Article ID : 00027110 / Last Modified : 11/04/2021

How to clean the camera body, lens, and image sensor

    This article provides guidance on cleaning the camera lens, body, and image sensor.

    Before you start

    You will need a small blower, brushes, and a cleaning cloth:

    • Blower: Use it to clean any dust and dirt on and in the camera.
      • Plain blower (preferred)

      • Brush blower

    • Brush: To brush the dust away from the camera body or lens. Use a small or large brush depending on the situation.
    • Cleaning cloth: Use it to wipe the camera or lens. We recommend using a synthetic fiber cleaning cloth that you can wash and reuse.

    Note:

    • Don't use an air duster or compressed air as it may damage the image sensor or cause a malfunction.
    • Don't touch the surface of the image sensor or blow on it too hard.
    • Your product warranty doesn't cover any incidental or consequential damage due to mishandling at unauthorized service locations.

    Tutorials

    Watch the video tutorial or follow the steps below on how to clean your camera lens and sensor.

    • Camera lens cleaning:


    • Cleaning the E-mount camera sensor:


    • Cleaning the A-mount camera sensor:


    How to clean your camera

    IMPORTANT:When cleaning your camera, work in a dust-free location to avoid additional dust from entering the camera.

    1. Use the brush to sweep away any loose dust or dirt from the camera surface. Use a large brush for the camera exterior and a small brush to reach corners and delicate parts. Sweep gently and don't press the brush hard against the camera.

    2. Use a blower to remove dust and debris from delicate parts.

    3. Remove the lens cap and remove any dust from the lens surface.

    4. If the lens surface is particularly dirty, you may use a soft cloth dampened with a lens cleaner solution. Lightly wipe with a circular motion from the center of the lens.

      IMPORTANT:Don't apply the lens cleaner solution to the lens directly or use organic solvents such as thinner or benzine to clean the lens.

    5. Attach the front lens cap to prevent dust from adhering to the lens.
    6. Press the lens release button to detach the lens from the camera. For detailed instructions, refer to the product manual.

      IMPORTANT:Make sure to remove the lens in a dust-free location to avoid additional dust from entering the camera and don't touch the image sensor.

    7. While using the blower, tilt the camera slightly downward so that the dust falls away from the sensor.

    8. Re-attach the lens.

      Note: For an A-mount camera, make sure the mirror is completely locked down before you reattach the lens.

    9. Check that the sensor is dust-free.
      1. Set the shooting mode to Aperture Priority (A) and set the aperture value to F11.
      2. Take a picture of a white wall, a white sheet of paper, or the sky.
      3. Make sure the no dust spots show up on the image.

    Many camera shops offer a professional sensor cleaning service. If the issue isn't resolved, repair may be required. Go to Product Repair.