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Clean the Camera Sensor

How to Clean the Camera Sensor, Automatically and Manually

Previously, I discussed what a dust spot looks like, how it gets inside our camera, and how to detect it. Now is the time to learn how we can get rid of it! This article is mainly about how to clean the camera sensor. There are several different ways to clean the camera sensor, and I will discuss three prevalent methods.

Disclaimer: In severe dusty sensor cases that none of these methods help, you need to send out the camera to a camera repair shop for cleaning professionally.

In Camera Sensor Cleaning

Most new DSLR and Mirrorless cameras come with a “Sensor Cleaning” function. Camera manufacturers use different terms for this function. However, more or less, it is the same technology.

Navigate through the camera menu, and you will find this function (as I mentioned before, each manufacturer names this function a little differently). When you activate it, the camera shakes the sensor very rapidly, which can cause the dust to drop off the sensor. Here is the tip for you, repeat the cleaning three times in a row. The three times in a row is the magic number.

In camera sensor cleaning

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Most new cameras have some sort of built in sensor cleaning feature
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Activate the sensor cleaning 3 times in a row

In mild dust-infected sensors, after three times in camera cleaning, you usually get a clean sensor again. If the dust particles are very stubborn and are, in many cases, you need to do manual cleaning. Here are some tips on how to clean the camera’s sensor manually. In this article, I will cover two methods, dry and wet cleaning.

Manually Clean the Camera Sensor (Dry method)

To clean the sensor manually in this method, you need a fully charged battery and a large size blower like the one I used in the photo below.

Warning: Do not use any compressed air as it is strong and contains condensation.

A good size blower

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A good size blower is an important tool for your camera maintenance

Steps to Clean the Camera Sensor Manually

1- Turn on the camera. Go to Menu and navigate to find the option which says something like “MIRROR LOCKUP FOR CLEANING.” Each manufacturer uses slightly different terms.

This option will lock the mirror and open the shutter so you have access to the sensor.


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Manufacturers use different names for the same feature!

2- Activate the Mirror lockup, remove the lens and press the shutter button. The camera mirror locks up, and the shutter opens. Now you have access to the Low Pass Filter (Sensor) of the camera.

This the sensor of a digital camera

3- Start blowing the air using the air blower on the sensor while holding the camera face down.  You may need to apply the air several times to get rid of all the dust.

Blow the air several times to remove dust from the sensor.

4- Check the sensor with the technique that I describe in the previous article and make sure it is clean. If needed, apply these steps again.

Manually Clean the camera sensor (Wet method)

To clean the sensor manually in this method, you need a fully charged battery and a cleaning kit. The cleaning kit usually contains unique swaps and cleaning solutions. You need to select the swap size according to your camera sensor. Please note that you need to buy the kit from a reputable manufacturer to avoid the sensor’s damage. I have been using Visible Dust for years. They are a little pricey but very high quality. They also have videos on their website to show cleaning steps for the different camera makes in detail.

The procedures are the same as the dry method, and you apply the cleaning solution to the swap and clean the sensor. Please follow the instructions from cleaning kit manufacturers to avoid any damage to the camera.

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Cleaning Camera Lenses

Digital Camera Maintenance Part 2

Cleaning Camera Lenses

How to Clean a Lens efficiently 

Glass is relatively hard and durable. However, when advanced coatings and other chemicals are added to the lens, it becomes a surface that’s more vulnerable to scratches and damage from chemicals and contact. Because of this, we want to try to keep our lenses and filters free of fingerprints and dirt, and avoid repeated physical interaction—this includes touching the lenses and cleaning quite often as well.

When stored in your camera bag or on your shelf, always use front and rear lens caps to help keep your optics clean. But, when you use your gear, it’s going to get dirty. This cannot be avoided. Your lenses will benefit from an occasional cleaning of your camera bag innards, as dust and dirt will likely find a home inside your bag and attach itself to the lens.

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Using Lens caps is the best way to protect your lenses

Always put cleaning solution on a cloth or tissue, rather than directly on a lens, and use it sparingly. This will prevent excess liquid from getting inside the camera cavity or lens, with potentially catastrophic results.

How to clean a lens

Dust is everywhere and everywhere is dust. It will get on and inside your lens. Lenses are manufactured in extremely clean factories, where manufacturers go to great lengths to eliminate dust from the environment. Even then, brand-new lenses may have dust between the lens elements.

Dust, however, is not the main enemy. A lens that sits on a shelf in your home for years and collects a thick layer of dust will, obviously, have image-quality issues. But a few specs of dust here and there, on or inside the lens will have no effect on image quality. A few specs of dust on or inside the lens will have no effect on image quality. That statement was intentionally repeated.

Basic lens cleaning tools are a blower, a microfibre cloth, and lens cleaning fluid.

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Use a blower or a brush to remove any dirt or grit first, then use a small amount of lens cleaning fluid on a clean tissue or cloth designed (such as Microfibre cloth) to clean lenses and gently wipe the surface of the lens or filter. Start from the centre of the lens and with circular motion wipe the lens towards the out rim. Use a dry area of the cloth (or a new tissue) to clean off any remaining residue. Working from the centre to the edge will move debris to the edges of the lens, away from the centre of the image circle, in the event the objects do not get removed.

When wiping, apply only enough pressure to remove the offending smudge.

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Blow the air to remove the dust

Cleaning a Lens

Clean the lens by applying the lens cleaner to the cloth and circular overlapping from centre to corner of the lens

Finally, you may clean your lens mounts (camera and lens) with a cloth and lens-cleaning solution. The digital contacts that allow the lens and camera to communicate can benefit from occasional cleaning. Be sure to use a different cloth from that used for the optics, as wiping a metal lens mount to clean it may leave tiny metal debris on the cloth that should never be introduced to the glass.

Digital SLR Mirrors

Don’t even think about cleaning the mirror in your DSLR.

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Maybe, just maybe, you could consider using a handheld blower to move a few dust specs off, but canned air is too powerful. Mirrors have very fragile surfaces and I wouldn’t dream of getting near them with a standard lens cleaning solution or cloth.

Remember: the dirt in your viewing system isn’t going to show up on images. 

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Digital Camera Cleaning Guide

Digital Camera Maintenance 

General Digital Camera Cleaning Guide

We all love our digital cameras and really want to take good care of them, but time flies and regular cleaning and maintenance can sometimes get overlooked.

In this article I am going to discuss general digital camera maintenance and cleaning. By following these guidelines you can be assured that you are taking good care of your beloved digital camera!

I have written about many different topics in photography over the years, and when one of my students asked me how to clean a camera, I realized I have not covered the basics of digital camera cleaning yet! So here we go for Part 1.

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This kit is all you need for digital camera maintenance

Digital Camera Cleaning Part 1: Camera body

Your camera and lenses can easily get covered in dirt and sand during the summer, so there’s no better time than now to give them a clean. When cleaning delicate photographic gear, it’s important to remove dirt or grit with a brush or air blower before using any sort of cloth or tissues. This will help to prevent dirt getting trapped in the cleaning cloth, which can potentially scratch the surface that you’re trying to get clean. Read on for a step-by-step guide to clean your camera in a safe and efficient manner.

Compressed gas aerosols need to be used with care. Unless they’re held perfectly upright the spray can contain propellant, which can cause damage, plus the high pressures can be difficult to control. Try a good size blower (like the one in this photo) or a soft brush instead.

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A good size Blower is an essential tool for digital camera maintenance

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There are several different types of lens brushes in the market. Choose a high quality one for digital camera cleaning

With a lens attached to avoid getting dust inside the camera, start by removing any dust or dirt from the outside of the camera and lens using a soft brush or blower. Pay attention to the more inaccessible areas like memory card slots, where dirt is likely to accumulate. And for final touch wipe the camera body with soft moist cloth. Do not use any cleaning liquid material as they can cause damage to the rubber or plastic parts of the camera body.

Been on the beach or in a dusty location? Then give your bag a clean too, as loose sand or dust can quickly undo all your hard work. Use just a vacuum cleaner and vacuum inside the camera bag.

Now let’s clean the viewfinder.

If possible, remove the rubber eyecup, and again gently brush off any dust. You can then use a soft cloth or lens-cleaning tissue (not one you also use for lenses, though) and carefully clean the glass of the viewfinder itself.

Even with a screen protector, LCD screens can become covered in dust and smudges.  If you’ve left it uncovered you’ll find that marks and fingerprints can make it tricky to view your images clearly on screen. Clean it using the same type of tissue or cloth as you used for the viewfinder. Just apply the lens cleaner liquid to the cloth and start cleaning the screen.

That is the process for camera body cleaning and maintenance…easy, right?

In Part 2 I am going to talk about cleaning the lens and properly storing photography equipment.

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How to Clean a Lens

Digital Camera Maintenance Part 2

How to Clean a Lens efficiently 

Glass is relatively hard and durable. However, when advanced coatings and other chemicals are added to the lens, it becomes a surface that’s more vulnerable to scratches and damage from chemicals and contact. Because of this, we want to try to keep our lenses and filters free of fingerprints and dirt, and avoid repeated physical interaction—this includes touching the lenses and cleaning quite often as well.

When stored in your camera bag or on your shelf, always use front and rear lens caps to help keep your optics clean. But, when you use your gear, it’s going to get dirty. This cannot be avoided. Your lenses will benefit from an occasional cleaning of your camera bag innards, as dust and dirt will likely find a home inside your bag and attach itself to the lens.

clean a lens

Using Lens caps is the best way to protect your lenses

Always put cleaning solution on a cloth or tissue, rather than directly on a lens, and use it sparingly. This will prevent excess liquid from getting inside the camera cavity or lens, with potentially catastrophic results.

How to clean a lens

Dust is everywhere and everywhere is dust. It will get on and inside your lens. Lenses are manufactured in extremely clean factories, where manufacturers go to great lengths to eliminate dust from the environment. Even then, brand-new lenses may have dust between the lens elements.

Dust, however, is not the main enemy. A lens that sits on a shelf in your home for years and collects a thick layer of dust will, obviously, have image-quality issues. But a few specs of dust here and there, on or inside the lens will have no effect on image quality. A few specs of dust on or inside the lens will have no effect on image quality. That statement was intentionally repeated.

Basic lens cleaning tools are a blower, a microfibre cloth, and lens cleaning fluid.

Digital Camera Maintenance

This kit is all you need for digital camera maintenance

Use a blower or a brush to remove any dirt or grit first, then use a small amount of lens cleaning fluid on a clean tissue or cloth designed (such as Microfibre cloth) to clean lenses and gently wipe the surface of the lens or filter. Start from the centre of the lens and with circular motion wipe the lens towards the out rim. Use a dry area of the cloth (or a new tissue) to clean off any remaining residue. Working from the centre to the edge will move debris to the edges of the lens, away from the centre of the image circle, in the event the objects do not get removed.

When wiping, apply only enough pressure to remove the offending smudge.

Clean a lens

Blow the air to remove the dust

Cleaning a Lens

Clean the lens by applying the lens cleaner to the cloth and circular overlapping from centre to corner of the lens

Finally, you may clean your lens mounts (camera and lens) with a cloth and lens-cleaning solution. The digital contacts that allow the lens and camera to communicate can benefit from occasional cleaning. Be sure to use a different cloth from that used for the optics, as wiping a metal lens mount to clean it may leave tiny metal debris on the cloth that should never be introduced to the glass.

Digital SLR Mirrors

Don’t even think about cleaning the mirror in your DSLR.

Clean a Lens

Maybe, just maybe, you could consider using a handheld blower to move a few dust specs off, but canned air is too powerful. Mirrors have very fragile surfaces and I wouldn’t dream of getting near them with a standard lens cleaning solution or cloth.

Remember: the dirt in your viewing system isn’t going to show up on images. 

That is all for now. Our Digital Camera workshop for beginners starts on November 4. In this two part workshop we cover all the basics, plus more about digital camera maintenance.


Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Digital Camera Maintenance

Digital Camera Maintenance 

General Digital Camera Maintenance and Cleaning Guide

We all love our digital cameras and really want to take good care of them, but time flies and regular cleaning and maintenance can sometimes get overlooked.

In this article I am going to discuss general digital camera maintenance and cleaning. By following these guidelines you can be assured that you are taking good care of your beloved digital camera!

I have written about many different topics in photography over the years, and when one of my students asked me how to clean a camera, I realized I have not covered the basics of digital camera maintenance yet! So here we go for Part 1.

Digital Camera Maintenance

This kit is all you need for digital camera maintenance

Digital Camera Maintenance Part 1: Camera body

Your camera and lenses can easily get covered in dirt and sand during the summer, so there’s no better time than now to give them a clean. When cleaning delicate photographic gear, it’s important to remove dirt or grit with a brush or air blower before using any sort of cloth or tissues. This will help to prevent dirt getting trapped in the cleaning cloth, which can potentially scratch the surface that you’re trying to get clean. Read on for a step-by-step guide to clean your camera in a safe and efficient manner.

Compressed gas aerosols need to be used with care. Unless they’re held perfectly upright the spray can contain propellant, which can cause damage, plus the high pressures can be difficult to control. Try a good size blower (like the one in this photo) or a soft brush instead.

Digital Camera Maintenance

A good size Blower is an essential tool for digital camera maintenance

Digital Camera Maintenance

There are several different types of lens brushes in the market. Choose a high quality one for digital camera maintenance

With a lens attached to avoid getting dust inside the camera, start by removing any dust or dirt from the outside of the camera and lens using a soft brush or blower. Pay attention to the more inaccessible areas like memory card slots, where dirt is likely to accumulate. And for final touch wipe the camera body with soft moist cloth. Do not use any cleaning liquid material as they can cause damage to the rubber or plastic parts of the camera body.

Been on the beach or in a dusty location? Then give your bag a clean too, as loose sand or dust can quickly undo all your hard work. Use just a vacuum cleaner and vacuum inside the camera bag.

Now let’s clean the viewfinder.

If possible, remove the rubber eyecup, and again gently brush off any dust. You can then use a soft cloth or lens-cleaning tissue (not one you also use for lenses, though) and carefully clean the glass of the viewfinder itself.

Even with a screen protector, LCD screens can become covered in dust and smudges.  If you’ve left it uncovered you’ll find that marks and fingerprints can make it tricky to view your images clearly on screen. Clean it using the same type of tissue or cloth as you used for the viewfinder. Just apply the lens cleaner liquid to the cloth and start cleaning the screen.

That is the process for camera body cleaning and maintenance…easy, right?

In Part 2 I am going to talk about cleaning the lens and properly storing photography equipment.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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