Camera dunked in Salt water
I accidently dunked my camera in Salt water. Power was off when it happened but now it is dead. Any chance it can be repaired?
Jeff Kidwell this is one of those questions that are so tough to answer. Can it be done? Yes. May be. At this time you really have nothing to lose so I would suggest you go for it.
Remove your battery. Do not try to turn your camera on etc. That could make a bad situation worth. The very first step I would take is to disassemble your camera. Use these guides Canon PowerShot SX60 HS to help you disassemble your camera. you will have to totally disassemble it. Take a careful and close look at all components and connectors. Truly assess the damage. Look for major corrosion, evaluate the pins in the connectors etc,. Take a look at all connectors as well as cable ends. You will have to remove all the EMI shields. If you do not remove the shields, you are not cleaning the motherboard. Once you got the gross contamination cleaned, use 90%+ isopropyl alcohol and clean your parts some more. For a proper cleaning, use this guide. It was written for an Apple iPhone 3G but it is still pertinent to your camera as well. I can not stress the importance of a good cleaning enough, so do it over and over while replacing the alcohol after each cleaning. Do not use compressed air for the cleaning since that can drive liquid as well as corrosion particles into areas that will cause trouble later on. Do not use drinking water, if you need to use water, use sterile water. Also, you do not need to leave it to dry for a day. Isopropyl alcohol in the higher concentration will evaporate quickly and dissipate the water. The importance here is the cleaning. Best thing to do would be to clean it with an ultrasonic cleaner, but if you do not have access to one, this will at least help. Do not forget to replace the battery. This is a must and not an option. It will fail if you do not take care of it now. After that, reassemble your camera and re-evaluate. For as long as you have not cleaned your boards, everything is just a guess. Keep in mind that water damage is the hardest to troubleshoot and to repair. It does not matter if is was exposed for 2 seconds or 2 hours, what matters is where the water (particulates) did the damage. The other major issues with all of this is the fact that service manuals and schematics are extremely difficult to come by so a broken or corroded component will be hard to identify.
At least give it a try and see what happens. Best of luck to you.
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