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Erratic shutdown of Panasonic ag dvc7 camcorder due to dew sensor malfunction. Have tried the obvious solution with hair dryer. Can periodically resolve by removing/replacing battery or by smacking the case. Makes me think it is a loose connection, but have no idea where to look for connection. Any way to disable this dew sensor or repair without sending back to factory?

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Based on vibration (smacking the case) sometimes resolving, it seems like you're on track with the problem being a loose wire or solder connection. Other than going in and fixing that, there isn't much that can be done. There's no setpoint or menu selection to ignore the condensation sensor, and since it shuts the power off after a minute, there's really not any way you can count on the camcorder. Since it's a larger unit, you may be able to take parts of the case off and find the sensor. The condensation sensor should be close to the tape, since the big concern with condensation in a camcorder is with the tape having water on it and interfering with the record/play heads. Water isn't compatible with magnetic tape, whether it's digital or not!
\015\012You also might take it to an electronic repair shop and see if they would work on it. If it is the wire, it won't be hard to fix, and would be easily within the capability of local repair shops. You're in luck that this is a larger unit, since that makes it easier to work on.
\015\012If it's under warrenty, call Panasonic and see if they have local authorized shops to fix.
\015\012Sorry to not have better news, but if it's a loose wire there really aren't any quick fixes.
I personally had this problem many years ago. Panasonic has a characteristic problem with these dew sensors failing. Your only two options are to bypass the sensor cutting one of the solder connections or by purchasing a new sensor.If you have any soldering skills they are fairly easy to replace. Thank you, Dana
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