech, I, knowing exactly what to do and how to carefully prep a camera for under water use, have killed several.
Likely your son had a speck of dust or lint or a hair across the sealing surfaces when he closed up the camera. That's all it takes.
Contact the company about repair, but be ready to say "it's not worth it" and just get another camera. They ALL leak eventually, IMHO.
After only 15 days mine did the same thing. I called the dealer Olympus and they gave me a RAN number and told me where to send it. I got a call about a week later. They said because the camera had moisture inside I was not coverd. The best they would do is mail me a rebate card for 25 dollars off my next purchase. I was like WTF. The woman said sorry but that was all they could do. When I asked to speak to manager she hung up.