How to Replace the CCD in a Fuji S5000

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Released by Fuji in 2003, the Fujifilm FinePix S5000 is compact digital camera that is built around a 3.1 megapixel CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Sensor and 10x optical zoom lens. The camera has a similar design as a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) with the exception of not having a removable lens.

To replace the digital sensor in the S5000 you will need to be working in a well lit area and you should have some small containers for holding screws and other items you don't want loose during the process.

Turn the camera off and remove the battery from the bottom of the camera. Remove the locking ring from the front of the camera's lens housing by unscrewing it in a counter clockwise rotation.

Remove the small screws from the bottom and sides of the camera. The camera will come apart in three different sections: the rear, front and top. As you open the camera up, be careful not to damage the ribbon cables that connect the different controls to the main circuit assembly. Where possible, disconnect the ribbon cables from the circuit board. For those that cannot be disconnected, there should be enough length on the cable to allow the replacement.

Remove the small screws holding the main circuit board in place and gently lift straight up. When it is clear of the camera casing turn it over revealing the camera's zoom lens assembly.

Remove the ribbon cable for the zoom lens and unscrew the screws holding the lens in place. Once the lens is removed you will be able to see the digital sensor and its components.

Unscrew the digital sensor from the main circuit board and carefully lift it out. There will be a wiring harness from the sensor to the circuit board that needs to be disconnected, then the sensor is free to come out of the camera.

Position the new sensor in its place and connect the wiring harness. Insert the screws and tighten completely, as this will ensure the sensor is installed level.

Reassemble the camera, replace the battery, insert a memory card and the camera will be ready to be used.