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Problem with camcorder model vl-z1h

Camcorder is always displaying "dew" have kept the camcorder open for weeks now, the camcorder will close without a tape, but with a tape in it wont shut, do you know what the problem is? The camcorder is 4 years old.

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  • Eddy09 Feb 25, 2008

    I have a SHARP MiniDV VLZ100, It display "Dew" i keep it open for 5 days now, it close with no tape in it, but wont close when I insert a tape, pls help

  • Anonymous Jun 02, 2008

    had the same problem ,welding the connection from the dew sensor again and it was fix .

    Dew sensor is located on the bottom of the casset in the corner



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Me too same problem plz heklp

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Same problem. please help

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My camcorder cassette did not close instead it display dew

The dew sensor of the player detects some moisture as the sensor activates the processor to cut off the control to the servo. so unless the moisture or condensation on the HEAD DRUM is removed as when the set is switched on and the small heater on the drum works it will be cleared.
you can use a hair dryer into the inner tray section- drum - and heat up a bit . now switch on and see if the fault clears.
Do not over heat but even if the set is kept on for a while it will clear.-- a safety from tape entangling if moisture is present.

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Hi, dew mean its the humidity sensor is on
thats lock all operation/ you can try an air dryer
:/open the loading tray if you can and blow at medium hot ,some hot air in slot for mechanism for few minutes avoid to be to close off the pastic cassing
and leave it rest for a few minutes and try it...
if wont work that is the dew sensor it self defect
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Flashing "DEW" Indicator shutting down the viewcam

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.

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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.

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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Dew liht comes on and camcorder shuts off

I had the same problem with a VL-Z3U, there was no home fix, the dew sensor needed replacing costing $130 CAD

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