I own a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 (point and shoot digital camera) which recently suffered a cracked LCD display screen.
Heard rumours that replacing a screen is rather expensive, confirmed by quotes of $250+, but decided to do some research of my own to see what is out there on the web.
Luckily for me, YouTube sports a very detailed video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxSLIWaSHgk) of a full screen replacement in under 10 mins, and even I thought I could slowly follow the step by step instructions and complete it myself (maybe in under an hour!).
NOTE: I would definitely describe myself at a newbie when it comes to tackling such a repair!
A quick search of Amazon UK returned a “replacement screen” for 17GBP (+ shipping). http://www.amazon.com/Display-Panasonic-DMC-TZ7-DIGITAL-Replacement/dp/B004P62O5Y
However, out of interest, I thought I would email the “Panasonic NZ support” email address to see if they have one in stock locally. Sure enough, they have them in stock in NZ, and for the SMALL sum of $215, I could have a replacement screen ‘kit’ couriered to me. Thinking there must be a ‘proprietary’ vs ‘copy’ thing going on here, I did some deeper digging, and came across articles on various Digital Camera sites where people have commented that SOME of the ‘cheaper’ screens are not actually the real deal, and often will have a lower screen resolution etc.
Decided to give the “cheaper alternative” a go, and ordered one via Amazon UK & family member in the UK.
Settled down last Thursday evening, and within 25 mins (One very stubborn screw wanted to hold up proceedings, and also had to keep playing a section of the video, then copying the steps), I had the old screen removed, and the new one installed. Works 100%, and to be honest, I can not tell the difference between the replacement screen, and an original (via friends camera). Though I did notice when installing that the new screen was in a slightly different build package, maybe 1mm smaller on one dimension, but this did not affect install at all.
So the lessons from this have been:
- For some gadgets, all is not lost when damage occurs. You just need to be prepared to do some digging, and hope you have a model gadget that replacement parts are available for!
- The web is an incredible resource for information like the above. Would I have tacked this without a video showing me how? Not on your life!
- The wife was well happy that for less than 50NZD all up, we have a working camera again.
- Don’t underestimate the value of a good case for your gadgets!!!