Keeping your digital camera clean is key to making sure it always takes the best pictures possible. It’s not difficult to do and requires maybe fifteen to twenty minutes of your time. By making sure that there is no dirt, dust, or grime all over your investment, it will continue to perform for many years to come.
Never perform any extensive cleaning on your digital camera by yourself. Always make sure that you take it to a professional and have it done. There are many interior pieces that could easily be damaged by someone who does not know what they are doing. Also, make sure that you check the batteries in your camera on a regular basis to ensure that they are no leaking any corrosive materials into the camera. Replace them regularly to ensure that this does not happen.
The lens is one of the most important parts of your digicam and you always want to make sure that you avoid touching it if possible. The oils in your skin can leave streak marks on it that is very difficult to get off. If you do need to clean the lens, hold your digicam upside down and gently blow any dust and dirt off of it. Place a few drops of cleaning fluid onto a soft dry cloth and clean the lens. Never place the fluid directly on the lens and never clean the lens dry. Also, never clean the interior or exterior of your digicam with canned air. Digicams are not air tight and there have been cases where consumers who have used canned air have blown dust onto the back part of the lens that cannot be reached for cleaning except by a professional.
You can use the same cloth to gently and carefully clean the rest of the camera’s exterior. If the camera has an LCD screen on the back, make sure you clean it with fluid that will not scratch the screen or leave streak marks. A micro fiber cloth is the best thing to clean electronics such as your digicam and if you use one specifically for your camera, store in a plastic baggie to keep excess dirt and dust from getting on it. Swatches from an old cotton t-shirt also make great rags that are good for cleaning your digicam.
If you know that you will not be using your digicam for an extended length of time, you should always clean it and store it someplace that is free from condensation. Remove the memory chip and batteries and store them in separate locations within the camera bag. Pack your digicam properly in its case to make sure that it does not get damaged in case of accident while it’s being stored.