Going medieval on a camera

Last week I received a free digital camera with my order of printing paper. Since I wasn't really impressed by it's looks, I decided to disembowel the camera.

The camera


This is the camera as I received it. As you can see, I had to weigh it down with the box, or it would float away. It's that light. The cam came with a manual, an USB cable, some software and no batteries.

The next step was to try and get some pictures out of it. Sadly, I couldn't get the horrendous software to work, so I proceeded to tear the cam to pieces. My guess is the pictures wouldn't be that great anyway.

Cracking the oyster


The camera housing was held together by 2 screws and 2 clips. At first I couldn't get the two pieces apart, but after forcefully jamming a couple of screwdrivers inside, It snapped open. Apparently, there was an internal screw as well, which I inadvertently snapped clean in half. Bonus points for structural integrity!



So this is what the camera looks like with the front end removed. In the centre we see the cute little f2.8 lens, which is bolted directly onto the 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor.

Pixel counting


After removing the back-end of the camera, I was able to screw the lens off the sensor. Look how cute the little guy is.


So ehm. This is what the camera looks like after that ordeal. Anyone want to have a go at putting it back together?

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