Introduction

Use this guide to replace the image sensor.

  1. Remove the following 5 screws securing the bottom cover to the camera body:
    • Remove the following 5 screws securing the bottom cover to the camera body:

      • Four 6 mm J000 screws.

      • One 8 mm J000 screw (under lens mount).

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  2. Remove three 6 mm J000 screws from under the battery cover.
    • Remove three 6 mm J000 screws from under the battery cover.

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    • Gently pull the bottom cover off of the camera body.

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    • Remove the following screws from the port area:

      • Two 3.5 mm J000 screws.

      • One 6 mm J000 screw (right above ports).

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    • Peel the rear rubber piece off with tweezers.

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    • Remove one 4.25 mm J000 screw from behind the rear rubber piece.

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    • Pull the eyepiece cover up to remove it.

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    • Remove two 6 mm J000 screws from behind the eyepiece cover.

    • On D7100 models, there is an additional screw holding the back plate on. This screw is located in the diopter (dial with + - on it). This screw can be accessed by peeling up this sticker on the diopter.

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    • Open the SD card cover by pushing slightly down with your thumb and sliding up.

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    • Remove four 6 mm J000 screws that secure the SD card cover.

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    • Gently pull the SD card cover off.

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    • Remove the following screws that secure the back case:

      • One 6 mm J000 screw.

      • One 3 mm J000 screw.

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    • Carefully lift the back case off.

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    • Disconnect the following two ribbon cables from the motherboard.

    • See our Cable Connector Guide for help with ribbon cable connectors!

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    • Remove the following screws securing the left motherboard shield:

      • One 2 mm J000 screw (on the bottom).

      • One 3.5 mm J000 screw (on the back).

    • Be careful of the grounding clips on the motherboard.

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    • Gently pry and lift the left motherboard shield off.

    No need to remove shield. Risk of damaging clips holding shield.

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    • Remove one 3.5 mm J000 screw securing the right motherboard shield.

    No need to remove shield. Risk of damaging clips holding shield.

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    • Gently lift the right motherboard shield off with the tip of a spudger.

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    • Disconnect remaining ribbon cables.

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    • Disconnect remaining ribbon cables.

    One more ribbon behind press down tab

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    • Carefully disconnect the red connector with tweezers.

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    • Remove four 3.5 mm J000 screws securing the motherboard.

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    • Gently pull the port side cover away from the motherboard.

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    • Lift the motherboard off.

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    • Disconnect black and white speaker cable.

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    • Remove three 6 mm J000 screws securing the image sensor.

    Best to set markings on the three screws before removing sensor. To preserve alignment of sensor and body frame

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    • Carefully lift the image sensor plate out of the camera.

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Conclusion

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

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I really need to do this operation! One question: I’m shopping for a replacement sensor and in the photos it looks like the cables off the sensor assembly are free hanging. In this tutorial there is only the disconnection of the black and white speaker cables. Where do these cables go?

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I am grateful for this! Thanks - it worked a treat!

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