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I have had the mini DV camera below for some 5 years now and has given good trouble free service. When I switch on the camera and view the LCD screen I get small red flashing letters "DEW" on the screen and a few seconds later the camera switches off. I had been successfully taking video recordings the day before and this "DEW" was obviously not there. Have I touched something inadvertanly or is it a technical issue? Also can I get a "copy" of the user manual for this camera. I have misplaced the one I got with the camera. ?

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DEW means it's got damp inside the camera body and it must dry out. A warm setting on a hair-dryer (NOT TO HOT) should do or just leave the cassette housing ejected in a warm room overnight is best this should solve the problem. .

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Now prices have come down so much and quality so high you might want to get a new one.
But we all love our old cameras so if you have a heater and a fan let it dry out for a whole day. Even a D-humidifier would do the trick in 24 hours. Use a tape cleaner after that to get the heads back up to perfect taping ability.

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