16 October 2009

5 Efficient Ways to Clean a Digital Camera

To clean your digital camera efficiently, follow these steps: prepare  your cleaning supplies, clean the lens, clean the LCD, clean the body  of the camera, and give you camera some final cleaning touches.

To take good care of your digital camera, it is necessary to clean it  regularly. However, you need to ensure that your camera is safe while  you clean it. You can go over your photography instructions manual to guide you on how to keep your  gadget secured during cleaning. You can also refer to this list of  cleaning procedures intended to give you some useful steps to clean a  point-and-shoot digital camera.

Prepare your cleaning supplies

While you will not use all cleaning supplies every time you clean, it  is important to have the following on hand when you clean your digital  camera:

* Microfiber cloth stored in a re-sealable plastic bag to protect it  from dirt and grime
* Lens cleaning paper, which is a good substitute for a cotton cloth
* Clean water or lens fluid
* A cleaning brush made of small and soft bristles.

Clean the lens

You can clean your camera while you are still at home or you can also  clean it while you are out. If you at home, you can do the following:

* Open the lens cover, turn on the camera if necessary.
* Let your lens face the ground while softly blowing onto it to release  dirt particles. Or, use a brush to get rid of particles.
* Using a microfiber cloth with a lens fluid for cleaning, gently remove  smudges or grime from the lens, starting from the center and moving out  towards the sides.

If you are already at the event location, you can still clean your  lens with your cleaning supplies. Just make sure you keep them in your  camera bag. Just in case you forget them, you can still clean your  camera by following these tips:

* Turn on your camera if needed to open the lens.
* Blow on your lens to get rid of particles. Do not use any type of  cloth or your fingers to free the lens of shingles.
* Using a very soft, clean and damp cloth, wipe your lens in a circular  motion.
* Dry the lens with a cloth.

Clean the LCD

Turning off your camera when cleaning the LCD is the most applicable  thing to do. This will allow you to see clearly any smudges. You can use  both a small, soft cloth and a soft brush to clean the LCD.

Clean the body of the camera

First, turn off the camera. Then using a microfiber cloth and a soft  brush, clean the various areas of your camera body such as the seam, the  camera connector, buttons, dials, the viewfinder and the front part of  the flash. A damp cloth is also useful in clearing out smudges. Just  make sure to wipe the camera with a dry cloth when you are finished.

Give your camera some final cleaning touches

It is important to avoid touching the lens and the LCD of your  camera. Using a lens pen is a practical way to refrain from cleaning  your lens with your shirt. Lastly, you can choose to have a professional  service clean your camera for you.

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