This Khan Academy Project video by Karl R.C. Wendt shows you what’s exactly inside a cheap digital camera. Wendt explains a bit about what’s inside a camera and, more important, why this camera in particular is so bad.
Getting inside electronics is considerably more difficult than it was back in the day when manufacturers actually pasted schematics to the inside of some electronics cases. While the folks at iFixIt and other open source groups have been trying to break down today’s hardware to better understand its innards, most cases are quite hard to break into let alone disassemble.
While the more electronics-savvy among you will find these videos quite boring – this camera is pretty simple inside and costs about $20 – it’s still a nice way to explain to folks what exactly they’re buying when they pick up a bargain basement digicam.