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How do I fix/clean moisture dew condensation on my sony hdr-pj10 camcorder projector

Can someone please help me? I have used my sony hdr-pj10 camcorder for about 24 months. Last month I noticed some moisture dew condensation when the projector is turned on. The projector lights up and still works but the moisture dew condensation blocks about 75% of the picture image and is spread out all over including the corners. I tried to cover it and stabilize the temperature many times. But the dew moisture condensation remains after one month. Can someone please tell me with detailed instructions how to open the projector part of the camcorder to clean/wipe the dew moisture? I can send it to a Sony service center but I can't pay them $100+ to do this. Is there some way I can clean it? Please reply soon. Thank You :o)

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Try putting it in a container of uncooked rice for 24-48 hours. The rice will draw the moisture out.

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