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Condensation found I have a Canon ZR20 Digital Video Camcorder that I haven't used in a couple of years.  It has been stored in a closet in a camera case since.  I just got it out to use it.  When I turned it on it said "Condensation has been detected" and "remove the cassette."  It ejects the cassette when I try to insert another.

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Inspect the flex around the chassis when it comes out it is brown sometimes it comes loose or breaks and you will get that message. you could take the cassette cover off and get a better look just follow every flex to were they go and look closely for cracks.

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