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.

To begin, the LCD screen must be removed. Bring the LCD screen to the fully open position.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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With tools and Fix Kits
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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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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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. 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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Face the lens of the camera toward you. Gently remove the two ribbons that are keeping the other half linked to the camera. 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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Pull back the viewfinder piece to expose the screws holding the lens in place. Remove the four indicated 5 MM Phillips #1 screws. 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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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.
  • 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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Remove the two 6 MM Phillips #1 screws holding the CCD image sensor in place. 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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Matthew Hurt

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I guess this needs to be soldered out and new one re soldered in tits place

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