Cleaning a Nikon Z Series Sensor ...Urgent!

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J Pritchard New Member • Posts: 10
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You must be very careful cleaning a Nikon Z camera sensor as its attached to a 5 Axis Gimbal … and it's about powering down. To do this make sure the camera is switched off then take out the battery, then hold the shutter down for at least 10 seconds to bleed off any electrical current. this then parks the Sensor/Gimbal. and now you can clean the sensor and it won't move around and be damaged! The sensor is also easier to then clean on a Z camera. Hope this assist you from damaging your camera.

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AprilSum Regular Member • Posts: 117
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Good to know. Thanks!

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Really appreciated - but in the light of Nikon specifically advising against any wet sensor cleaning under any circumstances, would be grateful for any source or technical background for this. Really grateful and it does make sense in any case!

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J Pritchard wrote:

You must be very careful cleaning a Nikon Z camera sensor as its attached to a 5 Axis Gimbal … and it's about powering down. To do this make sure the camera is switched off then take out the battery, then hold the shutter down for at least 10 seconds to bleed off any electrical current. this then parks the Sensor/Gimbal. and now you can clean the sensor and it won't move around and be damaged! The sensor is also easier to then clean on a Z camera. Hope this assist you from damaging your camera.

J Pritchard,

Is there a Manual cleaning setting in the menu. If so use that to keep the sensor IBIS solid while cleaning.  Use a bulb blower to blow off any loose dust wet clean using Photographic Solutions Eclipse and Type 3 swabs.

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Digital Shutterbug Veteran Member • Posts: 5,080
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Ceistinne wrote:

Is there a Manual cleaning setting in the menu.

No, there is not.

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Thanks for the tip.

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danmitch wrote:

Really appreciated - but in the light of Nikon specifically advising against any wet sensor cleaning under any circumstances, would be grateful for any source or technical background for this. Really grateful and it does make sense in any case!

Personally I use a gel stick -- much quicker and easier than swabs. FWIW...

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Doesn't the camera park and lock sensor anyway when IBIS is turned off or Camera is turned off normally?
Do you have any examples of difference in sensor degrees of freedom between a normal power down and the extreme steps of removing the battery and draining capacitors you've taken?

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danmitch wrote:

Really appreciated - but in the light of Nikon specifically advising against any wet sensor cleaning under any circumstances

Why do they advise against it?

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NAG3LT wrote:

Doesn't the camera park and lock sensor anyway when IBIS is turned off or Camera is turned off normally?
Do you have any examples of difference in sensor degrees of freedom between a normal power down and the extreme steps of removing the battery and draining capacitors you've taken?

Someone in this forum said he felt his sensor move under wet cleaning. No heartbreak stories later,

I suppose that was with switch off, but no charge draining.

Luckily I had no specs in 5 Z(6+7) years. Will try to remember this untill the time comes.

Thanks OP.

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jch2103B Contributing Member • Posts: 666
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Likewise.

Use the menu item Clean Image Sensor (manual and auto) first, then use a bulb blower if needed and only then additional sensor cleaning.

In response to the question of why Nikon wants you to send a camera in for sensor cleaning, they so advise for all their cameras including DSLRs. (I think that's true for other manufacturers also.) I assume they're trying to avoid any potential issues. But people have been successfully cleaning their sensors for years. You need to be careful and prudent if you do so, of course.

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Boudewijn van der Drift wrote:

NAG3LT wrote:

Doesn't the camera park and lock sensor anyway when IBIS is turned off or Camera is turned off normally?
Do you have any examples of difference in sensor degrees of freedom between a normal power down and the extreme steps of removing the battery and draining capacitors you've taken?

Someone in this forum said he felt his sensor move under wet cleaning. No heartbreak stories later,

I suppose that was with switch off, but no charge draining.

Luckily I had no specs in 5 Z(6+7) years. Will try to remember this untill the time comes.

Thanks OP.

I had to do a wet cleaning not too long ago. The sensor definitely did not move for me. Camera off of course.

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jch2103B wrote:

Likewise.

Use the menu item Clean Image Sensor (manual and auto) first, then use a bulb blower if needed and only then additional sensor cleaning.

In response to the question of why Nikon wants you to send a camera in for sensor cleaning, they so advise for all their cameras including DSLRs. (I think that's true for other manufacturers also.) I assume they're trying to avoid any potential issues.

No, they want your money.

But people have been successfully cleaning their sensors for years. You need to be careful and prudent if you do so, of course.

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j_photo wrote:

Boudewijn van der Drift wrote:

NAG3LT wrote:

Doesn't the camera park and lock sensor anyway when IBIS is turned off or Camera is turned off normally?
Do you have any examples of difference in sensor degrees of freedom between a normal power down and the extreme steps of removing the battery and draining capacitors you've taken?

Someone in this forum said he felt his sensor move under wet cleaning. No heartbreak stories later,

I suppose that was with switch off, but no charge draining.

Luckily I had no specs in 5 Z(6+7) years. Will try to remember this untill the time comes.

Thanks OP.

I had to do a wet cleaning not too long ago. The sensor definitely did not move for me. Camera off of course.

OK, thanks, that is reassuring. If the sensor was freely floating around inside with the camera hanging on your shoulder and/or hitting something, there could be at least wear, and perhaps damage on the IBIS stuff  I do not switch off when I expect some more shots soon. So I expect that brake/parking even occurs when the camera goes into sleep mode,

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