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Question [Q] Camera Module Question

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21st June 2014, 10:40 AM   |  #1  
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Hey all...I know that based on my phone (i337), you would expect me to post in the AT&T forum...however since it is an i9505 variant and since most of the references I've found to the camera modules goes by i9500 or i9505, I decided to ask here.

Basically, my main/rear camera has developed some spots in it. I don't see any chips in the lens. I've cleaned it. I've tried compressed air into the phone. Can't shake them. Assume it to be debris on the sensor or some such.

I was going to do a warranty exchange, but it was pointed out to me that the camera module is only like $20 and is easy to replace. And that way I get to keep my phone which has nothing else wrong with it and which is still on 4.2.2 and AT&T baseband MDL. None of this effed up KitKat stuff, etc.

So, I started looking on ebay for the camera module and one of the listings had a warning that the i9500 and i9505 do *NOT* use the same module. So I did search here and found a thread that was last active about 8 months ago that essentially confirmed that the i9500 is Exmor Rs and the i9505 is Exmor R. What I didn't see in that thread (admittedly skimming) was whether or not the 2 are interchangeable, though from the sound of one or 2 posts, I'm leaning towards not.

So Q1: can you use either module or will there really be a problem using an i9500 module in the i9505/i337?

If the answer is that the 2 are not interchangeable, then I have to avoid quite a few ebay listings that list both the i9500 and i9505 as compatible.

Then Q2 becomes: has anyone ordered parts from phonelcdwholesale, hytparts, or etradesupply? Each of them has separate listings for the camera modules for i9500/9505.

Thanks for any input.
24th June 2014, 01:17 AM   |  #2  
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bump....anyone? Are the 2 definitely different cameras? What happens if you end up with an i9500 camera in an i9505/i337?
24th June 2014, 02:16 AM   |  #3  
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Hi,

I'm not sure, but if the cameras are different I wouldn't risk putting an i9500 camera in a i9505 device. The best would be finding and getting the i9505 camera and changing it. I never had issues with mine, so I can't really tell, it's just an idea that popped while reading your thread. I believe that if you end with an i9500 camera in an i9505 device it probably just won't load, because you may not have the modules and libs for the sensor . Again, this is just an idea, I've never done something like that before on my device.

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Hi,

I'm not sure, but if the cameras are different I wouldn't risk putting an i9500 camera in a i9505 device. The best would be finding and getting the i9505 camera and changing it. I never had issues with mine, so I can't really tell, it's just an idea that popped while reading your thread. I believe that if you end with an i9500 camera in an i9505 device it probably just won't load, because you may not have the modules and libs for the sensor . Again, this is just an idea, I've never done something like that before on my device.

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Thank you for responding. It's just weird that if the cameras are different that so many listings (granted, ebay) list both models as compatible with whatever camera they are stocking.

I did find some listings that list only the i9505/i337 and not the i9500, so I will have to make sure to order from one of those sellers.

Thanks.
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