How to Look After Your Digital Camera

25 June 2018 1:44:13 PM AEST

So you’ve finally purchased the camera that you’ve been researching for ages and you are too scared to use it for fear something could break. You can rest easy, your camera was made to be used.

That being said, cameras are delicate and expensive and they do require care to keep them going for a reasonable amount of time. With the proper tools and a few precautionary measures taken, your camera will remain in great shape, lasting for many more parties, trips and family outings to come.

Keep It Clean

The first step is an obvious one for most of us. You need to make sure your camera is always looked after and kept clean.
Certain areas are more sensitive and require more care than others, but it is a good idea to keep every bit of your camera clean at all times.

Camera Exterior:

Dirt left on the outside of your camera can make its way to the inside of your camera in no time, so we recommend wiping it regularly with a clean, dry cloth. A blower brush is another accessory which is handy for removing surface dirt, however, any household cleaners and liquids should be avoided altogether. Lens caps, lens hoods and other removable parts can be washed if necessary.

To avoid dirt or dust making its way to the inner parts, you should make cleaning the exterior of the camera the first step of your cleaning process.

Keep It Clean
Keep It Clean

Lenses:

A microfiber cleaning cloth is a basic accessory that you should always have on you for cleaning the front of your lens, with special lens cleaning sprays or wipes helping to clean more stubborn dirt, fingerprints etc.

Another useful tool for lens maintenance is a blower brush, which can be used to simply blow away any dust or dirt that is on the front of your lens without spreading it across the entire surface. A blower brush is handy for cleaning other parts of your camera as well, including the sensor, however great care must be taken with this, as you can easily add even more dust if you are not cautious.

 

Caps & Filters:

When not in use, your lens should always have a lens cap on it. It goes without saying, this is the best way to protect your lens from scratches, dust, dirt, water and other damage.

UV filters are also encouraged as they maintain some of this protection while you are shooting as well as their other purpose of cutting down on the amount of UV light captured.

 

Moisture Protection:

Some cameras are waterproof but if this is not the case with your camera, water damage can be fatal. You can find rain sleeves/covers online, while a good, cheap alternative is a packet of ziplock bags.

Another thing to be aware of is moisture damage caused by humidity. If you're going somewhere that you know has high humidity, desicant silica gel packs are life saver.

 

 

Moisture Protection
Keep It Clean

Camera Bags:

It should be fairly obvious that the best way to protect all of your gear when you are carrying it around, is with a high-quality camera bag.

When shopping for a new camera bag, you should aim for one that provides a snug fit for your camera, which will keep it snug, protected, and stop it moving around too much as you travel. Also keep in mind that your bag should have adequate space for your extra lenses, cards, batteries and other accessories as well.

It is also important to remember that to avoid your camera getting dusty or dirty, you need to ensure that your camera bag is kept clean. Wiping down the surface of the bag regularly is a good start, while the occasion run through the wash may be necessary to give it a proper clean.

 

Battery Safety

Recently, the hazardous nature of lithium ion batteries has garnered a lot of media attention. Incorrect storage of your batteries can lead to them becoming damaged, or even worse, cause some serious harm to your camera.

Store your batteries in a cool, dry place, make sure the terminals aren't exposed and avoid subjecting them to impacts or high temperatures.

Battery Safety

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