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ELY05V584B – mini CRT (3)

This CRT was a little surprise, I found it in a second hand JVC GR-AX210EG video camera at a flea market. The surprise was that when I bought the camera, I did not know that I already had an identical one – and as it turned out, the previous GR-AX210EG contained a Miyota 2400-58 branded CRT, but this “new” one was manufactured with an ELY05V584B !

Camera overview

Before taking it apart, I grew in the habit of powering on the camera – just to make sure that the CRT works – at least I know what I am up against before I start. And it looked good:

Testing the CRT

Dismantling proceeded as usual, a little tedious for these JVC cameras but no surprises:

A flat cable connects the electronic viewfinder to the camera’s motherboard. To make testing easier (to send siganls to the EVF) at least one connector more needs to be de-soldered, instead of trying to fiddle with the flat cable connector itself.

EVF Unit

The driver board too looks different than the other GR-AX210EG camera, for example, the driver IC (BA7149F) is mounted horizontally:

BA7149F on the driver board

Locating the signal pins is easy and I decided to order a set of smaller clamps that make attaching input signals easier.

To identify the signals I used the meter in conductivity mode -> the external case of the Flyback Transformer is connected directly to GND, and some of the pins of the FBT are also connected to VCC. Sometimes, the meter beeps shortly when touching the VCC line – not always. Then, to find the Video IN is just a matter of trial and error by trying every other pin until an image appears on the little CRT.

And an image did appear!

I’ve merged the two images below into the third one using GIMP:

And two more test images – the CRT is looking good. The test images are taken with the Canon 100mm Macro lens, at its closest focusing distance, using a Canon RP full frame camera.

This was a little disassembly – started up boring, since I realized I already had dismantled an identical one before, but, as luck would have it, the excitement stemmed from the EVT unit that was different from the previous camera.

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