For some time he repaired very interesting cameras of the GENIUS company.
Genius is the main trademark of the Taiwanese corporation KYE Systems, a manufacturer of computer peripherals. Founded in 1983. Headquarters – Taipei, Taiwan. Has official representations in the USA, Great Britain, Germany and China (Hong Kong).
Under the Genius brand, KYE Corporation produces graphic tablets, game controllers, keyboards, computer mice, headphones, headsets, speakers and webcams.
Chairman – Kuhn (卓世坤).
Official company website.
I came across the company's products more than once, I had mice, keyboards, and web cameras.
We tried to get authorization, to become an authorized center. Did not work out. Therefore, I do not have a certificate. The devices had original design solutions and constructive features.
True, the cameras lasted quite a bit on the market for about two years.
Some were brought for repair.
I'll tell you about some of them.
And so the first patient.
What they write there on the great and mighty internet. There is very little information.
Description of Genius G-Shot G512
Genius G-Shot G512 is a 6-in-1 device: digital camera, digital video camera, MP3 player, voice recorder, webcam and storage medium. < br>The LCD uses high-precision 120Kpixel LTPS technology, which provides lower power consumption and a brighter, higher-quality picture than conventional TFT LCD.
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries let you take more photos and record videos. And the built-in microphone and speaker turn the camera into a voice recorder and video player with sound. The slim and ergonomic shape makes the camera easy to hold and use.
Maximum resolution: 2560 x 1920 (interpolated)
Total pixels: 3.1 million
White balance: automatic, from the list
Other functions and features
Additional information: Ability to use as a webcam, storage medium, voice recorder MP3 player.
Macro shooting: Yes
Viewfinder and LCD screen
LCD screen: 120,000 dots, 1.50 inches
Using the screen as a viewfinder
Minimum shooting distance: 0.15 m
Memory and interfaces
Interfaces: USB 1.1, video, audio
Built-in memory size: 16 Mb
Memory card type: SD
Image formats: 1 JPEG
Video and sound recording
Maximum video resolution: 320×240
Maximum video frame rate: 15 frames/s < br> Number of effective pixels 3.1 million
Screen diagonal size 1.5 inches
Maximum resolution 2560 x 1920
And so, why did it suddenly decide to disassemble the device and get acquainted with the design.
Called to the chief for a consultation.
Places GENIUS cameras on the table.
Wow, very interesting designs.
We need to look at the functionality and design, give an estimate. The product is offered for sale.
(Then he worked not in a “clean” service, in a company dealing with photography. Selling, printing photographs and much of that.)
Consider the possibility of after-sales support in terms of repairs and in the prospect of obtaining authorization, but for the engineers of the certificate.
I begin to give an assessment.
Preparing the simplest camera on the table.
It turns out everything to a minimum, an entry-level camera with extended functionality.
I have prepared a tool, I will disassemble the structure. What's inside they invented.
at the bottom.
I remove a beautiful shiny frame covering the joints.
A few more bolts and you can remove the front and back panels of the case.
The flash lamp together with the reflector is glued to the front panel. Here is the capacitor. Unloading.
Then I unscrew the bolts securing the board and other parts to the back cover of the case.
Quite a large pile of bolts turned out.
The case back cover fell off.
An interesting solution, all control buttons are mounted on the board. They are pressed by pistils in the back cover. The main board is connected to the top board with soldered contacts. It's not a problem, I'll solder it with a pigtail.
Another trick, switching from one board to another using interesting pins is interesting.
The lens is quite simple though. The matrix is apparently soldered directly to the board.
Separate the flash board together with a lamp and a capacitor.
Then the bolts securing the top board with a couple of buttons.
The boards have disconnected, you need to remove the display. I unscrew the screws. You can shoot.
compartment, the speaker still interferes with the wires.
Contacts of the battery compartment are soldered directly to the board.
it is fixed with bolts through the board.
The objective lens itself is threaded and glued. Met such a design. To correct the focus, you need to rip off the thread from the glue, connect the camera to the computer and rotate the lens along the thread to achieve a sharp image. Then everything is glue again. A simple system.
Of course the matrix remains on the board.
Quite normal design, with some peculiarities.
Putting it back together, soldering the boards, screwing in the screws, putting on the case .
I turn it on, run through the tests, take photos and examine them on the computer. Vidosiki, dictating anecdotes, then I listen to, assessing the quality of the recording, I try it as a web camera. Well …. okay so on a C and cheap and cheerful.
In the following articles I'll tell you more about the repair of several models in more detail.