Cleaning the mirrorless camera sensors is one important step towards making your photos look professional. If your camera has a sensor on exposure, it is imperative that you get dirt or dust inside. When looking through my old photos in my archives, I notice a lot of nasty detection points in the sky and other bright parts of the images in some of them.
With mirrorless cameras, the sensor is detected as soon as the lens is removed. With digital SLR cameras, you have a mirror to protect your sensor.
How important is cleaning the camera sensor?
The sensor is the most important part of the camera. It is important that you take care of your sensor so that you may continue taking great photos. Failing to the sensor will make your photos may appear jerky due to the accumulation of the dust on the sensor. For mirrorless cameras, the sensor gets dirtier than a DSLR if you change the lens repeatedly.
If you have a fixed lens camera, you may never need to clean your sensor because you don’t change lenses and don’t expose the sensor to dirt and dust.
How to test sensor dust?
- A simple way to check the sensor dust is to set the camera to a small aperture such as 1:16 or 1:22.
- You should also set the camera to the lowest ISO sensitivity as you don’t worry about noise at this point.
- Take a photo against a bright white object and move your camera gently while taking the photo to blur the image and make the dust lighter.
- To check for dust, check the 100% backlit LCD screen or download the image to your computer to make this easier.
- If you see traces of dust (as illustrated and illustrated above), you know that you need to clean the sensor.
Tactics to clean the mirrorless camera sensor
- Many cameras possess self-cleaning capabilities. Browse and try the camera menu. This is the easiest way to clean the mirrorless camera sensor. You don’t need to get close to the sensor or remove the lens!
- Use the missile blower and gently press the air into the sensor area. Hold the camera on the upside-down position to allow dust and any other objects fall. You should blow air from several directions to ensure that the loose parts fall. Be careful not to wear the front nozzle near the sensor.
- Use sensor wipes and wipe gently on top of the sensor. Ensure you’re in a dirt-free room. For examples, bathrooms is a good place to clean the sensors! If the camera has activated or activated image stabilization, turn it off so that the sensor is locked. You don’t want to damage the image stabilization by moving it manually.
If you have a DSLR camera, you can switch to self-cleaning mode, where the mirror is raised and the camera sensor is exposed. Also be sure to turn off the camera when cleaning the sensor. When the camera is on, the electronics can attract more dust to the sensor.
The items you need:
- Clean, lint-free wipes designed for the size of your camera’s sensor.
- Cleaning solution for camera sensor.
- Blower / manual lamp.
- Flashlight or projector to look at the camera and examine the body.
- Loupe Sensor – This is an amazing and inexpensive item, enlarged with LED lights that allows you to see the sensor clearly and easily and check it for dust and dirt.
Step-by-step mirrorless camera cleaning process:
- Find an area free of dust and wind as much as possible.
- With the battery fully charged and without the viewfinder, clean your camera manually from the menu section. Consult your guide if you are not finding this option.
- If you have selected this mode, the mirror will display the camera sensor after locking back. You only should turn off the camera to return the mirror to its usual position in front of the camera.
- Hold your camera an upside-down position so that the LCD screen is facing the ceiling and use the manual blower to blow air inside the camera onto the sensor. Be careful not to touch the end of the fan sensor. It is recommended that you do not place the fan tip in the camera at all. Don’t use compressed air here either.
- After a few explosions in the air, turn the camera off and restore the lens. You should take another test snapshot (as shown above) to see if it removes dust or dirt from the sensor. If so, no further steps are required. If so, you may need to “wet” the sensor cleaning.
How to clean your wet sensor
- Remove the lens and place the camera on a surface with the LCD screen facing the floor.
- Select to clean manually by first locking the mirror.
- Remove the swab from the sensor and blow air several times to remove all strange lint that may stick to the swab.
- Apply two drops (or three drops maximum) of solution to the tip of the broom. Do not saturate the swab, otherwise the lines will remain on the sensor. In this case, certainly less less!
- Place the swab on one side of the sensor with great care and gently move the swab without too much force with a slight movement on the sensor. When you arrive on the other side, turn the swab, and repeat the process on the other side to the starting point. Repeat this in a gentle movement without too much force.
- At this point, I use a magnifying glass and check the sensor to see if the dust has been removed. If you’re not sure, turn the camera off, replace the lens, and take another test photo to check for dust.
If you see dust, repeat the process. However, it is important to use a new, different clean tampon. Do not use a swab.
Cleaning the sensor is not difficult. You should be careful, but it’s worth it. You will love your photos for this. If you see lines on the sensor, it means that you have used many solutions. Wait a few minutes and try again with a lower solution. Two drops are usually enough. You now have a clean sensor. When you make the right equipment correctly, cleaning the camera sensor is easy. Although it is a little tricky the first time, the professional cleaning service will save you unnecessary costs and the inconvenience of not having a camera.