And so it happened! As I was ascending from my final dive in Guam, I saw salt water inside the waterproof housing of my gopro camera!!! But after some water damage control on the GoPro, it still works! How did I do it? Read on...
*Dozens Of Helpful And Inspirational Comments Made By Gopro Users
Before I go any further, for you to realize how stoked I was when mm camera filled with water, please see some of videos I have made with only the GoPro!
http://vimeo.com/29214934 (Just in case the video doens't work below.)
(Want to know how I made the video above?)
As I surfaced to complete my dive, I noticed that water partially filled the inside of the waterproof housing!
However I always check my O-rings (on my camera gear, flashlights, tank valve, and my regs) and I do a leak test before every dive. If you own a hairy GSD dog that sheds hair year long, hair gets on to everything and so it is imperative that I check my gear esp. when large amounts of money and your life depends on it!!! .
Anyway, I'm puzzled with the water breach because the leak happened during the end of my dive. I put in over 50 dives with the GoPro Hero during my time in Guam and the only difference with this dive is that this is the first time I'm using the LCD bacpac extension with the LCD housing... I'm starting to think that the additional extension caused the leaks because of the additional airspace from the LCD Housing. But no one will never know what really happened. The latch was always secured, the housing remained shut, and all I did with the GoPro was film!
What hurts more is that this Gopro is my second brand new gopro that I bought with the LCD just weeks ago. So both the LCD screen and the brand new GoPro camera got soaked in salty sea water. Even the Class 10 32 GB SD card that I had in it got wet.
Doing some math, I just busted around $450 on a single dive... I think it's a sign that its time for me to purchase the new Go Pro HD HERO 3.
My camera was definitely wet with a lot of salt water but never losing hope, I took out the camera, LCD screen, and the battery. I dried what I can with a towel and checked the camera. As I got back home, I contacted gopro and told them about the leak I had.
Within 30 minutes, GoPro sent an email back informing me that their warranty doesn't cover water leaks. I was like fffuuuuuuu!!!... but they would like to see pictures of the gopro housing, specifically the O-ring. I took some pictures of my gopro and I sent the pics via email . At least they didn't abandon me with "We don't cover water leaks... period". Kudos to GoPro support for at least trying to help out!!!
Next, I put my gopro and LCD extension screen inside my car which was pretty hot but not too hot to damage it. The goal here is to use some heat to evaporate the water from the inside of the camera. This was all a gamble but I felt that this could work!!!
(I heard of people putting their digital cameras and other electronics in stoves but I totally do not recommend that. Actually cooking your camera is stupid and is not the same as heating it inside a semi-hot car... If it's winter, I would just leave the camera in a tight sealed box together with some silica packs for several days. The silica packs will definitely dry out the camera. Remember the main goal is to take out the salt to prevent rusting. The second goal is to dry it. As long as you do the first step well, you should be okay. Update: according to a comment below, you can also try using rice!)
After several hours, I took the camera out of my car and put it in a dry area in my room to cool it off. I waited a whole day until I felt that there was absolutely no water inside. By this time, contrary to what GoPro stated earlier, they issued an RMA (RETURN MERCHANDISE AUTHORIZATION) and said that I could return the camera so they could check it... Pretty cool service right there.
But the best part is (drums rolling), after I popped in a spare battery and pushed the power button, the gopro beeped to life!!! IT STILL WORKS! The LCD screen works too but I could see some fragments of water within the screen. I tested its recording capabilites and everything functioned like nothing happened. Timelapse, HD video, Audio, EVERYTHING! I had to compliment GoPro for making a tough little camera... just couldn't believe it! For that gopro... anyone reading this, I totally recommend you get one from them their site. They even have a new GoPro... the GoPro 3.
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