The GoPro Hero5 Black is an HD waterproof action camera released by GoPro in October of 2016. The 4k resolution video camera has voice control, a touch screen display, and built in WiFi.

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Water Damage of GoPro

There was leakage of salt water into my GoPro, and then a flashy screen. My GoPro will now not turn on. I even put it in rice. Can you fix it?

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Hi,

Ifixit does not do repairs. Its' volunteers provide advice on how to fix it yourself or if you can't manage this then to get it professionally repaired.

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The minerals in the water cause corrosion and the water also provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the camera's operating design and could damage the components. The corrosion process starts immediately and will not stop until it has been thoroughly cleaned away.

Rice is good to eat but does nothing to fix the problems caused by corrosion.

Don't Put Your Device in Rice. Here's Why

First do not turn on your camera and then you need to with the camera turned off, remove the battery as soon as possible from the camera to minimize further damage.''

Then you need to completely dis-assemble the rest of the camera and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% or less and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount

Here is a link that in general describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

You may also have to replace the battery as sometimes it is hard to recover a battery from water damage.

Hopefully after doing all this your camera might work properly again

Here is a link to the Ifixit repair guide for your camera which may be of some help.

GoPro Hero5 Black Repair

If this process seems too daunting, take your phone to a reputable, professional camera repair service and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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Hello my go for hero 5 I enter water, then immediately remove the battery and let it dry for days,

After it was dry I turned it on and it worked fine, but at the time of using it the camera started to light itself and started to record or take pictures like crazy

I disarm it and clean it with an electronic cleaner that removes moisture, when dismantling it, check its internal parts and I do not observe any corrosion or damage.

I would like to know if you have encountered a similar situation, and if not what could I do?

REGARDS

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Hello, my GoPro 5 also got water inside the screen. It was very frustrating because it is the third time using it on water. Any tips? it works but I don't think this camera is waterproof.

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