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Dew warning is normal and means condensation has been detected the camera.
Usually this happens when you take the camera from a warm room to a cold external place or vice versa.
Wait for about an hour or so for the camera to acclimatise.
Also try this, take the bottom cabinet off, with the lcd panel facing you and the camera turned upside down and the cassette housing pointing away from you you will see 2 wide gold cables plugged into the right side of the board, realitively the same size, the gold cable that is between the main pcb and the mechanism assy is the control cable pull it our of the connector and clean it with alcohol, you can even take it one step further and evenly trim just a hair of the cable off all the way across just so that it has a new place to set. This has worked for me over 100 times in the past years. Seasoned camcorder technician 13 years experience.
To find this information you will have to either go to the Panasonic customer support website and enter your camcorder model number and check out the frequently asked questions to see if they have already asked this question and have a answer in the form. the website is (http://www.panasonic.com). you can call the customer support telephone number at 1-800-211-7262. Between the hours of 9am-7pm EST. You can also use the customer support e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Give them the Brand name and model number of camcorder. Ask them for help with the problem you are having with the dew warning not working correctly on the camcorder. I Hope this information helps you with your camcorder problem.
• What is “dew formation”?
When cold water is poured into a glass,
dew drops form on the glass. This clinging
of water drops is called dew formation.
• When dew forms in your camcorder.
Dew will gradually form on the head drum
of your camcorder and make the video
tape stick to the head. This causes
damage both to the head and the tape.
When dew forms, recording and playback
may not function properly.
Dew is likely to form in the following
—When moving the camcorder from a
cold place to a warm place.
—When placing the camcorder in a cold
room which is then heated rapidly.
—When moving the camcorder outdoors
from an air conditioned room or car.
—When placing the camcorder in the
direct path of air
blowing from an air
—When placing the
camcorder in a
• How to prevent trouble.
When using the camcorder in a place
where dew is likely to form, allow the
camcorder and the video tape to
acclimate to the surroundings for about
For example, when bringing the
camcorder indoors after skiing, place it in
a plastic bag.
1Be sure to tightly seal the plastic bag
containing the camcorder.
2Remove the bag when the air temperature
inside it reaches the temperature
of the room.
• “Dew” warning feature
If dew forms, the word “DEW” flashes on
the screen, and the power will automatically
turn off in approximately 10 seconds.
1If “DEW” flashes, remove the cassette,
leave the cassette compartment open,
and wait for a few hours to allow the
camcorder to acclimate to the
2To use the camcorder again, turn on the
power after waiting for a few hours. Be
sure that “DEW” has disappeared.
3Do not insert a cassette while “DEW” is
flashing; this may result in damage to
4Since dew forms gradually, it may take
10 to 15 minutes before the dew
warning feature engages.
LA HUMEDAD CON EL CALOR ALTERA Y HACE QUE EL SENSOR DE HUMEDAD DE LA CAMARA SE ACTIVE. YO PROBE CON UNA SECADORA DE PELO DE MI MUJER Y ME FUNCIONO. LA CAMARA AHORA ESTA BUENA. HABRE EL MECANISMO DEL TAPE (CASETERA) Y SOPLA CON EL SECADOR DE PELO DURANTE UN RATO DENTRO DEL MECANISMO DE LA CAMARA TAMBIEN ALRREDEDOR DEL LUGAR DE LA BATERIA Y ALRREDEDOR DEL BOTOM ROJO REC-VHS-OFF, DEJALA HABIERTA UN RATO Y PRUEBA DESPUES PONIENDOLA A FUNCIONAR. DEBERA FUNCIONARTE CORRECTAMENTE Y SIN EL WARNING-DEW DETECTED
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.
Turn your camera on. When you get the dew detected warning, take your battery off and just hit the spot where your battery was a few times with your palm, not too hard, but not really soft. Put the battery back on and it should be fixed unless you actually do have a dew problem!
If that doesn't work, try drying it out with a hair dryer.