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When I put it on I get a messaege saying DEW in red capital letters and it just switches off, that means I cannot record or take pictures, can you let me what the proplem is.

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On some camcorders that means that there is too much moisture inside the camcorder to operate properly. Keep it inside, out of any case it may have been in or has, at room temperature for awhile and see if it dries should but it may take awhile. This happens sometimes if you have had it outside and bring it inside and there is a temperature change such that it causes condensation to form inside the cam and the sensor shuts the systems down, alerts you to the situation (DEW) and thus you know to let it sit awhile.

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Dear Gmartinez,
Could you please explain what you mean by "dew pops up"? Do you mean that you see water droplets in the LCD display or inside the camera somewhere? If thats the issue then make sure that you do not switch on the camera without making sure that the moisture is completely dried. This issue is common if there is a very large temperature gradient .. for example, you might be staying in a hotel or a room where temperature is maintained at 16 degree Celsius where as outside the room, the temperature is around say 30 degree Celsius ... or due to rain or because you took few pictures on sea shore or any other water body.

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To know more about this dew detector circuit and how to fix it the way you want go there:
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