How To Fix a Broken Camcorder Viewfinder

The viewfinder of a camcorder is the small piece of glass which you look through in order to see what your camera is aimed at. It's an essential part of your camcorder, otherwise you won't know what you are recording on film. If your camcorder viewfinder is broken or damaged then you will need to find a way of replacing it.

Although it is possible to replace a broken camcorder viewfinder yourself it does involve dismantling your entire camcorder. If you don't feel capable of doing this yourself then you should take your camcorder to a professional repair shop. You could potentially end up breaking your camcorder even more than it is if you're not careful.

Equipment Needed

  • Replacement Viewfinder
  • Screwdriver
  • Internet
  • Camcorder 
  • Tray or somewhere to store parts

Step 1: Finding the Service Manual

Sometimes you can find the service manual for your camcorder on the Internet. If you can find the service manual on the Internet then this will make taking your camera much easier. If you can't find this on the Internet then you might be able to get it by contacting the manufacturer of your camcorder. Otherwise you will have to carefully dismantle the camcorder so that you don't break anything.

Step 2: Buying a Replacement Viewfinder

The next thing you should do is find a replacement viewfinder. Depending on the age of your camcorder this might be fairly easy or very difficult. There are a number of repair stores online which will specialize in selling spare components for various electronic devices. Otherwise you might try contacting the manufacturer for a spare part.

Another alternative would be to buy a broken camera that is the same or similar model to yours on the Internet. This can be used as a donor to remove the intact viewfinder. This viewfinder can then be installed in your own camcorder.

Step 3: Dismantling the Camcorder

Now using a screwdriver remove all of the screws and separate the halves of the plastic housing. Be very careful that you don't miss a screw. Often, there will be one under a label somewhere that you will miss. Put the screws in a tray or somewhere else so that you won't lose any of them.

Step 4: Removing the Viewfinder

Once you have dismantled the camcorder enough to access the broken viewfinder it can then be removed. Be careful at this point because it can be very sharp if not handled carefully. Pull the viewfinder out from the case and dispose of it carefully.

Step 5: Replacing the Viewfinder

Now fit the new replacement viewfinder into the camcorder by carefully securing it in place. Make sure that this is installed the correct way around otherwise it won't work properly.

Step 6: Assembling the Camcorder

Now assemble the camcorder so that it looks the same as before. Make sure that you don't over tighten any of the screws as this could cause harm to the plastic case.

Now you just need to power up the camcorder and test it out. Hopefully everything still works and you will be able to see through the new camcorder viewfinder. If there are any faults then you will need to open the camcorder up again and try to fix them.

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