How to Replace a Mirror on a Nikon D50 Camera

Written by sean farmer
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Since the digital camera took over the photographic industry from the traditional film camera, there have been many improvements in the way photographs are captured. However, even with the advancements in technology, digital cameras are susceptible to technical issues. One of the most catastrophic issues that can befall a digital camera is any issue with the camera's hot mirror. The mirror is responsible for virtually every aspect of capturing an image on a digital camera. You can replace the mirror with a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Small screwdriver
  • Replacement hot mirror

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  1. 1

    Remove the screws on the bottom plate of the camera. Once the screws are removed, remove the plate itself by lifting it off the camera body. Remove the single screw under the plate.

  2. 2

    Remove the screws on both sides of the camera body. Gently lift up the back panel to expose the LCD's ribbon cable. Carefully unplug this cable from the circuit board. Once unplugged, gently remove the side panel with the USB port by lifting it off the camera body.

  3. 3

    Remove the metal noise shield over the circuit board by unscrewing the three screws holding it in place.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the three screws holding the circuit board to the camera body. Unplug the four ribbon cables located around the perimeter of the circuit board. Once these are removed, gently lift and flip the circuit board to the left side of the camera body.

  5. 5

    Remove the screws around the sensor assembly (the golden brown circuit board in the middle of the camera body). Lift out the sensor assembly carefully.

  6. 6

    Remove the four screws holding the hot mirror's frame in place. Carefully remove the hot mirror's frame.

  7. 7

    Carefully remove the hot mirror by lifting it out gently. Replace the old hot mirror with the replacement mirror. Screw the frame back in place to hold the new mirror in place.

  8. 8

    Reassemble the camera by remounting the sensor assembly, main circuit board, noise shield,and then the side and bottom panels. Remember to replace all screws, and plug in all ribbon cables.

Tips and warnings

  • Opening the camera may void the camera's warranty.
  • Make sure to remove the battery to avoid electrical shock.

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