We’ve posted several stories on planet5D about cameras being dumped into water and in many cases, if you do the right things, you’ll save your camera.

the key seems to be to make sure that you don’t turn it on right away and after you pull it out, let it dry out for many days – especially in large vat of dry, uncooked rice. The rice will wick the moisture out.

Here’s another story we just found: “The Day my Canon EOS 5D Mark II went for a swim…”

The real issue can be the salinity of the water. Salt water corrodes quickly. If you drop in the ocean, you can probably consider your camera a brick.

When I started working at an electronics manufacturing shop, I was surprised to see circuit boards being washed. The key was the water was free of impurities.

Any tips you have?

Have you dunked your camera? Did it survive?

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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind planet5D.com — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of macrumors.com. He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at planet5D.com was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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