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EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:35:02 AM »
Inside the worlds first Digital SLR camera with rear LCD and inbuilt JPEG processing, the 1998 vintage Kodak DCS315, based on the Nikon Pronea 6i film SLR camera body.
This was before Canon and Nikon had released their own DSLR camera technology, when Kodak ruled the digital camera world!

History of Kodak DSLRs: http://www.nikonweb.com/files/DCS_Story.pdf
Users Manual: ftp://ftp.kodak.com/web/service/manuals/dcs/6b0935.pdf
Datasheets:
http://doc.chipfind.ru/pdf/idt/70v06.pdf
http://doc.chipfind.ru/pdf/idt/72v81.pdf
http://vader.ece.ucsb.edu/plogicpci/pdf/MACH4A.pdf
http://datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/ds/MAX533.pdf
http://www.ti.com.cn/cn/lit/ds/symlink/tsb11lv01.pdf
http://pdf.datasheetcatalog.com/datasheets/restul/499485_DS.pdf
http://www.analog.com/static/imported-files/data_sheets_obsolete/1141496AD9801.pdf
http://pdf.datasheetcatalog.com/datasheet/analogdevices/AD9803JST.pdf

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EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 11:15:11 AM »
battery batup... lol  ::)

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 11:30:54 AM »
battery batup... lol  ::)

Did I say that?  :-[

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 12:40:36 PM »
It seems you have a pretty difficult time reading the chip numbers through the camcorder LCD eh? Don't blame you -- I know how difficult it is! I'm amazed you can solder while looking at the LCD. You've got almost no depth perception when you do something like that through a camera!

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 12:43:44 PM »
It seems you have a pretty difficult time reading the chip numbers through the camcorder LCD eh? Don't blame you -- I know how difficult it is! I'm amazed you can solder while looking at the LCD. You've got almost no depth perception when you do something like that through a camera!

Yes, it's not easy even though it's a 900K+ pixel 3" LCD. I sometimes have to look over the top of the camera while talking.
I miss a lot of stuff that is obvious to people watching the video in HD.

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 12:46:39 PM »
Those screwed-down flat-flex connections are the most bizarre thing I've seen in a while.
Can you imagine sitting down and figuring out that you needed to do that?   :o


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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 12:50:47 PM »
battery batup... lol  ::)

Did I say that?  :-[

you fixed yourself...its just funny.....

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2013, 12:59:26 PM »
Those screwed-down flat-flex connections are the most bizarre thing I've seen in a while.
Can you imagine sitting down and figuring out that you needed to do that?   :o

Yes. At what point in the design process do you go from thinking that a few complete right angle flex cables would do the job, to some convoluted multi level contact scheme with clamps?  :-//

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2013, 01:05:56 PM »
The point in the design where the engineers are sick of being micro managed so they throw a curveball back at management ;)
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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2013, 01:30:29 PM »
It seems you have a pretty difficult time reading the chip numbers through the camcorder LCD eh? Don't blame you -- I know how difficult it is! I'm amazed you can solder while looking at the LCD. You've got almost no depth perception when you do something like that through a camera!

Yes, it's not easy even though it's a 900K+ pixel 3" LCD. I sometimes have to look over the top of the camera while talking.
I miss a lot of stuff that is obvious to people watching the video in HD.

maybe hang 32' TV on the wall in front of you and connect it to the camera, would that make your life easier?
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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2013, 01:31:45 PM »
The point in the design where the engineers are sick of being micro managed so they throw a curveball back at management ;)

Yes, that must be it!

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2013, 03:43:07 PM »
Any plans to try and get the camera to work or find out what's wrong with it?


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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2013, 06:59:03 PM »
I you remove that alen screw it will fall apart in halves?



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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2013, 08:02:57 PM »
Those screwed-down flat-flex connections are the most bizarre thing I've seen in a while.
Can you imagine sitting down and figuring out that you needed to do that?   :o

Yes. At what point in the design process do you go from thinking that a few complete right angle flex cables would do the job, to some convoluted multi level contact scheme with clamps?  :-//

I assumed that the contact mechanism was the connector to the back panel of the original camera. Even then they are still strange connectors. Maybe some of them are motor connectors? Rotation/position sensors?

Weird, that is for sure. The LCD window lower down is the standard LCD on the film camera. Love to see a teardown of the film camera.

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Re: EEVblog #495 - Kodak DCS315 DSLR Teardown
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 02:33:55 AM »
That is one insane franken camera. Wonder how many they sold?


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