How to Clean Your DSLR Camera’s Sensor

or copy the link If your pictures have revealed fine black blurry dots, then you could have a problem with dust on your camera sensor. Cleaning your camera sensor can seem quite daunting, after all it is the most expensive part of the camera and susceptible to damage. As a professional photographer I often find myself shooting in a variety of environments including harsh weather or dusty deserts and all the time i’m changing lenses and having to work quickly, so quite often carefully looking after my camera is not top of my priority list. Getting the shot is! Inevitably my camera sensors eventually pick up some dust, so in this video I show you my methods for cleaning my cameras sensors to restore them as good as new I hope you find this information useful Karl.


Brenton Edwards says:

I highly recommend the Photosol Sensor Swabs and their ‘Eclipse’ Cleaning Fluid – works great. Obviously if the sensor is extremely dirty a couple of attempts may be required.

If you’re not clumsy, it’s certainly far more economical to be cleaning your own sensors. $60-$100+ for a sensor cleaning service is ridiculous if you can do it for less than $5 and only takes 10-15 minutes.

rendyonline says:

Post process or send to service centre. They should be able to fix it easily and could be at no cost, even.

DHARIN1000 says:

OMG you put an L lens glass down on a table with not cap :O

AlfaShedar says:

what method isbest for hot pixels ?

dukoduli says:

That was exactly my question.
On Nikon Nikkor 24-70, and 70-200mm, 14-24mm (you can download it online) in instruction manuals it specifically says use ethanol (%100 alcohol) for cleaning the lens, I got it ordered at my local Pharmacy but I am a bit worried to use it 🙂

Mike Estall says:

did anyone send you a nikon?

Ian Moody says:


Naresh Ravuru says:

great video.

amSeehafen says:

hey, what an adorable tutorial – how lovely, to not only provide good info, but alongside entertain your adience – thanks so much!

Stan Murray says:

Get a slot on TV, Honestly!

sidharth h says:

Sir can we use alcohol swabs to clean the censor instend of the easy wipe ?

Vyas Anand says:

Very nice and informative videos

areskks says:

very very very very gooooooood video!

Ramesh Rawani says:

Thanks Karl ! Very good video, your way of explaination is excellent…:)

Jake Knapp says:

Big fan of Karl, but there’s one thing I strongly disagree with: using any kind of canned air to clean a camera sensor. Why? The pressure can be too strong, and they contain liquid propellants that can gunk-up the sensor, resulting in a much bigger problem.

SjoukeEnDini says:

Thanks karl! I bought a couple of those swabs and kept the sticks so i can use the E-Wipes. It’s much cheaper to buy the E wipes than to buy the swabs again!

jazu40 says:

I use a simple blower.

Reji Bae says:

A friend of mine put the air duster too close to the sensor and now there is a slight blue spot on it.
Can you tell me how she would fix this?
She tried to use a soft cloth to brush it off but looks as if there are some microscopic scratches on it or is it just the brushing effect of the cloth.
Can you help?

grinagallery says:

Excellent video and well explained. Having said that I am way too terrified to attempt cleaning my cameras sensor. I guess this is one of those tasks comes down to confidence in your own skills.

thewestendblogger says:

dood thanks for responding to my question about kenair

“Not suitable for cleaning digital camera sensors, surface coated camera mirrors or directly onto lenses or optical equipment. Do NOT invert the can when in use.”

DrPayzer says:

great!! 🙂

snaylionid says:


LivinOnLaughter says:

what about if you see a hair in your view finder?

TheBobertable says:

Can I use Compressed-Gas Can to Clean out my DSLR Camera?

baselb80 says:

it is the first time i have seen such an informative video on this subject and i would like to see one on how to clean lenses

Spike20101000 says:

A simple review for the Nikon/Fuji users…
Read the manual to find out how to get in the setup/settings menu, normally under maintenance and look for cleaning/mirror lock up…

Everything else like the canned air, and wet cleaning (which in my experience has been the only way of getting the crud off) is pretty much the same.

photographerjonathan says:

I am going to try it on my old Nikon D80 camera, I had it for 6 or so years and never cleaned it, and I know it has some spots on it, also i enjoyed looking at that medium format sensor, Wow it is big, I wish they would put that sensor in a fuji X pro 2, how many MP is that Camera, also as a medium format user, have you looked into the Nikon D800? I was comparing the D800 with the 5D3 but I finally decided on the 5D Mark lll, after years with Nikon, just curious about your thoughts on it, thanks

Ace21Magic says:

Lol frostbite

Atroz01 says:


fireymatt2 says:

Focus doesn’t really matter for it, but aperture does. If you do have dust on your sensor take a shot of a white wall or the sky at f/2.8 and than at f/22. You will be able to see the dust on the sensor at f/22 but it will more than likely be unnoticeable at f/2.8, unless they are giant specs.

touhid mustakhim says:

HI I am using a Nikon D3000 i have got some dust particles inside the eyepiece, I know it is not going to come on the picture but still it disturbs me while i am taking a photograph. Do you have any solution for this problem other then giving to service center.

LeahLikesLemon says:

thank you so much for this video… Its just what i needed.
i think i’ve got a dog hair on my sensor :/

LeahLikesLemon says:

thank you so much for this video… Its just what i needed.

CJAwesome83x says:

Wouldn’t a rocket blower/bulb blower be the first choice before going with canned air ? 😮

differentsurgical says:

This video worth to watch for me and hope for all others too. I already having this cleaning kit from last couple of weeks but was still unsure to use and planed to go service center. After watching your video I am able to clean my cam’s sensor and it’s perfectly cleaned. Wow.

Thanks alot for this wonderful video.

Ryan Priestnall says:

and he doesnt have a nikon coz theyre shit, although iso is good –

and before anyone moans, canon and nikon have generally the same image quality
but canons video is amazing compared to nikon therfor it wins XD

Yrrabbarry Yrrab says:

i use the vac cleaner sucks dust out the senser,the air blows it in to the camarea,done this for years i have a nikon d200

rvdw98 says:

You mean the one he refers to as a Hasselblad @7:32?

mrman17 says:

I would just follow up with the air canister – I had one years ago where I was trying to blow some dust off the mirror of a film camera, but some of the propellant squirted out onto the mirror and left a noticeable and permanent stain. So be careful and make sure you keep the cannister upright at all times.

Also, there is grease in and around the mirror box area, so be careful when you insert anything to wipe the sensor, otherwise you could smear grease onto the sensor.

2bomberman2 says:

I should stop cleaning my camera sensor with steel wool.

amazinggadgets says:

If the focusing is done by the lens, and the dust particles are on the sensor? How would the aperture and focus matter on how often it shows up?

sandakelumJ says:

Thanks Karl!!!! This is Really useful.

deric tan says:

hey~! your tips in the videos are awesome 🙂

porschepanamera92 says:

I like the way you say ‘air’ 😀

coolay11 says:

i wonder why all the pro forget about hands dry skin or hair dandruff, in my opinion before you sit on the chair to work 1- wash your hair then your entire showing parts of your arms with warm water for a while then go a head start cleaning. ;0′)

allen4505 says:

You DON’T use steel wool ????
….omg I misunderstood you !!!

okuriger1 says:

Thanks a lot!

CaNeAnEaNe says:

I’ve just cleaned mine a few hours ago! 😀

Agris Er. says:

I’ve searched all over the web for multiple ways to clean the sensor. there are good ones and not so good ones, but I might suggest a little different approach when it comes to air. The hasselblad is easy to clean, but for crop & full frames, a more safe & permanent method to use air is not to blow it right onto the sensor, but to use a special cap for sucking all the dust inside a little tube. It’s more like a vacuum cleaner effect, so it does not blow the dust even deeper into the body.

Prashanth Krishna says:

Cleaning sensor is really a pain.The methods you have suggested really helpful. It would be nice if you would show how to check the dust particle to repeat cleaning process. Small Dust particles are visible at higher F numbers like F22 or max number..

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