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JVC Camcorder "operation paused Condensation"

What solution did you get and did it work? Can you email it to me on beatrice.feremans@cit.com please?

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  • x_kc_x May 26, 2008

    Zarn - do I need to remove the tape that is in it? Since this problem has occured, can I still use the tape or do I need to replace it with a new tape?

  • x_kc_x May 26, 2008

    Zarn - Thanks for this, will certainly give it a try. The camera has actually worked 3 times since the 16th of April but packs up after being brought from inside the house to an outdoor location usually after about 10 min. Could the problem be with the actual tape as well? We haven't tried it yet with a new tape in it. But will give you solution a try tonight.

    And I'm ashamed to have to ask, but what is a zip lock bag? And where would I get one?

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If the camera becomes damp or cold and brought into a warm atmosphere damp forms in the mechanism which would cause the tape to stick and become damaged or fouled.

leave the camera to warm up for a few hours and the fault should clear.

If not the most common reason is the dew sensor has failed and needs replacing

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  • Jason Adlard May 26, 2008

    leave the tape out and put the camera in a warm but not humid place.

    As long as the tape hasn't become fouled and damaged it should be fine, Leave the tape in the same warm place so it can also dry out, but you should leave it there longer (few days) and use a different tape to test.



    Having sid that I just noticed the age of you're post, if the machine has been in a relatively warm dry place since the 16th of april I'm sorry to say its most likely that your dew sensor has failed and needs replacement. Unfortunately it is a common problem on JVC cameras, and to add to the bad news only some can be replaced, some are bonded to the head drum and need a new drum. They can be bypassed but this means that if your camera gets damp (for example bringing it in from a cold car to warm house) the tape will get very badly fouled and wrap its self around the video drum.



    If it can be replaced its not a difficult job, and shouldn't be too expensive, any reputable repair company should be able to help.



    As a future help against damp in cameras, Get a zip lock bag to keep the camera in, this will minimise condensation, you will still need to let the camera warm up before use but it will be quicker.



    best of luck

  • Jason Adlard May 26, 2008

    Hi,

    A zip lock bag is one of those clear plastic bags you can squeeze the top together to seal it, if you would like to click the ask me button and supply an email address I will send you a picture, its one of those things that's hard to describe but you will know it when you see it. Mine all came from manuals and the like, I've never bought one.



    The tape shouldn't be an issue, as the camera cant detect moisture on the tape. Never put a tape from the car in a warm camera it will make a right mess of both.



    A change of atmosphere is the usual cause of this issue (if not a faulty sensor) taking from warm to cold, or vise versa. The way it works is its a small piece of ceramic with silver contacts on, screwed or glued to a part of the mechanism, if moisture builds up it completes the contact and warns the computer within the camera.

    They can become contaminated, things like cigarette smoke residue will sit on the sensor and cause a false positive but also unfortunately it can also damage the surface changing the electrical characteristic of the device at which point the cpu will detect a failed device but will give the same error. When the device is beginning to degrade it can also become hyper sensitive.. Sometimes cleaning the device with isopropyl alcohol will solve the problem but not very often and it will often become unreliable so replacement is the best cure.



    In the old days these were a screw on part that could be replaced for a few pounds... but things in many cases have changed and they have become part of more expensive parts.

    Its just one of the many ways manufactures save money, selling a dew sensor is expensive because of how cheap it is, selling a video drum is a lot cheaper to them because its so much more expensive, Its the price we have to pay for cameras only costing a few hundred these days as apposed to the many hundreds of a few years ago, support and parts are expensive to run...



    If you become in the market for a replacement camera, you may want to look at the panasonic range of SD cameras, the sv-av100 can be picked up for a very reasonable price these days, is only the size of a packet of cigarettes with a x10 optical zoom, the files copied straight to computer edited well in some $100 software (womble) and burnt to DVD, on top of that 2gb memory cards which gives 43mins of DVD quality video are only about £12. with no moving parts except the lens, they dont suffer from many problems and dont mind humid conditions (unless the lens foggs)

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