Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Replacing your rear camera

The rear-facing camera isn’t working.

  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • 12 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your Xperia Z3 Compact’s defective rear camera on your own. You need this repair if the main camera isn’t working, your pictures are blurry, or the camera doesn’t focus.

Required tools

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    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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    Heat gun

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

12 steps
  1. Removing the back cover

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    1. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact’s back cover is glued firmly in place. To remove the back cover from the chassis, you have to heat it with a heat gun to soften the glue.
    2. After heating the back cover, put on the suction cup and use it to lift the cover.A gap will appear between the frame and the cover. Use a pick to hold the gap open and expand it.
      The back cover is painted on the inside. Remove any adhesive residue carefully to avoid scratches or cracks.
    3. Use several picks to lift all the corners of the back cover.
    4. Remove the back cover.
  2. Detaching the NFC antenna

    Xperia Z3 Compact - Detaching the NFC antenna 01
    1. Use the pointed tip of the spudger to detach the NFC antenna from the chassis.
  3. Removing the chassis screws

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    1. Unscrew the 5 Phillips screws from the chassis.
      3 x 3.3 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 3.7 mm Phillips screws
  4. Removing the chassis

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    1. The chassis is hooked onto the enclosure. Insert the steel laboratory spatula between the chassis and the enclosure to disconnect them.
    2. Using the steel spatula, repeat this process all around the enclosure.
    3. Once the chassis is detached, remove it.
  5. Disconnecting the battery connection

    Xperia Z3 Compact - Disconnecting the battery connection 01
    1. Disconnect your battery’s connection. Make sure you don’t rip any parts off the logic board.
  6. Removing the rear camera

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    1. Carefully detach the metal bracket holding the camera in place.
    2. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the bracket.
    3. Disconnect the rear camera from the logic board.
    4. Remove the rear-facing camera.
  7. Installing the rear camera

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    1. Position the rear camera in the enclosure.
    2. Connect the camera to the logic board.
    3. Secure the camera with the metal bracket.
  8. Connecting the battery

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    1. Connect the battery.
  9. Installing the chassis

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    1. Position the chassis on the enclosure.
    2. Press on the chassis all around the enclosure so the chassis clicks into place on the enclosure.
  10. Fastening the chassis screws

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    1. Attach the chassis to the enclosure with the 5 Phillips screws.
      3 x 3.3 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 3.7 mm Phillips screws
  11. Connecting the NFC antenna

    Xperia Z3 Compact - Connecting the NFC antenna 01
    1. Connect the NFC antenna to the chassis by its contact.
  12. Attaching the back cover

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    Xperia Z3 Compact - Attaching the back cover 02
    1. Attach the back cover again. Firmly press it onto the edges so the adhesive surfaces will stick.
    2. Heat the back cover to soften the glue to it will stick to the back cover better. You can also clamp the back cover in place and leave it a while so the glue can set.
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