Small, point-and-shoot digital cameras don’t require much cleaning. Just use a bit of lens cleaner and cloth on the front lens and eye-piece every now and then, and occasionally spray canned air on the front lens element to keep it dust free.
Digital Single Lens Reflex—SLR or “fancy”—cameras, are a different story. Always consult the manual, then follow these easy steps for a shiny, dust-free camera.
Wipe the outside of the entire camera clean with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth, such as the type of microfiber cloth you might use to clean your glasses. Do this first, so that no dust falls inside when you remove the lens.
Remove the lens. Clean the mirror and focusing screen with canned air, holding the camera down so that any dust falls out of and not further into the camera. If the mirror is smudged, you can use a small amount of lens cleaner and lens tissue to clean it.
Clean the front element of the lens with canned air; if it’s smudged use the cleaner and tissue to clean it further.
Clean the rear element of the lens the same way.
Clean the back of the camera, top glass areas, and eyepiece with the soft, microfiber cloth.
Take a crystal clear picture!
Note: To be safe, always clean with the same materials that are recommended for cameras.
Windex and other alcohol-based cleaners will damage camera elements. Facial tissue and paper towels are manufactured with chemicals that could damage camera elements.