On the O-ring
O-rings are a type of waterproof packing that is used in underwater
cameras and watches, diving equipment, etc. This camera uses an
O-ring in the waterproof cover portion.
Notes on waterproof
This camera conforms to IEC60529 IPX6* and IPX7**, and can be
used in places exposed to splashing water or underwater up to
depths of 1.5 m (5 feet).
* Water shall not enter the interior even when exposed to direct jet streams
of water (normal temperature fresh water) from any direction.
** Water shall not seep into the interior even when left submerged in
Before using this camera underwater or in places exposed to water,
normal temperature fresh water at a depth of 1 m (3 feet 3 1/4 inches) in
be sure to inspect the O-ring and the O-ring mating surface.
a stationary condition for approximately 30 minutes.
If the O-ring or the O-ring mating surface is cracked, scratched or
You can use this camera in the following places:
otherwise damaged, or if sand particles, hair or other minute dirt has
Underwater (ocean, swimming pools) up to depths of 1.5 m (5 feet),
adhered, the waterproofing performance may be impaired. Note
beachside, riverside, poolside, ski slopes, in the rain, etc.
that water entering the inside of the camera may cause irreparable
Do not use this camera in the following places:
Places where the camera might be subject to high water pressure,
hot springs or bathtubs, etc.
Notes on use
• Before using this camera underwater or in places exposed to
water, be sure to inspect the O-ring and the O-ring mating surface
on the inside of the camera.
• Do not immerse the camera in water containing soap, detergent,
bath salts, etc., or in hot water with a temperature of more than
• Never open the waterproof cover underwater or in places exposed
Lock the lock switch to prevent the waterproof cover from opening by
• This camera does not float in water.
• Before opening the waterproof cover, be sure to rinse off any
sand and completely wipe away any water that may be present on
the camera body.
• Should you find any evidence of water leaks inside the
waterproof cover, stop using the camera at once and contact your
Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
• Sony cannot be held responsible for malfunctions or irreparable
problems arising from water or foreign objects entering the inside
of the camera due to improper handling.
• Note that waterproof performance is not guaranteed under all
environments and conditions.
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Inspecting the O-ring and the O-ring mating
Inspect the O-ring and the O-ring mating surface in a location that
is free from sand, dust or moisture.
Before opening the waterproof cover, rinse off any
sand and completely wipe away any water that
may be present on the camera body.
• Sand or water getting inside the camera may cause a
O-ring mating surface
Open the waterproof cover.
• For details on how to open and close the waterproof cover,
see page 12 in the operating instructions.
Inspect the O-ring and the O-ring mating surface.
• Be sure to wipe away any dirt, sand particles, hair, dust, salt,
lint or other foreign matter adhering to the O-ring with a soft,
lint-free cloth. Even a single hair adhering to the O-ring may
cause a water leak.
• Tiny dirt particles that are difficult to see may have adhered
to the O-ring, so inspect the O-ring by running it through
• When wiping away dirt from the O-ring, take care that cloth
fibers do not remain on the O-ring.
• When it is difficult to wipe away the dirt from the O-ring,
remove the O-ring and wash it with water.
• Be sure to replace the O-ring with a new one if it becomes
cracked, warped, crushed, twisted, split, scratched, rough or
Close the waterproof cover.
Lock the lock switch.
Removing/Setting the O-ring
When removing the O-ring for replacement, cleaning or inspection,
take care for the following points.
Removing the O-ring
Press lightly on the O-ring with your fingers to shift it from the
groove, grasp the slack portion, and remove the O-ring.
• Do not use a pointed, sharp or metal object to remove the O-ring.
This can scratch the O-ring or the O-ring mating surface which
may allow water to leak inside the camera.
• Do not place excessive tension on the O-ring.
Cleaning the O-ring and the O-ring groove
• Use tap water at 30°C or less to wash the O-ring that you
removed. Wipe away any water when finished.
• The O-ring is specially treated, so take care not to allow grease or
oil to adhere to the O-ring.
• When sand particles or encrusted salt may be present in the O-
ring groove, clean the groove carefully using a cotton swab. Take
care that fibers from the cotton swab do not remain in the groove.
• Do not use a pointed, sharp or metal object for cleaning, as this
may scratch the O-ring groove.
Setting the O-ring
Place the O-ring in the groove, taking care for the following points.
• Do not place excessive tension on the O-ring.
• After setting, run a final check for any of the following problems.
– Are there any water droplets on the O-ring?
– Is the O-ring twisted?
– Has any dirt, etc. adhered to the O-ring?
– Is the O-ring protruding from the groove?
• Replace the O-ring with a new one if it becomes cracked, warped,
crushed, twisted, split, scratched, rough or otherwise damaged.
Even if the O-ring has no problems, deformation and wear over
time can cause the waterproof performance to drop, so replace the
O-ring with a new one after approximately two years of use.
• Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility for replacement of O-rings. Order the following parts
number when purchasing the O-ring:
Cleaning after use
• If there is mud on the O-ring, or if the camera has been in
After getting the camera wet
seawater, remove the O-ring to clean and inspect it.
• Wipe away any water droplets on the camera body with a clean,
• When sun oil or other oily substances adhere to the camera, wash
dry, soft cloth.
the camera in tap water. Leaving these substances on the camera
• Note that water remaining in the gaps on the camera body may
may cause surface discoloration or other damage.
get your clothes or the inside of your bag wet.
• Do not wash the camera in a washing machine, etc.
• In cold places, water droplets may freeze on the camera body.
• Do not swing the camera violently to shake off the water or
Note that using the camera with water droplets frozen on it may
forcibly dry the camera using a hair dryer, etc.
cause a malfunction.
• When the O-ring or the O-ring mating surface is extremely dirty,
consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service
When sand, dirt or seawater adhere to the
If salt or other dirt is left encrusted on the camera, the metal
portions may become damaged or rusted and result in water leaks.
Avoid storage in hot, cold or humid places, or places exposed to
Follow the procedure below and clean the camera before opening
naphthalene, camphor or other chemicals, as this may damage the
the waterproof cover. Use tap water at 30°C or less to wash the
Leave the camera immersed in a bucket or other
container filled with fresh water.
• Wash the camera by gently moving it back and forth to
thoroughly remove any dirt, sand and salt. Then, let it soak
for approximately 30 minutes.
• Do not rub the lens or the LCD screen when they are dirty as
this may cause scratches.
Wipe the camera.
• Wipe away the water on the camera using a clean, dry, soft
cloth, then leave the camera in the shade to dry.
• Water that is not completely wiped away may seep out later,
so place the camera on a soft cloth.