Introduction: Cleaning the CCD Sensor on a Panasonic Lumix Point and Shoot Camera.

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how to get dust and other foreign objects out of your lens and shots.

Step 1: Gather Tools

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you'll need a very small Phillips screwdriver, and a t3 torx driver. some cameras may have different sized screws so a small bit kit would help. also going to want some lens wipes. if you are hard of seeing, these screws are tiny, go get your glasses and a light now.

Step 2: Take Out the Battery and SD Card.

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take out the battery and SD cards

Step 3: Remove 3 Bottom Screws

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the two closest to the tripod mount are longer then the one closest to the edge of the camera.

Step 4: Take Out Single Side Screw

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take it out, put it aside. its the only black screw

Step 5: Take Out Other Two Side Screws

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these are the same on this side, just keep track of which screw's go on which side

Step 6: Split the Case Off the Back.

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you will notice two small tabs that clip the screen to the rest. using a small screwdriver, gently pop the top of the screen loose

Step 7: Pop Off the Bottom of the Screen

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using a small screwdriver, gently pop it off

Step 8: Flip the Screen Over Gently

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make sure not to yank the ribbon cord out from the camera. the silver item with the 3 tiny torx screws needs to be undone. so take then out. be gentle, this is where you should be delicate. make sure to not drop the tiny screws or let them fall into a void on the camera

Step 9: Clean the CCD Sensor

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lift up the silver area gently to expose the CCD and the inside of the lens area. there are two small springs that easily fall out, so be careful. use your wipe and gently wipe the lens and the CCD..

Step 10: Once Done Cleaning, Make Sure the Springs Are in Place and Reinstall the 3 Torx Screws.

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once done, reverse disassembly to put it back together.

Step 11: All Done! Go Take Some Beautiful Photos With Your Clean Camera.

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I usually have to do this every few months, I carry this lil things every day to have a better camera then my cell.

these Panasonic point and shoot cameras have incredible optical zoom and dust and hairs get sucked behind the lens easily when zooming. saves me money and keeps the camera fresh.

Comments

PaulA179 (author)2016-07-04

This gave me the courage to clean my dirty (almost unusable in poor light) Lumix DMC-TZ20. I made it - well pleased! There are differences - all the screws are cross-heads (no T3 required) and there is a metallic plate between the screen and the "works" - three more small (but reasonably obvious) screws. Otherwise, away you go, Many thanks.

wooac (author)2015-12-15

These Panasonic telephoto lenses suck dust in so it's just a matter of time before you'll need to clean them again. It's a design defect.

mdsuave13 (author)wooac2015-12-15

No doubt, so far, so good, but knowing how to do it is a good thing

Kevin1983 (author)2014-07-11

Thanks for the guide, gonna try this soon. Definitely have something on my lens that is showing up on any pics I take.

rimar2000 (author)2014-07-11

Exccellent and useful instructable, I have one of these good cameras.

Thanks for sharing!

Aleator777 (author)2014-07-11

Thanks for the guide. Dust be gone!

mdsuave13 (author)Aleator7772014-07-11

no problem, not all that hard. Toughest part was finding the t3 driver... I was convinced before i did this that the camera was done. I figured if i broke it during the process, no biggie, the dust made it almost unusable.. but saved the cam, i love this lil gem, awesome picture quality and 10x optical zoom in a package that nearly fits in a cigarette pack.... SWEET

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