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Nikon D3300 not working after soaking


28 Oct 2018 7:28AM
will it recover
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 8:31AM
It's anyone's guess really? I assume you've taken the battery out for now?
Railcam 14 900 2 Scotland
28 Oct 2018 8:42AM
If the soaking was either in salt water or a sugary solution, give it a thorough rinse in clean water.

Then, as Franken says, take the battery out. Next remove the lens and place both the lens and body in a warm place (e.g. airing cupboard) for a week, then cross your fingers..

Best wishes for a good outcome
Keith

filmforever 13 775
28 Oct 2018 11:19AM
Some years ago I had a digital SLR pack up in a sudden squall. When I took it back to the importer the remark was made: "When it rains sir, you should put your camera away in its case".....er. yes. I've gone back to "old fashioned" mechanical film cameras ever since.

Conclusion?....No matter how sophisticated the software, a digital camera costing a four figure sum, is still reliant on a battery costing probably less than 50. Batteries are prone to failure in wet weather, freezing cold temperatures, hot desert sandstorms etc., and when that happens you have what can be a few thousand pounds worth of junk around your neck.
28 Oct 2018 1:08PM
thanks for replies was out in stirling in heavy rain last week forgot to take camera out of case when i came in battery did work but screen very foggy and shutter would not release
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 2:06PM
Don't just put it somewhere warm, you need airflow - the same as tumble dryers, washing lines, dehumidifiers etc.
Chrism8 14 981 28 England
28 Oct 2018 2:35PM
Also take the card out and open all the covers / hatches / doors on the camera if having already.
thewilliam2 4 1.5k United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 5:05PM
Bear in mind that cameras like the D3300 weren't designed to survive a soaking although you might be lucky. The weather-sealing is one of the reasons why the "professional" camera bodies cost so much more.
Chris_L 7 5.5k United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 5:29PM

Quote:when i came in battery did work but screen very foggy and shutter would not release
For future reference, if a camera gets this wet you need to switch it off and leave it switched off until it's dry. The water can cause short circuits very easily, don't be tempted to try it out too soon. Give it plenty of drying time, plenty of ventilation.
filmforever 13 775
28 Oct 2018 5:57PM

Quote:Bear in mind that cameras like the D3300 weren't designed to survive a soaking although you might be lucky. The weather-sealing is one of the reasons why the "professional" camera bodies cost so much more.



Even "professional" digital bodies are known to fail in adverse weather conditions. Just ask any pro. who's worked in hostile climates.
Belleyeteres 10 264 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2018 6:09PM

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Quote:Bear in mind that cameras like the D3300 weren't designed to survive a soaking although you might be lucky. The weather-sealing is one of the reasons why the "professional" camera bodies cost so much more.



Even "professional" digital bodies are known to fail in adverse weather conditions. Just ask any pro. who's worked in hostile climates.




I have used my Pentax K5, K3 and now K1 out in heavy rain with no problems. The Nikon I had failed.
28 Oct 2018 9:07PM
The Pentax KS2 and the the Pentax K70 are entry to mid level camera bodies both are weather sealed the K S 2 has a 100 seals .
Additionslly there are plenty of WR lens.

Regards
sausage Plus
16 700 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2018 8:16AM
My D850 packed up on me once. I was on a late night shoot in the winter - it was very cold, and the air was full of condensation. It was ok until I changed the lens.

Changing the lens took a while as it was pitch dark and I couldn't see what I was doing! The camera wouldn't turn on.

And it still wouldn't turn on the next day so I just left it with the battery out. Was ok after a day. Whew!
filmforever 13 775
29 Oct 2018 10:12AM

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Quote:Bear in mind that cameras like the D3300 weren't designed to survive a soaking although you might be lucky. The weather-sealing is one of the reasons why the "professional" camera bodies cost so much more.



Even "professional" digital bodies are known to fail in adverse weather conditions. Just ask any pro. who's worked in hostile climates.




I have used my Pentax K5, K3 and now K1 out in heavy rain with no problems. The Nikon I had failed.




It's largely the luck of the draw. No matter how sophisticated the product, electrics and water don't mix. A former colleague of mine some years ago on assignment in Iraq got caught out in a sand storm which effectively gummed up the works on one of his digi bodies. He hastily wrapped the other in a plastic bag for protection only to find the excessive heat rapidly produced equally excessive moisture causing the second body to malfunction too.

I'm told the British army had similar problems during sand storms with their (then) new technology SA80 rifles. Some apparently resorted to using captured Kalashnikovs which although more "loosely" manufactured and less accurate, carried on working in the extreme conditions.
thewilliam2 4 1.5k United Kingdom
29 Oct 2018 10:35AM

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I'm told the British army had similar problems during sand storms with their (then) new technology SA80 rifles. Some apparently resorted to using captured Kalashnikovs which although more "loosely" manufactured and less accurate, carried on working in the extreme conditions.



One friend fought in Vietnam and told me a similar story but about the Armalite rifles that were standard issue. They were expected to do a daily field-strip and clean and, even then, they had a tendency to jam. Their solution was to "lose" the Armalite if they were able to capture an AK47!

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