How to Repair a DSLR Camera

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Updated December 5, 2022

If you are new to digital photography, you may wonder how to repair a DSLR camera. After all, many of the best digital cameras are DSLR models, which often require special attention and repairs. So why learn how to repair the best DSLR cameras and what are some general troubleshooting tips? Keep reading to find out.


  • Keep your DSLR properly maintained to avoid serious digital camera repair issues, though some malfunctions cannot be helped.
  • A good place to start with repairs is to check the status of the battery and replace it if necessary. This should help ensure decent digital images.
  • You should also give your camera a good cleaning, including the lens, and bring it to a repair technician to start the repair process.

Why Repair a DSLR Camera?

When you learn how much a DSLR camera costs, you will want to keep it maintained and in good working order (they are expensive.) Learning how to repair your camera allows you to resolve queries on your own, such as wondering why a digital camera won’t record. It is always good to have some DIY repair tips under your belt, so you can learn how to clean a DSLR sensor, among other tasks. You may even learn how to reset a DSLR camera.

Insider Tip

If you are under warranty, your repair costs will be minimal or even non-existent.

How to Fix a DSLR Camera

Each DSLR is unique, and each maintenance issue is unique. In other words, there is no universal guide here on how to fix every single issue impacting this type of camera. However, there are some general troubleshooting tips.

Replace the Battery

A common issue with DSLR cameras is a battery that no longer functions or only allows you a few minutes of use before losing a charge. In these cases, a full battery replacement is necessary. Luckily, this is a fairly easy process. Check the instructions to find out where the battery compartment is located and pop it out. Purchase a new battery online via the original manufacturer and pop that bad boy in. That’s it.

Clean the Camera and Lens

A dirty camera is an unhappy camera. Clean the exterior with a dry microfiber cloth and pay special attention to the lens. If the lens is scratched, it impacts the image you see via the viewfinder, so your final result will differ from what you saw in the preview. Dust and debris lodge all over a camera, so be thorough.

STAT: In the 1960s, Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was thinking about how to use a mosaic photosensor to capture digital images. His idea was to take pictures of the planets and stars while traveling through space to give information about the astronauts’ position. (source)

Reset to Factory Settings

When all else fails, reset the camera to its factory settings. This could eliminate any software-adjacent hiccups you are experiencing during use. Check the instructions to learn how to do this with your camera. If this fails, you will have to bring the camera to a repair tech to see what is truly going on with it.


Why do JPEG photos get corrupted?

JPEGs become corrupted for any number of reasons, even with the renowned Mark II DSLR. It is likely a software issue, so there is no need to find a stellar repair shop to fill out a repair form or to find a repair guide.

How do I fix a bad white balance?

This is a settings issue in most DSLR cameras, from the Mark II and beyond. Check the white balance settings before filling out a repair form or checking out more repair guides. Even film cameras have this issue, however, though the source differs.

How do I get rid of stuck/dead pixels on a Canon DSLR camera?

This is tricky, as the source of dead and stuck pixels differs according to a number of underlying issues. Find a stellar repair pro that specializes in DSLR camera repair.
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