The Fuji X100 has always been one of my favorite cameras. Small, stylish, and it takes impressive photos. Unfortunately, mine has a problem with the shutter/power switch assembly. Why spend hundreds of dollars to let Fuji deal with it, when I could probably fix it myself? What could go wrong?
I’m bad at planning, but I’m smart enough to know that you need to know what’s broken, in order to fix it.
On my camera, the power toggle moves past both stops with so little resistance that the slightest bump to the camera body is enough to turn it off. Or on. I’ve pulled the camera from my bag with the battery nearly depleted simply because the switch had moved while in storage. What’s worse is that the if the power toggle is not in the right spot, the shutter won’t depress. All I need to do is to tighten that switch.
First thing in opening any camera in the X100 series, is that there’s a lot of screws hidden in very obscure spots. The first of the screws are all placed behind the leather wrapping. I used a knife to lift the edges of the covering from the body, and then pulled the rest up by hand, leaving a sticky residue behind for me to tackle with GooGone later.
With the covering removed, the next step is to remove each screw encountered. Every one of them. Eventually, the bottom plate can come off, revealing more screws.
With the bottom plate removed, I thought the back plate would pop off easily. And it would, except for the thin ribbon cable attached to the main board. Luckily, it pulled out easily.
With the back removed, I had access to more screws.
I removed those screws too, and the entire LCD mounting frame, revealing more ribbons and circuits.
However, I still could not get the top plate off and I spent several minutes searching for another hidden screw. Eventually, I discovered I had missed two screws on the front side of the camera.
One was a PH00 sized Phillips head screw, the other a T1 Torx screw. I didn’t have drivers for either, and neither did Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, or City Mill. I would have to order something, and wait for the parts to be shipped to Hawaii. With a cat, dog, and toddler running about, there would be no way to keep the assortment of small parts organized until it arrived. I’d have to reassemble it all, only to disassemble it again later.
Except I couldn’t reassemble it. To make such a quality camera so compact, Fuji did not waste any space. By removing ribbon cables it made it easier to dismantle the camera, but I couldn’t put the cables back when I tried to reassemble it.
So, now in addition to a bad power button and an intermittent shutter release, I have no rear LCD screen and no rear controls. I should’ve just sent it to Fuji in the first place.