Nikon Coolpix L18 Front Cover Replacement

  • Author: Andrea Govea
  • Time estimate: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

In order to reach the internal elements of the camera (lens, flashbulb, etc.), the following steps will tell you how to remove the front cover.

Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the batteries from the camera.

Edit Step 1 Back Cover  ¶ 

  • Remove the memory stick from the camera.

  • Remove the batteries from the camera.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: There is one screw hidden under the AV cover that also needs to be removed.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove all six 4.3mm silver screws along the perimeter of the camera using the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • There is one screw hidden under the AV cover that also needs to be removed.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pry the back cover from the left side of the camera. Remove the cover gently.

Edit Step 4 LCD Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Newer cameras of descent quality usually have a bleeder resistor to drain the flash capacitor. This may not work anymore and the flash capacitor may still have a charge.

Edit Step 4 LCD Screen  ¶ 

  • CAUTION! This is where energy for the flash is stored. Even with batteries removed, if you touch these connections, you can be shocked, depending on if the flash capacitor has a stored charge. It may not have a stored charge, but work around this assuming it does.

  • Newer cameras of descent quality usually have a bleeder resistor to drain the flash capacitor. This may not work anymore and the flash capacitor may still have a charge.

4 Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently lift the LCD screen from its base.

4 Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the tape on the right side of the LCD screen.

  • Gently lift the LCD screen from its base.

  • Don't tug on the screen because it is still connected to the logic board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Gently pull the LCD ribbon out.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the black latch connecting the LCD ribbon to the logic board.

  • Gently pull the LCD ribbon out.

Edit Step 7 Front Cover  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Front Cover  ¶ 

  • Pry back the front cover of the camera starting from the right side.

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Be very careful not to touch the flash capacitor on far left when lifting the LCD!! It WILL shock you.

Mark Fraylick - Reply

Getting the LCD ribbon back "in" is my problem -- hints or suggestions?

richardkujawa - Reply

I can't get a feel for how the black clip holds the ribbon - insert the new one at an angle?

richardkujawa - Reply

I practiced a few times with the "bad screen" and managed to figure this out. Unfortunately I can't explain how I did it... if some other person can explain how to make the ribbon connection/clip re-install more predictable I think it'd help anyone else who tries the repair.

richardkujawa - Reply