Question about Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1U Mini DV Digital Camcorder
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.
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.
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
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.
Posted on Apr 14, 2008
Sharp should withdraw these faulty products and change the
DEW sensors which are too strong and sut down in normal
Posted on Dec 22, 2007
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.
Posted on Feb 18, 2008
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.
Posted on May 13, 2008
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