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Dew detected I have a Panasonic PV-DV2030 and Sharp VL-Z7U mini camcorders. Both of them have a dew detected error and will not stay powered on. I have tried warming the cameras up to room temp before using them, I have tried using a towel to wrap them in while they are in the bag, I have tried using a blow dryer to warm them up from a distance on low - everything I can think of. Nothing is clearing the dew error. Can anyone help me to figure out how to fix these cameras? I really need them. I've contacted repair facilities and have been told it would be cheaper to purchase new cameras. Help please!!!

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HI,

When you get the "Dew Detected" sign on the screen, remove the battery, give it a good palm hit on the bottom where the battery sits. Hit it a couple good times, put the battery back in and voila it will work guaranteed! The blow dryer, plastic bag trick dont work because its an electrical error, not actual dew.

Just give it a good smack and your problem will be solved.

Goodluck,
Please don't forget to rate the solution.

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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

Posted on Mar 31, 2008

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When cold water is poured into a glass,
dew drops form on the glass. This clinging
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