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What is the actual procedure to open up the sharp to be fixed for dew problem

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  • responsehamm Aug 12, 2008

    Excuse me, this camera was not left in mosture! It is a defective product of Sharp who has chosen to ignore many of us who have a wonderful little camera which will work sometime and not others.

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I presume you have allowed this camera to get wet from dew. If so you might let it set in an area with moving warm air for a couple days, I have heard of using a hair dryer, but I haven't done this, Usually if the inside gets wet you have a dead camera, they will not tolerate miosture inside.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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    bill willis Aug 12, 2008

    Excuse me! I ahve to tell you that taking apart any digital camera requires training and special tools Repairs on these things is out of this world, and of course customer support is zilch. I fix a lot of things around here, but have not attempted to go into one of these digitals cameras. Got a box full of them here that needs repair, and I'm waiting till tome training comes along begfore I try. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

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What doe DEW mean? The "DEW" sign keeps coming on and then shutting off..


DEW sign indicates high humidity level inside the camcorder. What you experiencing has nothing to do with humidity, It is a faulty connector on a junction board. Sharp has fix for it.

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"Dew" sitting on my Video Camera


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
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
circumstances:
—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
conditioner.
—When placing the
camcorder in a
humid room.
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
one hour.
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.
Plastic bag
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
surrounding temperature.
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
the tape.
4Since dew forms gradually, it may take
10 to 15 minutes before the dew
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Dew Alarm


Many times dew sensor stops giving moisture signal if hot air blows in open cassette compartment for 3-4 minutes from distance through hair dryer.
and some times dew sensor needs to be replaced to stop giving dew signal.

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http://ataplow.googlepages.com/sharp-dew-problem

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Sharp vl-z8 dew light keeps coming on


It seems that the due detector can suffer from bad soldering or soldering alteration after few months of use.

1. The (ideal but uneasy) solution consist to fix this solder by making a clean new one, I personally did it, and it worked for a few months without a problem anymore ; but then it came back again.

2. The other solution consist in short-circuiting the dew detector to eradicate the problem.
Of course, it will also mean that when real dew will happen you may use the video tape recorder when you shouldn't, but at least you should not see the problem coming back again some months later.

To know more about this dew detector circuit and how to fix it the way you want go there:
http://ataplow.googlepages.com/sharp-dew-problem
a zoomed picture of where to fix the detector can be found here:
http://ataplow.googlepages.com/sharpdew.jpg

Hope this will help as it helped me,
Good luck,
Fabien.

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It is possible that the dew sensor is faulty or more likely that the connection from teh sensor to the rest of the camera is faulty. This unit will require repair. If you can soler, you may be able to resolve this. I'll look up your model to see how bad the access is to the sensor.
Dan

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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.

Hope this helps.

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Dew


was the unit exposed to the cold? you just have to wait it out if so otherwise you have a bad sensor.
good luck
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Dew indicator


look inside the camera to the front.wou will see 2 solder bloba,run a line of solder between them to by pass the dew,it works

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Dont know why it is saying DEW


The DEW error is a known dry-joint manufacturing flaw on the camera's PCB. I solved my DEW problem by resoldering the electrical contacts on the dew sensor and my camera has been perfect since (was useless before). Soldering the sensor wires is quite tricky as you have to dismantle the camera to reach them but a decent hifi repair shop shoud be able to it for you. The dew sensor is in the lower right hand corner if you look inside the open tape compartment door.

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