Digital Camera Soaked in Coke

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dann, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. dann macrumors newbie

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    Spent $230 for my girlfriend's birthday present, a Sony Cybershot DSC-W55. Just after 2 days, she said it was soaked with Coke in her handbag. She found that the Coke has enter the battery socket and wiped it.

    I told her not to turn the camera on to avoid any shorts or any unwanted things to happen. I'm not sure if the chemicals in Coke would potentially kill the camera components so I'd appreciate any suggestion about what we should do to keep the camera healthy as long as possible.
     
  2. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

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    If it still works, bring it back to where you bought and say it's not want you need, ask for a credit note and buy another camera.
     
  3. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry to hear about your dilemma. I'm afraid I can't offer any suggestions as I've never heard of anything like your situation. I would recommend for her next point & shoot to keep it in a cheapie camera case from Walmart or somewhere cheap to keep the LCD screen from scratching.

    It possibly would have stopped the camera from being drenched.

    Sorry I couldn't be more constructive.
     
  4. Sherman Homan macrumors 6502

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    Coke has some very strong acids in it. Remember the video of Coke eating through car paint, dissolving a human tooth?! Wiping it isn't going to clean those and the sugar off. You need to clean it with water, then rubbing alcohol, and most important, let it dry.
    It is sort of counterintuitive, but water will not hurt it as long as there is no electricity involved. The real issue is how far into the guts of the camera did the Coke get?
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You're going to have to let it sit for a LONG time.....with the battery taken out.

    If you can get it open, you may as well. It's not under warranty anymore.

    Weird thing: my friend has one of those Olympus 725 or 730 SW cameras that you can drop into 10 feet of water or something, and we've purposely dunked it into beer and taken photos from inside pint glasses. Weird perspective.

    .................:confused:
     
  6. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Perhaps signing up to a dedicated digital photography forum would get more info...
     
  7. dann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is what I thought I'm gonna do but it's been more than 15 days so I can't return it.

    I'm not sure how far into the camera did the Coke get but since my gf toke the battery out and found 3-4 drops of Coke in there, it may be far enough to reach the electrical components in the camera. We'll try to clean it carefully with water like what you suggest.

    I'm posting it here because this is the forum that I found instantly. The response are pretty good and quick. I'll try searching a dedicated digital photography forum if someone has quite a similar situation.
     
  8. dogtanian macrumors 6502

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  9. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I don't think that people on a "dedicated photo forum" are going to be able to offer any more assistance than folks here for the simple reason that the camera is more than likely toast now. Might as well look at having to pony up for a new one and this time get her a case to keep the camera in, too, to protect it from Coke and other substances.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Love the contribution to society! :rolleyes:

    The sugar from the coke will most likely ruin the camera unfortunately. I can't see it actually working right after that.
     
  11. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, but I had to smile when I read that. My friend's daughter just dropped her nano into a Big Gulp filled with root beer. And it ain't workin' no more. :(
     
  12. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, is it just me or does anyone else find this kind of behaviour absolutely disgusting?

    It was soaked in Coke! Not the manufacturers problem, not the retailers problem, your problem!

    Why should the manufacturer or retailer help you at all?

    Suck it up (not the coke, the responsibility)!

    It's gone, dead, finished. Buy another and move on. Do the right thing.
     
  13. JFreak macrumors 68040

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  14. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I am in complete agreement with you here. When something bad happens through a person's own fault, why do so many people immediately think of "how can I best screw somebody else so this doesn't adversely impact me?"

    I realize a lot of people on this board are kids, but... c'mon.
     
  15. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

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    I certainly wouldn't assume the camera is broken. My brother-in-law had his nano (the previous version) go through the washing machine. Twice. It still works. The key element is the moisture, not the coke. AFAIK, carbonic acid won't dissolve the materials in IC's. Now, if some of the coke got into the imaging part of the camera (between the lenses, over the sensor, etc.) then it's done for. I would NOT clean with water. Alcohol, maybe, but not water. Water + electronics + power supply = short ciruit -> dead camera.

    Good luck

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  17. dann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The camera is not dead, whew. I'll clean it with alcohol and I hope the camera will last long as it supposed to.
     
  18. GT41 macrumors regular

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    I'm glad your camera still works. I would suggest you take a look at moving parts, like where the lens slides in and out and make sure its not too sticky there. Otherwise I doubt much coke could have gone inside to the electronics. As for the battery section it probably only did two things, clean the electrodes (though if new they weren't corroded) and make the compartment sticky, neither being dangerous.
     
  19. visch1 macrumors newbie

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    If the purchase was made using certain credit cards it's possible that there is theft and damage insurance on the camera for a period of time.
     
  20. dann thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My credit card doesn't have the insurance so all I can do is hoping that the Coke's sugar and acid didn't do too much damage to the camera. The lesson is don't put your drinks and camera at the same place.
     
  21. compuwar macrumors 601

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    I'd advocate not being this dishonest, and not committing fraud. I'd also advocate not doing business with irishgrizzly if that's where his moral compass points.
     
  22. avincent52 macrumors regular

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    Glad your camera's working. But if you're old enough to buy expensive presents for your girlfriend, you're old enough to understand that trying to return something you broke is both illegal and just plain dishonest.

    best
    allen
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    To the OP, I don't think you're going to be able to fix it if water leaked into the battery compartment.

    Is there a chance that you could help your girlfriend buy a $99 point and shoot? If you don't need anything fancy, I doubt there's much difference.
     
  24. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a

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    On a $200 camera? Who really does that?
     
  25. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    I have a home insurance that covers every common piece of gear (under €3500 value). Sure it hurts my insurance bill if I claim too much but insurance still is a good thing to have just to be sure.
     

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