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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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Dew Detection Light Flashes continually and unit shuts down. How do I get it to stop flasinng Unit is a Panasonic Series 300 Camcorder/Camera

Remove the battery, open whatever you can and let it dry out for a few days. It has detectable moisture inside it.

May 13, 2011 | Cameras

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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.

Good Luck, Mikeywaf.

Mar 02, 2011 | Sharp Cameras

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Camera works in 'play' mode but not in 'shoot mode'

Very unlikely.

It's far more likely that the camera is protecting itself due to a problem between going from a nice cool room to hot humid conditions. When you get a beer or a bottle of wine from the fridge and take it outside, you'll see loads of condensation form on the outside. The same has been happening to your camera, only it's been happening deep inside as well where it can at best form dew (some cameras have a dew protection mode which prevents use until fully warmed up) and at worst is causing corrosion. Dew protection mode only works for image taking, it allows playback as the dew on the sensor and imaging components doesn't affect that particular function. I can't state for certain that the DMC-FZ20 has this feature, but it's often something which is not mentioned in the list of model features.

Try turning the aircon down to something less Arctic (or given that you're in Oz perhaps I should say Antarctic?) and leave the camera at ambient temperatures for at least twenty to thirty minutes before switching it on.

If my suggestions don't work, then remove the battery and memory card and seal the camera in a couple of plastic bags along with a couple of fresh silica gel sachets. This will prevent any further damage until you can get the camera to an authorised Panasonic service centre. I appreciate that silica gel sachets may not be readily on sale where you are, but if there are any nearby stores selling electrical products they'll often have used ones from opened boxes. Pharmacies/surgeries also tend to find them packaged with pregnancy test kits. If you can, heat them to over 150 Celsius before use (hairdryer?) to drive out the moisture they've already picked up.

I hope that you soon get snapping again and have found my reply to be of some assistance, please take a moment to rate my answer in return. I'm also very envious as I'm currently in the cold grey UK with freezing rain being driven against my window by 30mph winds at the mo'...At least it's melting the slushy grey snow outside!

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I have a Sharp ViewcamZ VL-Z900. DEW error

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.
Good Luck,

Sep 18, 2009 | Cameras

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I have a new Rebel xs kit, and after 20 shots, I got the err 99. I did all the above, that is from cleaning contacts to everything possible procedure mentioned in this forum. There are few things that I...



I can help you fix the BUSY Error or Error 99 of your Canon EOS Rebel XS.

Installation of this Canon EOS Rebel XS firmware version 1.06 update will solve these problems:
  1. Some cameras may exhibit a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor does not display, the shutter does not release, and the BUSY indication remains lit in the viewfinder.
  2. The message, "Err 99 Shooting is not possible. Turn the power switch to<OFF> and <ON> again or re-install the battery", appears on the camera's LCD monitor, and after the above operation is carried out,the LCD monitor displays in a language that is different from the actual language setting.
See the firmware instructions and download the firmware upgrade by following these Fixya Tips :

  1. Follow this link to download a pdf version of the firmware installation instruction guide.
  2. Follow this link to download the Windows Version of the Canon EOS Rebel XS / Canon EOS 1000D firmware version 1.06 update.
  3. Follow this link to download the MAC version of the Canon EOS Rebel XS / Canon EOS 1000D firmware version 1.06 update.
  4. Follow this link to download the Canon EOS Rebel XS / Canon EOS 1000D Instruction Manual.

I hope that helps.

Aug 26, 2009 | Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D IS...

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It shows dew detected and shuts down, I need to see if is worth repairing and where to send it for repair

A dew message on screen usually means there moisture inside the camera, just store the camera in a warm dry space for a few days so that the components can dry out properly and it should be fine.


Aug 12, 2009 | Cameras

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JVC GR-D31 camcorder showing "Condensation" warning - no matter what I do. Suspect faulty dew sensor. What can I do?

There are two options here:

1) Eject the unit so that the tape compartment is open and blow air into the camera using a fan. That should reduce any condensation inside that may exist.

2) If the above does not work, the sensor could be bad or the connections onit could be bad. You will need to remove the door to gain access to the mechanism. You should be able to see the sensor inside. It will appear to be like a small grid on the face of the mechanism. Check the connections on it. If they appear to be OK. Call up JVC and order a replacement dew sensor.

If you don't feel comfortable working on camcorders, please seek out an authorized JVC service center.


Jun 30, 2008 | JVC Cameras

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Video camera won't operate

One of three things is happening here.
1) There is actually dew inside the machine. Try blowing air onto the unit for a while to "dry it out".
2) The dew sensor has failed and needs to be replaced.
3) The solder connections to the dew sensor are marginal which is providing a false reading.

Since this is a camera, getting access to the sensor is not easy. I would bring in the camera for service. If the sensor is bad, the replacement will be around $15. Add in the local labor charge for the complete repair cost.

Apr 11, 2008 | Cameras

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