Question about Sharp Viewcam VL-Z1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
DEW indicator comes on and camera shuts down when operating on battery only. I took battery out, operated camera on DC (plugged into wall), and camera worked fine. No DEW indicator. I put battery back in, DEW indicator comes back on, and camera shuts down again. Battery is one that came with camera (Viewcam Z Li-ion battery, Model #BT-L226U). Camera used very little prior to this problem. Any help appreciated.
I opened tape area and battery area and ran a hair dryer behind the tape area on the sensor. Worked immediately!
If I hadn't read the other solutions on this page I wouldn't have known it was the sensor at all. I thought it was the batteries. Thanks u guys saved me some money!!
Posted on Feb 21, 2010
i simply removed the smaller coin shaped battery and the DEW warning disappeared. The camcorder had been sitting idle before this, so perhaps this is a contibutor to the problem.
Anyway i refitted the same battery and all is still fine, fingers crossed.
Posted on Dec 06, 2009
I just take the tape out, the battery out and disconnect the poer and firewire to make sure the machine is totally reset and it seems to work. This is on a VL-Z5 though
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
The solder joints to the DEW Sensor were "cold joints" which means that the solder joint is defective - is not a sound joint. This means that with temperature variation, the solder joint can intermittantly separate and break the circuit, causing the DEW Indicator to come on and completely shut down the camera. The first problem I had with the camera was on a cold day, so it seemed to make sense. Here is a picture from the perspective of the tape cover being at the top of the picture and the rest of the camera at the bottom. The dew sensor will be on your left. go to:http://omlets.tripod.com/sharpdew.jpg (if clicking on the link doesn't bring up the picture, copy and paste the link into your browser) Then, get a real slim soldering iron with a fine point. Open the tape cover and take the tape out. Get a strong light to shine down into the mechanism. If your camera is like mine was, you may see a brownish material on or around the solder joint - this is flux used in soldering which was applied too heavily, and not heated long enough to burn off. The joint therefore doesn't quite connect the dew sensor to the terminal post - depending upon heat/cold ambient conditions, sometimes it makes contact and sometimes it doesn't . If your eyes happen to be elderly like mine, I put on one of those magnifying head-bands. Heat up the soldering iron - make certain the point is tinned (has a thin film of solder on it). Carefully just touch each solder joint for a couple of seconds - just enough for it to melt, and then quickly remove the soldering iron. You don't want to leave the iron in contact with the solder too long or it may melt other insulation around the terminal. This all probably sounds more complicated than it really is - but it really is just a 5 minute operation. If you've not done much soldering, and feel uncomfortable about trying it, you may want to take it to a radio, tv or computer repair shop and ask them to do it for you. A couple of TEMPORARY fixes which have been reported: 1. Sometimes removing the small CR1216 battery which keeps the time display, and apparently also powers the dew sensor will get it working again, though most report it only works for a little while. When you remove the main battery, this little battery is located under a small plastic slide at the upper right of the compartment. 2. One person reported that out of desperation he put the camera in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours and that it began working again. 3. Another said: I wrapped aluminum foil around the contacts in order to lower the resistance and it worked. 4. And finally, another person reported cleaning the contacts with a cotton swab soaked with alcohol, got his camera working again. You may want to try some of these other reported fixes, however remelting the solder joints are more likely 'the long term fix.'
Posted on Apr 26, 2007
I had the same problem
We only film on hi-times and if your camara doesn't work then it is very frustrating so we where already talking about buying a new camara.
Fortunately I'm not afraid to try thinks and I tryed solution nmb. 3 (the soldering one) and it work (for now).
It was very easy to do so anyone with a soldering iron can do it, specially if you are, like us, about to buy a new camara and for that you have nothing to lose but only to win
Thank you very much, for us it was very helpful
Posted on Feb 21, 2010
Hi I'm from Philippines I have the same problem with my VL-Z1 camcorder I bought long time ago in Hong kong sometimes it has dew message and sometimes not when I leave for a long time without using it. And I found a solution that I read from it's manual just leave the dv tape cover open for a long time and presto you can use it again without the annoying Dew message. Hope it helps.
Posted on Dec 09, 2008
Blow dryer was by me also but for 30 minutes and worked. Next time it happened again.
Anybody can help me take it apart? I don't know how to get to the sensor.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
**** sharp shame thier brain aint like their name never by their **** again
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
I have the sharp ZL-V1 and have the same problem, but is nothing to do with the battery, all i do when it comes up dew is take the tape out for a couple of minutes and then pop it back in then it seems to work again.
Posted on Jan 31, 2008
I removed the tape and hit the internal mechanisms with a blow dryer set on "low" for about 15 seconds. Camera works fine now! Blonde logic, LOL.
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
Same problem, I will never buy anything from Sharp again.
Posted on Dec 22, 2007
This is the worse camera i have ever owned. Sharp wont support it because they know its a crap camera. I will never buy any sharp product ever again. I dont usually check the internet when i buy electronics for problems before i buy, but know i check everything on the net before i buy.
Posted on Jun 05, 2007
You are a smart guy.
Posted on Mar 16, 2007
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