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Camera switches off

I move into recording or replay mode and the camera switches off after displaying in red the words "DEW". In addition I am unable to load the cassette into its slot as it ejects by itself. My camera is a Sharp Camcorder Viewcam Z. I have not used it for a while and have aways had it on charge.

Could my battery be faulty? could it be that my mmory card is full? What does the word or term DEW stand for?

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Mine does the same, dew means theres wetness inside the camera, but like most of us having problems its most likely the DEW sensor in the camera, i put some tin foil around it and it went away, but it still wont play my tapes or record, i hate this camera i'v had nothing but problems, it was pretty cool when i first got it but now it dont work.

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