How To Clean Your Digital Camera

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It is natural and normal when lens dust and sensor dust occur. However, this can have negative consequences for your photos. Therefore, it’s important for you to have your camera wiped frequently. It will not only help you have images with better quality but also significantly saves you time in post production.

Following are 5 steps to safely clean your digital camera.

1. Turn the camera off

Whatever you do, the best policy is extreme carefulness. Therefore, you should turn off your camera before you start cleaning it. This will also help you see smudges and dust against the black background of a powered-down LCD more easily.

2. Clean the exterior of the camera

After turning off the camera, you start wiping its exterior with a dry microfiber cloth. This will prevent dust and dirt from falling into the device when you remove the lens. You can use any chemical-free soft cloth you have, but not your t-shirt. You shouldn’t use alcohol or other chemical products to wipe any part of the camera, in general, and the body of the camera, in particular. Instead, if a dry clean does not remove all the debris, you can use a lightly dampened cloth for more stubborn spots. Additionally, you use a soft-haired brush to brush the outside and a blowing ball will be effective for hard-to-reach places as well.

3. Clean the lenses

Lenses are a part that needs to be treated with particular care because the glass making up them is very fragile and can scratch very easily. Therefore, you should first clean the front element and the rear element of the lens with a small blower brush to remove dust and debris. Don’t blow on the lens with your mouth. Then you use the softest and cleanest cotton cloth that's available and wipe the lens in a circular motion very gently. If the cloth alone doesn't clean the lens, you can put one or two drops of a lens cleaning solution or a few drops of clean water onto the cloth. Remember not to dried water droplets and sea spray because they contain salt crystals that may damage the glass.

4. Clean the LCD display

You can use a small, soft brush to remove dust from the LCD and then clean gently the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth. If the display is smudged, you can use a slightly dampened cloth to clean it. To be safe, you should not use windex, facial tissue, paper towels, alcohol-based cleaners or any cleaning supplies that are not manufactured for camera cleaning because they will damage your camera elements.

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This article was published on 2013/08/19