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Moisture Condensation Almost every time I turn on my Sony HDR-HC1, the message about moisture condensation comes on and tellls me to turn the camara off for one hour. I have tried storing it in a with Silica Gel packs to keep moisture away, I use in primary in an air conditioned room. I never know when I will be able to use the camara. ANY Suggestions?

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I had the same problem and found numerous solutions on the internet. The most common and apparently most successful was to remove the battery and give the camera a sharp whack. Didn't work for me. I tried to find a seperate CMOS battery to remove that but couldn't but your model may have one - try that. Then I found a thread at http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-hvr-a1-hdr-hc-series/88013-moisture-condensation-2.html which suggested cleaning the moisture sensor on the left hand side at the very back of the tape transport mechanism. It is oblong shaped, has two solder points at its top and (in my case) a black square that should actually be a black circuit like pattern. Scroll through the aforementioned thread and you'll find photos to help you locate it. Using a cotton wool bud soaked in CD lens cleaning alcohol (you'll need a long one or small fingers :-) a couple of wipes was all that was needed to reveal the pattern. I re-inserted the cassete but still the same problem. With the camera turned on I then used a paper clip to depress the reset button (Flap open the LCD screen and you'll find it under the auto lock slider switch). The camera "re-booted" and everything worked fine! I had to reset the date and time and all my settings preferences but no big drama. Hope that helps.

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Take the battery out give the camera a good wack on the bottom put the battery back in. sounds crazy but works. i have been doing this to mine for two years and never fails. had a repair shop look at it wanted more than the camera is worth to fix. again crazy but works.

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    again the fix i posted up above "a good wack on the bottom" will get you through a bind. but this is a assembly issue and usually not a bad sensor or real condensation. to repair the assembly "assuming a bad solder or connection " most repair shops will charge about 300 - 400. my buddy buys these and fixes them then sells them for profit. He told me its a easy fix for repair shops that know what thier doing and the cost is for tearing it apart to get to the connection.

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There has been a numerous complain about this model about this error, if you have tried doing this, chances are the humidity sensor is really having a false alarm message, if you are still under warranty, pls return the product asap, before its too late

the only first step is to reset the unit completely and see if it helps, sometime it does sometime it doesnt, all dates and set up will be removed ... be cautiuos

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    A soldering iron can do the trick; just melt briefly one of the solder points of the moisture sensor. It solved my problem, after other tricks failed.

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While cassette compartment open, blow hot air of dryer for 1 minutes in camera and check the dew error.

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Leave it in a warmish dry place for as long as it takes. Condensation on the tape mechanism will cause the tape to cling and get snarled and tangled in the drive. You also need to make sure that the tapes are completely dry. Exposure to cold then warm air will cause condensation even without any rain or other obvious wetting. If the problem does not clear up overnight, then there may be a fault with the sensor, but give it plenty of time.

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