After Hours

Cracking open a digital camera

Vivitar ViviCam 3705

by Erik Eckel

Digital cameras are everywhere. From family vacations to office functions to holiday celebrations, digital cameras are almost always present. Just what makes these devices work? Learn how a digital camera is put together as we disassemble a common Vivitar model.

Learn how digital cameras are put together as we disassemble this 3.3 megapixel model.

About

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

5 comments
CALLCARECO
CALLCARECO

callcareco@aol.com 08-18-2008 HeyTechicalPeople, This was fast and GRR--e--a--tt--t!! Time is of the essence, and the family appreciates things which are to the point and informative. I had just bought a cheapie digital for 19.95 to use for now, and was entering the Digi-Camera contest, to try for a really good digi-cam, when I saw lots of good downloads on the subject and this fast informational. Been a "TecKeeReepMember" for a good while now. Thanks, Nan

Ajax4Hire
Ajax4Hire

Some of the memory components from Samsung: 8MB NAND, 16MB SDRAM. I could not make out the main control processor but it looks to be something from C-cubed (CCC).

Joe.Hathaway
Joe.Hathaway

I would have expected the thing to have some sort of lens system, including autofocus motors, glass, image sensor, etc.

jwlindsey
jwlindsey

I cracked open my old (defunct) Olympus Stylus 300 this last week. It's pretty much similar to the Vivitar shown here. However, I got zapped twice by the photoflash capacitor until I shorted the leads out with a screwdriver to deplete the charge. Believe me, it was powerful.

yobtaf
yobtaf

My Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 was a lot harder to take apart and the ZAP scared the you-know-what out of me. But it still works and the body is metal, not cheap plastic. I don't think anybody is using metal anymore.