Hi, I live in Thailand, own an 8700 and use it a lot (thousands of pictures a month). In the dry season it works fine but in the wet season it starts to misbehave. The trigger seems to be when the humidity is greater than 90%. The problem is that the shutter release button doesn't always work when pressed and often fires without being pressed.
I noticed this problem after I'd had the camera for over a year so it was out of warranty. I had it repaired by Nikon Thailand only to have the problems return the next wet season, again out of warranty.
I recently bought a new (refurb) from an Ebay store. Guess what, the wet season is upon us and I'm having the same problem. This has now gone past bad luck to bad design.
I have had my Nikon for a few years down with little to no problems.I am on vacation now and my camera is acting up. I have read a few posts on here about high humidity affecting their cameras. I live in a very dry enviroment and we are in a very humid enviroment for vacation. Not the tropics but...... Wondering if that is my issue and if there is a fix. My camera is putting lines across all my pictures. It worked just fine for the first three days and then I turned it onto take a picture and started getting the lines.
I read the post about firmware but I have the latest version listed for my camera.... I have put it in a very cool airconditioned enviroment but that didn't help. It did not fall or get hit.
I would love to have SOME vacation pics so any help would be appreciated. I would love any suggestions.
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Re: Camera failure in high humidity conditions
First put in an air conditioned environment to 'dry it out'
Get a snap shut 'Poly' bag and lots of Silica Gel bags or even Rice in a cloth bag to take up moisture.
If you are really clever you could organize the bag so the lens pokes out through a hole with a Rubber band sealing the bag around the lens barrel
Keep it in it.
From time to time rake out the absorbent bags to dry out.
I've had the exact same problem. I upgraded the firmware, 5min ago and it seemed to fix it.
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I had this problem about my touch screen same with you. The touch screen on left hand has stopped working. I had it for 20 months. I live in Thailand. I think that it is the big problem for ST550. I've brought it to Samsung Customer Center. and they've introduced me to change the new touch screen. It is about USD50.00. I am bored. I used it a little bit.
These camera's aren't designed for humid conditions and can be damaged. Some models are very fussy and won't even turn on if they detect humidity inside the case.
Try drying it out in a low humidity environment such as an air conditioned car or a hotel room and also have a fan blowing on it for a few hours. if not available then try sunlight in a breezy area on a dry day, but don't wait too long to dry it out. Also don't heat it at all. A small vacuum chamber such as used in some industries can dry it out very fast but can be hard to arrange.
Get a waterproof camera such as a Canon D10 or a waterproof case for yours for these extreme conditions.
I would remove the battery immediatly as not to short circuit the very fragile circuits inside! Going from cold to warm, or warm to cold area's will cause a layer of humidity to built up on the tiny components inside, if the camera is not completely dried up (no condensation visible) every time this occurs then it will take even longer to completely dry up/out next time you use it in the same humid conditions. By now the microscopic conduits around/ in the lcd screen could already be creating an acid wich will coat the connections inside the camera, causing likely permanent damage to yuor camera. If you have to use a non weatherproof camera, then imediatly leave it in a dry, warm (not hot) area to completely dry out before next use, this could prolong/prevent any damage. The lcd in the camera has only very tiny openings, so when the screen fogs up it takes a long time longer to dry back out then it did to become foggy....Hope this helps some!
'Contamination' would seem to suggest that something got inside the
camera and caused a problem - most likely cause, water or some other
kind of moisture. Dp you live somewhere humid or do you go to the beach
or swim a lot?
there is no solution, your lenses are spoiled forever. The fungi are eating up the resins used to glue togheter the compound lenses. Clearly you are living in a hot and humid envinronment.
In these conditions you can only prevent the problem by storing the camera in a sealed container filled with drying salts ( you can buy them in any camera,s shops ).
Try putting the camera in play mode or print mode and turn on and off until you get an off state with the lense retracted. Next, hold the zoom lever to the left (W) and power on. This worked for my camera. I am not sure the first step is necessary but this is what I did and the camera works fine. I think when I dropped it the lense gear got out of sync.
I think this problem indicates a failure of the main board - possibly high humidity affecting the internals.
You could try putting the camera in a snap shut poly bag with a cloth tie of rice or salt and placing all in dry environment. This is to attempt to dry out the camera.
Remove the batteries and memory card when doing so.
But please appreciate the condition may be Fatal already.