PaNOsonic

Because I didn’t like the device, get it?

ANYWAY let’s get cracking. Which incidentally was the main way to get inside this thing. PS I don’t have pictures because this nonsense didn’t deserve to be photographed. We did most of the disassembly in class when we were mostly together, and that was the best part. We ended up with a sacrificial screw bag for the screw god. All hail the screw god.

What we couldn’t take apart by unscrewing things, sheer man muscle was able to rip apart. That’s how we got into the deepest parts of the device, in fact. Panasonic really didn’t want people snooping around their zoom motors. We separated the palmcorder into 5 main pieces- the lens, the screen, the tape, and the two sides of the inside. I’m sure that Max will put photos on his blog post- he was photographing the process.

I got the lens. I found a sears parts catalogue for replacement parts, which was nice because it told me what was what. That’s where most of the trails stopped, though. As I said in our presentation on Friday, this particular palmcorder was nonsense. There was a dearth of information available due to this product’s place in a time of media transition and its short manufacturing lifespan. What was fairly interesting is that there were three separate lenses working in conjunction to zoom and focus- two convex and one flat blue lens that I assume was for color correction. I think that the zoom motors moved these lenses as needed.

I also found the imprint “PC-G30” which I talked about. This means Polycarbonate Glass 30%, which I went over in the presentation as well. And then there’s ye olde flex cable. I found info on this guy by googling the text I found on it. YoungShin, sweet. Found the now-defunct US distributor’s address and office, along with several manufacturing plants scattered across the world (but mostly in East Asia). I found the information on the batteries and minerals used by searching for what Panasonic was using in 2002 and stumbled across the file classifying their batteries as hazardous material. Everything was educated guesswork, since I can’t exactly look with my Elf eyes to see something’s mineral composition.

All in all, sometimes obsolete tech should remain e-waste and get scrapped for parts without bothering the decent people of the world.

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