Broken Iphone 5, uses for cameras?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Richard Nash, May 23, 2015.

  1. Richard Nash

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 23, 2015
    I have this broken iphone 5, and I was wondering if there was any way I could use the 2 cameras inside. Would it be possible to still use them as cameras that take a snapshot and save to and memory card or something?
  2. blocco a spirale

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 18, 2008
    Very unlikely; How would you even make the connections to them?
    Last edited: May 23, 2015
  3. Alec_t

    AAC Fanatic!

    Sep 17, 2013
    And even if you could connect to them, do you know what the cameras' supply voltage and input/output signal specs are?
  4. atferrari

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    Eventually you could try to use the mechanical part (lens and zoom system included) but the control part is extremely small and doubt you could reverse engineering it in a reasonable time to know how. I do not know that particular phone but in the past they used VCM. Now, I have no idea.
  5. wayneh


    Sep 9, 2010
    How broken is it? I'm guessing no screen? Can you tell if it takes pictures now? My old iPod will take pictures but the screen is not working after a kayaking mishap!

    I believe you can take external control of an iPhone if you work with the SDK, but I haven't tried that.
  6. Richard Nash

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 23, 2015
    So, basically there is no use for them now?
  7. Sonoran Desert Tortoise


    Oct 30, 2014
    Yes, a broken iPhone has value. The broken phone and $200 gets someone a new iPhone 5 at an Apple store. This is a much better deal than paying list price for anyone who lost their phone before their contract is up.
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  8. Sensacell

    Senior Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    Modern cellphone hardware is ridiculously small and fiendishly complex.
    Not much use from a hacking / reuse perspective, unless you invest lots of time and energy.
  9. Hypatia's Protege

    Distinguished Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    FWIW while I claim no knowledge of the iphone, I have, however, personally salvaged a 'Blackberry' camera for use in a working-model RWA --- The 'catch' is that you must get the phone to function long/well enough to 'profile' the camera (i.e. analyze and determine electrical parameters and data protocols thereof) prior to removal of same... If the condition of the phone is such that profiling is imposable (or you don't feel it's worth the effort) you can probably find someone who has 'waded' through the process (especially with so popular a product as the iphone 5) -- You'll get no 'joy' from the manufacturer though, unless you find "proprietary, proprietary, proprietary' - ad infinitum dulcet:rolleyes:

    Good luck!:)
    Best regards
    Last edited: May 25, 2015
  10. raumut

    New Member

    Jan 29, 2013
    I tried to replace the camera myself. Didn`t work out. Had to give it to an expert. This hardware is so small.