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Urgent. I have a Sharp ViewcamZ about 6 years old and it is a great camera. However it often comes up with a dew warning which won't go away. I have tried leaving the camera in a room for over half an hour which the manual says should fix the problem but that doesn't work. I have tried storing it in hot water cupboard and it seems to work for a while but to day I checked out playing about 5 mins of 3 tapes to see if they could be used for my Daughters wedding this Saturday 6th Nov. After 3 tapes the dew warning appeared and won't let me do a thing. Is there anything I can do to make sure the camera is ok for Wedding?

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Hi,

I would suggest that you get the device serviced by the manufacturer.

There is, however, a way which has many reporting success.

You will need to solder the dew sensor to reset it and it might help you.

This process involves using the soldering iron and you should only attempt if you are handy with those. The incorrect use can render the camera in need of a big repair.

If you would like to try, please follow the steps outlined on this page.
There are pictures to help you in identifying the parts too.


If this doesn't work for you, please comment and let me know, and I will be happy to assist you to further resolve your issue.

I will appreciate your feedback and positive rating for this solution.
Thank you.

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When i turn the camera on the word Dew flashes for about 3 seconds then the camera turns off,


Hi - Sorry your having problems with your camera. I'm assuming it's a video camera. the DEW warning is telling you there is excessive moisture in the camera. I suggest you take out the tape and leave the tape door open in a dry warm place for a couple of hours.
You could also take a hair dryer on LOW and keeping it at least six inches from the camera move it back and forth over the tape compartment for a minute or two.
Sometimes the DEW message comes on when there is no such problem which is a problem with the camera that will probably require service.

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:/open the loading tray if you can and blow at medium hot ,some hot air in slot for mechanism for few minutes avoid to be to close off the pastic cassing
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Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape.
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Model: VL-Z800 Sharp ViewcamZ

I was in Shanghai in Dec 2008 over Christmas and I experienced the 'DEW' problem. The cassette tape door would not close either. I did not experience this before even after 2 years. I suppose the cold & the rain water causes the dew to accumulate in the CAM.

Solution.
I did the reset by taking out the small tiny battery situated just above the big battery. The small battery has a cover. Pull it up & Get the small battery out and the whole camera resets. Re-entering the date & time is the only inconvenience. After reseting, I could use it again, but not for long as the problem comes back. When I came back to Malaysia (Temp 32-34 degrees celsius), the DEW problem disappappers.

You could also try this method to get rid of the dew. Buy a small sack of rice. Yes rice, the uncooked ones. Cut open a small opening just big enough to put your CamCorder into the sack. If you do not want to get your CAM dirty, wrap the CAM with tissue paper. Close the opening with a musking tape and leave it a few days. The dew should disappear from the CAM. It works for mobile phones too when it is accidentally drop into water. Of cause you should not switch on the mobile when it is still wet. It will self distruct if you do. Try the rice solution for a week before you on your mobile.

Rgds/ T.S

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either it has moisture in it (let it dry), or the dew sensor is bad and needs to be replaced.

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