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Video camera won't operate

I have a samsung video camera model number VP300 and it keeps showing that it has a problem with dew and this prevents the camera from working as its part of the protection from operating the camera in damp conditions. I changed the lithium battery as sugested but the problem still exists, could you please help me? Thanks.

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  • thejays2006 Apr 12, 2008

    Great idea, despite having been keep it what we thought was a dry, warm environment the camera had got damp. Idea number 1 seems to have solved the problem. Thanks



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One of three things is happening here.
1) There is actually dew inside the machine. Try blowing air onto the unit for a while to "dry it out".
2) The dew sensor has failed and needs to be replaced.
3) The solder connections to the dew sensor are marginal which is providing a false reading.

Since this is a camera, getting access to the sensor is not easy. I would bring in the camera for service. If the sensor is bad, the replacement will be around $15. Add in the local labor charge for the complete repair cost.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008


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