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Old 10-19-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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I'm looking for a good, honest and not too expensive place to have my camera fixed. It took a bath at the guadalupe a few months ago BUT still works fine. Only problem is, there's a smudge inside somewhere, probably on the sensor which I'm sure is a water spot. It's not on the outside lens to it will need to be opened. I'd do it myself but would really hate to mess this thing up. It was an expensive camera and would rather leave it to the pros. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Best Camera & Camcorder Repair Techs in San Antonio, TX (http://www.fixya.com/repair/cameras/us/tx/san_antonio - broken link)
Havel Camera, Wolf's Camera and Boyd's Camera - all are well known and decent places.
Good luck
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:10 AM
 
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Just by being dunked in water the camera most likely had its lifetime shortened. Having it opened even by pros might still have a risk of being worse off than when you got it and expensive as well.

Have you tried leaving it in rice or silica gel for a week or so? Unsure if it would work but just a suggestion. It might be better to buy a new one than pay and have it fail sometime in the future either way.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:56 AM
 
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Oh it works fine and is completely dry, however, it does look like there might be a water spot on the sensor or something. If I can't have it fixed for a decent amount, I'm gonna give it another go at home with more light and time and see what happens.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:05 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I've used Ruby and her brother over at Boyd's before - I think you'd be pleased....
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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A lot of times with todays digital cameras the factory will fix it for a fixed price. On my old junk Sony it was, I think, $200 plus tax. That was my 2nd Sony to die a sudden death. No more Sony cameras for me. I would have to agree with the above recommendations for repair services. Havels being first on my list.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:02 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Havel Camera, Wolf's Camera and Boyd's Camera - all are well known and decent places.
Good luck
I used Havel to get a warranty fix on a digital camera. AFAIK, all they did was serve as the middleman who sent the camera to the manufacturer's repaid facility. It was a painless process.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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I called Havel who said they wouldn't fix it, that I'd have to send it back to Panasonic and then Boyd's said that I'd be better off buying a new camera. It's a shame too because it works fine, it's just this damn spot right in the middle. Oh well. I guess I'll be in the market for a new camera.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Sell the old one on ebay or Craigslist. Someone will buy it to take apart and have a go at for sure.
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Old 10-21-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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I'd stick with the Manufacturers service center for repairs of this type.
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