The camera is one of the biggest highlights in smartphones. The R&D of camera and performance improvement are important projects for major phone manufacturers. Apple's iPhone is known for its prowess in camera development. iPhone has grown from featuring an original 2-megapixel rear camera to a current 12-megapixel rear triple-camera.
The camera is one of the most sophisticated components inside the iPhone and can be easily damaged if dropped during daily use. For a damaged camera, the repair solution is generally a replacement. The cost of replacement is high. In addition, Apple has encrypted the camera of the iPhone 12 series and later models. So if the camera is changed, the “Important Camera Message” will pop up. Therefore, camera replacement will undoubtedly become a trend.
Today, REWA LAB will share with you a repair case of an iPhone camera and walk you through some knowledge of iPhone camera repair. Open the phone camera. When taking photos with the wide-angle camera, cracks appear. The ultra-wide camera works fine. We can judge that the optical filter of the wide-angle camera is damaged.
Then we disassemble the phone and try to repair the camera. First of all, put the camera on the specialized Heating Platform at 100 °C. When the temperature reaches 100 °C, remove black adhesive around the camera with a Sculpture Knife. Then pry up the wide-angle camera.
Attach the camera to the specialized holder. Before repair, apply protection tape to the camera. Separate the camera edges with a Sculpture Knife. Next, remove the metal cover with Hot Air Gun at 120 °C.
Keep heating with Hot Air Gun at 120 °C. Remove black adhesive with Tweezers. Apply some Paste Flux. Separate the motor from the CMOS with ultrathin Soldering Iron at 380 °C.
It can be seen that the optical filter is broken while the motor and blue lens are good. If the motor is damaged, the camera will fail to focus or shake. A motor replacement can help you solve the problem. The middle part of the motor is the blue lens. If the blue lens is damaged, the camera will become blurry. The solution is to replace the blue lens.
Then we replace the cracked optical filter with a new one. Apply some UV adhesive to the broken optical filter. Put the new optical filter in position. Solidify with a UV Lamp.
Remove side adhesive with Hot Air Gun. Then push the cracked optical filter out with the specialized holder. Remove residual shards and black adhesive with Hot Air Gun.
Then remove dust spots with a specialized swab. Please be extremely careful not to damage the CMOS during operation. If the CMOS is damaged, the camera will be unrepairable. Then apply some UV adhesive and a new optical filter. Solidify with UV Lamp.
Then we assemble the camera. Apply some Paste Flux around the motor. Solder the motor with the CMOS with Soldering Iron. Clean the camera with alcohol.
Next, we install the wide-angle camera for testing. The camera works fine.
Apply B7000 to fix the wide angle camera. That’s all for the optical filter replacement of iPhone camera. iPhone camera repair not only includes optical filter replacement but also blue lens replacement, etc.. Please stay tuned for more iPhone camera repair content. For camera repair, REWA offers third-party repair service. If you have such repair needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can buy the tools used in this blog from our online shop.
Apr 23, 2021
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