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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indestructible?, January 25, 2013
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX S3300 16 MP Digital Camera with 6x Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
My mother bought this camera on Amazon for my 10-year old daughter for Christmas. It seemed perfect for her - very slim and easy to operate. My daughter loved it immediately. Unfortunately she left it outside on our swingset ... for almost a week ... and it rained/snowed every day. They only reason we found it is that it had sleeted/snowed one night, and the kids were out playing the next morning. I heard my daughter WAILING as she discovered the camera. It was frozen to the swingset, encased in ice.

We brought it inside and packed it in uncooked rice (an old tech trick to dry out electronics) for the 1% chance it might still work. I assumed that was the end of the story, and that we would call this an expensive lesson in taking care of your possessions.

After several days, I pulled the camera out of the rice, popped the battery back in it, and TURNED IT ON!!! It came on just as if it had been sitting in a drawer for a week, instead of outside in winter precipitation! I proceeded to take several pictures and played with some settings and it worked fine. There wasn't even any moisture inside the lens. My daughter was absolutely thrilled and has been snapping photos ever since.

So I have to give it to Nikon - they made one heck of a camera here. It's good to know that something that is meant to be taken out into the world and used is sturdy and well made.
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Initial post: Oct 5, 2014 5:03:54 PM PDT
Jen W. says:
I know what you mean. I had the same camera taking pictures at an indoor waterpark...and forgot about the 317 gallon "dumping" bucket above my head. My camera was in my pocket when the bucket scored a direct hit. I took the battery out and dried it off like crazy. Surprisingly, there wasn't even a blip on the screen :-O Then just a little over a year later it gave me the dreaded "lens error" message out of nowhere while I was trying to shoot pics for a birthday party. I guess it had had all it could take :-P
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