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Prevent condensation

By Jakob Jelling

Every prized possession requires some amount of maintenance. Like every other thing, the digital camera also requires this kind of maintenance. The digital camera is again a man made device, whatever be its superb technological wonders. Thus it has some problems while its existence. Hence the users and possessors have the duty to maintain it and give it a healthy life. Including its various accessories the digital camera has one good deal of calamity against it. The significant one is condensation. This discussion is primarily focused towards analyzing the problem of condensation and ways of fighting it and giving the digital camera a healthy existence. Although the word condensation might seem to be insignificant phenomena yet it does have some adverse effects upon the digital camera and thus the users require to be exposed to these facts so that they can understand the problem and also the ways of preventing it. And with the resources provided here even the novice users would benefit!

First analyzing the problem in a bit more detail about the issue of condensation. As per strict definition it can be stated that when it is cold in the outside atmosphere, the water vapor in the air is rapidly cooled and turns to droplets of water. In the context of our discussion the fact is that condensation occurs when the digital camera is suddenly taken from the cold whether inside a warm room or location. Here lies the danger. Damage to the digital camera lens and other digital camera parts can be caused by moisture and humidity, particularly when stored, due to this effect of condensation. Thus steps require to be taken when taking the digital camera from these extremes of atmospheric conditions. A kind of approach needs to be adopted so as the digital camera can adjust itself to these changing conditions and can also be prevented from any kind of damage to its internal parts.

A few methods exist in these steps. And these require discussion. Some of these methods are really simple and ordinary but have a good amount of helpful effects upon the digital camera in fighting the problem of condensation. It is important that when suddenly taking the digital camera from a cold to a warm place, it can be taken in a plastic bag and making the bag as airtight as possible. Then care must be taken to leave the digital camera for approximately an hour in this secluded state until the digital camera adjusts to the temperature disparity. Thus the condensation problem gets reduced to a large extent in this manner. And moreover this process is the simplest and the easiest to implement and carry out.

Another important point process is the use of products such as Silica gel. Discussing what the product is we can define Silica Gel as being a desiccant (moisture absorbent) often packaged with electronic equipment or any other item that may be adversely affected by moisture. And this can also be utilized in preventing condensation in digital cameras. Basically Silica Gel is blue in color and the color changes to white or pink after the gel has absorbed the maximum quantity of moisture. It can then be reused after being dried out. This is called the process of "regenerating" and can be done by placing it in the sun, or heating it in a microwave or conventional oven. To be used in the digital camera for preventing condensation, small Silica Gel bags, which prevent condensation in the digital camera by finding its way closer to the digital camera. The process works in a manner such that Silica gel acts as a shield of dry air in an enclosed storage area like the camera bags.

The above methods discussed reveal some very good yet simpler ways to prevent digital camera condensation problem. Only the users need to follow them and get the good advantage of the technological genius, the digital camera, and give it a healthy existence for life!

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