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Canon Camcorder MV6i MC

I have a canon MV6i mc camcorder which when I turn it on it tells me condensation has been detected even though it has never been outside the house or near any sources of moisture!! - Before this happened I kept getting the remove the cassette warning which was fixed by Canon uncer warranty and then a few recording hours later developed the same fault. I now have a bbay and am considering weather to pursue fixing this unit or just bin it and buy another more reliable make of camera?? - Appreciate your assistance??

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  • gevans Jan 01, 2008

    I live in the UK and the humidity isn't a problem nor has it been a problem for the last 3 years i have had the camera when I have visited humid places. this comment doesnt help really any other suggestions?

  • gevans Jan 01, 2008

    humidity isnt the problem I use sony tapes! - Is there any sort of master reset on this camcorder??

  • gevans Jan 01, 2008

    MV6i reporting humidty problems even though it hasn;t been exposed to any!! - Is there a way of master resetting the camcorder??

  • gevans Jan 01, 2008

    no idea sorry, I will try leaving the battery out for a couple of hours and try again. I think it may have been the tape drive which was replaced although it didn't fix the problem!!

  • hangie Feb 24, 2014

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It is usually caused by a lack of continuity in the ribbon cable to the condensation detector mounted on the mech. lift motor. This happens because the cable is folded back on itself under the front board, and fails along the crease.
You can disable the condensation detector by shorting the two bottom connections at the end of the ribbon cable ( four live and a dummy middle) from the motor/condensation detector to the front board. You need to remove the front body panel to gain access and it is quite fiddly soldering ( a tiny drop of Wire Glue to bridge the gap between the connections is often easier), and it will leave you with an operating camera, but no protection from condensation if you should use the camera in atmospheric conditions where condensation could occur.

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Hi

This issue is a common issue for MV5i and MV6i. In Europe many users reported same issue. Canon offers solution but unfortunately not free of charge. However you may call their hotline and request exception since it has been reported a common issue.

Good Luck

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    ExpressFiX Jan 01, 2008

    Just wanted to add usual problems according to found causes for the said issue usually mainboard and sensor related in Canon centers.

    here is the Canon's Hotline number if you dont have it
    United Kingdom 00 800 22666 767 (UIFN-Universal International Free Number)

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Hello!!
Try hard resetting the camera once ... remove the batteries for few min and again restart the device ...

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Hi,

This is a very common condition if you live in a very humid area. Do you know what is the humidity % in the area you live?

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    Damen Wong Jan 01, 2008

    If you live in an area with high humidity percentage then chances are if you fix it...it will develop again (in your case, your camera is especially sensitive to it).

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 01, 2008

    If it still under warranty I would advise getting it fixed, if not check how much it would cost and if it is expensive, I would advise buying a new camera.

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 01, 2008

    In Asia humidity is quite a problem (for example Hong Kong) and most people have dehumidifiers in their homes. In your case it is some hardware malfuntion. Say, do you use original Canon tapes?

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    Damen Wong Jan 01, 2008

    I am sorry I wasn't clear. I just explained why I suspected it was humidity. I understand that humidity is not the problem here. Regarding master reset, there is no way to do it via the software (menus) or hardware (via some button or buttons). The closest thing to reset that you can try though is to remove the battery for a few hours. Try also a cleaning tape if you have one. The problem here is probably the tape drive mechanism. When Canon repaired it in the past, do you know what exactly they did?

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    Damen Wong Jan 01, 2008

    I have been digging around and this "condensation" problem is not something new (happened to many people). Unfortunately, none of them have found a fix except to ship it to Canon to get it fixed. Did you check out the condensation section in your manual and try what they wrote there (I know...I know...the camera hasn't been subjected to any moisture but it might solve the problem)?

  • hangie Feb 24, 2014

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