Back From Atlantis

While canoeing across a deep pond with my D50 and 70-300 zoom i dropped the camera into the water and it sank  6 feet down... It was a few seconds for me to jump in and find it on the bottom of the pond. I ran home with the camera shaking it and trying to dry it with a towel the camera was dead..Once home i took off the lens and removed the battery ....AND in the oven they went low heat door slightly open for two whole days...   That was three years ago and the camera is still working perfectly today , same battery, the lens has a few dry water marks inside but still functions perfectly....long live NIKON (cb)

Thom's response: here's the full list of what to try:

  1. Remove the battery, immediately. If the camera is one with an accessible clock battery, remove that. Electrical current is bad when water is present. Even a few seconds can make a difference.
  2. Remove all water you can using a towel. Use a small towel with a thin tool to get into crevices if you can. But be careful of delicate parts (mirror, etc.).  
  3. Put the camera into a bag of rice (or other moisture absorber), remove all air from the bag, and seal the bag.  
  4. Get thee to a fixery. 

But cb's experience is the exception, not the rule. Generally, even modest water inside that gets any of the electronics will start a corrosion event that eventually makes the product unreliable and eventually unusable.  

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