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Dew warning on continually

Dew warning appears all the time. recently I plugged the power charger into the place of the battery. This caused the camera to function normally for 40 minutes, then the "dew warning" appeared again. THE CAMERA IS NOT WET!!!!!! I've read all the tips on resoldering etc, but after opening the camcorder, I couldn't locate the dew sensor, and have found no pictures of the dew sensor to guide me. With a picture it would have been easy, as I disassembled the whole thing (except for the VCR tape player/recorder. Please suggest anything. Thanks

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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.

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—When moving the camcorder from a
cold place to a warm place.
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room which is then heated rapidly.
—When moving the camcorder outdoors
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—When placing the camcorder in the
direct path of air
blowing from an air
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—When placing the
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humid room.
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