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My Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera got a little bit wet and now

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My Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera got a little bit wet and now it does not work. Is there any chance that it could be repaired to work again?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,Do not try to power it on again until you are sure that the internal parts are completely dry. A good drying method for electronic units of this type is to leave the battery compartment open, then seal the camera in a Zip-Lock bag filled with rice or desiccant packets which will help to draw out any additional internal moisture and fogging in a few days. When you are positive that the camera is dry, clean the contacts & battery compartment with a little electrical contact cleaner (automotive store), to remove any remaining moisture and help arrest corrosion. Note: Considering the age and present value of this camera, paying the cost of having it repaired , approximately $120 really depends on how attached to the camera you are. The standard "rule of thumb" is if the repair cost is greater than 50% of the value of the camera, it is not worth it. A brand new Coolpix S8200 can be purchased for $135 with a memory card included, used and refurbished ones for $80 and under. Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well.If you require additional information, please use the Reply to Expert Tab to contact me. Click the ratings only after our exchange is complete and you are satisfied. If you are satisfied that my answer is accurate or has provided a reasonable alternative solution, please do not forget to rate my answer OK, Good or Excellent.Thank you