Using and Maintaining a Digital Camera – Safety Precautions to Consider

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As pieces of electronic equipment, digital cameras carry some inherent risks if not used or maintained properly. Damage to the electrical components or accessories with a digital camera could lead to fire or to a malfunctioning or broken unit. Use these tips to properly maintain, use, and protect your digital camera.

–Only use an AC adapter or battery charger that is designed specifically for your make and model of camera. Substituting electrical equipment made for other models could void your warranty and cause damage to the unit.

–Only use rechargeable batteries that are specifically recommended and approved for your device. Using an ill-fitting or overly powerful battery pack could cause damage to the circuit board.

–Make sure any cables you use with your unit — AC adapters and USB cables especially — are free from nicks and cuts. A damaged cable could cause a fire.

–Do not try to fix the interior components yourself. Simply opening the camera case likely will void your warranty and could result in permanent damage to the camera.

–Remove the batteries if you will not be using the camera for a week or more, especially if the batteries are empty. Fully discharged batteries are more likely to leak acid, which would damage the camera.

–If the camera does not charge properly or seems to “start and stop” when charging, consider sending in the camera in for repair. You may have a short inside the camera, which could cause damage to the camera.

–Do not expose the device to extreme temperatures or water, unless your particular model of camera is designed for harsh conditions. In addition, avoid exposing the camera to sudden changes in temperature.

–Avoid using the camera in high humidity conditions, which could cause condensation inside the camera body, leading to damage to circuitry or the LCD.

–Never remove the battery when the camera is in operation or is storing photos. Suddenly removing the power source while the camera is working could cause damage to data or could damage the circuitry.

–Avoid storing the camera for extended periods of time in areas exposed to strong magnetic fields or electromagnetic radiation. Such exposures could damage the LCD or affect the camera’s circuitry.