Whether you’re photographing in the rain, in the snow, at the beach, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom, your camera may get wet. Cliff Smith at Trustedreviews.com has a great article that explains how to keep your camera safe and functional in wet weather.
The third and final page of the article seemed most helpful where Cliff Smith discusses what to do in the event that your camera accidentally gets wet.
First, Cliff Smith advises, don’t panic. If any electronic gadget, including a digital camera, does get wet, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s broken. In fact, you might be able to save the camera if you act sensibly and fast. Cliff Smith advises the following course of action:
- Do not turn on the camera until it’s completely dry again.
- Remove the batteries immediately, without turning off the camera so the lens doesn’t retract.
- Carefully dry any water from the outside of the camera with an absorbent towel.
- Do not use a paper towel or tissue on the glass part of the lens since that could scratch it.
- Carefully clean any water from the lens and other glass parts with a proper lens cloth or soft lint-free cloth.
- Place the camera somewhere warm and dry for at least 24 hours (but don’t overheat it).
- You can speed up the drying process by placing the camera in a small box with some moisture absorbing silica gel packs or a handful of rice grains.
- Once the camera is completely dry, put in a dry battery and try turning it off and then on again.
- If the camera doesn’t start up normally right away, turn it off immediately and seek further advice from your camera dealer or the camera’s manufacturer.
The same tips apply to the memory card inside the camera. According to Cliff Smith, memory cards are so rugged, they can survive a trip in the washing machine; though, we’re hesitant to try this at home. Because of the cards’ durability, you should almost always be able to retrieve your photos, even if the camera ends up requiring further repair.
If your camera is beyond repair, some camera manufacturers offer special discounts if you trade in your damaged camera. The Canon Loyalty Program is one such program which we’ve written about in the Photobird Daily.