How to Dry Out A Digital Camera

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Some things you might end up needing are:

Towels to absorb water

Lint free cloth

Small skinny screwdriver

Lens cleaning supplies

Blow Dryer

Cotton Balls

Box for Camera

Know these next couple of steps may not cure your camera and expect permanent damage when:

You drop your camera in salt water
Your camera was on when it got wet
Your LCD screen got wet
You turned your camera on while it was wet to see if it worked.

Step 2:Calm down and turn off your camera if it is on. Immediately remove the battery and memory card. Forget about any pictures

Step 3:Salt can corrode your camera’s parts.If you dropped you camera in salt water or dirty water, gently rinse your camera in pure filtered water without minerals. Run the water away from your lens.If you have a warranty on your camera, send it to be repaired, otherwise, follow the next steps.

Step 4Dry off the outside of your camera. Unscrew the screws and carefully pull apart your camera to remove the excess water. Gently run clean purified water over the inside components, stay away from lens if it has not gotten wet.

Step 5: With a lint free cloth, gently dab up any water you see on the inside components. Gently remove dirt and particles as well. Try to be very careful and not damage your camera further by pulling out wires, etc.(Optional): While your camera is apart, try removing the LCD screen and drying the LCD screen off. The inside of the screen may still be wet, but this will prevent further water from entering the screen.

Step 6: Leave your camera open for 30 minutes to 3 hours. Then put it back together. Dry the outside off again and open everything that can be opened on the camera: flash, battery compartment, connection compartments, etc.

Step 7: If it is warm, set the camera in the sun for periods of 10 to 15 minutes. If it gets hot to the touch, bring the camera inside and let it cool down. If it is cold outside, use a blow dryer on low setting keeping it about 10 inches away from the camera. Stop blow drying when the camera gets hot. Do this for as long as you can stand. The camera will not dry in a day, so don’t push it too hard.

Step 8: Pack your camera in cotton balls overnight to help absorb the water. The next day continue putting your camera in the sun or under the blow dryer.

Step 9: I recommend waiting at least 3 days before considering the following:Your camera will be dried sufficiently when it no longer fogs up on the lens or the LCD screen when cooling down. (i.e.: taken inside after sitting out in the sun). At this point you can place in your battery and memory card and try turning your camera on.You might notice your LCD screen has brighter areas or discolored areas when you turn your camera on. If you’re lucky, this means your LCD screen still has water inside that hasn’t dried. You should know within the next couple of days. It is safe to use your camera at this point. If it is not permanent damage to your LCD, you will notice the discoloration disappearing over the next week or so.

Step 10: At this point, whatever is wrong with your camera will remain wrong with your camera so you can make the judgment whether to keep it or replace it at this point.If you keep it, remove your lens and clean it well. Otherwise, if you got your lens wet at any point, you will need to learn how to clean your camera’s lens or send it to the cleaners after it has dried out.


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