The Nikon Coolpix is a well-known line of compact digital cameras. If its LCD screen becomes damaged, you can replace it with a new one from a digital camera parts supply store. Opening the Coolpix up to replace the LCD screen is straightforward, although it will void Nikon’s warranty. Doing this repair yourself is a quick way to get your camera operating again, and it costs much less than paying the labour cost of having the LCD screen put in by an authorised service centre.
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Things you need
- Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver
- Flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver
- Replacement LCD screen
Put the soft cloth down on a table. Open the battery and memory card compartments. Remove the batteries and the memory card so they don’t get in the way of the camera being disassembled. Close the two compartments. Remove the wrist strap if connected to the camera.
Put the Coolpix face down on the soft cloth. Use the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver to remove the screws from the left side, the right side, the top and the bottom back of the Coolpix.
Insert the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver into the seam at the right side between the front and back of the Coolpix. Slowly move the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver across the length of the right side to dislodge the two parts of the camera. Repeat this on the left side, at the bottom and top of the back.
Separate the back housing off of the front part of the Coolpix. Put the back part aside.
Use the tweezers to pull out the black housing ribbon that is attached to the main board inside the front part of the camera.
Use the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver to remove the screws from around the small Wi-Fi circuit board, if present, at the upper left corner inside of the front part of the camera. Pull the circuit board out from the camera. Use the tweezers to pull out the connector going from it into the main board inside of the camera. Put the Wi-Fi circuit board aside.
Use the screwdriver to remove the screws from around the LCD screen. Place the tip of the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver underneath an edge of the LCD screen. Lift up on the edge to dislodge the LCD screen from the LCD screen holder.
Carefully lift the LCD screen up off the LCD screen holder without breaking the ribbon connector attached to the camera’s body. Use the tweezers to remove the ribbon connector from the connection on the camera body. Discard the LCD screen.
Remove the protective film from both sides of the replacement LCD screen. Use the tweezers to attach the ribbon connector from the replacement LCD screen into the connection on the camera body that is now vacant.
Place the replacement LCD screen down on the LCD screen holder and wiggle it into position until it clicks into place. Reassemble the Coolpix.
Tips and warnings
- Wipe off the LCD screen with an anti-static brush before putting it into the Coolpix.
- Do not touch the two contacts of the capacitor, the cylindrical tube that is inside the digital camera next to where the batteries go. Doing so can deliver a nasty shock.
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