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Dew detected on DV-203

I have a Panasonic Mini DV 203 and it says DEW DETECTED EJECT TAPE. I cannot find the dew sensor and it is not in my manual. Can you help me?

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    Same problem same solution take the battery off without turning off the camera and voila!

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2008

    dew detected

  • moses7874 Apr 13, 2008

    My daughter bought one of these and cannot use it. Dew detected then shut down. She gave it to me to try to fix. I need a schematic for this palmcorder. Thankyou, Leo

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    Holy Cow!! this palm smacking really worked. I had this problem for nearly 3 weeks and have been trying to figure out how to solve it. Thank you for such a unique solution!!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    I'm alone in my house laughing hysterically because this solution... actually worked. i've had this camera for such a long time without in working & finally have the solution to the "dew detected" problem. it is a very stupid solution, but a solution none-the-less. thanks you. than you very much.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    I can't believe it works. Thanks Mace Biglow. Smack the camera as suggested and dew detected gone. Thanks Again.

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I bought my 203 2 years ago-same problem. I FOUND THE SOLUTION! Might sound stupid, but I found it online, tried it and it works! When you get the "Dew Detected" sign on the screen, remove the battery, give it a good palm hit on the bottom where the battery sits. Hit it a couple good times, put the battery back in and voila it will work guaranteed! I thought it was dumb at first, tried it and it works, hell it works everytime. The blow dryer, plastic bag trick dont work because its an electrical error, not actual dew.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007

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Thank you Mace Bigelow. Tried your suggestion and holy cow it worked. Wish I had come searched online earlier..... THANK YOU!

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Wow, So simple and yet works so good! Thankyou very much!
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I can't believe it works. my 203 did not work for a year now. left the battery attached gave it a good smack (on the battery). Tryed it few times....and it WORKS!!!!!!!!!WOW.....Thanks for the suggestion...Taner.

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  • tyalchin2 Jul 20, 2010

    Could'nt use my mini dv 203 for long time; kept the battery attached, gave few hits to the battery side of the cam. tryed it few times and..WOW....IT WORKS...THX...Taner

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Thanx, my PV-A306 works now (solution #3).

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Worked for me too with an ancient Panasonic PV-DV900!!! Thanks!

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Well I'll be! Giving it a good smack got mine working too. I'm afraid this might be a recurrent problem though. My Dew Detected issue lasted all of 2005, then one day went away sometime in 2006, but then came back again in early 2007 and was here to stay. Thanks to Mace I have a functioning camera again. Though if the Dew thing comes back, the camera may get more than a little smack!

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Incredible the palm trick works for me aswell thank you very much

Posted on Nov 23, 2007

  • kennythewise Nov 23, 2007

    ok the real problem is the connectors under the camera with the vibration they will get loose with time to fix this u must remove the base of the camera and carefully remove the 3 of them clean them with alcool and put them back in place u can put a small tape on them just to avoid the same problem to happen again

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"Solution" suggested by mace biglow really works !!! After couple of hits the "Dew detected" message went away. Thanks

Posted on Nov 11, 2007

Thanks Mace Bigelow. Could not understand why dew detected suddenly showed up on the screen. This camcorder was not in any place to collect dew. Took out the battery as you suggested and gave it a couple of shots. Camcorder is now working fine. Thanks

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If this is always happen to your camera and then try to warm the camera using a hair blower you should open the lid cover of the mechanical.......... turns off the camera and unplugged the ac adaptor..if you using the battery take it out ... then place your hand to the mechanical to sense the heat of the camera when you using the hair blower and when you feel too hot then stop the blower.... doing this must not exceed 15 second...... then wait at least 1 minute to cold down the camera and put the adaptor or the battery then power on the camera.... if you doing this and nothing happen....i suggest you to go to the service center for replacing the dew sensor....

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