Basics of Video Camera Repair

Video camera repair is not without any risks. In most cases, individuals who lack experience repairing video cameras are not advised to repair their own devices. The repair process is a delicate matter and often involves a lot of detailed labor. However, repair is possible if the video camera is no longer worth being sent to a shop. The following are a number of basic tips when considering repairing a video camera.

Basic Tools Needed

  • Lens vise
  • Spanner wrench with an interchangeable tip
  • Set of screwdrivers
  • Lens wrench
  • Lens ring tools and gum rubber
  • Hand blower
  • Dental probes
  • A set of X-Acto knives
  • Tweezers
  • Hemostats
  • Pliers
  • Lens tissue and cleaners
  • Shutter tester
  • Flashlight
  • Magnifier
  • Compressed or canned air

Where to Purchase Parts

It is important for individuals to test the skills that they have learned on junk video cameras and parts before attempting to fix the actual unit. Parts can be purchased from the official manufacturer, other camera suppliers or from other owners. There are individuals who may give away their outmoded or broken video cameras for free or a small price. This is the cheapest option for owners who wish to test their skills first or are looking for a specific part.

Common Areas to Fix and How to Fix Them

In most cases, the problem involves the electronics. This can be as simple as a broken wire, poor connection between parts or a cracked circuit board. Try cleaning the parts and connections and reassemble to see if this works. Use compressed air to remove dust. For cracked boards or broken wires, some minor soldering is required. With corroded batteries, try cleaning the battery compartment by wiping liquid contact cleaner on the parts. Make sure that none of the liquid gets into other areas.