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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Flash Capacitor/Fuse Replacement

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    • Unlock and open the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera.

    • Remove both the battery and SD card.

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    • Remove the four indicated 3.0mm long black screws from the bottom of the camera and the viewfinder housing using a PH0 Phillips screwdriver.

    • There are four screws on the bottom of the camera. Only remove the two nearest to the screen.

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    • Remove the four indicated 6.0mm long black screws using a PH0 Phillips screwdriver.

    • Three of the screws are located on the sides of the chassis and one is directly underneath the battery compartment lid.

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    • Remove the viewfinder eye cup by pulling up and out from the bottom to separate the locking clips from the camera.

    • Do not flex the eye cup too aggressively as it may lose its shape.

    • Remove the two indicated silver 3.5mm long screws adjacent to the viewfinder screen using a PH0 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Use an iFixit opening tool (or similarly long and thin object) to insert into the gap between the two camera halves and pry the camera apart from the top.

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    • Remove the two indicated ribbon cables before separating the two halves of the camera.

    • Using a flat object, pry open the black tabs above the ribbon cable connectors by gently pulling away from the motherboard.

    • An opening pick is recommended, but any equally small and flat object will work.

    • Ribbon cables are fragile, so put as little stress on them as possible.

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    • Remove the 4 indicated flex cables from top of mainboard

    • Remove the indicated small flex cable from top of mainboard.

    • The small flex cable does not have a lock: simply pull to disconnect it.

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    • Remove the 3 indicated flex cables from the bottom of the mainboard.

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    • Remove the 4 indicated red 3.0mm long screws from the corners of mainboard using a Phillips PH0 screwdriver.

    • With the eyepiece facing away from you, pull up on the main PCB from the left side and then pull it away from the chassis.

    • There is a plastic locking tab on the bottom of the camera that holds the mainboard PCB.

    • A replacement mainboard can be purchased from AliExpress here

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    • Use a PH0 Phillips screwdriver to remove the 3 indicated red 3.0mm screws from heat sink shield, then remove the heat sink.

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    • Use a PH0 Phillips screwdriver to remove the two indicated black 6.0mm long screws from the top of the camera, underneath the flash mechanism.

    • Remove the indicated black 4.0mm long screw from the top of the camera

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    • Remove the three indicated silver 5.0mm long screws from the back of the camera and the right side using a Phillips PH0 screwdriver.

    • The two screws on the back require a very thin screwdriver as they are only accessible through the holes on the back shield.

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    • Remove the front grip from the camera by pulling it forward and out.

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    • Remove the indicated black 4.0mm long screw from the side under the front cover using a Phillips PH0 screwdriver.

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    • Remove the indicated silver 5.0mm long screw from under the front cover using a Phillips PH0 screwdriver.

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    • Lift the top unit away, separating it from the rest of the unit.

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    • Pull the top panel away from the rest of the camera to reveal the flash wire and plastic cover.

    • Use a spudger (or other small prying tool) to release the locking tab on the plastic cover.

    • Pull the flash wire out under the plastic capacitor PCB cover. At the same time lift the cover away.

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    • Remove the two indicated red 3.0mm long screws using a Phillips PH0 screwdriver.

    • Lift away the flash PCB.

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    • Caution: Be careful not to touch the capacitor wires as you work. If possible, use a capacitor discharge probe to safely rid the capacitors of dangerous charges.

    • Determine if the capacitor or the fuse has failed. Using a Capacitance meter measure the capacitor, it should report a value of 130µF.

    • If the capacitor value reported is close, then use a voltmeter with continuity testing to probe the fuse. If there is no continuity, then the fuse is broken.

    • If the capacitor is the failure point, go to step 20 and stop there. Otherwise, if it is the fuse, skip to step 21.

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    • Heat and remove the indicated solder on the two capacitor contact points.

    • Solder wick or a solder pump is recommended for removing solder.

    • Pull the flash capacitor away from the PCB.

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    • The flash fuse is very close to the capacitor and plastic battery connector. Be careful not to touch them.

    • Remove the solder on one side of the fuse.

    • Heat the solder on other side and pull the fuse away.

    • Use tweezers or a similar tool to remove the fuse.

Abschluss

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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5 Kommentare

My G7 can’t turn on anymore. I tried to connect a DMW-AC8 Adaptateur secteur but after that, it never works again.

So I think it’s the fuse ? If it’s that how can I buy a new fuse ?

Matthieu Rousseau - Antwort

Apologies for the delay, I’m one of the students who worked on this guide.

Unfortunately I believe your problem is likely something else. This guide relates specifically to the flash subsystem, so if the fuse or capacitor mentioned here were the problem I believe the device would still power on (though the flash wouldn’t work).

Alan Gardner -

Hi i have the same issue than the first coment

My camera dont turn on and isnt the motherboard, i know because i buy a replacement and didnt work either.

So you have some idea about what it is?

Excuse my english.

Aaron Gonzalez Montiel - Antwort

I have a G7 that would not turn on, after replacing the Capacitor with one from another broken camera that I had laying around, was able to get it to turn on 2 or 3 times and while it was turned on it worked great.

The other capacitor had a smaller uF Rating (84 vs 130 in the original)

After leaving it turned of for a bit it would not turn on again.

I then opened it up again, discharged the capacitor and same thing happened, it worked again for a few times and as before stopped working.

Not sure if there is something with the resistance of the other capacitor that is different than the original. For now I ordered one that is a similar model but also smaller size, maybe that will help.

Dominik Bessler - Antwort

It's pretty obvious from my experience that this fuse is not only for the flash subsystem cause it is in line with the V+ connector from the battery, and all the power needs to go through this fuse, or the V+ must also connct to the pcb on the other side of the board to provide the main power..
But, as far as i can see, that's not the case cause there is a IC there and no connections to the battery connectors, and no pins of the battery connector come through the board on the other side, so the chance that this is a three layered board is very slim as well.

i think that if you try to power on the camera without this fuse, it will refuse to go on.

marcurios - Antwort

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