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PENTAX Waterproof cameras
Important Hints and Tips

Precautions before using the camera in water

  • Make sure that there are no cracks or scratches on the rubber seal of the battery/card and terminal covers.
  • Make sure there are no foreign objects (dust, sand, hair, lint or liquid) on the rubber seals, or the surface they contact before closing the battery/card and terminal covers. Wipe off any foreign objects with a clean lint-free cloth.

  • Close the battery/card and terminal covers properly until they click. Otherwise water may get in and damage the camera.
  • Avoid opening the battery/card and terminal covers when near the water, or with wet hands. Wait until the camera is completely dry before changing the battery or the SD memory card. 
  • Avoid changing the battery or card where the camera is likely to get wet or dirty, and make sure that your hands are dry.
  • The camera will sink if dropped in water, so be sure to attach the strap and slip it over your wrist when using it in or near water.
  • To enhance the waterproof performance of the camera, the front of the lens is protected by glass. The glass should be kept clean at all times, as any dirt or water on the glass will affect the quality of pictures taken.

Precautions when using the camera in water

  • Do not use the camera deeper than 10 metres underwater.
  • Do not use the camera underwater for more than 120 minutes consecutively.
  • Do not open the battery/card and terminal covers underwater.
  • Do not use in hot water or in a hot spring.
  • Do not apply excessive force to the camera; for example diving into water with it. Doing so may compromise the waterproof performance of the camera or cause the covers to open.
  • Do not leave the camera on the sand at the beach as this may cause it to exceed its operating temperature, or cause the speaker or microphone to become blocked with sand.
  • Avoid subjecting the camera to substantial vibrations, shocks, or pressure as this may cause a loss in waterproof performance. If your camera is subjected to substantial vibrations, shocks or pressure, take it to your nearest PENTAX Service Centre tohave it checked.
  • Avoid getting sunscreen or sun tan oil on the camera as it may cause discolouration of the surface. If any oil gets on the camera, wash it off immediately with warm water.
  • Sudden and extreme changes in temperature may cause condensation to form in and on the camera. Keep the camera in a bag or case to reduce temperature differences.

Precautions after using the camera in water

  • Do not open the battery/card cover or terminal cover if the camera is wet. Wipe off any water with a clean lint-free cloth.
  • Do not open the battery/card cover or terminal cover with wet hands.  Please ensure your hands are dry.
  • The inside surface of the covers may get wet when they are opened. Wipe off any water that is on the cover.
  • Wiping off the camera while there is sand or dust on it may scratch the surface.  Make sure that the battery/card cover and terminal cover are firmly closed until they click before washing the camera in tap water. After washing the camera, dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Wipe off any dirt or sand on or around the waterproof seals. The camera's waterproof performance may be compromised by loose seals or cracks or dents in or around the seals.  If there is any such damage, contact your nearest PENTAX Service Centre.
  • If the camera is very dirty, or after it has been used in the sea, make sure that it is turned off and the battery/card and terminal covers are firmly closed until they clock before rinsing it under running tap water.  Alternatively, it may be left in a bowl of clean water for a short time (2 or 3 minutes).
  • We do recommend that you get the seals of your camera checked on an annual basis.  Please contact your nearest PENTAX Service Centre for details.

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