Introduction

This guide will show you step by step how to do a basic disassembly of the Olympus E-M10. These instructions are also relevant for the E-M5 as well as the mark II versions of those cameras.

[videohttps://youtu.be/miKYy9vUyWk]

starting point
Remove the lens, battery, SD Card, and EVF eye cup
  • Remove the lens, battery, SD Card, and EVF eye cup

Unscrew all the screws you can find on the outside of the camera, except those on the lens mount and those on the LCD itself. Watch the video for a rundown of each screw location. https://youtu.be/miKYy9vUyWk
  • Unscrew all the screws you can find on the outside of the camera, except those on the lens mount and those on the LCD itself. Watch the video for a rundown of each screw location. https://youtu.be/miKYy9vUyWk

Use the utility knife to pull the rubber covers from the front of the camera. Don't pull off the thumb grip.
  • Use the utility knife to pull the rubber covers from the front of the camera. Don't pull off the thumb grip.

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Remove the screws from the front of the camera. (not the ones on the silver lens mount)
  • Remove the screws from the front of the camera. (not the ones on the silver lens mount)

Pull the camera apart.
  • Pull the camera apart.

Lift the tiny black flap that holds the ribbon cable for the LCD to the camera body. This releases the ribbon, you shouldn't need to pull on the ribbon with any force.
  • Lift the tiny black flap that holds the ribbon cable for the LCD to the camera body. This releases the ribbon, you shouldn't need to pull on the ribbon with any force.

If you want to remove the top plate, you will need to release this ribbon cable, as well as remove two screws on the sides next to the camera strap connection  points.
  • If you want to remove the top plate, you will need to release this ribbon cable, as well as remove two screws on the sides next to the camera strap connection points.

You may also need to remove this ribbon cable to lift the top plate.
  • You may also need to remove this ribbon cable to lift the top plate.

  • Even after doing all this, you will still not be able to completely remove the top plate, doing so would require a more complete disassembly.

From here you can attempt a repair of your device.
  • From here you can attempt a repair of your device.

  • Salt water damage can often be repaired by rinsing the inside of your camera with isopropyl alcohol or distilled water.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. You can also view the reassembly in the video: https://youtu.be/miKYy9vUyWk

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nathanael

Member since: 12/09/2016

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When reassembling the camera, is there a preferred and/or recommended adhesive for the grips removed in Step 4?

Thank you

tjod - Reply

I found the original adhesive was still sticky enough to reassemble without adding anything.

nathanael -

Thanks. I’ll try that. If not possibly some rebber cement will do the trick.

tjod - Reply

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