How To Clean Your Camera Sensor

The camera has become an essential part of our lives, especially for professional photographers who shoot many different photos and videos in their daily professional lives. For this purpose, they have to use other cameras like DSLR cameras, adventure cameras, compact cameras and film cameras, etc.

The camera sensor is an essential part and is responsible for the image quality, which converts light signals into digital signals. Sometimes photographers have to change lenses for various purposes; during this period sensor of a camera exposes to open-air, which causes dust on the surface of a sensor. Dust causes a low-quality image, which is not acceptable by professionals. To cope with this awful problem, I am going to give you some caring and comfortable tips. 

How Can You Detect Dust On The Sensor?

Firstly, you have to detect the dust on the sensor by following a few steps.

Set your camera aperture to the small gap and also to the lowest ISO.

Take a picture of a maximum white and shiny surface and then move the camera slightly, which helps you faint the image and dust more visible.

You can load the image on your PC to see the dust easily.

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After detecting the dust particles, you will have to clean them to enhance your photographs’ quality; therefore, you should follow the practically proven instructions by world-class professional experts. Consequently, you will save your camera sensor from damage and scratches on it.

Should I attempt auto cleaning?

Yes, of course, you should apply first auto cleaning before manual cleaning because it may save the sensor. You would have to full the camera’s battery because the low battery could harm your camera if it has turned off during cleaning.

Precautions Before Cleaning the Sensor

Fully charged your camera’s battery because if the battery becomes low while cleaning, as a consequence, the mirror will damage.

It is necessary to clean the camera’s outside surface because dust particles stuck to the outer body could enter the camera and reach the sensor.

Clean the operational area where you will perform the cleaning because it is twice likely to enter dust particles in the camera to the sensor if the working space will not clean.

After all, make sure that you have collected all the necessary tools like air blower, sensor cleaning fluiddelicate tissuesmicrofilament cloth, etc. 

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Dry Cleaning Method

We need some tools for this purpose, like a manual air blower to remove the dust particles and a sensor scope to check the remaining residues quickly.

Lay the camera on a dry and soft rig and do not touch internal parts while cleaning. Start blowing the sensor off with great care. The position of the camera should upside down during cleaning.

Warning: Never use compressed air because it may cause damage to the sensor.

Use sensor scope during cleaning to find dust particles easily and then remove them using a blower. However, you can repeat the process if you feel that some particles are still not released.

I suggest Delkin Sensor Scope, 5x digital DLR Sensor with the cover case, priced about $50. Sensor Scope will help you to find tiny and microscopic dust particles. It has a flashlight that will help you to find tiny threads even in daylight. Sensor Scope can easily cope with four types of contaminants, like metallic, fibre, organic, and quartz particles. Sensor Scope is only a device that can detect and remove dust particles easily.

The Sensor Scope device is easy to use. It has a 5x magnification lens and four ultra-bright LED lights, which gives extra insight into the camera to judge the microscopic particles.

Zoom the Sensor Scope about 50% to 70% to check out the smallest dust particles, and clean them carefully. On a technical basis, tiny particles don’t disrupt the image’s quality; you need not inconvenience about that much.

Wet Cleaning Method:

For wet cleaning, you can use special brushes working based on electrostatic principle; these brushes can clean the sensor by slight touch to the sensor, which doesn’t harm or damage the sensor. The tools required for wet cleaning are Arctic Butterfly Brush, Green swabs, Sensor Clean Solution, and Smear Away Solvents.

Before starting wet cleaning following steps are to be needed.

After removing the lens and lying down the camera on a floor while keeping the LCD face towards the floor.

Switched on the manual cleaning button to lock up the mirror because it can disrupt the cleaning process.

After removing the sensor swab, use a manual air blower to remove odd particles.

Wet the swab with two to three drops of solution only, avoid over wetting the swab, drag the swab from one edge to the other of the sensor.

Do not try to squeeze the liquid out; let it dry for just a minute.

It has often observed that brushes do not clean the sensor optimally; therefore, we have to use smear away solutions to clean maximum. These solutions will help to clean your sensor. In this regard, I would like to use an EZ sensor cleaning kit.

It is crucial to clean the sensor’s surroundings because they can cause dirty the sensor again.

It would help if you keep cleaning your camera sensor as long as possible by following the simple tips given below:

At the time of changing the lens, keep your camera in a clean, dust-free area.

Before recapping your lens optics, clean it and avoid the unwanted change of the lens. 

The bag or drawer where you place your camera should clean.

It is predicted that people will follow the instructions to keep their cameras with great care.


Q: How can I clean my first DSLR camera sensor for the first time?

You can follow the step by step instructions given in the article above confidently. These instructions are technically approved. However, when you use new ultra swabs, you should use them with a bit more pressure and double the solution(6-8 drops) to make them thicker and more absorbent.

Q: What are the differences between sensor swab and sensor swab ultra?

In the newly designed ultra swab honeycomb pattern, it improved the efficiency of cleaning by covering more surface area and more absorbent and softer. The design of the new ultra brush is designed in a manner to protect the corners of the sensor.

Q: Which solution should I use to clean the Sony Camera sensor?

I recommend the Eclipse solution for all Sony cameras because this is safe and do not damage the sensor surface. Furthermore, you can also use Aeroclipse safely.