The front panel is one of the main components of the D5100 chassis, protecting the delicate circuitry and parts within. This guide will teach you how to remove and replace it.



  1. Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement, Front Panel: step 1, image 1 of 3 Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement, Front Panel: step 1, image 2 of 3 Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement, Front Panel: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Using a screwdriver, remove 7 Phillips #00 screws from the front panel of the camera chassis.

    • The D5100 is held together by a large number of screws of varying lengths, so be very careful to keep track of all your fasteners!

  2. Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel back the rubber hand grip, which is attached to the camera body with strong adhesive.

    • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws hidden beneath the hand grip.

    • One screw is not shown in this image, although its location is circled: it is hidden in the upper portion of the hand grip, with its head facing downward.

  3. Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Open the battery compartment and remove the battery (not shown here).

    • Remove the Phillips #00 screw hidden deep within the compartment.

    • You may need to use a screwdriver extender to accomplish this.

  4. Nikon D5100 Front Panel Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Firmly separate the front panel from the main camera body. You will feel some resistance since the chassis parts fit tightly together; this is to be expected.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.




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I am about to replace the front panel of my D5100; I have the replacement panel already and it appears some things are inaccurate here. The two screws shown in the third picture of step 2 would not affect the front panel; instead there are two screws on the side next to the connector port that must be removed. It also appears there is no screw in the middle of the hand grip since there is no hole in my replacement panel. There do appear to be two screws on the side of the hand grip, making a total of three under the grip. Nonetheless, this is very helpful, and I thank you.

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Where did you get the replacement? Because I have a crack in my front panel but I can't find where to get a new one…

Valentin Benke -



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