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I was on honeymoon in HI a few weeks back (09/2006). While walking along the shore, I slipped on some algae/seaweed covered rocks and fell. My arm (holding the camera) bore the brunt of the fall, but the right hand (holding the camera) hit a shallow tidal puddle. Only a bit of the camera got wet in the ocean salt water. Mostly on the rear, near the battery cover (the water didn't even reach the bottom of the LCD on the rear of the body). This killed the camera immediately. I took it back to my hotel and let it dry out (a huge mistake). It never worked again. When I got home, I sent it to Canon to see if they could repair it. They totaled it and sent it back un-repaired. When I received it, I decided it would be cool to take it apart and document what I found.

Luckily, the camera was insured, so I upgraded to a 30D when I returned home. I used the new 30D to take the photos of the dead 20D.
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Front of camera after frame removal.
Front of camera after frame removal.
Capacitor connection points.
Capacitor connection points.
Toe tag.
Toe tag.
Shutter button wiring
Shutter button wiring
This was under the top LCD
This was under the top LCD
Side view. The parts against my thumb are the leads that go into the battery compartment.
Side view. The parts against my thumb are the leads that go into the battery compartment.
Focus assist/self timer light.
Focus assist/self timer light.
Different view.
Different view.
Board with outer wiring removed. (From under the top LCD screen).
Board with outer wiring removed. (From under the top LCD screen).
Side view showing battery leads.
Side view showing battery leads.
Underside of that same board. Battery leads have been un-soldered.
Underside of that same board. Battery leads have been un-soldered.
Close-up of chip on bottom of same board.
Close-up of chip on bottom of same board.
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