How Do I Disassemble an Olympus Camera?

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How Do I Disassemble an Olympus Camera?
Digital cameras are complex electronic devices. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from Fotolia.com)

Digital cameras are more complex than conventional film cameras due to all of the electrical components that are crammed into the camera's body. A loose connector inside of a digital camera like those made by Olympus can cause the camera to cease working, but can be repaired by disassembling the camera to plug the connector back in. The procedure for disassembling an Olympus camera is the same for all of the models, with minor differences. Disassembling the Olympus digital camera will void its warranty but the time spent working on it will be much less than having to wait for it to be returned from an authorised service dealer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put a soft cloth down on a table. Put the Olympus digital camera down on the soft cloth. Open the side compartment and remove the battery and the memory card.

  2. 2

    Twist off the lens as you release the lens locking latch on the camera. Put the lens aside.

  3. 3

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from inside of the side compartment. Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the front of the camera. Insert the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver between the front lens plate and the body of the camera. Wiggle the front lens plate loose. Remove the front lens plate.

  4. 4

    Put the camera face down on the soft cloth. Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from the top, left side and bottom of the back plate. Insert the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver between the back plate and the body of the camera. Wiggle the back plate loose. Lift up on the back plate and remove it from the body of the camera.

  5. 5

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom plate. Use your fingers to remove the two ribbon connectors going from the bottom plate to the circuit board at the left side inside of the camera's body and the right side inside of the camera's body. Put the bottom plate aside.

  6. 6

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the circuit board. Lift up on the circuit board to remove it from inside of the camera's body.

  7. 7

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the bracket that was under the circuit board. Lift the metal bracket up and off from inside of the camera's base. Put the circuit board and the metal bracket aside.

  8. 8

    Turn the Olympus digital camera over. Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the exposed screws from around the front plate. Insert the flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver between the front plate and the body of the camera. Wiggle the plate loose. Lift up on the plate and remove it from the body of the camera.

  9. 9

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the exposed circuit board. Remove the circuit board. Disconnect the cables attached to the circuit board using your fingers. Put the circuit board aside.

  10. 10

    Put the Olympus digital camera face down on the soft cloth. Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the area where the bottom plate was. Lift up on the bottom bracket to dislodge it. Remove the bottom bracket.

  11. 11

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from the right side plate that is inside of the camera's body. Pull the right side plate off. Pull the compartment door out of its hinge. Remove the battery compartment.

  12. 12

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the lens assembly inside of the camera's body. Lift up on the lens assembly. Use your fingers to remove the lens assembly connector from the connection inside of the camera body. Lift the lens assembly up and out of the camera's body.

  13. 13

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the lens assembly. Lift up on the shell to remove it from the lens assembly. Lift up on the circuit board to remove it from the lens assembly.

  14. 14

    Use the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver to remove the screws from around the auto-cam mechanism inside of the camera's body. Lift up on the auto-cam mechanism and remove it from the camera's body.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a magnifier to help see the small parts inside of the camera.
  • Static electricity can damage the internal electronic components inside of the Olympus digital camera.

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