Digital Camera Maintenance and Care Tips

A digital camera is a sensitive device. As such, it needs to be cleaned and cared for so it will always be on optimum performance. Proper maintenance will also ensure it lasts a long time and will help you avoid expensive repair costs.

If you have an expensive camera and you use it for work, you may want to consider getting insurance that covers theft, loss, or damage during transit or while using it.

"Untitled" captured by Ashton Willson. (Click image by Ashton Willson.)

“Untitled” captured by Ashton Willson

Protecting Your Camera

Make sure to protect your camera from dirt, shock, and water. Of course, it is easier said than done to avoid these elements, especially when you are doing outdoor photography. Protection and caution should be your first line of defense.

Always store your camera in a camera bag when you’re not using it and make sure it’s properly closed so dirt and dust cannot get in. If possible, avoid changing lenses when you’re in a dirt or dust-filled area.

It is also good to use a rain hood or a camera sleeve as protection for your camera when it is raining, foggy, or extremely dusty.

If you do not have a waterproof housing for your camera, you can make one using a zip-lock bag and some silica desiccant packets to absorb the moisture, as described on Avoid placing your camera on any unstable support or uneven surface to avoid the risk of falling.

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“Untitled” captured by Joost van Doorn

Cleaning Your Camera

Keep your camera clean at all times. Always use a dry, clean cloth when wiping the outside of the camera. And never use any harsh cleaners or solvents to clean and wash any of the parts.

When cleaning, you can use a blower, brush, soft lint-free cloth, or lens cleaning paper. If you are not familiar with cleaning the lens and the inside parts, it is better to take it to a service company for professional cleaning. Do not poke the inside of your camera with your fingers or blow on it, as it could cause damage.

Caring For the Batteries

Camera batteries should also be given utmost care and attention. They should not be overcharged or left exposed to high temperatures.

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place and recharged when not used for a long time. Remove the battery from the camera before storing both, especially if you are not planning to use it for a long time.

Proper Storage

Store your camera in a cool, dry, and airtight place. When storing your camera in a cabinet, make sure it is not warm and humid inside. Take note, humidity and condensation are enemies of the camera.

Keep the lenses covered at all times when not using the camera. It is better to remove all the components of the camera and cover them individually.

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“GoPro Hero HD” captured by Barry Johnston

Also, avoid placing your camera near any magnetic source, as this could have damaging effects on the camera’s LCD, memory card, and battery. Check your camera’s user manual for further recommendations on how to store your camera.

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