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[Q] lower camera quality after using it under water

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10th January 2014, 10:45 AM   |  #1  
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Hi,

I used my Sony Xperia z1 under the water and took some great photos, however about an hour later i have noticed the quality of the photos taken is not as good anymore specially when you zoom in. i dont know what to do as my phone is out of guarantee.


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10th January 2014, 11:50 AM   |  #2  
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Hi,

I used my Sony Xperia z1 under the water and took some great photos, however about an hour later i have noticed the quality of the photos taken is not as good anymore specially when you zoom in. i dont know what to do as my phone is out of guarantee.


thank you for your help.

Could be water condensing on the inside of the lens. Can you see any water drops in there? If so, they should dry out with time
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Could be water condensing on the inside of the lens. Can you see any water drops in there? If so, they should dry out with time

i can't see any water drops in the lens, it has been 2 weeks since i used it in water. any other suggestions ?
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i can't see any water drops in the lens, it has been 2 weeks since i used it in water. any other suggestions ?

If you posted some example pictures it would help. No one can give you advice without seeing your issues first hand.
10th January 2014, 02:29 PM   |  #5  
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i can't see any water drops in the lens, it has been 2 weeks since i used it in water. any other suggestions ?

It's probably because you were in colder water that the air.
Lenses now have "fog" inside...

It's the question will it ever dry.
That shouldn't happen but it obviously did.

It wasn't sea? Right?

Seawater, of course, will damage whole device.

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It's probably because you were in colder water that the air.
Lenses now have "fog" inside...

It's the question will it ever dry.
That shouldn't happen but it obviously did.

It wasn't sea? Right?

Seawater, of course, will damage whole device.

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yea, it was sea water. so is there ANYTHING i can do??
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yea, it was sea water. so is there ANYTHING i can do??

After that you should washed the phone under sink. Now who knows? If the lens are clean put the phone into the rise for all night.
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Uff...that's not good.
Seawater could really destroy lenses.

Could you see some micro scratches on it?

I'm not sure it's suitable for salt water, not because of the water but because of salt in it...

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yea, it was sea water. so is there ANYTHING i can do??

When I had my Z I did the same thing, and had the same problem you currently have with your Z1.

I put the water on full blast in my sink, as close to "luke arm" as possible, in my attempt to get it to a "room temperature" level. I opened the Camera app and set it to auto-focus, so essentially the lense was moving up and down unable to focus, and turned screen timeout to 10 minutes. I then put the lens of the camera under the stream and left it there for ~3 minutes. Literally left the device in the sink with the plug open

Came back, dried it off, turned the device off, and left it on top of my fireplace covered in a moisture absorbing cloth (from the gym) overnight.

NOTE: My fireplace is an electric fireplace, and doesn't output heat very efficiently. The top of my fireplace is a mantle where I (during xmas) keep chocolates and similar items, which DON'T melt, so that gives you a level of temperature. I can't take any responsibility if you melt your phone or cook the screen or something.

The phone works fine now, however I've since sold it for my Z1.

EDIT: If there's scratches on the lens, go grab some regular, plain white peppermint toothpaste. None of this fancy "tartar control" or "Whitening" crap, just dollar store peppermint flavoured regular toothpaste. Take a small amount on a fiber free swab (note: different from Q-Tips), and rub slightly on the lens. Don't press into it, but do it firmly. The fiber free swab shouldn't be breaking, so use that amount of pressure. Rub for ~1 minute, and then rinse off with water and a microfiber cloth.
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Not good man, Z1 is waterproof but NOT against sea water, this can oxidate the entire phone, you know when you leave the ocean and you stay with some salt particle on your body? Your phone should be with the same salt particle on the lens, try to check...
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