What can you do to fix the problem of the dew detector. I took out the battery and the tape and left the camera open. It was like that for about a week. When I put the tape and battery back in it was fine. I went to my sons gradution and was going to tape it. The dew detector warning came on and shut off my camera. How can I fix this problem?
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Re: dew detector please help me
You would have to replace the dew sensor which is a device in close proximity to the video head which shuts down the camera to avoid damage when moisture is detected at a high level inside the camera. Sounds like your sensor has changed values and triggers at too low a level. If you are not familiar with this kind of technology you should take it to a repair shop. The repair should be less than $100 US. Two websites which give free estimates are http://www.camcorderrepair.com and http://www.videotech.com Good luck.
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http://www.retrevo.com/s/Panasonic-VM-L450-Camcorders-review-manual/id/209ag215/t/1-2/. here you will find a pdf copy of the owners manual. On page 52 you will find a list of authorized service centers. Try giving them a call and ask for their assistance in fixing the problem with dew indicator.They will be able to help you with this problem. I hope this information will help you fix your problem.
It seems that the due detector can suffer from bad soldering or soldering alteration after few months of use.
1. The (ideal but uneasy) solution consist to fix this solder by making a clean new one, I personally did it, and it worked for a few months without a problem anymore ; but then it came back again.
2. The other solution consist in short-circuiting the dew detector to eradicate the problem. Of course, it will also mean that when real dew will happen you may use the video tape recorder when you shouldn't, but at least you should not see the problem coming back again some months later.
To know more about this dew detector circuit and how to fix it the way you want go there: http://ataplow.googlepages.com/sharp-dew-problem a zoomed picture of where to fix the detector can be found here: http://ataplow.googlepages.com/sharpdew.jpg
Hope this will help as it helped me, Good luck, Fabien.
I know that this sounds odd but the fix is to remove the battery and hit the camcorder on the back (where the battery was) with the palm or your hand. Put the batter back and it will work. I found this soluation a a CNET web site solution. I don't know why it works.
It is possible that the dew sensor is faulty or more likely that the connection from teh sensor to the rest of the camera is faulty. This unit will require repair. If you can soler, you may be able to resolve this. I'll look up your model to see how bad the access is to the sensor.
Try removing the case screws from the right side of the camera. Soak the screw in Electronics Cleaner (you can find this at Radio Shack). Handle the case carefully as there as some wire and a wire tape connector attached to the case. Carefully replace the screws and power up. Remove the battery before you start removing screws. This seems to have fixed mine for now
try to dry up your camera using electric hair blower drier, dew is present inside your camera, but dont overheat the unit, place your hand between drier and cam to make sure you are not overheating it. if the trouble is still there, the sensor is defective and you need pro fix.
The DEW error is a known dry-joint manufacturing flaw on the camera's PCB. I solved my DEW problem by resoldering the electrical contacts on the dew sensor and my camera has been perfect since (was useless before). Soldering the sensor wires is quite tricky as you have to dismantle the camera to reach them but a decent hifi repair shop shoud be able to it for you. The dew sensor is in the lower right hand corner if you look inside the open tape compartment door.
the only thing I can suggest is resetting the camera by removing the tape and closing compartment... then remove batteries and let sit for 3 minutesturn on camera and insert tape, you should get it to work...
my cam does the same thing, I use it and right when something important comes up I get hit with the dew warning..
apparently its a faulty sensor inside the camera usually I can override it by resetting the camera.
I hope this helps in any way, i know the frustration with these damn camcorders, it will be the last dv cam I buy from sharp
Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape. Good Luck, Luwangula