Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Two Types of PS3 Eye Stock Lenses (Pictures of Each)

Here is picture proof that there are two types of stock PS3 Camera Lenses.
One is the easily modified one (the Good one), which is mostly sold inside the USA, and the un-modifiable one (the Bad one) sold mostly outside the USA.
First off, here are some pictures of the different boxes Sony packages them in:

As some members have pointed out, the box type doesn't mean you'll get a Good lens or not.
The cameras look exactly the same on the outside, except for the most outer piece on the lens.
These are pictures of the Good one:

These are pictures of the Bad one:

And here they are side by side:

You may not be able to tell that well, but the Good one has a curved outer glass lens piece, and the Bad one has a flat outer lens piece.
When you take it apart, you can see the biggest difference and the cause of the problem with the Bad one (on the left):

Bad one:

Good one:

You'll notice that the Bad one has a larger outer-most piece of glass than the Good one (on the right).
As far as I can tell, in this camera's stock lens, there are two pieces of glass and one piece that is the IR blocking filter.
The IR blocking filter is the piece that needs to be removed and replaced with an IR Band Pass filter which you can see in my other ps3 threads.
The problem is that the Bad one has the IR blocking filter between the two other pieces of glass, and the Good one has it closest to the sensor on the PCB.
Thus, you cannot modify the stock lens on the Bad one, without destroying the lens. You will have to buy a new m12 mount and a new lens.
To modify the Good one, just follow the video which you can see at this thread:


  1. Hello Peau,

    How is it possible to know if it's the good one or the bad one when you order it from ebay (for exemple...) ? thanks

  2. You cannot know whether you are getting a good one when blindly buying them online. If you need a guaranteed good one, check out my store at:

  3. You can always ask seller to check it.
    Bad one have white circle inside lens.
    Good one haven't this white circle.
    I think this is the easiest way to check it.
    I didn't see good one with this white circle yet.

  4. Hi. Can you help me on this? i´m in portugal, trying to build an ftir display.
    his this camera good for the job?

    urgent please.
    thank you


  5. it´s my email..


  6. update 2010. If you don't mind getting the 'bad lens' ~ then buy them from amazon.
    I just received several ps3 eye cams from amazon today and the bad news is that all of them had the 'bad lens'.
    If you want a ps3 eye cam with the good lens, I would suggest Best Buy. It's a bit more expensive than buying it online, but my first ps3 eye cam came with the 'good lens' which i bought on 12/27/2009.


  7. Well, I wish I found this before I destroyed my PS3 Eye.

    I ordered a stock "Good" replacement lens from here hoping that it will work in place of the original "bad" one.


  8. Hi
    Do you sell replacement (good) lens for the eye, please?

  9. Hi I used the Bad one Unfortunately, Then Its corrupted when modification. So it shows out white background with no pictures/images .
    What about that ? Please Explain!

  10. Hello All !
    Is there any way to use 'bad' PS3 Eye for IR Filter Removal ?
    Because since I have removed the lens of Bad PS3 Eye, I want to use it, and not buy a new 'Good' one.