Gnomie Jim Wink writes in with this heart-tugging tale of gadgetry woe:
I’m writing you because it looks as though you are quite the handyman when it comes to digital cameras. I was wondering if you or one of your readers could help me out at all or lead me in the right direction. If so I would really appreciate it!
What happened is that my girlfriend and I recently went on a cruise and, like a fool, I jumped in a hot tub totally forgetting that I had the camera in my swimming trunks. I tried to turn it on not too long after this, but the camera lens stuck out and it said “lens error” and it wouldn’t retract. At first it didn’t work, but my girlfriend used the blow dryer inside of the camera and eventually we could see the photos on the memory card, but had no use of the camera and it also said there was still an air within the lens.
The next day I turned the camera on and the lens retracted finally. It allowed me to take a couple of perfect pictures. I was extremely excited as I figured the camera had been fixed. My girlfriend walked in the door and I tried to take a picture of her, but as I attempted to zoom in, the camera said “error” again and wouldn’t retract.
As of now we can take perfect video and look at our pictures, but when we take new pictures they come out kind of choppy. It looks perfect on the screen but after we take them they are still choppy with horizontal lines down them. What do I do? Do I need to get this camera fixed, try to fix it myself, or buy a new one? It’s an HP R742 and new ones go for about 180 bucks. Any ideas?