Question about Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV203 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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It turns on but just for 30 seconds and then it turns off, it says before get off DEW DETECTED, EJECT TAPE

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Just put it in a pillowcase or something, then put it in a bigger bag and pour some rice in the bigger bag so that the most of the camera is covered. I left it to dry next to a stove(NOT TOO CLOSE, just near enough that it will be warm). It helped, mine was in the bag overnight and now, in the morning it's okay. PS! you might need to clean your video heads with a cleaning tape after the cam's dried!

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This is usually caused by a failed component in the moisture detection circuitry within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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Dew Formation
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
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When dew forms, recording and playback
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