Nikon Coolpix S1000pj Teardown

Written By: Walter Galan

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Introduction

A while back we heard about the nifty Nikon Coolpix S1000pj, a digital camera with a built-in projector. We were very curious how Nikon packaged everything into this little device, so we decided to do what we do best -- tear it apart!

Check out our YouTube video of the teardown. We included a quick explanation of the projector's inner workings right around the 2:00 minute mark!

  • Step 1
    • Contents of the box include:
    • Separate instruction manuals/quick start guides in both English and Spanish. No instructions for you, French Canadians.
    • Battery Charger.
    • A/V and USB Cables.
    • Carrying Strap.
    • Nikon Software Suite Disk.
    • Nikon Remote, model ML-L4.
    • The remote even allows you to zoom and activate the shutter from a distance.
  • Step 2
    • As engineers, we decided the first thing we should do is browse through the instruction manual...
    • We're glad Nikon is looking out for the well being of the average Joe, but "Take the Camera out of the Box"? Really?
    • Common sense FAIL.
  • Step 3
    • The extremely simple yet nifty injection molded plastic stand tilts the camera back a few degrees to allow for projection on vertical surfaces.
    • The S1000pj sports a single lamp/single LCD panel projection system to view images in a dimly-lit room.
    • The image size can vary from approximately 5 to 40 inches.
    • According to the user manual specifications, the output resolution of the projector is VGA equivalent.
  • Step 4
    • We here at iFixit strongly support the work the Rebel Alliance is doing to Restore the Republic and we fully stand behind their cause.
    • "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
    • It's a shame the S1000pj doesn't beep or whistle or stop garbage compactors from crushing future Jedi knights.
  • Step 5
    • The dimensions of the camera are 99.5 x 62.5 x 23 mm (4 x 2.5 x 0.9 in), and it weighs in at approximately 155g (5.5 oz.) without the battery and SD memory card.
    • Hidden behind the lens cover in the upper right corner is the Nikkor 5X wide optical zoom VR 5.0-25.0 mm 1:3.9-5.8 lens.
    • The back panel houses the comparatively large 2.7-inch High Resolution Bright LCD.
    • The slider on the third picture (boxed in red) focuses images projected from the front of the camera.
  • Step 6
    • Removing the rechargable lithium-ion battery.
    • The battery, model EN-EL12, is rated 1050 mAh at 3.7V making the power output 3.885 Wh.
    • Looks like Nikon rounds up.
    • The battery weighs approximately 22.5 g (0.8 oz) excluding the terminal cover.
  • Step 7
    • We're glad we can trust our good'ol Phillips screwdriver to help us remove a few screws from the battery-chamber/memory card slot cover.
    • After a few pries with a plastic opening tool, the chromed plastic side cover simply pops off the camera body.
  • Step 8
    • A few more screws secure the rear case to the body.
    • After prying around its perimeter, we lift the rear case off the body.
    • Surprisingly, both the front and rear outer cases are machined out of aluminum.
    • The button covers attach to the rear case while the electronic portion is attached to the metal shield next to the display.
  • Step 9
    • The display is attached to the metal shield by several fingers that apply pressure between the shield and the edge of the display.
    • Flip back the ZIF cable lock and remove the display.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pop the speaker assembly out of the metal shield.
    • The speaker pumps out some pretty fresh beats when the camera is in projector mode.
  • Step 10
    • Remove a few screws around the perimeter of the open back of the camera.
    • After some (careful) prying, the top and right covers pop right off.
    • Interestingly, the controls along the top of the camera are attached to a board below the top cover. The top cover just houses the button covers.
  • Step 11
    • Carefully lift the protective steel panel to reveal the logic board.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to flip back the ZIF cable lock to disconnect the control ribbon cable before removing the panel.
  • Step 12
    • Pry the upper camera cable connector straight up off the logic board.
    • Flip back the ZIF cable lock and remove the lens assembly.
    • Copper was an interesting choice for the rear cover of the lens assembly.
  • Step 13
    • The camera module in all its glory.
    • Like most compact digital cameras with optical zoom that have no externally telescopic lenses, the S1000pj's internal zoom lenses move perpendicular to the front face.
    • The basic components include:
    • A few movable lenses.
    • CCD image sensor.
    • Optical zoom motor and feedback sensor to position the lenses.
    • Aperture and image stabilization modules.
    • Light has to travel through at least four glass lenses until it shines on the CCD sensor. What a journey.
  • Step 14
    • We had to disconnect a few additional ZIF cables and remove some screws still securing the the logic board to the main chassis.
    • Disassembling this camera is not for the faint of heart -- Nikon definitely did not intend this device to be user serviceable.
    • We even had to de-solder a bunch of components including the camera cover actuator, projector LED, and flash bulb.
  • Step 15
    • To remove the projector lens, first remove the flash tube.
    • After removing a few screws...
    • ...The projector assembly lifts right out.
  • Step 16
    • Here's an inside look at the projector assembly sans the protective cover.
    • Light for projecting images is supplied by a very powerful LED (shown in red) that even has its own heat sink to conduct heat to the aluminum front panel.
    • As light leaves the LED it passes through some filters and lenses (shown in orange).
    • A good deal of engineered optical reflection allows the light emitted by the LED to reflect through a tiny LCD panel (shown in yellow) and head toward the mirror.
    • Before bouncing off the angled mirror and exiting the camera, the projected image passes through a focusing lens (shown in blue) connected to the slider on the top panel.
  • Step 17
    • Almost there...
    • Remove the automatic lens cover door first. The lens cover is motorized and opens anytime the camera function is activated.
    • After the lens cover is out, removing the front facing microphone is a snap.
  • Step 18
    • The main players on 'SIDE-A' of the board include:
    • Samsung 925 K5W1213LCA-AK60 EDE010D5
    • Sanyo EV4MA N1U5YNPD 0925
    • D805 0921K
    • ADDI7000 BCPZ 0924 1644955.1
    • 87F283A 8KK5P
  • Step 19
    • Residing on 'SIDE-B' of the board are:
    • MAXIM 8916I TL919 +NTAS
    • HIMAX HX8852-A 005BEG 923ES06 LCOS display controller with interface compliant to MIPI.
    • Wolfson Microelectronics WM8941G 95AEKSW mono CODEC with speaker driver and video buffer.
    • RHAPSODY E1-145 923102.
  • Step 20
    • Nikon Coolpix S1000pj...you've just been Torn'd!
    • That's our new phrase, Torn'd.
    • That does it for this edition of iFixit's riveting teardown. Join us next time when we continue our teardown debaucheries!
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