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DEW Message & shuts off

The DEW Message comes on & within 3 seconds the camera shuts off. I love the photos this camera takes & it's less than 2 years old. I hope you can help.

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I opened & then closed the Video Cassestte door & it seems to have taken care of the issue.

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When i turn the camera on the word Dew flashes for about 3 seconds then the camera turns off,


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.
Sometimes the DEW message comes on when there is no such problem which is a problem with the camera that will probably require service.

Good Luck, Mikeywaf.

Mar 02, 2011 | Sharp Cameras

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Dew message comes up & shuts the power off


This is usually caused by a failed component in the moisture detection circuitry within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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Nov 09, 2010 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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I have a Sharp ViewcamZ VL-Z900. DEW error


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.
Good Luck,
Luwangula

Sep 18, 2009 | Cameras

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Bypassing dew sensor on a Sharp VL-Z7 mini DV


- the solder joints to the DEW Sensor were "cold joints" which means that the solder joint is defective - is not a sound joint. This means that with temperature variation, the solder joint can intermittently separate and break the circuit, causing the DEW Indicator to come on and completely shut down the camera. The first problem I had with the camera was on a cold day, so it seemed to make sense.

Here is a picture from the perspective of the tape cover being at the top of the picture and the rest of the camera at the bottom. The dew sensor will be on your left.

go to:
http://omlets.tripod.com/sharpdew.jpg
Then, get a real slim soldering iron with a fine point. Open the tape cover and take the tape out. Get a strong light to shine down into the mechanism.

If your camera is like mine was, you may see a brownish material on or around the solder joint - this is flux used in soldering which was applied too heavily, and not heated long enough to burn off. The joint therefore doesn't quite connect the dew sensor to the terminal post - depending upon heat/cold ambient conditions, sometimes it makes contact and sometimes it doesn't .

Heat up the soldering iron - make certain the point is tinned (has a thin film of solder on it). Carefully just touch each solder joint for a couple of seconds - just enough for it to melt, and then quickly remove the soldering iron. You don't want to leave the iron in contact with the solder too long or it may melt other insulation around the terminal. This all probably sounds more complicated than it really is - but it really is just a 5 minute operation. If you've not done much soldering, and feel uncomfortable about trying it, you may want to take it to a radio, tv or computer repair shop and ask them to do it for you.



Jan 25, 2009 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z7U Mini DV Digital...

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Shut down "dew"


This happens when you take camera from cold(er) environment to warmer environment, dew forms on the recording head, so as a precaution the unit locks up. The solutions is to leave the unit switched on and wait till the dew incator goes out( can take up to an hour) I found this out when on holiday, i would go from an air conditioned room to bright sunshine and it happened all the time.

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Warning Dew Detected


Where are you keeping that camera? I would return this camera if it keeps happening (before warranty expire).

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Dew light


Dew is likely to form in the following circumstances: ?When moving the camcorder from a cold place to a warm place. ?When placing the camcorder in a cold room which is then heated rapidly. ?When moving the camcorder outdoors from an air conditioned room or car. ?When placing the camcorder in the direct path of air blowing from an air conditioner. ?When placing the camcorder in a humid room. Dew will gradually form on the head drum of your camcorder and make the video tape stick to the head. This causes damage both to the head and the tape. When dew forms, recording and playback may not function properly. When ?DEW? flashes, remove the cassette,leave the cassette compartment open,and wait for a few hours to allow the camcorder to acclimatise to the surrounding temperature. To use the camcorder again, turn on the power after waiting for a few hours. Be sure that ?DEW? has disappeared. Do not insert a cassette while ?DEW? is flashing; this may result in damage to the tape.

Aug 03, 2007 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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Dont know why it is saying DEW


The DEW error is a known dry-joint manufacturing flaw on the camera's PCB. I solved my DEW problem by resoldering the electrical contacts on the dew sensor and my camera has been perfect since (was useless before). Soldering the sensor wires is quite tricky as you have to dismantle the camera to reach them but a decent hifi repair shop shoud be able to it for you. The dew sensor is in the lower right hand corner if you look inside the open tape compartment door.

Apr 13, 2007 | Sharp VL-Z5 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Dew detector please help me


You would have to replace the dew sensor which is a device in close proximity to the video head which shuts down the camera to avoid damage when moisture is detected at a high level inside the camera. Sounds like your sensor has changed values and triggers at too low a level. If you are not familiar with this kind of technology you should take it to a repair shop. The repair should be less than $100 US. Two websites which give free estimates are http://www.camcorderrepair.com and http://www.videotech.com Good luck.

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