A dirty, dusty sensor will not get you very good shots, you most likely get smudged shots and if you value photography, then you know this is not always a very good state of affairs. Fortunately, with the right sensor cleaning kit, it is very possible for you to keep the sensor clean and functional. One simple tip to avoid getting dirt on the sensor would be to hold the camera downwards when changing the lens so that the dust manages to fall out and not into your camera. You should also turn off the camera every time before you change the lenses because sensors which are electronically charged will attract dust.
1. Camera cleaning mode
Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you need to have a clean sensor, but you might need to employ other cleaning options if this does not yield the results that you expect.
Bulb blowers make other very good tools to help you clean the camera sensor. Choose larger blowers to get rid of dust from the sensor, but never ever use air that is compressed and canned on the sensor because your risk fluid damage. When using the blower, point the camera downward to the ground so the dust can fall off the camera. The blowers use clean air paths ensuring that blown dust doesn’t get sucked back and re-deposited on the camera.
A sensor gel stick and a senor brush have the same function. They are negatively charged and therefore pull dust particles off the camera sensor as compared to moving them all over the sensor. It is advisable not to press down the stick or brush on the sensor because passing over the sensor is good enough to attract the dust. Some have LED lights that help you see how you are cleaning. When getting your gel stick, ensure that it is compatible with your camera. You can choose the gel stick or the brush, whatever you feel works best for you.
The swabs also do a great job cleaning the sensor and you will need a good sensor cleaning solution for this type of cleaning. Disposable swabs are the best so make sure that you use a swab only once to get perfect results. The manufacturer’s directions should be followed, but you usually will need to brush the swab across the sensor in only one fluid motion and light even pressure application. If the one motion is not good enough, then you can turn the swab over and then brush again across the sensor in the opposite direction. You can use the sensor to wipe to dry off any cleaning solution residue.