Article ID : 00095417 / Last Modified : 19/04/2024Print

How to clean the lens and image sensor

    This provides guidance on cleaning the camera lens and body by yourself.

    Items require for cleaning

    You can check the following cleaning method in these movies

    How to clean the lens

    How to clean the image sensor

    How to clean the camera


    IMPORTANT:
    • Do not apply lens cleaner solution directly to the lens.
    • Do not use any organic solvent such as thinner or benzine to clean the lens.
    1. Remove dust and debris from the camera body.
      Use a brush to sweep dust and debris from the entire camera. Use a large brush for the outside of the camera and a small brush for delicate parts. Do not press the brush hard against the camera; sweep gently.
    2. Remove dust and debris from delicate parts using a blower.
    3. Take the front lens cap off, and remove the dust on the lens surface using the blower.

      If particularly dirty, wet a soft cloth or lens tissue with lens cleaner solution, and wipe in a circular motion from the center of the lens.

    4. Replace the front lens cap to prevent dust from attaching to the lens.
    5. Press the lens release button, and detach the lens.

      Image indicating the location of the lens release button on the camera *For the ILCE-QX1
      Image indicating the location of the lens release button on the ILCE-QX1
      IMPORTANT: Be careful not to touch the sensor's surface.
    6. Use the blower while holding the camera facing slightly downward so that dust and debris easily fall off the sensor's surface.

      Image depicting cleaning of the camera image sensor using a blower *For the ILCE-QX1
      Image depicting cleaning of the ILCE-QX1 image sensor using a blower
    7. Reattach the lens.

      Image depicting attachment of the lens to the camera *For the ILCE-QX1
      Image depicting attachment of the lens to the ILCE-QX1
      Notes:
      • Take the lens off and on in a dust-free location. Dust and debris may easily enter the camera and lens in a dusty location.
      • For an A-mount
        When you attach the lens, confirm that the mirror has been completely locked down.
    8. After you are finished cleaning, check that dust has been removed.

      • Set the shooting mode to Aperture Priority (A), and the aperture value to F11.
      • Take a picture of a white wall, white paper, or the sky.
      • Make sure that no dust shows on the image.
    Note: Many camera shops also offer professional cleaning services for image sensors that may be able to be performed in a timely manner.

    If the issue is still unresolved, the product may need to be repaired. Go to Product Repair.