You will need:
- 1 webcam
- A screwdriver
- Some black processed film (find some old 35mm negatives and use the unexposed start block)
Total time: around 15 minutes.
Step 1: Disassemble
Remove any base the webcam may have. You then need to remove any exterior screws (use the screwdriver). The case should then separate to reveal the insides, however if it doesn't try and prise the case apart using the end of a flat screwdriver or penknife. You shouldn't need too much force, and remember to check under pads and stickers for screws.
You may also want to remove the USB connection lead from the main board to give you more movement if the cable's position is fixed.
Step 2: Remove PCB and lens enclosure
You should end up with something like the one shown in the pictures.
Step 3: Seperate the lens enclosure from the PCB
DO NOT TOUCH THE NEWLY EXPOSED AREA OF THE PCB.
Put the PCB to one side, but try and cover the newly exposed area so that dust can't get to it.