Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera ?

I have a canon powershot A470 and it fell in water. after i removed the card and batteries of which still worked and neither were wet, i let the camera dry for a couple of days. it has turned on since and the screen would come on and show me the pics on the card but it kept turning itself off and the zoom lense would go in and out on it's own. now, i can't get the camera to turn on and the zoom lense it stuck. any ideas??? or should i call it a wash. i really love this camera!!! Theresa

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I submerged my powershot for a couple of seconds. it did get completely wet. it was acting very strangely: the lcd wasn't working, the little orange light on the front kept flashing, and it took a few tries for the lens to extend.

then with the lens extended i quickly removed the battery and card, and set the camera upon a fan that's pointing upwards for a few hours with the battery compartment open. it dried outl it seems to be working fine now. i still have some distortion under the lcd cover, but the pictures look fine. i will let it sit on the fan overnight, and check again with some pictures taken in daylight.
It's really hard to get water out of a camera. You can allow it to dry out but still have water inside... and the longer it's in there, the more chance it's going to cause metal parts to corrode and rust.
If you don't want to open this camera up and do some work to dry it out (this is tricky and you run the risk of damaging something as you open/close the camera.
Another last ditch method is to remove the batts, and card, leave the compartments open, and then put it in a sealable plastic bag along with an open pint container of silica gel (you know, that stuff they put in the box with new cameras etc. to absorb moisture). You can purchase silica gel in quantity at a hobby shop and it's actually reusable if you follow directions.
Leave the camera and the container of sil.gel. in the bag for several days-at this point you're just hoping to save a camera that's most likely not going to be saved.
Other than that, you could send it in, but to be honest, used electronics such as cameras are more expensive to fix than they are to replace.
The newer powershots have better resolution, and more features so if you love this camera, I think you will be blown away with the newer ones with more features... and the prices are fairly reasonable too.
Hope this helps you make the call...

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