How To Fix a Broken Camcorder LCD Screen
If the LCD screen of your camcorder is damaged or broken then it can be virtually impossible to use your camcorder properly. Fixing a broken camcorder screen is actually easy as long as you can source the right components for your camcorder.
The problem with camcorders is that the digital LCD screen is very exposed. This folds out from the camera and so is susceptible to damage. If anything breaks or damages this screen then it renders your camcorder almost useless.
- Replacement Screen
- Somewhere to Keep Screws
- Soldering Iron (Possible)
- Microfiber Cloth
Step 1: Sourcing a Replacement Screen
LCD Screens are actually very confusing things. It's not possible to simply choose the same size screen and put it into your camcorder. If you try this then there's a good chance that it won't work. the connectors on the screens are different and many of them include different circuit boards to do various things.
There are some places on the Internet which specialize in selling replacement parts for electrical products. Otherwise you could try an Internet auction site. If you can't find just the component you need then consider buying a broken camcorder which is the same (or similar) model to yours. If it uses the same screen and this is intact then it should be possible to use this as a donor.
Step 2: Dismantling Camcorder
Often you will be able to dismantle the plastic that houses the screen rather than needing to dismantle the entire camcorder. This will however depend on your model of video camera. When you take screws out note the different lengths and put them somewhere safe. It's important to put the correct screws back in the right holes to avoid damage later on.
Step 3: Removing Screen
Most high quality digital video cameras use a modular design. This means that the screen will simply be plugged into another circuit board. This makes repair work much easier. However if you have a cheaper model then you might find everything is integrated, just removing the screen could be difficult.
Some very cheap models have the screen soldered or even glued onto the connections on the circuit board. This will make your work harder to remove the screen. Hopefully it's simply a matter of unplugging and pulling the screen out.
Step 4: Replacing Screen
Now put your new replacement screen in place but be careful not to touch the surface of the screen. Fingerprints at this stage can become very irritating once the housing is reassembled again.
Step 5: Testing
Before reassembling the camcorder it's a good idea to power it up and check that your new screen is working. This can save a lot of frustration. Just be careful not to short out any of the connections because this could end up causing more damage.
Step 6: Reassembly
As long as the screen works you can then secure the screen in place and reassemble the housing. When doing this check that the screen is level and not crooked. A microfiber cloth can then be used to polish the outside of the screen to make it look as good as new.
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