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How to CLEAN your CAMERA SENSOR SAFELY | the easy way

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Cleaning your sensor safely is a lot easier than you may think. In this video I share 2 different techniques I use and a simple hidden technique you can use in Lightroom to better check for dust spots.

Awesome sensor brush –
Full Frame Swab Kit –
APS-C Swab Kit –

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29 Comments

  1. Very informative video Nigel, thanks. Would love to hear your thoughts on the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z24-70 f4, seems together they offer seriously good quality especially for landscapes!

  2. Congratulations for the review. I own a Lumix S1 and I would like to know if the cleaning should be done with a slow-moving machine or turned on considering that it has a sensor on sight! I would also like to know if it is normal for the sensor not to be completely cleaned. Thanks.
    Giuseppe

  3. I have just received a wet cleaning kit and tried it on my D7200 which had too many spots to count.
    Following your set up it now just down to one small spot. A result thank you so much.

    As you said in the vid that you are cleaning the glass in front of the sensor that made me decide to go for it.
    A result thank you so much.

  4. I ordered the same kit. But the swabs are too wide to fit in the claustrophobically tight mouth of the D850. Maybe they work in the Z series… but I don't want to force them into my D850!

  5. I like to use a sensor loupe (it has a small light to illuminate the sensor surface). Then I can see the offending dust directly and check after cleaning to see that it's gone. A final test exposure is the confirmation. Here in California we just step outside and take a picture of the blue sky, focussed at infinity. But I can understand the value of the monitor method for UK photographers – was one myself long ago.

  6. I thank you a lot for this video! It was a nightmare thinking of sensor cleaning. I wanted to do it by myself but didn't have the courage. I've done it and it makes a huge difference! I have an old D90 around 100k shots, bought it second hand. After 10k ish shots I realized that the dirty sensor was the guilty for the unsharp photos and not the lenses 🙂

  7. With regards to taking the photo, no need for all of that with f stops and isos. The dust is on the sensor, it doesn't care what's coming through your lens. Quickest way to take the photo is actually with no lens and aimed at anything evenly lit. You'll want to not underexpose so much you can't see the dust but other than that you can carry on. You don't even have to do the swiggle dance.

    I haven't tried this yet but it just struck me if you are using Lightroom you might even tether the camera and clean in real-time in video mode?

  8. Your video is always helpfull, Nigel. To prevent the vibration reduction to worked or moving, on a Nikon Z6 or Z7, should I set the "Vibration Reduction" to "OFF" and leave my device "ON", to clean the sensor? Would leaving the device "OFF" would do the same thing? Thank you

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