Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

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Rish563346 New Member • Posts: 3
Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

I accidentally touched my sony a6000 image sensor and used a slightly wet microfiber but it just got worse.

I am really worried..what should i do?

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Andersonm Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000
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Don't worry, it's covered in glass, and there are lens cleaning kits it's perfectly safe to use.

Fingerprints have oil in them and will smudge. Water has impurities and will cause a visible mark, and won't necessarily wipe away all the oil.

What you need is an alcohol swab. You could try using a rubber band or tape to fix a microfiber cloth to a pencil or Q-tip, put some cleaning-grade Ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol on it.

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Valdai21 Regular Member • Posts: 277
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Don't worry, cleaning sensors on mirrorless cameras is easy and not risky if you get the right tools. Don't use a regular microfiber cloth and choose the right liquid solution if you really need a wet cleaning.

For the first time, if you don't know what to do, you can have it done by a professional but it's quite expensive considering how simple it can be.

I'm a fan of the lenspen sensor klear. It's easy to use and I feel safer than with wet solutions. Usually it's enough, just charge the tip with carbon powder, use a dust blower to remove most particles and gently wipe, without too much pressure, all around the sensor. Then blow again and it's done.

OP Rish563346 New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000
  1. So there will be no permanent damage?
OP Rish563346 New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

So there will be no permanent damage?

DeathArrow Senior Member • Posts: 3,387
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

Rish563346 wrote:

  1. So there will be no permanent damage?

No, just buy a sensor cleaning kit and watch on youtube to see how it's used.

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Alphoid Veteran Member • Posts: 5,665
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We haven't seen it, so we can't say, but probably not.

If there is, it's more likely from frantically trying to clean improperly than from the touch. For example, things can get damaged is if something which scratches the glass protecting the sensor. If you did have sand in there, and pulled it across the sensor with rubbing the microfiber cloth, it's not impossible you scratched something.

Take a deep breath, calm down, watch a few youtube videos on how to clean sensors, order the right equipment, and clean it right. At this point, there's no upside to rushing, panic, or doing something frantic.

Valdai21 Regular Member • Posts: 277
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No, touching the sensor with the finger is not likely to leave a permanent mark.

Wiping with a microfiber cloth is not the best method thought. If there are grains of dust or sand in the cloth and if you press too much, you may scratch something. You should not wet your sensor with ordinary water, distilled water or alcoohol, it can leave some residues. It is probably cleanable but it can make it worse than it was before.

Stop doing anything and looking at it. There is a huge chance your camera sensor is not damage.

Either go into a specialised shop and make it clean by a professional or buy a rocket blower + lenspen sensor klear and or rocket blower + sensor swabs with appropriate liquid. Watch some tutorials and try, you just need to be calm, in a clean place and without anything disturbing. Usually it takes me less than 5 minutes.

The main point is don't do anything until you get the right tools.

CameraCarl Veteran Member • Posts: 7,381
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I would get a bottle of Eclipse fluid and a set of Photographic Solution cleaning swabs for an APS-C camera. Some places you can get a kit for around $25, but you will need to shop around to find a vendor willing to ship them. In the US, I have found the Naturescapes Store to be a good source.

Anders_K Contributing Member • Posts: 879
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House ingredients: clean paper (cigarette paper like) soaked (but not dripping wet) with methylated spirit, pulled gently without pressure over the surface

Aberaeron Veteran Member • Posts: 8,125
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Rish563346 wrote:

I accidentally touched my sony a6000 image sensor and used a slightly wet microfiber but it just got worse.

I am really worried..what should i do?

If you are dreadfully cack-handed, do consider getting the sensor professionally cleaned. Let us know how you get on.

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 13,669
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

oh yes, you touched and abused your sensor and call it an accident.

I have heard that excuse before.

SmilerGrogan Senior Member • Posts: 1,267
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

If there’s a camera store where you live take it in for a cleaning; in my city it’s $40.

You can also buy kits to do it yourself but in my city the kit costs around $40, and even though they do a few cleanings, I’d rather pay an expert.

DeathArrow Senior Member • Posts: 3,387
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000

SmilerGrogan wrote:

If there’s a camera store where you live take it in for a cleaning; in my city it’s $40.

You can also buy kits to do it yourself but in my city the kit costs around $40, and even though they do a few cleanings, I’d rather pay an expert.

Do you also hire an expert to clean your house?

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SmilerGrogan Senior Member • Posts: 1,267
Re: Help needed! Accidentally touched and abused the image sensor on my new a6000
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No. But I love my cameras more than I like my house.

DeathArrow wrote:

SmilerGrogan wrote:

If there’s a camera store where you live take it in for a cleaning; in my city it’s $40.

You can also buy kits to do it yourself but in my city the kit costs around $40, and even though they do a few cleanings, I’d rather pay an expert.

Do you also hire an expert to clean your house?

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