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The rear panel protects the motherboard and other components inside the camera and houses controls like buttons and dials. This guide will teach you how to remove and replace the rear panel of your Nikon D5100.

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  1. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement, Rear Panel: step 1, image 1 of 2 Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement, Rear Panel: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the five screws around the camera using a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Remember that we're removing the rear panel, so for this step, only remove screws on the appropriate side of the seam separating the rear and front panels.

    • The D5100 is held together by a large number of screws, which come in several sizes. Make sure to keep your screws organized so that you don't lose or misplace them!

  2. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Use your fingernail to gently peel back the black rubber thumb grip, attached to the chassis with a strong adhesive.

    • Use the Phillips #00 to remove the screw underneath the black rubber grip.

  3. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Carefully peel back the black rubber hand grip, which is attached to the chassis with a strong adhesive.

    • Use the Phillips #00 to remove two screws beneath the handgrip.

  4. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Using a spudger, pry off the diopter adjustment dial cover and remove the screw underneath.

    • Be sure to remove the very thin cover from the dial, and not the dial itself.

    • The dial cover is not shown in this picture.

    • Next, using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three Phillips screws around the viewfinder.

  5. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully separate the rear panel from the camera body.

    • You will notice some resistance because the two pieces of the camera fit together tightly.

    • Be careful not to damage the chassis or ribbon cables. Use a firm grip to pull the two halves apart.

  6. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the dark orange ribbon cable attaching the rear panel to the motherboard by flipping the black plastic clasp up, away from the motherboard, and pull the cable out of its white casing in the direction of the cable.

    • Using the flat edge of a spudger can help with this delicate task.

  7. Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 Nikon D5100 Rear Panel Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the silver 16-pin cable by pulling gently upwards, away from the inside of the camera, until it separates from its port.

    • At this point, the rear panel is fully separated from the main body of the camera.

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

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