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Panasonic DV mini camcorder error message

When I turn the camcorder on the message,"dew detected eject tape" appears. How can I resolve this issue? I took it to a camera shop and they advised me to throw it away and tried to sell me a $500 camcorder. Please advise...

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  • kathy7795 Sep 12, 2008

    I JUST RESOLVED THE PROBLEM WITH ANOTHER SITE ONLINE. REMOVE BATTERY, HIT BOTTOM OF CAMCORDER WITH PALM OF HAND (JUST BELOW BATTERY COMPARTMENT). VOILLA...IT WORKS!

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Inside is a sensor that detects moisture. If there is dew inside the unit, the tape will adhere to the head and create all kinds of problems. This sensor is there to to prevent problems. That being said, the repair for this could be as simple as ejecting the tape leaving the unit open and letting it dry out. It could also be a bad sensor. In the case of the sensor, the parts cost would be in the $10-$20 range. Add in the local labor rate ($175 here in Mass) and you have the total repair cost. While this is not the easiest repair because of its size, anyone that works on camcorders will find it straightforward.

Dan

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  • ABRsvcs Sep 12, 2008

    Please note that this will be a temporary solution. If a slight tapping "fixes" the problem, there is a bad connection inside with the dew sensor that will show up again. This should be repaired. If you bring hte camera to a service center and ask that the dew sensor be "re-soldered", the charge should be minimal.



    Dan

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