Introduction

The flash of the Canon PowerShot G3 camera is operated by the discharge of a capacitor. A capacitor is an energy storing device that stores a charge between two conducting plates. Before the capacitor can discharge, it must be charged by the battery.

Note:

1.) There are many screws to be removed before you can reach the capacitor.

2.) To install a new capacitor you must know how to solder wires to the capacitor.

3.) Do not continue unless you have a magnetic pad to place the screws and a soldering iron.

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  • Start to remove all of the screws around the camera: from the front, back, sides, and bottom.

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  • Once the screws have been removed, Remove the back panel. The panel should be able to be removed by hand.

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  • Next remove the front panel and right side panels (the left side is part of the front).

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  • Finally, remove the top panel as shown.

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Image 1/2: To remove the circuit ribbon (the brown strips) pull them out of the plastic pieces they are connected to. Image 2/2: To remove the circuit ribbon (the brown strips) pull them out of the plastic pieces they are connected to.
  • The front of camera should now resemble the picture shown.

  • To remove the circuit ribbon (the brown strips) pull them out of the plastic pieces they are connected to.

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  • After that you can lift up the capacitor housing by using your finger nail, or other small object, to lift it up around the edges.

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Image 1/2: To remove the red and yellow wires connected to the capacitor, use a soldering iron to heat up the solder and a vacuum to suck up the solder. Any other methods you know of will also work. Image 2/2: Take the capacitor to you local electronics store or order another capacitor online by reading the capacity off of the side of the capacitor. It should be in microFarads (µF).
  • Use a spudger, or other thin object, to remove the capacitor from the housing. (Image 2)

  • To remove the red and yellow wires connected to the capacitor, use a soldering iron to heat up the solder and a vacuum to suck up the solder. Any other methods you know of will also work.

  • Take the capacitor to you local electronics store or order another capacitor online by reading the capacity off of the side of the capacitor. It should be in microFarads (µF).

  • Once you have a new capacitor, solder on the red and yellow wires to the same place as the old capacitor.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Ryan Riales

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Better discharge that cap,so you don't suffer a 250V shock.

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