Dos & Don'ts

Storing a digital camera

Written by Gail Bjork

Special care is needed to prevent mold and mildew when you store your digital camera.

Silica getSpecial care is needed when you store a digital for an extended period of time. It needs to be kept in a well ventilated area, free from dampness and dust.

Prior to storing a digital camera, make sure the power is turned off. To prevent leakage, which can damage a camera, remove the batteries and store them in a cool, dry place.

Manufactures recommend that a digital camera be placed in a plastic bag containing a desiccant, such as silica gel. Remember though that silica gel eventually loses its capacity to absorb moisture, so replace or regenerate it when needed.

Do not store a camera case in a plastic bag as it can deteriorate.

When storing a digital camera:

  • Don’t store in a place where it will be subjected to extreme temperatures.
  • Don’t store the camera near equipment that has strong magnetic fields such as a TV or radio.
  • Don’t store it with moth balls.

Check for mold and mildew

Take the camera out of storage every 4-6 weeks to help prevent mold and mildew. Test the camera by inserting the battery and memory card. Turn the camera on and try various modes to ensure they are functioning properly. Press the shutter-release button several times.

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.