The condensation warning indicator flashes whenever I switch on the camcorder,if I leave the switch in the on position and disconnect and reconnect the power lead then it works OK for exactly 60 seconds before the condensation warning comes on again and shuts down the camera. Its been kept at room temperature for a few weeks now and should have dried out if condensation was the cause. Any suggestions ?
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Sounds like the DEW warning is activated.
This occurs when you take a camera form a heated room to an external cold environment. Condensation forms inside the camera.
The Dew warning serves to protect the tape and camera. Wait until the camera acclimatizes and the condensation disappears.
There is most likely nothing wrong with the camera.
its probibly early signs of condensation or a little damp air with faults of this nature same as lense cap fault and or condensation fault leave camera plugged in and switched on for a week . when camera has been on for a while dont put it straight into a bag or case leave it a room temp for a couple of hours after use before putting it away .
This means that the camera has sensed that there is condensation in the camera or tape. You need to leave it in a warmish dry place for this to clear. Condensation will cause the tape to stick and get snarled and tangled in the mechanism.
If moisture condensation has occurred, remove the recordable media (tape) and then turn off and leave the media compartment open for the hour the camcorder is turned off . The camcorder can be used again if the warning indicator does not appear when the power is turned on again.
Moisture condensation normally occurs when the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place. It can condense inside the camcorder, on the recording media, or the lens and cause a malfunction. To prevent moisture condensation when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature.
Under self diagnosis display -------------------------------------------------- C21:00 Moisture condensation has occurred. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour to acclimatize. (p117)
On p117 ------------------------------------------------- If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, the beep sounds and the [picture of water drip] indicator flashes. When the [end tape icon] indicator flashes at the same time, the cassette is inserted in your camcorder. If moisture condenses on the lens, the indicator will not appear.
If moisture condensation occurred None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about 1 hour with the cassette compartment open. Your camcorder can be used again if the [water drip] indicator does not appear when the power is turned on again.
Note on moisture condensation Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place (or vice-versa) or when you use your camcorder in a hot place as follows: - You bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device. - You bring your camcorder from an air-conditioned car or room into a hot place outside. - You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. - You use your camcorder in a high temperature and humidity place.
How to prevent moisture condensation when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and tightly seal it. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about 1 hour).
The camera has a sensor inside to detect condensation. Condensation can cause the tape to stick the the transport mechanism, resulting in possible damage.
Condensation can occur if the camera is moved from a cold environment to a warm one. The only thing you can do is open the tape compartment, remove the tape to allow maximum airflow and wait for the camera to warm up and any condensation to evaporate.
If the condensation warning had come on and your camera hasn't experienced a sudden change of temperature, this could indicate a possible fault. I'm afraid this is not something you would be able to fix yourself.
When pouring a chilled beverage into a glass, water droplets may form on the surface of the glass. This happens because the air around the glass is rapidly cooled down, and moisture in the air adheres to the surface of the glass.
This phenomenon is called condensation.
This kind of condensation may also occur with camcorders. If you continue to use the camcorder with condensation on it, it could damage the camcorder.
Condensation may form on the camcorder in the following cases:
(1) When being moved from a cold place to a warm place
(2) When being used in a rapidly-heated cold room
(3) When being used in a humid room
(4) When being moved from an air-conditioned room to a warm, humid place
When condensation occurs:
The camcorder stops operating automatically after its power lamp flashes. The warning message "CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED" appears and the condensation-warning icon below starts flashing.
If a cassette is loaded, the warning message "CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED" and "REMOVE THE CASSETTE" appear and the cassette-warning icon starts flashing.
If a cassette is loaded in the camcorder, remove the cassette immediately and leave the cassette compartment open. If condensation is detected, the POWER switch and cassette-removing switch will be activated. Leaving the cassette in the camcorder may damage the tape. A cassette should not be loaded into the camcorder when condensation is detected.
How to avoid condensation
Unload the cassette and place the camcorder in an airtight plastic bag when moving to locations where temperatures vary. Allow time for the camcorder to adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag.
Allow at least one hour before resuming use; more time may be required for heavier condensation. When condensation has been eliminated, turn the camcorder on. After the condensation-warning icon stops flashing, wait one hour before resuming use.