camera repair water damaged
How can i fix my camera? If it is accidentally soaked in water for less than 5 seconds. What should I do?
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Having one's camera submerged in water is the nightmare of every camera owner.
Unless you already have quite some experience in camera repair, there's only few things that you can do.
First of all, remove the battery. This should have been done immediately after the camera was soaked. Every minute you leave the battery in will increase the probability of damage.
You should then proceed to detach the lens, remove the memory card, and and try to get as much water as possible out of the camera as quickly as possible. Put the camera face down on a pile of tissue paper to start with. Same thing holds for the lens: put it upright (facing up) on some tissue paper and let the water drip out.
If you're brave, once you got most of the water out, you could try to carefully remove the camera's outer shell. You can then proceed to carefully dry the camera's internals with tissue paper. Be extremely careful: you don't want to cause additional damage. If you are not familiar with electronic gadget disassembly, taking apart a DSLR is not a good way to get started.
Be warned: some of the optical parts, especially the mirror, are extremely delicate and should not be wiped with tissue paper or similar. You may rinse the mirror with a few drops of pure isopropyl alcohol, and catch the runoff with a strategically positioned pad of tissue paper. This will remove any trace of water from the mirror, and the isopropyl will not harm the mirror or leave residue. Isopropyl can be used in the same manner to remove traces of water from delicate electronics.
However, the above procedures can only limit the damage. Depending on how much water actually got into the camera, there might be damage done that can only be repaired by a professional.
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A t3i has a powerful flash capacitor inside. If you take of the front cover, it could very well knock you out if you hit it, possibly kill you. It has an added bonus of using really long leads that stick out near the bottom of the camera. If the camera got wet, it’s most likely toast. The power board (home to the capacitor) and the mainboard will corrode at any point that carries voltage within minutes. Sell it on ebay for 50 bucks and move on.
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