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Can anyone help me with the hack on the Sony H55? I saw a step by step tutorial regarding this camera on line but I'm unclear on a few things. Already disassembled the camera... Easy Peasy! So first, I found the points I need to hardwire on the camera... I noticed they are very small. I can probably solder these if I get a magnifier and a pointier tip for my iron, but I was wondering if I can scrape some board coating off around the contacts to give me a slightly larger area to solder. Also, I was hoping to add some external batteries... At which points do I connect wires for that? If anyone has hacked this camera, I would appreciate your help. Thank you
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Could you post the link to the hack? Don't see it on here and have never done one so not sure of what you're refering to or what/where the soldering spots for externals are located.
About scraping off some of the coating I'd probably not do that, one more thing to possibly mess up on. Is it possible to just cover everything but the spot(s) with electrical tape? That way you'd only have the spot itself exposed. Also (probably already know this) but tin the wire and put flux paste on the spot and should just be able to touch the tip of the iron to it and be good.

Okay, found the link on hags:
http://www.hagshouse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=53727

Solder spots are similar to the W series cameras have done. They really aren't that difficult if you do tin the wire and put flux paste on the spot. Yes a steady hand is helpful, lol. I'd probably still put some electrical tape down if in doubt.
I can't see it for the battery external solder spots but if it is a camera specific battery then you should be able to look at the battery and see the + and - contacts and then possibly see where they are at the top to solder to. Know this isn't the same but on a W30/50 at the opposite end of the top from where the power/shutter/common solder points are there are 2 large solder spots for the external wires to be soldered to. Maybe put a battery in it when the top is off and use a meter to make sure which ones they are??
Good luck. Some of the other guys will chime in and correct me I'm sure.

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Sure thing! Gonna invest in a magnifier I think. http://www.snapshotsniper.com/PDFS/Sony_H55_Mod.pdf
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IroquoisArcher... Thank you so much! This is a different post than I had seen... Your tips help a ton!!! Going to grab a narrower tip later this week and attempt this hack. Again, I thank you
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Harbor Freight Tools sells a nice little magnifier with a light for less than $10, I've bought two -- http://www.harborfreight.com/jumbo-helping-hands-with-led-lights-65779.html
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Is it possible to post a pic. of the top of the camera with the top board off (one wires are to be soldered to)? Looks like maybe the external spots are located right underneath where you solder the wires to. If so then (looks like it uses a flat 3.6/3.7 lion battery) the solder spots for it should be basically behind the large white ribbon. Pic. will help to be sure.
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Out of town for a few days... I'll try to post that later this week...
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