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Author:  egbertdavis [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:44 pm ]
Post subject:  FP1

Here'sthe hack for this panawhathootie. Very easy camera to get around in. There is some noise at the startup and shutdown similiar to the P41 and P32. I did not spend much time trying to find a way to disable that to cut down on the noise, maybe someone else following this might want to. In the series of pictures below, I pretty much disassembled the camera out of morbid curiosity, but you won't need to, although it might be easier to route the wires out the bottom tripod hold if you do lift out the shutter assembly. Once you get get the screws out of the side and lift off the front and back you can find the one small tab at the power bar and lift out on and carefully lift out the shutter/power bar. It plugs into the bottom board at the middle, so gently work the board up by gently rocking both ends to work it out of the plug. The capaciter and everything will lift right out.

The first series of photographs are the camera disassembly and the shutter board and removal. Sorry I did not take pictures of the 2 screws holding the shutter/power board to the outer shell, but they are easy to see and remove and the board comes right off. The power button is red wire and the shutter button is the white wire. You can see that there is a groove cut through the shutter board already so I routed the wires out there.

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The next series of pictures is the external hack, which is the 2 outer pins also located on the shutter/power bar - double and triple check with your battery so that you don't get them reversed. In the pictures below GREEN is POSITIVE (closest pin towards the capaciter) and BLACK is NEGATIVE (closest pin to the edge of the board)
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You can route these wires out the bottom of the camera by running them down next to the capaciter. In the picture below you can see the notch I cut out of the camera at the top left of the battery compartment to make room to route out the external wires so that the board would fit snug and not pinch wires. The tripod hole is plastic, so I just drilled it out and routed the wires through it. I used 28 gauge wires for the complete 4 wire hack. Larger wires for the external power might be difficulte to route out the bottom.
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This camera has a slide on the front that manually turns on and off the camera. If you want to take that off, you will need to bypass the switch underneath it. The slide is very easy to remove by taking out the 4 small screws attaching it to the front cover. At the switch board, you will see a red and black wire, jumper them to disable the switch. Now your camera will be able to turn on and off by just using the wires.
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Again, you do not have to dissassemble the camera as I did. Once you take off the front and back cover you can lift off the shutter/power bar and do everything from there. Sorry about the quality of the pictures and not doing a video, if I ever get one in my hands again I'll do one. I know there is someone else doing the hack on this camera at this time, so if they come up with something different and/or better, please post it here.

Also, this small tutorial is in no way an endorsement of this cam or its capabilities.

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