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Water in GL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder camera

In a recent outing I slid down a steep bank and fell into a deep pool of water and completely submerged the camera in water. At the time the camera was not turned on. I immediately removed the battery and allowed the water to run out of the camera. I am currently trying to dry the camera out with a blow dryer (on low heat). I am wondering if anyone out there has opened up one of these cameras? If it is possible for someone (consumer) with reasonable mechanical and electrical knowledge and experience. I am also wondering if the lens portion of the camera only can be readily removed and cleaned. There is moisture inside the lens. I plan to try to dry the camera out for several weeks before attempting to power it up. Does anyone have any previous experience with something like this on this camera? If so, can you offer what you believe the prognosis will be?

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  • Outdoorsman Sep 09, 2007

    Thanks poolseman! As much as I hate the thoughts of it, I believe you are right that if it works at all after it drys out, most likely the picture quality and useful life will both probably suffer. By the way I don't believe I have any camera specific insurance. On the matter of insurance, can you tell me more about that? Are you talking homeowners or some other type? thanks for your time and thoughts.



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First water will leave sediment on the lens elements so you will need to dismantle it to clean. Second corrosion will set in on the various parts of the pc boards even if you allow the camera to dry ( inside ribbon cable plugs and underneath some components ; water may also go inside various motors in the camera ). I get this sort of problem on weekly basis in my business and generally speaking the camera cannot be economically repaired . When people walk in with this sort of damage my question is always : " is your camera insured " ?

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