Introduction: How to Brick Your Digital Camera

or, the coolest instructable ever, gone wrong. More a cautionary tale than an instructable.

Step 1: Come Up With a Brilliant Instructable

The instructable I came up with was a novel (in that I found nothing quite like it) implementation of a sound activated flash. I was inspired be phinch's

Step 2: Assemble the Project and Test

The assembly went quite smoothly and all along I documented the steps with my beloved fuji camera, reaching the testing phase I found everything worked quite well. and then.....

Step 3: Disaster, or Culpable Stupidity

Satisfied with the results I unslung the camera from around my neck and set it down right next to the disposable camera i was using as a flash, the noise triggered the flash unit..

I guess the EMP was pretty powerful.

Now I get nice pictures of blackness.

And my wifes mad.


It was a really cool project, when i have time I'll redoc it with my POS 1.3mpixel. but remember EMP KILLS.


SuperTech-IT (author)2013-11-15

I'm actually guessing that the spark that usually makes the flash jumped into the camera and fried a circuit. Any EMP from the device would have been too small to do that kind of damage.

ceridan (author)2006-09-20

Hey can one of the electronic guru's that frequent this site do an instructable on how to construct and EMP generator and mayby a way to focus it (if possible?) :)

SuperTech-IT (author)ceridan2013-11-15

I had one that was used to flash-wipe hard disks for critical data safety.
The idea was that any data you couldn't afford to lose would always be backed up elsewhere - but if anyone lifted the computer without disabling the security feature, as soon as the computer was more than an inch off of whatever surface it was on, an EMP concentrated on the hard disk would go off, rendering the hard disk useless and unrecoverable. This is not a toy though, and the military grade parts made it fairly expensive to build. The cool factor was it was inside the computer, and undetectable by a thief other than having them wonder why the PC was so heavy.

just wondering really but why would you NEED a emp .and how big of a dead zone radius ?

You would need a nuclear explosion about 200 meters above ground. Or more parts and expensive equipment then the actual bomb itself

Um... Not to attack Tokyo?

robo989 (author)ceridan2006-11-01

Guessing from your spelling and grammar ablilities, I'd say you don't know a thing you're doing. EMP is very dangerous to play with, especially people who have any electronic life support (pace makers, etc). Go to Wikipedia (, young grasshoppah, and educate yourself.

jws7962 (author)2007-07-08

"spelling and grammar ablilities,"... This is funny. Look at the way ABILITIES is misspelled.

georion (author)jws79622012-09-03

Wow ,,,,,,,, are you a comedian/comedy critic ?????

~teknoarsonist~ (author)2010-04-12

Major bummer dude! good idea tho! you have inspired me! :)

Grimling (author)2006-09-17

xD xD xD

robo989 (author)Grimling2006-11-01

So, what's "xD xD xD" got to do with anything?

akimbo m (author)2006-09-17

I guess thats true... Tool Using Animal So, can anyone experiment on bricking things, much more quicker and better? It was done for the rfid chips (Coil in place of flash in a disposable camera), but i want bigger things then that to die! :)

Tool Using Animal (author)2006-09-17

But I did instruct you on how to kill a camera Q.E.D The camera was a fuji s5600.

cheesy (author)2006-09-17

instructables isn't the place for this kind of crap.

ElectricJ (author)2006-09-17

isn't a calculator a little less delicate than a digital camera?

trebuchet03 (author)2006-09-17

shielding > your camera ouch

mrbob1000 (author)2006-09-17

whats an emp

lsocoee (author)mrbob10002006-09-17

Electro Magnetic Pulse

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