May 202013

My poor little Canon dslr camera got wet. We had a really fun weekend with our dear friends at an outdoor festival. (Well, fun minus 15 stitches!) But my camera was a victim of the torrential downpour that caught us. It was in my backpack, in another bag, and it was pretty much the only thing that really got wet. The thing is (and this might be what did it in)- I didn’t realize it was wet, so I didn’t take the battery out or do anything about it for many hours. It’s been in rice since, and as of this morning it still wouldn’t turn on. (This happened on Saturday). Any other suggestions for bringing a wet camera back to life? It wasn’t submerged in water, but it was all wet and damp. Water around the battery and the memory card. All over. Oh, so sad. Anyone out there have any tips for saving a wet camera?!

 May 20, 2013  Posted by at 12:58 life, misc.

  2 Responses to “my camera is in rice.”

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  1. Katie,
    Unfortunately for your camera it was too late to save it but I will post this for anyone who might be reading this and in a similar situation.
    First remove the battery and DON’T turn on the camera. I’m not sure how important that is since there is always current flowing in cameras even when off but that is what I will tell you expecially because of he flash circuit.
    Second, rice, silicone, or anything else you have heard of does not work. Maybe in 5 weeks but you need to take action NOW. Dry the camera out as much as possible. Remove the lens and card and open all the covers, (the little ones that cover the external connections), put the camera and lenses in a box and put a hair dryer about 18-24″ away and turn it on and let it run for at least 1 hour. The goal is to dry the internal of the camera as quickly as possible without over heating the camera so feel the camera and determine if it is getting too hot.
    After the camera is completely dried out you can put the battery back in to see if it works. May or may not. If it doesn’t send it to a real camera repair shop and have them look at it. The cost is usually 1/2 the cost of a new camera so be prepared.
    If you drop it in salt water, quickly turn around 3 times and give it a big heave-ho back into the ocean.

    • Thank you so much Frank- so good to know. Wish I had skipped the rice and gone right for the hairdryer! Live and learn. Thanks for dissecting my camera to figure out what’s going on!!

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