DHL has just informed me that my new camera modules for my FP3 will be delivered later today.
So far, I have never taken my phone apart (since I never had to). Any special tips about what to consider from all of you who have done it, especially those who have already exchanged their camera modules? Handling, tools, what to do and what to avoid?
I followed the YouTube videos for the camera and the top module. They make taking apart the unscrewed components look a lot easier than it is. I had to apply a lot more pressure than I was comfortable with, but it was ok, I don’t seem to have damaged anything. No chance of lifting the ribbon cables using just a fingernail either, I ended up using a small kitchen knife with a rounded tip.
More specifically on the camera modules, this might be good to be careful about:
Other than that, I can second @uodalricus’s observations (both). Separating display and core module from each other is a bit tricky even after the screws are out. But from what I have read so far, it will hurt you more than it will hurt the device.
For me, the most “difficult” part was indeed removing the display module, which needed much more pressure and force than it looks like in the FP instruction videos )and almost felt like breaking the entire phone).
For loosening the screws I used the Philips screwdriver that came with the phone, it worked pretty well. To remove the ribbon cable connectors I also went for a kitchen knife. For finally tightening the 13 screws, I additionally chose a Proxxon Micro Driver PH 0-3 x 40 which semt a bit more precise than the Fairphone tool.
Anyway, both camera modules workes instantaneously – and the rest of the phone, too.
Just to mention: this port was given as a hint on the forum because it was built for a phone which had the same sensor as the FP3 camera. So I wouldn’t be surprised it crashed with the new sensor, it’s simply not done for it.
As indicated above by other users: Installation of new camera is more difficult than expected. I needed an additional tool A nail-file to repair my broken nails after removing the connector.
But one problem: Pictures at short distance are not sharp. Long distance is okay. I am often using the Fairphone for copying documents and therefore I cannot live with this quality. I tried original app and open camera. Open camera in macro mode is a little better but still not satisfactory.
I there any possibility to calibrate the camera? It seems to be a software issue and not the camera itself.
Here is a tip / trick to get close-ups that the camera itself is not able to focus on because it simply lacks the physical possibilities. A magnifying glass, in my case a folding magnifier that I hold in front of the smartphone lens. It’s a bit tricky, but with a little practice it should work. So it’s not for quick photography. Other magnifiers also work, but you can test them out. Simply optics.
Here is an example:
Attached an image. It really is the camera as it happens in the camera app when taking a picture but also when trying to scan a QR-code for paying or opening a menu at a restaurant. As you can see, it’s quite annoying as I miss functionality which I had with my previous camera module