Introduction

The rear panel protects the motherboard and other components inside the camera and houses controls like buttons and dials. This guide will teach you how to remove and replace the rear panel.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: Remember that we're removing the rear panel, so for this step, only remove screws on the appropriate side of the seam separating the rear and front panels. Image 2/2: The D5100 is held together by a large number of screws, which come in several sizes. Make sure to keep your screws organized so that you don't lose or misplace them!
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove 5 exposed screws from around the perimeter of the camera.

  • Remember that we're removing the rear panel, so for this step, only remove screws on the appropriate side of the seam separating the rear and front panels.

  • The D5100 is held together by a large number of screws, which come in several sizes. Make sure to keep your screws organized so that you don't lose or misplace them!

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  • Using a fingernail, gently peel back the black rubber thumb grip, which is attached to the chassis with a strong adhesive, and remove the concealed screw underneath it.

Note: you don't need to peel it off completely. Peel it just enough to expose the screw. Afterwards you can put the rubber thumb grip back and it'll stick to camera body pretty well (looking as new), unless maybe if you've done this lots of times.

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Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Carefully peel back the black rubber hand grip, which is attached to the chassis with a strong adhesive, and remove the two screws concealed underneath.

When reassembling the camera back together, how do I put back parts attached by adhesive? Will they stick back on their own? Will I need to use some glue?

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Warning: these two screws are made from a different material than most of the other ones. They're quite fragile and prone to the screw head wearing out. You don't want that to happen! Make sure you use a good quality screwdriver and apply enough pressure so that your screwdriver doesn't "slide" and damage the screw head.

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About the rubber grip: most of its corners fit tightly to the surrounding camera body so it's mostly ok when you assemble this back. However, my grip's corners do look a bit worn out and not fully attached to the body, after several camera disassemblies.

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Image 1/2: Be sure to remove the very thin cover from the dial, and not the dial itself. Image 2/2: The dial cover is not shown in this picture.
  • Using a spudger, pry off the diopter adjustment dial cover and remove the screw underneath.

    • Be sure to remove the very thin cover from the dial, and not the dial itself.

    • The dial cover is not shown in this picture.

  • Next, remove the three Phillips screws around the viewfinder.

Spudgers didn't work well for me for removing the dial cover. I only ended up scratching it. What worked for me is a small sharp knife.

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Image 1/1: You will notice some resistance, as the two pieces of the camera fit together tightly. Take care not to damage the chassis, but use a firm grip to pull the two halves apart.
  • Slowly and carefully begin to separate the rear panel from the camera body.

  • You will notice some resistance, as the two pieces of the camera fit together tightly. Take care not to damage the chassis, but use a firm grip to pull the two halves apart.

Make sure SD card section cover doesn't fall out! I had that happen and it's incredibly hard and frustrating to put it back!

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Image 1/2: Using the flat edge of a spudger can help with this delicate task. Image 2/2: Using the flat edge of a spudger can help with this delicate task.
  • Remove the dark orange ribbon cable attaching the rear panel to the motherboard by flipping the black plastic clasp up, away from the motherboard, and pulling the cable out of its white casing in the direction of the cable.

  • Using the flat edge of a spudger can help with this delicate task.

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Image 1/2: At this point, the rear panel is fully separated from the main body of the camera. Image 2/2: At this point, the rear panel is fully separated from the main body of the camera.
  • Remove the silver 16-pin cable by pulling gently upwards, away from the inside of the camera, until it separates from its port.

  • At this point, the rear panel is fully separated from the main body of the camera.

This is the 40 pin cable for the display and reconnecting this cable may not be as straight forward as described !

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Conclusion

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

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Any ideas of why the screen looks yellowish with a green stripe? :(

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