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After finding the best digital camera, you need to know how to clean the lens of a digital camera and how to clean a digital camera sensor. The process of cleaning the sensor is pretty easy and quick. However, it can cause equipment damage if it is not done correctly. If you aren’t sure you can complete the cleaning process without damaging the camera, several camera stores offer professional cleaning services. And, if you are having problems with your camera’s batteries, find out how to clean corrosion off battery terminals in a digital camera.
When you want to check whether your digital camera sensor needs to be cleaned, you will want to first adjust the camera’s settings. Set your field depth to the highest setting and your ISO to the lowest. For a Sony camera, you will want to set it to Aperture Priority Mode with an aperture value of 11. Then, you will want to take a picture of a bright area, such as a white wall, white paper, a white computer screen, or the sky. Finally, look at the picture and see if there are spots. Alternatively, for a camera that you know inside and out, which makes it easy to clean, check out our guide to making a homemade digital camera.
Use a plain blower to avoid damage that a brush blower can cause to the camera.
You will need a couple of items to cleaning tools for removing bits of dust from your digital camera sensor, including a plain blower or brush blower and a brush. Several retailers offer sensor cleaning kits with sensor cleaning swabs. Some brands recommend using a plain blower and brush for this process. You will need to be careful not to touch the mirror at all during this process. Brands also warn that the use of cleaning liquid or dry cloth can cause the coating on the sensor to peel off, thus damaging the camera.
Do not use commercial cleaners or dry cloth when cleaning your image sensor because they can cause damage.
What is sensor dust and what does it look like?
Sensor dust consists of dust that has managed to get inside your camera and settle on your image sensor. In images, sensor dust looks like spots and smears on the image.
Why is sensor dust a problem?
Sensor dust causes blurry spots to appear in your pictures, especially if there is a lot. Because of this, it can decrease image quality.
Are self-cleaning sensors sufficient?
Some cameras offer self-cleaning sensor features, including a setting that vibrates the camera to dislodge dust. However, you may not have total dust removal using these settings.
STAT: The sensor can be cleaned at any time using the Clean now option, or cleaning can be performed automatically when the camera is turned on or off. (source)