Introduction

This guide is designed to teach an ifixit user to replace the sensor lens for an Olympus E-PL1 camera.

  1. Push the gray tab down, using a spudger if necessary, and the battery will come out.
    • Push the gray tab down, using a spudger if necessary, and the battery will come out.

    • Failure to remove the battery prior to disassembly can result in harm.

  2. There are a total of six screws that must be removed using the the #000 Philips screwdriver.
    • There are a total of six screws that must be removed using the the #000 Philips screwdriver.

    • As per picture one: there is one 4.9 mm Philips head screw on the left side of the camera.

    • As per picture two: on the bottom of the camera, there are three 3.4 mm Philips head screws; these are located on the darker area of the case.

    • As per picture three: there are two 5.3 mm Philips head screws on the right side, one is beneath the USB cover.

    • Open the case by peeling off the back panel.

    • Pull the case apart gently so that the ribbon connector will not tear.

    • Disconnect the two ribbon cables as shown in picture one.

    • Avoid using metal pry tools, as shown in the photo, on internal electronic components, as it can cause a short and damage the device. Use an ESD-safe tool such as a standard nylon spudger.

    • To disconnect a ribbon cable, use a spudger to lift the black tab then pull the ribbon out. This works the same for all ribbon cables.

    • The back panel has now been removed.

    • Using a spudger, remove the ribbon cables by pushing the black tab back and gently pulling the cable out.

      • Avoid using metal pry tools, as shown in the photo, on internal electronic components, as it can cause a short and damage the device. Use an ESD-safe tool such as a standard nylon spudger.

    • Do this process for the two ribbon cables shown in the third photo.

    • Using the #000 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 4.3 mm screw as shown by the screwdriver and the 6.0 mm screw holding down the ribbon.

    • These screws have washers on them, do not to lose them.

    • Using tweezers, gently lift the ribbon off the sticky pad.

    • Using your fingers, gently pull the top ribbon cable out. This cable does not have a black clip holding it in place and therefore some force will be required to remove it.

    • Reassembly note: tweezers will help reinsert this cable into its connector as force will be required to insert it.

    • Using a #000 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 6.0 mm screw on the bottom left hand corner. You can locate the screw on the picture as the green circle.

    • In the upper left hand corner, use the #000 Phillips screwdriver to remove the 6.0 mm screw.

    • Retain the copper washer held in by this screw.

    • Using tweezers gently lift the copper grounding strip.

    • Do not tear the strip as you pull it off, it must stay attached to the main camera body.

    • Remove the bracket in the lower right hand corner. In order to do so, you must remove two different screws.

    • Using the #000 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 2.4 mm screw on the bottom.

    • Using the #000 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 6.0 mm screw on the top and lift off the bracket.

    • Now you can lift out the sensor assembly. The following steps will explain how to lift it out.

    • First, sightly lift the bottom half following the direction of the arrow.

    • Second, lift the top left up side up. It may be a little stuck so you will have to wiggle it out.

    • Finally, pull the entire assembly towards the bottom and away from the case.

    • There is a ribbon connector that is beneath the assembly. Be careful when lifting the assembly out. Do not yank it out very hard or you may damage the ribbon connector.

    • This is the sensor assembly with the photo showing the connected ribbon cable.

    • There are three washers held in by the 6.0 mm screws as shown in picture two. Be sure to replace them when reassembling.

    • The sensor assembly has been removed.

    • Remove the 3 screws surrounding the sensor lens with a #000 Phillips screwdriver.

    • Using a soldering iron and soldering wick desolder the two wires connecting the lens.

    • take note of the colors of the wire as the new lens must be attached in the same manner.

    • Solder in the new lens. Be sure to match the wire color to the original wire placement.

    • Remove the sensor lens by pulling back as shown.

Conclusion

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

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Hello. Is it possible to remove glass from sensor without damaging microwires? I want to debayer sensor.

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