Is it possible to clean the sensor on a Point & Shoot?

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Birk Binnard
Birk Binnard Senior Member • Posts: 1,982
Is it possible to clean the sensor on a Point & Shoot?

Model DMC-ZS8 has 3 gray spots that show up on all stills & videos. Must be some junk on the sensor, yes? Is there a way to clean it off?
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snap
snap Veteran Member • Posts: 6,211
Re: Is it possible to clean the sensor on a Point & Shoot?

I took apart my FX580 last year to remove a dust lodged on the sensor. It's not too difficult - just remember which screws you've removed - I took photos as I proceeded.

And be very gentle with the ribbon cables that the LCD is attached. I came across this video on Youtube which is very helpful. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_sP4yLf6lA

Rick

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VadymA Senior Member • Posts: 1,590
Re: Is it possible to clean the sensor on a Point & Shoot?

I saw a suggestion to put the camera on something that provides mild vibration, like a washing machine, etc. I've never tried it myself but I did "removed" one nasty spot when leaning forward with a camera on a neck strap and accidentally bumping it againt a table.
So I think it might work. Worth a try before taking it apart.

Birk Binnard wrote:

Model DMC-ZS8 has 3 gray spots that show up on all stills & videos. Must be some junk on the sensor, yes? Is there a way to clean it off?
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johnno02 Regular Member • Posts: 105
Re: Is it possible to clean the sensor on a Point & Shoot?

Sorry,

I cant answer your question,but after having a similar experience with a cheap point,and shoot Camera I was very fond of for Digiscoping,I now have a couple of Golden Rules.
1 Always turn Camera on,with Lens pointing down.

2 Always turn Camera off with Lens pointing down,AFTER,blowing any foreign materials off the Lens area.

My reasoning,is, if anything has settled on the extended lens tube,Hopefully,it wont be drawn inside the Camera,if the Lens is pointed down when retracted.

John

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