20 Most Recent Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder - Page 2 Questions & Answers


The solder joints to the DEW Sensor are "cold joints" which means that the solder joint is defective - is not a sound joint. This means that with temperature variation, the solder joint can intermittently separate and break the circuit, causing the DEW Indicator to come on and completely shut down the camera.
Here is a picture from the perspective of the tape cover being at the top of the picture and the rest of the camera at the bottom. The dew sensor will be on your left.

go to:
http://omlets.tripod.com/sharpdew.jpg

Get a real slim soldering iron with a fine point. Open the tape cover and take the tape out. Get a strong light to shine down into the mechanism.
You may see a brownish material on or around the solder joint - this is flux used in soldering which was applied too heavily, and not heated long enough to burn off. The joint therefore doesn't quite connect the dew sensor to the terminal post - depending upon heat/cold ambient conditions, sometimes it makes contact and sometimes it doesn't .
Heat up the soldering iron - make certain the point is tinned (has a thin film of solder on it). Carefully just touch each solder joint for a couple of seconds - just enough for it to melt, and then quickly remove the soldering iron. You don't want to leave the iron in contact with the solder too long or it may melt other insulation around the terminal. This all probably sounds more complicated than it really is - but it really is just a 5 minute operation. If you've not done much soldering, and feel uncomfortable about trying it, you may want to take it to a radio, tv or computer repair shop and ask them to do it for you.




Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on May 31, 2011


Moisture is an enemy of any tape based system. The moisture can cause the tape to "stick" to the rotating heads damaging both the tape and heads. This is why there is a "dew" sensor inside the tape compartment. The screen message indicates that the sensor has detected an excess mount of moisture and won't let the unit load a tape until the problem is cleared. Try leaving the unit open and pointing a hair dryer at it from a distance of about 12"-18". The warm dry air should remove any moisture that exists. Should this not resolve the problem, there is a defect in the sensor and it might need to be replaced.

Dan

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on May 29, 2011


The solder joints to the DEW Sensor were "cold joints" which means that the solder joint is defective - is not a sound joint. This means that with temperature variation, the solder joint can intermittantly separate and break the circuit, causing the DEW Indicator to come on and completely shut down the camera. The first problem I had with the camera was on a cold day, so it seemed to make sense. Here is a picture from the perspective of the tape cover being at the top of the picture and the rest of the camera at the bottom. The dew sensor will be on your left. go to:http://omlets.tripod.com/sharpdew.jpg (if clicking on the link doesn't bring up the picture, copy and paste the link into your browser) Then, get a real slim soldering iron with a fine point. Open the tape cover and take the tape out. Get a strong light to shine down into the mechanism. If your camera is like mine was, you may see a brownish material on or around the solder joint - this is flux used in soldering which was applied too heavily, and not heated long enough to burn off. The joint therefore doesn't quite connect the dew sensor to the terminal post - depending upon heat/cold ambient conditions, sometimes it makes contact and sometimes it doesn't . If your eyes happen to be elderly like mine, I put on one of those magnifying head-bands. Heat up the soldering iron - make certain the point is tinned (has a thin film of solder on it). Carefully just touch each solder joint for a couple of seconds - just enough for it to melt, and then quickly remove the soldering iron. You don't want to leave the iron in contact with the solder too long or it may melt other insulation around the terminal. This all probably sounds more complicated than it really is - but it really is just a 5 minute operation. If you've not done much soldering, and feel uncomfortable about trying it, you may want to take it to a radio, tv or computer repair shop and ask them to do it for you. A couple of TEMPORARY fixes which have been reported: 1. Sometimes removing the small CR1216 battery which keeps the time display, and apparently also powers the dew sensor will get it working again, though most report it only works for a little while. When you remove the main battery, this little battery is located under a small plastic slide at the upper right of the compartment. 2. One person reported that out of desperation he put the camera in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours and that it began working again. 3. Another said: I wrapped aluminum foil around the contacts in order to lower the resistance and it worked. 4. And finally, another person reported cleaning the contacts with a cotton swab soaked with alcohol, got his camera working again. You may want to try some of these other reported fixes, however remelting the solder joints are more likely 'the long term fix.'

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on May 06, 2011


Yes. You will need to buy a battery charger that fits the camera battery.

Al

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Mar 01, 2011


HI there remove the mini tape and start recording. It will automatically save in memory card. If not then your camera does not have option to save video in Sd Card. Thanks.

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Jan 29, 2011


Have you removed the tape? Remove it. Put in a new tape. If same remove tape Warm camera gently with a hair dryer and try to let it cool as slowly as possible.Try again with new tape.

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Jan 27, 2011


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Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Dec 06, 2010


This type of camera usually downloads better with a Firewire (DV) connection. Some mini-DV cameras only use the USB connection for stills (if they have one) and can only download video by Firewire. This is because you have to play the tape into the computer, not just copy a file.

Most PCs have a USB port, but no Firewire port. Macs often have a Firewire port but may not have USB. As most Windows PCs do not come with this interface, you might need to fit an add-on Firewire interface card. This will come with a driver for the card.

Suitable Firewire (DV) cables can usually be found on Amazon or eBay. Try a search on your camera model number. Most cameras need the kind with a small (four pin) connector at one end and a larger (six pin) connector at the other.

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Nov 16, 2010


This is usually caused by a failed component in the moisture detection circuitry within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Nov 09, 2010


Yes, you can purchase a replacement battery for the VL-Z1 camcorder here: http://www.zbattery.com/Lenmar-replacement-battery-for-the-Sharp-BT-L226U

Our policy, listed below, would not allow for us to send a single battery to Australia. So if you want only 1 battery you would have to find a seller in Australia that sells a similar battery, or if you have a friend in the US we would send it to them and they would send it to you.

Here is our policy for international orders taken from our shipping and handling policies page (http://www.zbattery.com/Shipping-Handling-Policy): INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
We have an order minimum of $150 for International orders. All International orders MUST be insured. We are not responsible for any brokerage, duties or taxes your country may charge you before releasing your order. We may require a wire transfer for International orders over $300. Wire transfer fees may apply. If you would like to order for International shipping, please contact us at 1-800-624-8681. Please provide your billing and shipping address and what you'd like to order. We will send you a credit card charge authorization form for you to fill out and return or we will send you the details for the wire transfer if your order is over $300 USD. We reserve the right to reject any International orders.

Thank you,
Karl - Zbattery.com

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Oct 21, 2010


You should be able to use the Windows Movie Maker program to download your videos.

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Aug 03, 2010


dew means the humidity sensor
try to find a way to maked dry[like an air dryer set
to low or medium heat and fast speed fan
and blow air inside all crack in body cam
and let it rest for a while..]
hope that will help
regards Alan... watch to not be to close off the plastic body
hope that will help
regards Alan...

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on May 24, 2010


Initially 120 minutes If it is charged then depending upon the use. In any case not more than 2 Hrs

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Apr 21, 2010


the camera cant open from starting

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Apr 03, 2010


Hi, dew mean its the humidity sensor is on
thats lock all operation/ you can try an air dryer
:/open the loading tray if you can and blow at medium hot ,some hot air in slot for mechanism for few minutes avoid to be to close off the pastic cassing
and leave it rest for a few minutes and try it...
if wont work that is the dew sensor it self defect
hope that will help

Sharp Viewcam... | Answered on Mar 29, 2010

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