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A7Rii LCD Screen Replacement

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by starmite, May 31, 2019.

  1. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    The LCD screen on my camera has become rather annoying:


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    So I've decided to replace it. A replacement from Sony sells for $88, and they show the following parts as being commonly replaced (or at least sold) in connection with the LCD panel:

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    So my questions for those who have been through replacing the LCD panel already are i) is it a DIY project or am I inviting disaster? I assemble my own PCs and have worked with ribbon cables before on HP printers, so I'm not afraid to tackle the replacement if the degree of difficulty isn't too great or many special tools are needed. Next, which of the above extra parts are needed? All of them? Just a few, or are all optional? Then, what special tools are necessary? And finally, I didn't see in DIY posts on this Board - does anyone have a link to a good DIY video?
     
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  2. adwb

    adwb TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 30, 2015
    Bristol UK
    Alistair
    You do realise that there is a screen cover which has the Sony logo printed on it which with bit of gentle heat you can remove and replace? your screen is not broken or cracked by the look of it?

    Sony Screen Protector
     
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  3. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    I was under the impression that the screen protector you mention is applied on top of the LCD panel, and is not actually part of it (at least the parts diagram does not show it). I think my panel is actually delaminating with all of those bubbles, but yes, it is not cracked.
     
  4. adwb

    adwb TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 30, 2015
    Bristol UK
    Alistair
    I would still remove the protector first and see what looks like.
    I had I thought a bad scratch on mine, turned out to just be the hard protector screen cover
     
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  5. MWhite

    MWhite TalkEmount Rookie

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    Apr 24, 2019
    Indiana
    I can certainly see why you want to change the screen. Let us know how it works out.
     
  6. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    Maybe this will prove helpful.
     
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  7. MWhite

    MWhite TalkEmount Rookie

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    Apr 24, 2019
    Indiana
    Great video! And a much less invasive solution than replacing the screen.
     
  8. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    Very helpful! Not much different than installing a screen protector onto a cell phone. I'll do this instead of replacing the LCD. Thanks so much for the link.
     
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  9. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    My NEX5T was like yours and I removed Sony's protector. And I think I viewed that same video before I did it. I cleaned it up and applied an aftermarket protector and everything was good to go. Just be careful removing the original.
     
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  10. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    My A7ii looks as bad as that camera when he started. I guess I'm at a loss as to why they put a plastic piece on the glass in the first place. It's not as hard as the glass so will scratch and bubbles will form under it. Maybe I should just replace mine too, then I'd have an almost mint a7ii as well as my new camera.
     
  11. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    It's an anti-glare film. It also polarizes the LCD screen.
     
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  12. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    So help me out here Will.
    If you remove the old 'protector' you loose both anti-glare and polarization if you put a 'hard glass' protector on.
    Where's the gain?
     
  13. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    One can opt to buy the original Sony film... if they wish to keep the original spec. Some people prefer to not have it because the screen goes black when they rotate the camera 90 degrees. If you are wearing polarized glasses, it's a problem, or filming a video of the back of the camera with a CPL.
    The aftermarket 'hard cover' usually have some anti-glare.
    I went with one on top of the factory film, so I have the hard glass protection. But to be frank, it's not that 'hard'. It still chips.
     
  14. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    So you added the glass protector to the original film from the factory, interesting.
    I think I'd like to go with the original if it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

    Now that I think about it, maybe not since I just got new polarized glasses...hmmm.
    I think I need to get my camera out and use it some. My ii will def need a new something or other as it looks bad, or rather could look a lot better. Still works fine.
     
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  15. starmite

    starmite TalkEmount Regular Subscribing Member

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    Dec 20, 2012
    And now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here's the rest of story. I went to the B&H Photo website and ordered the Kenko LCD Monitor Protection Film for the Sony a7R II. Its packaging states that the cover is anti-reflective, anti-scratch, and anti-smudge. Sounded good to me.

    First step was to remove the offending old layer of protective film. I used a hair dryer to slightly heat up the surface to make release of the adhesive easier. After carefully getting one corner started, I gently peeled the film off of the LCD. The result:

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    I then cleaned the LCD prior to installing the Kenko film. Once I was satisfied the LCD was pristine, I peeled away the bottom layer of the protection film and then carefully aligned the film into position on the LCD. As it drops onto the surface, it just automatically clings to the surface of the LCD. At this point, you peel away the upper layer of the protection film and gently press out any air bubbles (I had one small one near the center bottom of the LCD). I did a final overall wiping of the screen to make certain the film was evenly attached, and then all done. The entire process, start to finish, required less than 10 minutes. I can't believe I waited so long to do this. Highly recommended if your LCD looks similar to what mine used to look like.

    To save you having to scroll back for comparison, here's the before condition:


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    And here's the after, with new protective film on LCD. It's truly like having a new camera.

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  16. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    Looks great! And thanks for sharing "the rest of the story". :bravo-009:
     
  17. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    Thanks, this is just the motivation I need to get busy and do mine now.
     
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