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Camera left out in the rain and snow. Any chance for it?

Tim Cleves , Jan 29, 2006; 03:15 p.m.

My Nikon Coolpix 4800 has just had an adventure. I was playing with my kids last weekend in a near by park. We had just had a foot of very fluffy, powdery snow and somehow my camera fell out of my pocket. I didn't realize this for a while and by the time I noticed we had been playing over a fairly large area of the park. I did a pretty extensive search and probably shifted about a tennis court size area of snow trying to find the camera. No luck. I went back a few times during the week to see if the melting snow had revealed the cameras location but again no luck. Yesterday and last night we had warmer temperature and plenty of rain so that when I got up this morning most of the snow was gone. I went to the park and there I found the Coolpix! It was damp and a little muddy but physically looks fine. There is condensation inside the camera and I am sure it is broken, but I would love to know if anyone can give me some advice on how to dry it and hopefully get it to work again. It is a great little camera.




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craig zac , Jan 29, 2006; 03:20 p.m.

you could put it in a really dry place for a week or so, maybe next to or infront of a dehumidifier and see what happens.. My guess is its no good anymore but dont try to start it up yet, you most likley short it out and then youll really have nothing. Let it dry out for about a week or os and see if that helps, take the battery out and leave the door open, pull out the card too, you might be able to hit it wilth a low heat hair dryer too to help speed up the drying time! Good luck! -zacker-

gary shaw , Jan 29, 2006; 03:22 p.m.

My son dropped his in a creek and it worked just fine once it had dried out. I'd remove the batteries etc to insure the interior drie out thoroughly.

Jim Gifford , Jan 29, 2006; 03:42 p.m.

1) Do not turn the camera on.

2) Remove batteries and flash card.

3) Preheat the oven to 140 degrees or so (very very LOW temperature for an oven... you're simulating a dry desert day).

4) Put camera in the oven for several hours at that very low temperature.

5) Remove camera from oven. Let it cool for half an hour or so. Seal room-temperature camera in a ziplog bag with some of those silica gel packs you get with anything electronic... they soak up humidity nicely.

6) Wait several days.

7) Take camera out of baggie, reinsert battery and flash card, and turn the camera on.

8) If it doesn't work... buy a new one.

Be well,

William Kahn , Jan 29, 2006; 03:53 p.m.

An alternative to the oven would be a food dehydrator.

Pat Slaney , Jan 29, 2006; 05:07 p.m.

I just washed out my cell phone,so after going through the wash for a 20 minute cycle and putting it in the dryer in my coat pocket,I can tell you how I got my phone working again.I thought I had fried the battery and both display screens were totally black.1st I put the hair dryer on it at a cool temp for 30 minuter about 10 inches away from each other.Then I put the hair dryer on warm for anothe 30 minutes about 10 inched apart again and both times the hair dryer was on medium.Finally and this was the most important I think,I got two "SILICA GEL" bags,the ones you fine in a shoe box when you buy a new pair of shoes(I got mine from a shoe store in my area as they don't need them after they receive the shoes in transport)They use them to absorb any moisture a product may come across.In your case I would put it on the screen of your camera and inside if you can get it apart and I'm sure you can.The more of these little pouches you can get to put around the camera the better.I also lost my 35 mm. camera in water while fishing and my Canon camcorder as well.It worked in ALL CASES WITH THE SILICON BAG,ESPECIALLY.Hope this help you save your camera.GOOD LUCK Pat


John Schroeder , Jan 29, 2006; 08:33 p.m.

If Jim's idea does not work try setting the oven to 500 degrees. Then take a picture with your new digital camera to show us what happened. I think your camera is toast it might as well be toasted. Yummm toasted camera, goes very well with marmalade.

Peter Glass , Jan 29, 2006; 09:04 p.m.

Actually, the oven method does work, if you're lucky. A baptism of my camera in a Missouri stream prompted me to call a local camera repairman. He declined to take on the project, saying it was probably ruined, but suggested I put the camera in a 140 deg. oven for about 20-30 minutes (Jim's stipulation of 3 hours seems like it would truely bake the electronics). After 25 minutes, I let the camera cool down, re-installed the batteries, and presto! It worked!. I didn't do the gel thing, but that makes sense. I would try starting at 20 minutes and work my way up.

Sean Depuydt , Jan 30, 2006; 07:43 p.m.

The oven does work. A friend of mine dunked his Digital Rebel in a swamp and dried it out in an oven. Works fine even after 1.5 years.

Peter Glass , Jan 31, 2006; 01:21 a.m.

What is the risk of trying the oven? Take it to a repairman, and he'll say to scrap the camera. So why not try it? What are you losing?

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