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Digital Workshop: Soaked Digital Camera? Uncooked Rice May Help

Special thanks to Statendam’s techspert Ricah who posted this on Hal’s Digital Workshop blog.


Techspert Ricah here on the beautiful and elegant ms Statendam. With its epic size and scale Alaska is a great subject for taking beautiful pictures. That being said, guests frequently have to deal with changing weather and rain. Today I thought it relevant to talk to you about how to potentially save your digital camera if it gets drenched with water. As you know water is the enemy when it comes to your digital camera. Therefore it is imperative that you act quickly! Follow these next steps and you increase your chances of giving your digital camera a fighting chance:

  • Immediately turn off your camera as soon as possible.
  • Separate and dry the individual parts with an absorbent cloth or q-tip (especially in the hard to reach places). For the camera lens make sure to use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching or damaging it.
  • Fill a bowl with uncooked rice and place your camera, battery, and SD card in it so that it is buried and surrounded. If you’re wondering about the uncooked rice it helps because it removes the water by absorbing the moisture away from the camera.
  • Now comes the hard part…leave it there and wait at least 24 hours. 48 hours is better if you can stand it.
  • With quick action and a little luck hopefully your camera will come roaring back to life.

    *Keep in mind that this is a last and final resort which can have mixed results.

    Take care and happy sailing!

    To read the full post on their blog, click HERE.

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