Sony W290
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Author:  Bob [ Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Sony W290

It will be awhile before I have time to post a tutorial for the W290. It takes time to edit pics and upload them to Photobucket. I want to give a quick rundown on the 290 that will make it much easier to work on this camera. The 290 is easier than either the 220 or the 230. There are four screws on the bottom of the camera, and two on each end. After you remove the cases, the LCD is just laying there. Just flip it over and disconnect it. Then remove the screw that secures the shutter assembly. Then pop the assembly loose and flip it over. Then disconnect the two cables. The flash capacitor almost falls off of the camera. Slide a small screwdriver between the capacitor and the lens and pop it loose and get it out of the way. There is a black screw that holds the plastic clip that secures the shutter board to to the button bar. Remove the screw and pop the clip loose.
Here are the solder connections for the shutter board.

Red = power, white = shutter, blue = ground


External power is very easy. This camera has a ribbon cable that connects the battery terminals to the main board, Cut a piece of thin cardboard and slide it down behind the solder connections. This protects the cable from the heat. Tin your wires and solder them to the solder connections. Be careful not to touch the cardboard or the plastic battery box. The external power connections take only a couple of minutes. Take all of your wires out at the same location for the 220 and 230. When you are putting the camera back together, the small cable that connects the flash capacitor to the board is hard to connect like we did on the 220 and 230. Stand the camera up and push the small cable in from the other side. This makes it easy. You will see what I am talking about when you get there.

If you have not done a 220 or 230, I suggest you read that tutorial.

I will delete this when I post the full tutorial



This picture shows how to protect the ribbon cable while you make your external power connections


In this picture, you can see the three hack wires coming out of the shutter assembly. There is a large rectangular space below the wires. This is where the external power wires come out


Author:  bkieffer [ Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Bob that W290 is looking good ! Since I already have W220 & W230 thought I would go for the W290 in this build ! Will your snorkles work on the 290 ? Also will the battery door open in the 1040 case cam looks longer ? Looks like I will find out since I already bought a nice refurb tonight on ebay !! Bob K

Author:  Bob [ Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Bob, You will love this camera. The snorkels you have are too small. I will have to make you a snorkel. Look at the pictures I posted at the end of the 220/230 tutorial. I have pictures there of my 290 case. My aluminum angle has a slot cut in it. I just loosen the screw and pull the camera off of the shelf to change the battery and memory. Leave the screw in the camera. Then set the camera back on the shelf, push it forward and tighten the screw. This camera is faster than the 220/230.

Author:  Predator 1 [ Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Looks like the W290 has some good reviews


Author:  bkieffer [ Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Bob with that larger lens in the W290 do you think we can get rid of all the shadow caused by the snorkel ?
Bob K :riverdance

Author:  Bob [ Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

No shadow Bob. I am going to build a new snorkel for this camera tonight. Then it goes to the field. I hope to have field pics in a couple of days

Author:  MBK [ Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Looks good. Thanks for the update.
One thing I'm going to be curious about, but can't tell until I see it..
The LCD.. I assume there is a ribbon cable that goes to the LCD.
I'm wondering if there is a way to hook a switch up to turn the LCD
on and off.. IE: say if they used a multi wire ribbon cable, but only one
of the wires was power to the LCD. I'm wondering if maybe there is some
way to add a tiny switch to turn it off and on. I'm not sure where I would
mount such a switch, but I'm thinking maybe next to the connectors on top
of the camera, or wherever I end up mounting/gluing them.
But I guess not a big deal overall if it won't work. I can use my other 290
as a viewer if need be. I just think it would be kind of slick to be able to
turn the LCD on and off. I think it would be kind of handy if you could
do a "fast hack" for the lens using much the same method. But I don't know if
that's possible or not.

Author:  Bob [ Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

I don't think you could put a switch on the LCD. The LCD is not the battery drain, it is the backlight. Here is a picture of the 230/290 LCD. The main cable that plugs into the main board has the backlight cable soldered to it. These solder connections are sealed in transparent green plastic. I just unplugged the backlight/LCD cable. None of my cameras have working LCD's


Author:  Bob [ Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

I made a new snorkel for my 290, and the case is completely finished now. I finished the 3-D camo tonight. I will post pictures tomorrow of the completed build. It goes to the field tomorrow. We have lots of turkeys around here, and I will start my testing with them. They are very noisy this time of the year (breeding season). This should be a good test for the video with the external mike. In a couple of days, I will take it down to the bear tree. We have bears around here already.

Author:  egbertdavis [ Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sony W290

Bob, is this any faster than the 230?

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