Digital Camera LCD Screen Replacement

Digital Camera LCD Screen Replacement

LCD Screen Replacement explained

The LCD display consist of a thin glass layer which is often directly exposed at the back of the camera housing.
Symptom: Crack in the glass and distorted display. A dark screen can be caused by a faulty back light unit or some other electronic issue.

Important:
Test all other functions of the camera by connecting it via the A/V cable to a TV monitor. If you find some other faults with the camera, it might be questionable if it is worthwhile to proceed with the LCD replacement.

LCD Screen Replacement:
The disassembling procedure is often unique to a particular model. Some are more easier or difficult than others. However, after you have undone the screws, a back and front housing part can be separated. Once the back cover is removed, you may have to remove a circuit board to gain access to the connector which holds the LCD flexible circuit board. Unclip and remove the LCD.
In most cases the new LCD screen comes separate from the back light unit. In this case I would like to advice to work with a fibre cloth to keep the back light unit and the new LCD display clean during disassemble and assemble procedure. Make sure you remove all fingerprints, dust and dirt, as it will be visible once the screen lights up.
Assemble the camera and you are done.

General advice
Don’t be tempted to use any shortcuts during the disassemble procedure to access to remove the faulty component for repair or replacement. Go as far as you need to comfortably gain access to the faulty part. If not you may accidently pull of cables or tare flexible circuit boards. Pay particular attention to the release of circuit board connectors, some of them easily snap off.

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LCD Screen Replacement

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Lens Repair – Digital Camera

Lens Repair – Digital Camera

Symptom for Lens Repair: Lens shutter doesn’t open and/or lens doesn’t extend or retract. In addition the display shows an error message and the camera makes a beep noise.
Caution: This repair applies only to sand and dirt damaged cameras. Impact damaged cameras usually require a whole lens replacement, which is most likely an uneconomical repair.

In most cases it is sand grains and dirt inside the gearbox, which drives the lens segments in and out. In order to clean the lens and gearbox the whole lens assembly needs to be pulled out of the camera.
To drive the lens motor manually, we use a variable power supply at the motor terminals of the lens mechanism. Furthermore you need a brush to clean the camera before and while disassembling. You can use compressed air in hard to reach places.

lens repair

Lens-gear-box

Repair/Replacement
In most cases you have to undo the screws and remove the back cover, the LCD screen and perhaps a circuit board or two. Once you have access to the screw which hold the lens inside the housing, undo them, disconnect all cables and flexible circuit boards and remove the whole lens assembly including CCD and gear box at the side. With just the lens assy in front of you, remove the screws and cover of the gear box. Take out any dirty gears and clean all the teeth with a brush or compressed air. Now assemble the gearbox and apply 3-5V from your variable power supply at the terminals of the motor. Once the lens extends and retracts smoothly, you can start assembling the camera in reverse order. If not you may want to repeat the cleaning procedure again. After the cleaning the lens should work fully in and out even with lower voltage without any stopping.

After you assembled the camera check it in all functions.
Good luck and great success with your lens repair.

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Digital Camera DIY Lens Repair

Digital Camera DIY Lens Repair

DIY Lens Repair Procedure

Symptom - Lens shutter doesn’t open and/or lens doesn’t extend or retract. In addition the display shows an error message and the camera makes a beep noise.
Caution - This camera repair applies only to sand and dirt damaged cameras. Impact damaged cameras usually require a whole lens replacement, which is most likely an uneconomical repair.

In most cases it is sand grains and dirt inside the gearbox, which drives the lens segments in and out. In order to clean the lens and gearbox the whole lens assembly needs to be pulled out of the camera.
To drive the lens motor manually, we use a variable power supply at the motor terminals of the lens mechanism. Furthermore you need a brush to clean the camera before and while disassembling. You can use compressed air in hard to reach places.

Camera Repair/Part Replacement
In most cases you have to undo the screws and remove the back cover, the LCD screen and perhaps a circuit board or two. Once you have access to the screw which hold the lens inside the housing, undo them, disconnect all cables and flexible circuit boards and remove the whole lens assembly including CCD and gear box at the side. With just the lens assy in front of you, remove the screws and cover of the gear box. Take out any dirty gears and clean all the teeth with a brush or compressed air. Now assemble the gearbox and apply 3-5V from your variable power supply at the terminals of the motor. Once the lens extends and retracts smoothly, you can start assembling the camera in reverse order. If not you may want to repeat the cleaning procedure again. After the cleaning the lens should work fully in and out even with lower voltage without any stopping.

After you assembled the camera check it in all functions.
Good luck and great success.

DIY Lens Repair

Dismantled gear box without cogs

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Camcorder Disc Drive Replacement step by step

Camcorder Disc Drive Replacement step by step

Camcorder Disc Drive Replacement

Symptom: The camera won’t play or record any discs and comes up with an error message.
Caution:
If the disc cover physically won’t release or close, there is most likely an issue with the disc release mechanism. This is not part of the disc drive!

Disc drives are none serviceable items and need to be replaced as a whole unit. The disc drive contains of laser and disc mechanism including spindle motor.

Repair/Replacement
The camera needs to be dismantled to remove the whole recorder mechanism. Disconnect all cables and flexible circuit boards from the mechanism to the circuit board before unscrewing and removing the disc drive.
From here you just go ahead, replace the mechanism and assemble the camcorder. The disc drive is usually aligned in the factory as it comes complete with laser and motor.

Once the camera is aligned, test it with the different disc types it supposed to work with.

Disc Drive Replacement

DVD-Disc Drive (bottom view)

Camcorder Disc Drive Replacement

Camcorder DVD Drive (top view)

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Camcorder Side Screen LCD Ribbon Replacement

Camcorder Side Screen LCD Ribbon Replacement

LCD Ribbon Replacement for Camcorders

Symptom for : Side screen has no picture or lines. Touch screen can work perfectly. The picture in eye is viewer OK.

Caution: Test all functions in record and playback to see if there is further damage to the camera, which would make a repair uneconomically.

LCD Ribbon Replacement

  • Dismantle the camera as far as you need to, to remove the whole side cover, which supports the Flip-out screen.
  • Disconnect the flexible circuit board, which leads to the hinge unit.
  • Unscrew and open the side screen itself.
  • Undo the flexible circuit board and screws which hold the side screen and remove it from the hinge.
  • At this point I would like to advice to take several close-up photos, which reveal how the ribbon cable is fed through the hinge for later reference.
  • Prepare the new ribbon cable by folding it like the old one.
  • Now unscrew and remove the plastic cover attached to the hinge and replace the ribbon cable.
  • Assemble the hinge, fit it in the side case and assemble the whole camera in reverse order.
  • Test all functions – Done!

LCD Ribbon Replacement

Side Screen Hinge and Flexible circuit board

LCD Ribbon Replacement

New Side Screen Ribbon

To avoid any damage and self induced faults, check out our Camera Care Video.
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