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Is this an IR receiver?

Do you think this is an IR receiver? (from a panasonic video camera that died a while ago)

If so, any ideas how I might:

get it off? (- the length of the inner square is about 4 mm)  I am tempted to use a hacksaw around the outside square...

find its datasheet?

Hmmm... I think it might be a photo resistor.  This seems to be an IR transmitter and receiver (marked 1C51 43A) (??) (in front of an enormous capacitor):



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On the lower pic, there is a IR receiver

the top pic looks like an led ,only one way to tell is to hook it up, the side with the black square thing is ground . if you hook it up and you don't see light look at it with a video cam you can see IR with that

ok the other pic they are IR the dark filter is a giveaway . Left looks like it only has 2 leads this might be a IR transistor. Right look's like it has 3 leads this might be your IR remote receiver 


b/c that's what I'm searching for.  They are located under the lens and paired so I assumed that they are for focussing. I have gotten them off.  The pins are a little ragged now.  I need more practice.  

have 3 pins , if not there just a receiver transmitter pair for focus and not a remote sensor 


<sigh> can't get it working, can't find a data sheet (says "1C51 43A" on the back)

Have ordered some receivers, now have to wait...


i am assuming that they work in a standard way


might be it's fine and I'm just doing it wrong, but have ordered some fresh ones anyway.  Then I'll know I'm doing it wrong.  Was really hoping to reuse these parts.  Oh well, I will get to reuse the camera remote.

Using a hacksaw to remove compontents from a board is... unconventional. Look up some YouTube videos on how to desolder.

Also, beware that capacitor. It's probably for the flash and can hold a hefty charge even if the camera has been off for a while. ; j

Yes, I was wary of it, but the camera has been out of commission for over a year.  I also rested the contacts on some metal.  Is there a correct procedure for discharging a capacitor?

For camera flash capacitors and others of a similar size or smaller you can just touch the contacts together with a metal object like you've done. Just make sure the metal isn't touching anything else that might be sensitive, fingers included.

A screwdriver with an insulated handle makes the ideal tool.

For larger capacitors a better option is to attach a bleeder resistor with the appropriate power rating, but you're not likely to run into anything that big unless you start dismantling power supplies, TVs, etc.