Canon Ixus 500 Disassembly

My very first digital camera that died last year was disassembled a few days ago. Turns out that I managed to find what was wrong with it (refer below) and fixed it, but the CCD was already dead. So now it just takes black photos. If I can find a replacement CCD, this can be a usable camera again.

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Disassembled parts of the camera.

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Color coded connectors for easier assembly.

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Canon Zoom Lens.

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Lens extension and retraction motor.

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Compact Flash card holder.

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Compact Flash connection pins.

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32MB Compact Flash card.

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I’ve no idea what these are.

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Buttons up close.

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I’ve no idea what this chip does either.

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The DiGiC processor found in many Canon cameras.

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5.0 Megapixels. I’ve been shooting with 5MP till now.

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Canon Ixus 500.

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One of the most used button on the camera: the shutter release.

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Battery compartment switch. The camera will not turn on if this switch is not depressed.

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CF card compartment latch.

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Holes on the metal casing for screws.

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Full metal casing.

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This resistor/fuse/diode was the only problem with this camera. Bypassing it solved everything.

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No idea what this does either.

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Backup battery to keep time.

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Small screws to keep everything together.

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Everything assembled together.

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The red and black wires supply power to the camera since the old battery was dead.

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Plastic insulation to prevent the electronics from shorting out on the metal casing.

Now everything works except for the CCD. Would be grateful if anyone can tell me where I can get one. Photos here were taken using a Canon Ixus 55 using digital macro mode. I noticed that the aperture is quite small aperture number is quite small (big aperture opening), hence the limited depth of field. Continue reading

Connection Issues

My Streamyx connection these few days is terrible. Flickr is still inaccessible. So is Sourceforge. My friend called TM and they say the international link is down. Who knows when they are going to fix it.

Anyone else out there experiencing this?

Update May 29: Now it’s blogspot’s turn to go down. Flickr is limping back but it still doesn’t run well. Gmail is down as well. Wikipedia is not working as well. But maybank is up so I can finally pay my bills. Continue reading