Introduction: Unbelievable (?) Camera Service

Over the years my old digital camera has accumulated dirt in hard to reach places. The worst of which being in front of the lens. The best practical way to fix this was to take it apart, and this video shows the process.
I went about this in a rather "cack-handed" way and in the video you will see me being electrocuted twice by the flash circuit, and I got stung once more putting it back together.
Yet the camera still works.
Remember this next time someone is advocating the use of anti-static wrist straps...
Here's to the Fuji FinePix 2300 - at the moment all my pictures are taken with this.

(I thought the video camera was recording while putting this back together, but it wasn't.)


acollette1 (author)2013-12-29

Fyi, while taking apart an aging (8mp?) Sony for the experience and possibly of salvage,I too was surprised by that stored energy. In my case a screwdriver "grounded" the charge through nearby components on the board.
Wish it had been me.

DeanGPotts (author)2011-06-01

Good video, i watched it twice, mainly for the funny unexpected zaps, i love playing with zap circuits, made one from a cheap disposable camera.
That'll teach the kids for snooping around.

lemonie (author)DeanGPotts2011-06-01



ycc2106 (author)2009-10-09

I have an old digital good-in-it's-time Nikon shaped like yours, but the batteries don't last - They die in ~12 shots !
Anybody know if there's anything I could do? a tip? Anything because for now it's not worth using it.

lemonie (author)ycc21062010-09-11

I used 4x NiMH 1500 mAh, what do you use? The screen tends to drain them a lot.


thePurush (author)ycc21062010-04-19

i hv had a similar problem in my olympus c750 UZ which is a high end camera.
i had four sets of nimh batteries, and had same problem with all.
before blaming camera  i tried out sony precharged batteries which dont discharge even after months.

Yes i charge them now once in a month, and y camera is always availble.

Check if this is problem with yr cam?

killersquirel11 (author)ycc21062009-12-21

Well if you're using rechargables, try either a different set or some regular disposables.  Make sure you turn it off when you're not using it, and take the batteries out after turning it off.  See how many shots you can get in one sitting off of a full charge.

lemonie (author)ycc21062009-10-12

What sort of batteries and how many? I've got 4 NiMH, and I try to avoid using the LCD, it lasts a long time.


harry599 (author)2010-09-09

i have the same camera!! somewhere....

lemonie (author)harry5992010-09-11

Well if you ever take it apart, you've been warned...


The_Black_Hole (author)2009-11-13

lol whats with the freakishly long pinky finger nails?!?!?!!??

(left hand in 1:12-1:32)

lemonie (author)The_Black_Hole2009-11-14

I was experimenting with a tooth-pick. Cut it in the end, not a good shape.


The_Black_Hole (author)lemonie2009-11-14

lol like a finger nail tooth pick?!? haha...ha......huh.....why didnt i think of actaully sounds like a pretty good idea.

Re-design (author)2009-10-17

Such naughty language.

I thought you knew better than to get shocked.

lemonie (author)Re-design2009-10-17

No I didn't... There you go, we both learned something.


thearchitect (author)2009-09-06

Haha! I got myself shocked with flash circuits several times. Feels awful!.. :-) K.

lemonie (author)thearchitect2009-09-06

Orco? Why did you choose that character out of interest? L

thearchitect (author)lemonie2009-10-16

Orco, hmm, maybe to stay young?  :-)


lemonie (author)thearchitect2009-10-17

It'd make a good Halloween costume?


Amnesia Wes (author)2009-09-26

You have phenomenal patience. Or were you just buggin' on crack? lol
Personally, I would've sent that camera to the Kodak Junkyard in the Sky, with a 5# sledgehammer, after the first 'stun-gun' moment!!!

All kidding aside, thanks for showing us some older stuff may just needing some cleaning, instead of tossing them out before even trying to save it...

lemonie (author)Amnesia Wes2009-09-26

I started, so I finished.*
Yes, some things can be fixed for nothing, I prefer to try before disposal.


*Magnus Magnusson

Scott_Tx (author)2009-09-07

try working on a phone line and getting a ring :P

lemonie (author)Scott_Tx2009-09-07

Are you a telephone engineer? L

Scott_Tx (author)lemonie2009-09-07

Nope, just an over enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer

Punkguyta (author)Scott_Tx2009-09-24

I've been lucky not to get that yet, but there is still some current there if you hold onto both wires.

james.mcglashan (author)2009-09-11

what yould you have doen if you broke it?

lemonie (author)james.mcglashan2009-09-12

Bought a new one with optical zoom. And at t some point I will. L

Stew2 (author)2009-09-06

Did the dirt make the dark pictures look like it was snowing? I have and old 2 megapixel Fuji that does that. Otherwise, I have two FinePix's and they both work great.

lemonie (author)Stew22009-09-06

Fuzzy grey blobs in the pictures. L

sharlston (author)lemonie2009-09-07

they could of been paranormal orbs lol

lemonie (author)sharlston2009-09-07

Rather crummy orbs if they were... L

sharlston (author)lemonie2009-09-10


AndyGadget (author)2009-09-07

My old FinePix 5600 didn't fare so well when I stripped it down last week to try and repair an intermittent USB socket. There was one section which would not come apart no matter what I tried and in the end I got a bit medieval with it. Couldn't get it back together after that.

lemonie (author)AndyGadget2009-09-07

Oh dear, not "trial by ordeal"? L

oscarthompson (author)lemonie2009-09-08

I would be to scared to take my camera apart because i love it.... how did you get electricuted if you took the batterys out? The only time i got electricuted was when i took my blender apart

lemonie (author)oscarthompson2009-09-08

There's a big 300V capacitor in there... The video serves as a warning, while cheap cameras will require a while to charge-up, things like this (running off 4 AA's) must store plenty HV for rapid flash availability (or shocking). L

oscarthompson (author)lemonie2009-09-08

hmm.. I never knew that

sharlston (author)2009-09-08

did you swear?

lemonie (author)sharlston2009-09-08

I whispered something and also make a noise that could sound like an expletive, but I had been zapped...


sharlston (author)lemonie2009-09-08

yes the current and the voltage could of sent your mind funny(excuse)

Sharlston Cat (author)2009-09-07

Great video

Kiteman (author)2009-09-06

I heard a naughty work after the second jolt :-D

Emsaid (author)Kiteman2009-09-06

lol I did to

lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-09-06

Sorry, I was most unhappy at that instant. L

weirdo62 (author)2009-09-06


albylovesscience (author)2009-09-06

cool ible all good except the giant ~~Shock~~ you got

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-09-06

cool i rember when alot of things could be taken apart

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