The LCD Screen Is Broken on My Samsung Digital Camera

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The LCD Screen Is Broken on My Samsung Digital Camera
Digital cameras use LCD screens to make viewing your shot easier. (digital camera age image by Steve Brase from Fotolia.com)

LCD stands for "Liquid Crystal Display." While LCD is not exactly a new technology, as of 2011 it is inexpensive and has become popular for use in many kinds of screens, such as television sets, and also in many small devices like digital cameras. If your camera's LCD viewing screen is broken, you have several options---but keep in mind that you may not be able to fix the issue yourself.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the camera to your computer using the USB cable that came with your camera. Even if the screen is broken, you should be able to connect the camera and download the pictures that are currently on the camera.

  2. 2

    Contact Samsung and see if the warranty will cover the repair. Even if the camera is out of warranty, they may be able to fix the camera for a reasonable price. If Samsung can fix the camera, send it to them and have them repair it. Alternatively, ask if they can exchange it for a refurbished camera.

  3. 3

    Replace the LCD screen, if possible. You may be able to obtain a replacement screen from Samsung or a camera store. Remove the camera batteries. Some cameras are simple to work with, and a small screwdriver will be able to remove the screen. In this case, you will just unplug the ribbon connecting the LCD screen and disconnect the backlight. Connect the new screen to the camera, attach the backlight and screw it in. Some models, however, will not repair this easily, even if you are handy with electronics. If you do attempt a complicated repair yourself, do not touch the circuit board or any of the metal. Do not touch the flash capacitor (which looks like a battery) or the capacitor contacts, or you will get shocked. If you can, discharge the capacitor first (see Resources).

  4. 4

    Purchase a new camera. Digital cameras are relatively cheap, and you can look for a new replacement camera at almost any electronics retailer or purchase a used camera from a yard sale or auction. If the LCD screen has just a small crack, you can also decide to just live with the situation until you can afford a new camera.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't attempt to replace the LCD unless you understand how to avoid getting shocked by the flash capacitor.

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