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I have ordered a replacement battery door for a Nikon Coolpix L20 and want to know how to change it.

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It's doable. A few things to consider before you start.

1. Make sure it's the door and not the frame of the camera itself. I got a new door and replaced it only to find that the part of the frame that receives the door latch was broken.

2. There are several fragile parts in the camera (notably an aluminum strip on the bottom of the camera, opposite the battery door). I would suggest that if you are nervous about operating on cameras and the like, you find a friend who is comfortable with this.

For removal of the back half of the frame, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg6vczoliB0

You will need, however to pry off the FRONT part of the frame to get to the pin that holds the battery door. Do this carefully; you don't need to get it off completely to see the head of the pin.

The head of the pin is bent at a 90° angle. The head is about 2 millimeters long. You will need to get a fine instrument (a sewing needle will do the trick) to get beneath it, and pull it out. You only need to pull it out about 3/4 of the way to lift the battery door and slide it off.

Now, just do the above in reverse to reassemble the camera. Snapping the back and front into place can be tricky, so look carefully how the screw holes need to meet parts of the frame before pressing too hard.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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