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Old Nov 6, 2003, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Will Humidity kill my camara?

I will be spending 2.5 years in Bangladesh, and am thinking of the Optio s4. Does anyone know if the rediculous amounts of humidity I expect to encounter will rust out or short circut a digital camara? Should I go for a weather/water resistant camara?
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Old Nov 6, 2003, 11:52 AM   #2
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I cannot say for that area you are planning on, but the conditions in warm rainforests make for a short life in any electronic product. Also will cause fungus/mold growth on and inside lense elements if unprotected.

They should be cleaned and dried out nightly, kept in a airtight container with desicant(sp?) in it if possible.

It is much worse for film cameras and slr's where you have to open them to the elements to make changes.
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Old Nov 6, 2003, 3:52 PM   #3
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I've never found myself in these environments, but what about the zipper bag idea with the hole cut in and a cheap UV filter bonded in? Dessicant as well. Carry around a tin of dry comressed air to purge it out occasionally - or is this a bit extreme? VOX.
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You might be more comfortable with a Stylus 400. It isnít as small as a S4, but by the time you put it in a bag with sillica gel you might find the Oly handier.
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Old Nov 6, 2003, 10:45 PM   #5
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vox,

Rather than go to the trouble of gluing the UV filter into the ziplock bag, why not go with one of these?

http://www.aquapac.net/usstore/erol.html

(click on camera/camcorder link, then point-n-shoot case halfway down on the right)

at that price... it's not much more than the cost of the filter and a box of baggies... and probably a lot more reliable .

I've been thinking of getting one just to feel better about using my camera on rainy days, or at the beach.
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