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Replacing the lens assembly requires removing sensitive electrical ribbons. Be sure to exercise extreme caution while removing this part to avoid damaging your device.

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  1. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate your camera such that the underside is facing you and the lens is facing the ground.

    • You should be able to see the camera's label, and it should be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise.

  2. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Using your left thumb, push down the slider to the left of the SD card slot.

    • When inserting a new battery or reinserting the one you removed, you can ignore this step.

  3. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Using your right index finger and thumb, pull the battery toward you and then away from the camera.

  4. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Camera Shell: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Orient the camera with the battery side facing up.

  5. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single 4.5 mm Phillips #00 screw.

    • Remove the single 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screw.

  6. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • With the blue plastic opening tools, gently pry the plastic casing surrounding the start/stop button free.

    • Remove the casing using your right thumb and index finger.

  7. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Flip open the LCD panel to get to the side panel.

    • Remove the three 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screws.

  8. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Turn the camera around to the grip side and remove the 5.5 mm Phillips Head screw using your J00 Phillips Head screwdriver.

  9. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • With the bottom of the camera facing up, remove the two 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws.

  10. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Orient the camera so the bottom is facing you.

    • Use the blue plastic opening tools to gently ease the camera shell off of the camera.

    • Rotate the camera so the LCD side panel is facing you and gently pry the shell off from the camera.

  11. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Lens Cover Panel: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Orient the camera such that the lens is facing to your left.

    • Using your right hand to hold the camera, gently remove the lens panel from the camera with your left hand.

    • The camera should be oriented with the lens pointing to your left.

  12. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Shutter Assembly: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the camera so that it is upright and the lens is pointed to your left.

    • Using your right hand to hold the screwdriver and your left to hold the camera, remove the single 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screw from on the top of the shutter assembly.

  13. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the camera such that the lens is pointed downward and the LCD screen points to your right.

    • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the LCD screen's hinge.

  14. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Orient the camera such that it is upright and the lens is facing to your right.

    • Using your left hand to hold the camera, gently remove the shutter assembly from the hull with your right hand.

    • If you are only trying to remove the lens, you do not need to perform the next two steps.

  15. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Orient the camera such that the bottom is facing toward you and the lens is facing to your right.

    • Using your metal tweezers, gently remove the wire harness connecting the shutter assembly to the motherboard.

  16. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the camera so that it is upright and the lens is facing to your right.

    • Remove the ribbon cable connecting the shutter assembly to the motherboard using your metal tweezers.

    • Be sure to pull the ribbon cable gently, as ribbon cables are easy to damage and can require soldering to repair.

  17. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Lens: step 17, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Lens: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the three 5.5mm Phillips #00 screws holding the lens in.

  18. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pull the lens up from the camera.

  19. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement, Lens Assembly: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • With the right side of the camera facing toward you, remove the single 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screw.

  20. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • With the back of the LCD screen facing toward you, remove the two 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screws from the zoom button.

  21. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Orienting the camera such that the right side is facing you, remove the single 5.5 mm Phillips #00 screw from the start button.

  22. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Use your blue plastic opening tool to disconnect the lens assembly from the hull.

  23. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Use your blue plastic opening tool to move the wires out of the way.

  24. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 24, image 2 of 2
    • Orienting the camera such that the right side is facing you, remove the wire harness connecting the lens assembly to the motherboard using your tweezers.

  25. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the lens assembly out from inside the camera's hull using your hands.

  26. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 26, image 2 of 2
    • Orienting the camera such that the front side is facing you, remove the ribbon connecting the start and zoom buttons to the powerboard using your tweezers.

    • Ribbon cables are easy to damage. Use the metal tweezers to minimize the risk of damaging these cables, as repairing them requires soldering and can be time consuming.

  27. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 3 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 3 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 27, image 3 of 3
    • Using your tweezers, remove the two ribbon cables connecting the lens assembly to the motherboard.

    • Use metal tweezers to avoid damaging the ribbons.

    • The lens assembly casing should now be free. Remove it from the hull of the camera.

  28. Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 Sony Handycam HDR-CX380 Lens Assembly Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 4.5 mm Phillips #000 screws connecting the lens assembly to its casing.

    • The lens assembly is now completely free. Remove it from its casing.

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

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