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.
Because saltwater can cause corrosive damage to metallic components inside your camera, try to do the following above as soon as you can. Speed is the key. I rescued and soaked my camera approximately an hour after getting it wet in the ocean.
If you don’t fit in that criteria, don’t give up hope! I have heard others who have tried the steps above with success even after a day of getting their cameras wet.
Finally, I’m happy that the above worked well for many gopro users who have read this post!
Thank you for your interest, comments, and most of all your determination!
I would definitely appreciate people give credit to these tips. I see a lot of copycats advising the same tips on youtube. It’s cool to make a better guide but if the idea isn’t yours, give credit!
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