Introduction

If the pictures or video are fuzzy or unable to focus, the lens may need replacement. Follow this guide to do so.

Remove the faceplate by carefully prying around the edge using a plastic opening tool. Loosen the clips on the edge, then pull the faceplate off. Use the tweezers to lift the faceplate  from the rest of the device. The power button on the front of the GoPro may pop off. Ensure to align it properly during reassembly.
  • Remove the faceplate by carefully prying around the edge using a plastic opening tool. Loosen the clips on the edge, then pull the faceplate off.

  • Use the tweezers to lift the faceplate from the rest of the device.

  • The power button on the front of the GoPro may pop off. Ensure to align it properly during reassembly.

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Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws: One 4.6 mm screw
  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws:

    • One 4.6 mm screw

    • Three 8.2 mm screws

    • Two 6.1 mm screws

Any more detailed specs on these screws available? Need to but a replacement set, where to buy? How can I find them, size of the head, and the depth etc! Thanks!!

bredekorsmo - Reply

Please note the 4.6 mm screw goes aver the battery door not next to the screen.

Peter Murphy - Reply

Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera. Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera.
  • Insert a metal spudger between the back plastic housing and the camera board assembly. Working around the edge to be careful of the inner components, carefully remove the camera.

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Using tweezers, remove the ribbon strip by pulling on it. This will remove the connection. Push down on the three wires with the metal spudger and the clip will disconnect from the motherboard. During reassembly, remove the black tape on the ribbon cable, turn the camera upside down so you can see the port, and reinsert the cable with tweezers. It's a lot easier!
  • Using tweezers, remove the ribbon strip by pulling on it. This will remove the connection.

  • Push down on the three wires with the metal spudger and the clip will disconnect from the motherboard.

  • During reassembly, remove the black tape on the ribbon cable, turn the camera upside down so you can see the port, and reinsert the cable with tweezers. It's a lot easier!

Removing the tiny gold ribbon strip and the wires from the right hand side as shown in the image is an unnecessary step to change out the lens. In fact it is recommendable to NOT remove these, especially the gold ribbon strip that is shown in the red box. It is very difficult to get this ZIF cable back in place once it has been removed. Simply open the camera carefully so as not to pull on this cable and the wires and proceed with the other steps.

Greg Ryder - Reply

I agree that the 2 cables shown above do NOT need to be removed in order to replace the image sensor. Just keep the internal assembly (circuit boards) close to the black housing and at a 90 degree angle. Don’t put any strain on the cables though! You can still access the 4 screws holding the sensor board in place as well as pull up the connector attaching the sensor to the mainboard. You’ll save a lot of time (and headache) by leaving those cables attached.

Mark Shelton - Reply

If you are having trouble connecting the Ribbon cable in particular, use tape to hold buttons in place, remove battery housing & connect the cables up to the battery housing. Then carefully reinsert the battery housing, lay the motherboard down on the casing slightly overhanging the socket end to get to the screw holes.

Peter Murphy - Reply

Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard.
  • Using a plastic opening tool, separate the camera sensor's connector from the motherboard.

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Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor. Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor. Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor.
  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the four 3.0mm screws holding the camera sensor.

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Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws: Three 2 mm screw
  • Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the following screws:

    • Three 2 mm screw

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Lift the lens from the front housing.
  • Lift the lens from the front housing.

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Conclusion

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

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Between step 6 and step 7, you skipped a really important step…

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