Cleaning a Digital Camera

Cleaning a digital camera

Written by Gail Bjork

Keeping a digital camera clean is easy and should be done on a regular basis. Learn how to clean it correctly.

Camera cleaning clothBasic cleaning a digital camera is relatively easy and should be done on a regular basis.

One of the most important things to preserve the condition of the lens is not to touch it with your fingers. Before wiping off the lens, hold the camera upside down and gently blow off any grit and lose dust particles. Next lightly wipe the lens and other camera parts with a soft, dry cloth or lens cleaning paper.

Avoid putting fluid on the lens

If needed, wipe the lens with a few drops of lens cleaning fluid. It is very important to place the fluid on the lens cleaning paper or cloth, not directly onto the lens.

The best camera cleaning cloth is made of microfiber, which should be stored in a plastic baggie when not in use. Lens tissue, a swatch from a cotton t-shirt or a soft handkerchief can also be used. Paper towels, napkins and facial tissue should not be used to clean the lens.

If your camera needs extensive cleaning have it done professionally.

To clean, or not to clean, your own DSLR sensor

Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras need their sensors occasionally cleaned, though some cameras have a built-in sensor cleaning mechanism. Take a look at the video below to help you decide if want to tackle cleaning the sensor yourself. If not, use a qualified camera technician.

How to clean a DSLR sensor:

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • DD, most compact digital cameras do better in good light than low light. Without seeing a sample photo, it’s difficult to assess your problem. However if you were using the flash, it could be dust halos. Or, it could be noise in your image, which occurs if you (or your camera automatically) raises the ISO. Try your camera’s Smart Night Mode that allows you to control the flash level. At night, try to avoid zooming in on a subject, as the aperture is small (f5.90) and doesn’t let as much light into the camera at the widest angle (f3.5).

    Because the problem only appears when taking night photos, there is most likely nothing wrong with your camera. Try some of the suggestions mentioned above and, hopefully, things will improve.

  • Hi, I have just purchased a Sam sung Es73.. 12.3 mp 5x optical zoom, day pics are awesome but whenever I take a pic in the night and where the back ground lights are low I am observing few grayish/white different spots.. It really takes the beauty of the pics away… I want some suggestion from the experts what can be done??