My camera was in damp weather and now the screen has lines on it when you try to review pictures or use the menu on the rear LCD screen. Can this be repaired?

  • toss it into a bag of rice for 48 hours.
    – kacalapy
    Apr 24, 2015 at 17:34

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You may have a buildup of moisture inside your camera causing the screen to short out. you could try packing your camera with a desiccant like silica gel packs (those little "do not eat" packs you find in shoes), some people have had success with instant rice in a pinch (do not bury your camera in rice). this will help absorb any moisture and may correct your problem.

Otherwise you may have to take you camera in for repair. Contact Nikon to find certified repair shop.

  • Rice is actually really good, you just have to clean up the dust later. Oct 25, 2014 at 14:49
  • You don't have to worry about the dust if you rest the camera on top of a pile of rice tightly sealed in a plastic bag. Takes a little longer, but you don't get dust everywhere.
    – TroyR
    Oct 25, 2014 at 20:01

If @Evan Oswald's answer (silica gels or rice to dry it out without opening) does not help, it might be enough to open it up, and let it dry that way. You can also replace some parts.

You lose any warranty, if you still have any. Also Nikon won't repair it for your afterwards even for money. I'd decide whether the camera is worthless to you right now. If you decide it's worthless you might as well try to fix it. iFixIt has a repair guide for the LCD on the D90.


Trying to completely dry the camera certainly won't hurt. But the fact that the problem hasn't already gone away doesn't bode well.

I guess the big question is if it's the camera's electronics or the LCD itself. Inspect the screen very closely to see if there are any tiny cracks- moisture could have gotten in but not been able to get out. If you see any, use silica gel until it works and then try putting some clear nail polish on the crack(s). I've personally done this not on a camera, but on a rowing stroke meter/speedometer that I um, kind of stepped on :(

A cheap source of silica gel is flower drying powder from an arts and craft store. One package will last a lifetime because you can pop in in the oven to refresh it. It comes in bulk, so you'll need something to hold it- I've used socks.


yes you can! I did it one time, my D5100 was completely under water, and the screen was full of water. I solved it by drying it with hair dryer! just make sure you don't overheat it. good luck!

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    Heating it can make serious damage. A light forced room temperature airflow, such as from a low-speed fan, is much more preferable.
    – TFuto
    Oct 25, 2014 at 20:55
  • it worked in my case. As long as you don't heat it too much (keep some distance between the hairdryer and the screen). I always tested it by simply touching the screen to see if it's too hot or not.
    – vyperlook
    Oct 28, 2014 at 16:59

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