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DEW message keeps coming up on camera

Dew message on camera cant clear it and cant do anything with camera

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Modification is available to correct this problem, contact sharp authorized repair center.

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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.
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Hi - Sorry your having problems with your camera. I'm assuming it's a video camera. the DEW warning is telling you there is excessive moisture in the camera. I suggest you take out the tape and leave the tape door open in a dry warm place for a couple of hours.
You could also take a hair dryer on LOW and keeping it at least six inches from the camera move it back and forth over the tape compartment for a minute or two.
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