How to clean your point-and-shoot digital camera

Have you ever taken a great picture with your digital camera, loaded it onto your computer, then found your photo ruined because you didn't notice that your lens was dirty? We'll show you how to safely clean your point-and-shoot digital camera.

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Have you ever taken a great picture with your digital camera, loaded it onto your computer, then found your photo ruined because you didn't notice that your lens was dirty? It's a frustrating experience, to say the least.

Keeping your camera clean is vital for when that perfect photo opportunity presents itself. So we're here to help. Here's how to safely clean your point-and-shoot digital camera:



Cleaning the lens

Step 1: Use a small blower brush to remove dust and debris from the lens. Do not blow on the lens with your mouth. Not only do you run the risk of accidentally spraying the lens with saliva, but there are acids in our breath that can actually damage the lens coating.

Step 2: Put one or two drops of a lens cleaning solution onto a lens tissue and wipe the lens in a circular motion starting from the center and moving out. Do not put the cleaning solution directly onto your lens! If you don't have lens tissue available, use a soft, lint-free cloth, like a microfiber cloth.

Carbon-based lens pens can also be used for cleaning the lens. They are very convenient because they have a soft brush on one end and a cleaning tip on the other end.

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Cleaning the LCD display and camera body

Step 1: Wipe away dust and smudges with a dry microfiber cloth.

Step 2: For more stubborn spots, gently wipe the display or body with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.


Do not use alcohol or other abrasive solvents to clean any part of your camera.

That's it. Since we don't recommend using your T-shirt to wipe your lens or blowing on it, we suggest carrying a small microfiber cloth or lens pen with you in your camera bag. That way, you'll always be ready to take that perfect shot of the sunset, your kids, or UFO's.

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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