What to do with a sandy digital camera?
March 1, 2012 10:21 AM Subscribe
People who know about cameras, or who have had this experience - what should you do with a digital camera that gets sand in it?
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars to technology (12 answers total)
My Canon S95 fell at the beach today, and now it has sand in it. It didn't fall hard; it was in my bag on the ground and slipped out of my hands right as I took it out of its case. Unfortunately, I had already turned it on, and sand got all up in the lens. Now, it makes a grinding noise when I turn it on and off (that is, when the lens extends/retracts).
On my way home I went into a camera/camera repair store and the picture the dude there painted was pretty bleak. After using some compressed air on the lens, he said the sand was inside, the camera would be broken soon, and I would have to pay a bunch of money to get it repaired. I don't know if I should trust that entirely. On one hand, he clearly despised me for doing something so stupid to a really nice camera (I actually think he wanted to see me cry), and there's something in it for the store if I get it fixed there - but then, I have no doubt that sand destroys cameras.
At the moment, the camera works fine, apart from the grinding noise. If you know anything about this, what do you think I should do? Is it even possible for the damage not to progress any further? What if I just use the camera until it actually stops working? (It seems like it will cost a ton to fix either way?) Should I put it away and stop using it until I can afford to get it cleaned? Or something else?
God, I can't believe I've done this. Thanks so much for any advice you can give me.