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Akaso EK5000 Action Camera Lens Replacement Guide
How to change a scratched lens on an Akaso EK5000 WiFi 1080P action camera with the replacement part numbers.

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Akaso EK5000 Action Cam
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Gently Pull Off Front Cover
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Front Cover Removed

This consumer electronics repair tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the Akaso EK5000 HD 1080P WiFi action camera in changing a scratched, chipped, cracked, foggy or otherwise damaged lens.

Owners of other similar action cameras such as the Akaso EK7000, GoPro Hero 1 or 2, Eken H9 / H9R, SJCam SJ4000 / SJ5000, GitUp Git2P, SooCoo C30R, Campark ACT74, Yuntab, DBPower EX5000, HDCool HC7000, APEMAN V77, Muson, FunShare, TaoTronics, FitFort, AloFox, Xiaomi Yi and Yuntab may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement lens for all of these "Made In China" clones of the GoPro Hero 1 and Hero 2 cameras is a 170 degree wide angle 2.5mm lens with an M12 thread.

There are a variety of 170 Degree 2.5mm Camera Lenses available for purchase on Amazon.

I recommend buying the Vicdozia 2.5mm 170 Lens since it has excellent reviews.

The tools and other items needed to complete this lens change procedure include a small flathead screwdriver and some clear nail polish or any other plastic friendly weak adhesive.

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Plastic Ring Around Lens
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Gently Pry Off Lens Ring
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Lens Ring Removed

The first step is to gently pull off the thin plastic cover on the front face of the camera.

It should be easy enough to pop off by just prying with your fingernail.

Set the front cover of the camera aside in a safe place.

Then use a small flathead screwdriver to carefully pry off the round plastic ring that surround the lens.

Set the lens ring aside in a safe place.

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New Lens In Plastic Bag
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Twist Off Old Lens
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Old Lens Removed
I'd recommend turning off any fans in the room, closing the windows and turning off the A/C (air conditioning system) before proceeding with the lens replacement.

This will help prevent any dust in the room from settling on the CMOS imaging sensor inside the camera when you remove the old lens.

Carefully and gently loosen the old lens by first twisting it in clockwise to break the seal of the glue placed on it at the factory after it was focused.

Once the old lens is loose, twist it out in the counterclockwise direction until it can be fully removed.

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Scratches On Old Lens
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View of CMOS Sensor
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Line Up New Lens
 
Keep the opening in the front of the lens pointed either out horizontally or down on a lint free clean towel.

Avoid holding the camera with the lens opening facing up to prevent from having dust, hair or other debris fall down on to the sensor.

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Twist In Clockwise
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HDTV & HDMI Cable
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Attach HDMI - Out of Focus
If you suspect that there is any debris on the CMOS sensor, use a can of compressed air, a lens blower or a clean lint free Q-Tip cotton swab to very gently clean it.

Carefully twist in the new 170 2.5mm M12 Lens in to the camera in the clockwise direction about halfway.

In order to successfully focus the new lens, you'll need to attach the camera to a high definition television with a long HDMI to micro HDMI cable.



 

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Rotate Lens - In Focus
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Verify Lens In Focus
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Clear Nail Polish
Turn on the camera and change the television to the correct HDMI input.

For the best results, choose an object with a distinct pattern on it that is about 50 to 100 feet away.

Rotate the camera lens back and forth in the clockwise or counterclockwise direction while looking at the video image on the TV until you find the sharpest point.

Don't focus the lens on an object that is too close to the camera such as 5 to 10 feet away. Focusing on an item that is too close will cause farther items to appear blurry.

My HDMI / Micro HDMI cable was long enough for me to step outside the living room and focus the camera lens on a building in the distance. If necessary, you could just open a window and focus on a tree, a car across the street or anything else that is at least 50 to 100 feet away.

Once you are certain that you have found the sharpest focus position for the lens, carefully disconnect it from the HDMI cable.

Try to avoid jarring or shaking the camera to prevent from having the lens vibrate out of focus.

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Apply To Threads - Lock
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Allow Glue To Dry
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Testing Camera Focus
I highly recommend applying some sort of weak adhesive to the threads on the lens to keep it from vibrating out of focus.

This is especially true if you use your camera in situations where it will experience strong vibrations or shocks such as car racing, on a motorcycle, while bicycling, skateboarding, drones, quadcopters, R/C cars, radio control airplanes, on a dirt bike, ATVs, surfing, water skiing, mountain biking and skydiving,

You can either use some clear nail polish or Elmer's all purpose white glue.

I would not recommend using "Krazy" glue or super glue since you might need to replace the lens again in the future or decide that it needs to be refocused.

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Sharp Edges & Focused
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Camera Lens Ring
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Snap Ring In Place
Allow the nail polish to dry for at least a 10 to 15 minutes.

Line up the plastic ring around the lens and gently snap it back into place.

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Snap On Front Cover
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Camera Re-Assembled
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Test Picture of Dog
Line up the camera's front cover and gently snap it back into place.

Double check that the front cover is flush with the camera at every edge.

Test the new camera lens by recording some short videos of subjects at different distances and also snap a few still images.

Then examine the movies and pictures to make sure they look sharp so that the camera will be prepared to capture every moment of your next big adventure.
 

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