Introduction

If camera no longer works at all, then it might be time to replace the motherboard. Follow this guide to remove the motherboard from your camera.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the three 3x3mm screws attached to the rear casing.
  • Remove the three 3x3mm screws attached to the rear casing.

The panel can be identified by the wifi logo on its upper half on the camera's side.
  • The panel can be identified by the wifi logo on its upper half on the camera's side.

  • Remove the 5x3mm screw holding down the panel on the side closest to the lens.

Pry the panel off from the bottom using your fingernail.
  • Pry the panel off from the bottom using your fingernail.

Remove the 3x2mm screw underneath the panel near the top of the camera.
  • Remove the 3x2mm screw underneath the panel near the top of the camera.

Remove the 4x3mm on the opposite side near the selector wheel. Remove the 2x2mm and 3x2mm screws underneath the a/v flap.
  • Remove the 4x3mm on the opposite side near the selector wheel.

  • Remove the 2x2mm and 3x2mm screws underneath the a/v flap.

Pry the back panel away from the body of the camera, using the space you just opened up. Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable on the opposite end of the camera.
  • Pry the back panel away from the body of the camera, using the space you just opened up.

  • Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable on the opposite end of the camera.

  • A small piece of the frame of the camera may fall off, but it can be easily put back into place during reassembly.

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Pry up the plastic ribbon connectors on the body of the camera to release the ribbon cables. The center connector is detached by flipping the black latch up and away from the center of the camera.
  • Pry up the plastic ribbon connectors on the body of the camera to release the ribbon cables.

  • The center connector is detached by flipping the black latch up and away from the center of the camera.

  • The smaller connector is detached by flipping the tan latch up and away from the edge of the camera.

Remove the three 3x3mm screws that attach the front casing to the bottom.
  • Remove the three 3x3mm screws that attach the front casing to the bottom.

Remove the two 3x2 screws and two 3.5x2.5 screws attaching the rear panel to the motherboard.
  • Remove the two 3x2 screws and two 3.5x2.5 screws attaching the rear panel to the motherboard.

Lift the back panel off the motherboard. Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable that attaches the mother board to the rear panel.
  • Lift the back panel off the motherboard.

  • Be careful not to damage the ribbon cable that attaches the mother board to the rear panel.

Detach the ribbon cable from the motherboard by flipping up the latch on the ribbon connector. Note that the white ribbon connector latch flips away from the ribbon cable.
  • Detach the ribbon cable from the motherboard by flipping up the latch on the ribbon connector.

  • Note that the white ribbon connector latch flips away from the ribbon cable.

Remove the final 4x3mm screw at the top of the camera near the lens. Remove the final 4x3mm screw at the top of the camera near the lens.
  • Remove the final 4x3mm screw at the top of the camera near the lens.

Pry the front casing away from the body of the camera. Be careful not to damage the wires that attach the front panel to the motherboard.
  • Pry the front casing away from the body of the camera.

  • Be careful not to damage the wires that attach the front panel to the motherboard.

  • Short the leads on the capacitor near the flash to avoid a nasty shock when separating the casing from the body.

Unscrew the three 3x2mm screws that attach the cables to the front casing.
  • Unscrew the three 3x2mm screws that attach the cables to the front casing.

Pry up the ribbon connector that connects the ribbon cable to the lens assembly. Take note that the ribbon connector pulls away from the ribbon.
  • Pry up the ribbon connector that connects the ribbon cable to the lens assembly.

  • Take note that the ribbon connector pulls away from the ribbon.

Once the lens assembly has been removed, the mother board cannot be disassembled any further.
  • Once the lens assembly has been removed, the mother board cannot be disassembled any further.

Conclusion

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

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