There are many potential causes of damage to a camera. Some common causes of damage include: physical impact, water damage, heat damage, and lens scratches.
Physical impact is perhaps the most common cause of camera damage. Cameras are often dropped or knocked around, which can lead to cracked screens, internal component damage, and even broken lenses. Water damage is also a common cause of camera problems. Whether it’s from a rainstorm or accidental spillage, water can ruin delicate electronic components and cause corrosion. Heatdamage can be caused by leaving a camera in direct sunlight for extended periods of time or by exposure to extreme temperatures (such as in a car on a hot day). Lensscratches usually happen when a camera is improperly stored and the lens rubs against something else inside the case.
Letting Your Guard Down (It Attracts Thieves)
No matter how much you love your camera, there are always going to be people out there who would love to get their hands on it. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant when you’re out and about with your camera, and not let your guard down for a second.
One of the most common ways that thieves target photographers is by asking them for directions or help with something. While it’s always good to be helpful, if you don’t know the person who’s asking for help, it’s best to just keep walking. If they persist, you can always pretend like you don’t speak English.
Another way that thieves target photographers is by bumping into them or “accidentally” knocking their camera over. This is especially common in crowded areas like markets or tourist attractions. If someone bumps into you, hold on to your camera tight and make sure it doesn’t fall over.
If you do happen to drop your camera, don’t just leave it lying on the ground – make sure to pick it up immediately and check for any damage. Even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, thieves will often take advantage of the situation and grab the camera while you’re not looking.
Additionally, never leave your camera unattended in a public place – even if you only step away for a few seconds. Thieves are opportunists and will strike when they see an opportunity, so don’t give them one! If possible, carry your camera in a bag or case that can be worn across your body so that both hands are free (and so that the bag can’t easily be snatched). And if you do need to put your camera down for a minute, make sure it’s in a safe place where no one can grab it without you noticing (like under a chair or table).
Finally, always trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right or looks suspicious, move away from the area quickly. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
The Camera Gets Wet
If your camera gets wet, there are a few things you can do to try and salvage it. First, remove the battery and any other removable parts and dry them off as much as possible. Next, if you have a bag of rice handy, place the camera in the bag and seal it up – this will help absorb any moisture that’s still inside the camera. Finally, leave the camera in a warm, dry place for at least 24 hours before trying to turn it on again. If none of these methods work or if your camera was submerged in water for an extended period of time, unfortunately it’s probably best to just buy a new one.
Oils and Chemicals Touching Your Camera
You may not think it, but oils and chemicals can actually do quite a bit of damage to your camera. Here’s what you need to know in order to keep your camera safe from these harmful substances.
Oils: Oils from your skin can easily transferred on to your camera, and if they’re not cleaned off, they can eventually cause damage. The oil can seep into the electronic components of your camera and cause corrosion. In addition, it can attract dust and other particles that can also contribute to corrosion. To avoid this problem, always make sure your hands are clean before handling your camera, and be sure to wipe down the camera body with a soft, dry cloth after each use.
Chemicals: Chemicals can be even more damaging than oils because they’re often more corrosive. If you spill anything on your camera or get any chemicals on it accidentally, be sure to clean it off immediately with a damp cloth. You may also want to consider taking it to a professional for a more thorough cleaning just to be safe. If you use any kind of cleaning solution on your lens or other optical components, be sure that it’s specifically designed for use on cameras; using the wrong solution could permanently damage those delicate parts of your camera