About a year ago three was a thread here about how to dry out a
camera, or maybe it was a cellphone, that had been underwater.
Rather than take it apart, someone had sealed it in a
with some other material or substance and let it sit for several days.
I can't remember what the other material was, and googling the
keywords I could thinik of didn't find it.
Any suggestion of the keywords used, or of what to use to dry the
If I'd known I would need this, I woudl have saved it!! Thanks.
The material you're thinking of is "desiccant". you'll be familiar with
this from those little white pouches you get with some electronic stuff
that say, "Do Not Eat" on them.
Google for these terms: desiccant packs
Shipping-supply places often have them.
You can also put the camera in a sunny window for a couple of days (after
running out the lens, removing the battery and cards, and opening whatever
things are openable). The heat is high enough to evaporate the moisture,
but not high enough to damage the camera. Putting it on the dashboard of
your car works as well.
When slow and cold is acceptable, time in a frost free refrigerator is
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to dry a cell phone, take battery out and use a hair dryer. get the
phone nice and toasty.
it may not work but drying it fast is important
Too late for that!
Actually the guy I got it from did remove the battery and the memory
card, and leave it open, but it didnt' help.
That was months ago, and he just gave it to me today.
Can't open the zoom lens, as someone suggested because even with a
charged battery, the camerat does absolutely nothin' .
It's getting warmer, so I can try the sunny window, but RICE was the
substance I couldn't think of. I'm going to try that first. Seems
to me a sealed bag will be better because the rice will have to use
the humidity from the camera instead of the whole house. But if
that doesn't work, I'll try an open container with new rice.
I save all those little dessciant bags just for something liek this,
and I could heat them in the oven I think and dry them out. or I could
go buy something bigger.
(He checked with Panasonic and they told him they don't really fix the
cameras, they just send a duplicate, and if they don't have that,
something close, and since there is no warranty for this, they charge
90 dollars for a small point and shoot digital camer. He bought a
new newer model for 99.
He was on a cruise, with the camera in a pocket of his bathing suit,
when he went to the hot tub. Noticed it right away, will, right after
it went under water.
If nothing else I got another USB cord, and a might fit something
someday battery and charger, Plus a camera to take apart -- found
two screws already. )
You know, you're probably right. At least that drying won't help.
I do think there could still be water in it. Somehow I think water
has an easier time getting in t han it does getting out, that
evaporation is incrediblly slow.
But I think the damage has been done.
Fried? with only 7 volts? I sort of doubt that.
I'm thinking the on-off switch or the battery contacts might be
corroded. That would account for the fact that nothing at all
The battery contracts look qlean and I put a drop of DeoxIT DP5 into
the slide switch, but doing that from the top never works well.
I've found 5 screws, enough to take 3 of the 4 sides off, so maybe I
can get at the swtitch wihtout the whole thing popping apart. But
experience tells me I should try the rice first, since that won't
cause the camera to burst apart. When/if that doesn't work, I'll try
taking it apart.
Thanks and thanks all.
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