Dust is the enemy of a camera. It can compromise the image quality and damage the internal workings of the camera. Unfortunately, there is virtually no way to stop the invasion of dust in a camera completely, so at some point, you’re going to have to clean it. This is particularly true if you change your lenses frequently while shooting.
If you’ve noticed that your pictures are coming out with spots on them, those spots are likely caused by dust on the sensor and it’s probably time to clean it. Before you start taking a dust rag to your camera’s sensor, however, it’s important to know that doing so incorrectly can cause permanent and serious damage to your camera if you do it incorrectly.
“Sensor cleaning” is actually something of a misnomer. You aren’t actually cleaning the sensor itself. Instead, you are cleaning a thing piece of glass that sits over top of the sensor, known as the low-pass filter. Although this piece of glass is quite delicate, it is much more durable than the camera’s image sensor itself.
Before you start, be sure you have a memory card in your camera. This is because you will need to take test shots throughout the cleaning process. It’s also a good idea to have a fully charged battery so you don’t risk the camera powering off during the cleaning process.
There are two basic ways to clean your camera’s motion sensor. You can either do it yourself or hire an expert to do it for you. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on the DIY method.
There’s no doubt that cleaning your camera’s sensor yourself can be the more attractive option, as it is the much less expensive of the two options. However, you should know that there are lots of things that can go wrong if you do it incorrectly. There’s the risk of ruining the outer plate, a repair that will likely cost much more than a professional sensor cleaning would have cost in the first place.
Most kits that are sold for the purpose of cleaning the sensor on a camera are similar to those designed for cleaning other electronics components. They typically include a cleaning fluid and some kind of brush which is used to wipe away the surface dust. However, even a good-quality brush won’t help to remove the stuck-on dust that forms on the camera’s sensor.
Cleaning your camera’s image sensor yourself isn’t easy, and you should be sure you know what you are doing before you embark on the process. If you do clean your sensor yourself and damage occurs, it’s possible to buy a replacement image sensor. Always be sure you are buying from a reputable source such as ICRFQ so you know you are getting a reliable, high-quality product.
If you aren’t comfortable cleaning your camera’s sensor yourself, there are lots of professional camera cleaning services available. Although these services will cost a little more than cleaning your camera yourself, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself it’s probably a good idea having your camera cleaned by a professional to avoid possible damage to your camera.
Finally, if you know you won’t be using your camera for an extended period, always give it a thorough cleaning before storing it, and be sure to store it in a dry place, away from condensation. Never store your camera with a memory card or battery in it; store these items in separate pockets in the camera bag. All of these precautions may seem unnecessary, but you’ll be glad you took the time to do it to protect your camera.