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Dew indicator can't get camera to work-says dew indicated-like the book says try installing and reinstalling the battery or leaving the door open for a time-neither works.and it dosen't matter if your're out side in a humid day or in side in low humidity-please help

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The dew sensor is right around the pinch roller area. Sometimes the connection to it gets a bit poor. Try resoldering the two connections on the sensor. This may resolve the problem.
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Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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What doe DEW mean? The "DEW" sign keeps coming on and then shutting off..


DEW sign indicates high humidity level inside the camcorder. What you experiencing has nothing to do with humidity, It is a faulty connector on a junction board. Sharp has fix for it.

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Dew detected


If you contact Panasonic, they will say to remove the tape, use a hair dryer (low setting) for about 5 minutes and then leave it opened overnight.

or you can try

to put the camera in a plastic bag with the tape door open and insert a silica gel bag (that you find in shoe boxes). Close the plastic bag and leave it overnight. The next morning, the video camera should start working! This is something that an owner tried that worked without the manufacturer's help.

Hope it works for you, too.

Let me know if you need anything else

Mar 31, 2008 | Video Cameras

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DEW message keeps coming up on camera


Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape.
Good Luck,
Luwangula

May 22, 2009 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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Dew detected


Leave the camcorder turned off in a place with constant dry temperature with the door open. Take the battery off and wait a few hours like at least 3.
This should work unless it is really damp inside then it may take longer. This happens when the camera is moved from heat to cold or cold to hot temperature. Both tape and camera need to be climatized to prevent this from happening.

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"DEW"


Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape.
Good Luck,
Luwangula

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DEW indicator / battery


In your owners manual on page 52 you will find a list of authorized service centers. Give the one in your area a call. Give them the brand name and model number of the camcorder. Tell them you are having a problem with the dew warning coming on while using the camera with the battery. They should be able to help find a answer to this problem.You can also call the panasonic customer support telephone number at 1-800-211-7262 between the hours of 9am-7pm EST. Give them the brand name and model number of the camcorder and ask them for help with the problem of dew indicator coming on while in use with the battery. I hope this information helps you with your camcorder problem.

Nov 20, 2007 | Quasar VM-L450 Camcorder

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I get the DEW indication and cam shuts off


try to dry up your camera using electric hair blower drier, dew is present inside your camera, but dont overheat the unit, place your hand between drier and cam to make sure you are not overheating it. if the trouble is still there, the sensor is defective and you need pro fix.

Sep 28, 2007 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital...

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DEW indicator / battery


The solder joints to the DEW Sensor were "cold joints" which means that the solder joint is defective - is not a sound joint. This means that with temperature variation, the solder joint can intermittantly separate and break the circuit, causing the DEW Indicator to come on and completely shut down the camera. The first problem I had with the camera was on a cold day, so it seemed to make sense. Here is a picture from the perspective of the tape cover being at the top of the picture and the rest of the camera at the bottom. The dew sensor will be on your left. go to:http://omlets.tripod.com/sharpdew.jpg (if clicking on the link doesn't bring up the picture, copy and paste the link into your browser) Then, get a real slim soldering iron with a fine point. Open the tape cover and take the tape out. Get a strong light to shine down into the mechanism. If your camera is like mine was, you may see a brownish material on or around the solder joint - this is flux used in soldering which was applied too heavily, and not heated long enough to burn off. The joint therefore doesn't quite connect the dew sensor to the terminal post - depending upon heat/cold ambient conditions, sometimes it makes contact and sometimes it doesn't . If your eyes happen to be elderly like mine, I put on one of those magnifying head-bands. Heat up the soldering iron - make certain the point is tinned (has a thin film of solder on it). Carefully just touch each solder joint for a couple of seconds - just enough for it to melt, and then quickly remove the soldering iron. You don't want to leave the iron in contact with the solder too long or it may melt other insulation around the terminal. This all probably sounds more complicated than it really is - but it really is just a 5 minute operation. If you've not done much soldering, and feel uncomfortable about trying it, you may want to take it to a radio, tv or computer repair shop and ask them to do it for you. A couple of TEMPORARY fixes which have been reported: 1. Sometimes removing the small CR1216 battery which keeps the time display, and apparently also powers the dew sensor will get it working again, though most report it only works for a little while. When you remove the main battery, this little battery is located under a small plastic slide at the upper right of the compartment. 2. One person reported that out of desperation he put the camera in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours and that it began working again. 3. Another said: I wrapped aluminum foil around the contacts in order to lower the resistance and it worked. 4. And finally, another person reported cleaning the contacts with a cotton swab soaked with alcohol, got his camera working again. You may want to try some of these other reported fixes, however remelting the solder joints are more likely 'the long term fix.'

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The "DEW" indicator is illuminated on my Viewcam, what do I do to turn it off?


This means there is moisture inside the Viewcam. Try taking the tape out, leaving the cassette compartment open for 2 hours to allow any condensation to evaporate. If the DEW indicator is still illuminated call a Sharp authorized servicer.

Sep 07, 2005 | Sharp Viewcam VL-A10U Camcorder

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Panasonic camcorder (NV-DS65) - Dew Indicator Problem


I found this on another site, but it WORKED great for me, and was a VERY easy fix, so I suggest everyone to try it before you go disassembling your camera. I know this sounds very stupid, but it actually somehow fixed my problem, so everyone should give it a go:

1) Turn the camera on.

2) When the dew icon is displayed, take off the battery and then hit/smack the spot on the camera where the battery goes a couple of times (not overly hard, but with some force).

3) Put the battery back and see if it's fixed. If it isn't, repeat the whole procedure. It took me about four tries but now miraculously my camera seems to be working, for the first time in about 3-4 years!!!

NOTE: I don't know what the exact "fixing" spot is, so I just hitted different places of the battery spot (both the upper and lower region). Take it easy first and don't hit too hard, see if it works and try again putting more force if necessary. I still can't believe this solved the problem, wish I'd tried it back when the problem first occured!

NOTE #2: I think this fix will probably also work on some other Panasonic cameras with the same dew problem - in fact, I think the guy who originally came up with this solution actually had a different camera model than I do.. I know it's a late reply, but hopefully this helps at least someone!

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