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Dew When the power is on the screen shows in red writing DEW and than it shuts down both batteries are and new ones ???????

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  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    Dew appears on screen, won't record and shuts down automatically.

  • deepakcgyani Dec 21, 2007

    its similar to the one mentioned. Sometime i am able to operate in camera mode and as soon as switch to recording it shows red sign dew

  • joselito Dec 24, 2007

    same problem shows message in red dew then shuts down

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    nothing has worked so far.removed battery,kept in different rooms,changed all batteries.

  • ray1965 Jan 14, 2008

    Have exactly the same problem of dew light and shut down with my Sharp Viewcam VL-Z8H. Have left it open as per the instructions in warm dry rooms for a week but there is no change.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2008

    same

  • thebomb Apr 11, 2008

    Display shows DEW on screen of camera, cant turn on recorder, watch videos, or anything! I have tried just about everything and nothing will work. I don't know what else to do...

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Model: VL-Z800 Sharp ViewcamZ

I was in Shanghai in Dec 2008 over Christmas and I experienced the 'DEW' problem. The cassette tape door would not close either. I did not experience this before even after 2 years. I suppose the cold & the rain water causes the dew to accumulate in the CAM.

Solution.
I did the reset by taking out the small tiny battery situated just above the big battery. The small battery has a cover. Pull it up & Get the small battery out and the whole camera resets. Re-entering the date & time is the only inconvenience. After reseting, I could use it again, but not for long as the problem comes back. When I came back to Malaysia (Temp 32-34 degrees celsius), the DEW problem disappappers.

You could also try this method to get rid of the dew. Buy a small sack of rice. Yes rice, the uncooked ones. Cut open a small opening just big enough to put your CamCorder into the sack. If you do not want to get your CAM dirty, wrap the CAM with tissue paper. Close the opening with a musking tape and leave it a few days. The dew should disappear from the CAM. It works for mobile phones too when it is accidentally drop into water. Of cause you should not switch on the mobile when it is still wet. It will self distruct if you do. Try the rice solution for a week before you on your mobile.

Rgds/ T.S

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When the power is on the screen shows in red writing DEW and than it shuts down both batteries are and new ones ??????? In this time the casete also not going inside.

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Sharp should withdraw these faulty products and change the
DEW sensors which are too strong and sut down in normal
waether conditions.

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I had this same problem, and believe it or not, it is very simple to fix.
The fault is a dry joint on the dew sensor circuit.
This can be fixed permanently with a soldering iron, or if you don't want to kill the camcorder you can do a temporary fix each time the message occurs.

If you remove the tape and look down inside the camcorder, towards the front, next to a green circuit board, you will see two small blobs of solder with a wire running from each.

The image below shows the most likely position that needs either soldered or pushing in with a screwdriver or other fine metal device. You can remove the batteries first, for extra safety.061fb70.jpg

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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It is possible that the dew sensor is faulty or more likely that the connection from teh sensor to the rest of the camera is faulty. This unit will require repair. If you can soler, you may be able to resolve this. I'll look up your model to see how bad the access is to the sensor.
Dan

Posted on May 13, 2008

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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.
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- 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.



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My sharp video shows the word dew on the screen then shuts down what do i do to correct the problem


do not operate your vcr in damp conditions or move it between rooms with different temperatures without letting it get used to new temp before switching on

do not switch of at the wall socket as vcr's have a little low power heater inside that keeps dew (dampness) away

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Dew


It is possible that the dew sensor is faulty or more likely that the connection from teh sensor to the rest of the camera is faulty. This unit will require repair. If you can soler, you may be able to resolve this. I'll look up your model to see how bad the access is to the sensor.
Dan

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I don't know if this will help, but when I leave the camera open with no tape in it for a day or so, "dew" goes away. Now I just store it open without a tape in it and have never had this problem again.

Hope this helps.

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Dew


I had this same problem, and believe it or not, it is very simple to fix.
The fault is a dry joint on the dew sensor circuit.
This can be fixed permanently with a soldering iron, or if you don't want to kill the camcorder you can do a temporary fix each time the message occurs.

If you remove the tape and look down inside the camcorder, towards the front, next to a green circuit board, you will see two small blobs of solder with a wire running from each.

The image below shows the most likely position that needs either soldered or pushing in with a screwdriver or other fine metal device. You can remove the batteries first, for extra safety.061fb70.jpg

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