Introduction

This guide details the steps necessary to replace the CCD (charge-coupled device) image sensor on a Sony Handycam DCR-HC30. This can be a fairly complex replacement if the correct tools are not used.

Image 1/2: Bring the LCD screen to the fully open position. Image 2/2: Remove the three 5 MM Phillips #1 screws on the front of the LCD screen.
  • To begin, the LCD screen must be removed.

  • Bring the LCD screen to the fully open position.

  • Remove the three 5 MM Phillips #1 screws on the front of the LCD screen.

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Image 1/3: Turn the LCD screen so you can see the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw on the inside; remove the screw. Image 2/3: Spin the LCD screen around to get the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw in the same place on the other side. Image 3/3: Use the plastic opening tool to gently separate the back of the screen from the unit.
  • Flip the camera with the lens facing up.

  • Turn the LCD screen so you can see the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw on the inside; remove the screw.

  • Spin the LCD screen around to get the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw in the same place on the other side.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to gently separate the back of the screen from the unit.

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Image 1/3: With the back off, spin the LCD screen back around. Image 2/3: Using the plastic opening tool, gently lift up the holder that keeps the ribbon in place. Image 3/3: Gently slip the ribbon from its housing.
  • The parts are very small and fragile and can break easily.

  • With the back off, spin the LCD screen back around.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, gently lift up the holder that keeps the ribbon in place.

  • Gently slip the ribbon from its housing.

  • When this step is completed the camera will separate from the LCD screen. From here on you will only be working with the camera itself.

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Image 1/3: Face the camera with the viewfinder towards you. Image 2/3: Remove the five 5 MM Phillips #1 screws circled here. Image 3/3: Flip the camera where the bottom faces toward you.
  • With the LCD screen off the unit it is time to work on the rest of the screws.

  • Face the camera with the viewfinder towards you.

  • Remove the five 5 MM Phillips #1 screws circled here.

  • Flip the camera where the bottom faces toward you.

  • Remove the four circled 5 MM Phillips #1 screws.

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Image 1/3: Slip the plastic covering off the top of the unit. Image 2/3: Remove the two 10 MM Phillips #1 screws that were under the covering. Image 3/3: Remove the two 10 MM Phillips #1 screws that were under the covering.
  • Looking downward on the camera pull the viewfinder to its fully extended position.

  • Slip the plastic covering off the top of the unit.

  • Remove the two 10 MM Phillips #1 screws that were under the covering.

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Image 1/3: For the next step make sure to be careful so as to not break any of the clips that hold the camera's two halves together. Image 2/3: With the bottom of the camera facing you grasp each half of the camera and gently pull the halves apart. Image 3/3: There will be some slight popping sounds as the clips release.
  • Remove the last 5 MM Phillips #1 screw that is somewhat hidden in the resting place of the LCD screen.

  • For the next step make sure to be careful so as to not break any of the clips that hold the camera's two halves together.

  • With the bottom of the camera facing you grasp each half of the camera and gently pull the halves apart.

  • There will be some slight popping sounds as the clips release.

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Image 1/3: Firmly grasp the silver part of the camera below the lens and pull away. Image 2/3: Be careful not to pull the ribbon from its housing. Image 3/3: Be careful not to pull the ribbon from its housing.
  • Face the camera with the strap toward you and remove the two 5 MM Phillips #1 screws indicated here.

  • Firmly grasp the silver part of the camera below the lens and pull away.

  • Be careful not to pull the ribbon from its housing.

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Image 1/3: Using the plastic opening tool remove the ribbon from its housing. Image 2/3: Using the plastic opening tool remove the ribbon from its housing. Image 3/3: Using the plastic opening tool remove the ribbon from its housing.
  • Flip the camera on its side with the strap facing down and lay the other half as shown in the photo.

  • Using the plastic opening tool remove the ribbon from its housing.

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Image 1/3: Gently remove the two ribbons that are keeping the other half linked to the camera. Image 2/3: Gently remove the two ribbons that are keeping the other half linked to the camera. Image 3/3: Gently remove the two ribbons that are keeping the other half linked to the camera.
  • Face the lens of the camera toward you.

  • Gently remove the two ribbons that are keeping the other half linked to the camera.

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Image 1/3: Remove the four indicated 5 MM Phillips #1 screws. Image 2/3: Remove the four indicated 5 MM Phillips #1 screws. Image 3/3: Remove the four indicated 5 MM Phillips #1 screws.
  • Pull back the viewfinder piece to expose the screws holding the lens in place.

  • Remove the four indicated 5 MM Phillips #1 screws.

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Image 1/3: While gently holding the lens piece, remove the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw. Image 2/3: Slip the aluminum arm off of the lens piece. Image 3/3: Slip the aluminum arm off of the lens piece.
  • Be very careful when handling the lens. DO NOT touch the glass aperture or wiggle the piece too much because it can cause display issues after the unit is fixed.

  • While gently holding the lens piece, remove the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw.

  • Slip the aluminum arm off of the lens piece.

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Image 1/2: Remove the CCD image sensor. Image 2/2: Remove the CCD image sensor.
  • Remove the two 6 MM Phillips #1 screws holding the CCD image sensor in place.

  • Remove the CCD image sensor.

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Conclusion

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

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