Condensation light error - Panasonic NV DS60

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Nielz, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Nielz

    Nielz Guest

    When I turn on my camcorder I immediately get a warning about condensation.
    The camera then turns itself of after approx. 15 sec.



    It is not because I have been diving with it or I have taking in it out
    into the rain. I really don't know why this error suddenly appears. The
    warranty has unfortunately expired, so no help there.



    What can I do here? - Except for throwing it out the windowL I have heard
    that it cost a fortune to get a camcorder repaired. I have tried to wait for
    a couple of days. That didn't help. Has anybody experienced a similar thing
    with this model? How did you get rid of the problem?


    /Nielz
     
    Nielz, Feb 11, 2007
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  2. Not with that, but I've got a Sharp VL-Z1H which encounters the same
    problem. An extensive web search on shopping comparison sites
    indicated it's a known fault which develops over time.

    The fault on the Sharp model is a dry solder joint on the Dew sensor,
    which can apparently be remedied by reflowing the solder on the small
    sensor deep down near the tape transport. It wouldn't surprise me to
    be a similar issue with yours.

    I'm due to have it tried next weekend by a local TV repair shop, I
    expect it's only a few minutes job but I'd ask somewhere like that to
    find the sensor and check continuity before totally junking the camera

    Having said that, it might be an opportunity to go to a HD camera - SD
    cameras are dropping rapidly in price - at Currys yesterday they had
    several cameras reduced by £100-200 or more presumably to clear space
    for new HD camera stock.

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 11, 2007
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  3. And a similar search for this on the panasonic model number turned up
    a huge number of hits for the same problem (some examples) :

    http://www.reviewcentre.com/review120745.html
    http://www.photographyreview.com/sf-1/pid-10785/productreviewscrx.aspx

    You might want to review some of these to see if there's a cheap
    solution available -

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=DS60+panasonic+dew+sensor

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 11, 2007
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  4. Wow, I hope this procedure isn't related to your problem with the CCD
    in the other post :-?

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Feb 20, 2007
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