Cameras are pricey investments regardless of how high your income is. And yet once we do purchase them, we treat them like toys bought from a local garage sale. Although these cameras are quite resilient and reliable, at the end of the day, they are electronic devices that need their fair share of maintenance and care. They have sensitive parts that can easily get damaged with time and improper handling. Hence it’s always good to be on the safe side and use these handy tips that will keep your Canon, Nikon, Panosonic or any other camera going strong for years to come.
1 – Keep Your Camera Away from Water and Moisture
Unless your camera is waterproof, see that it is kept at a safe distance from water and any other kind of liquid. If your camera comes in contact with water, the moisture slowly builds up inside this electronic device and will go on to destroy the internal components.
2 – Be Careful in the Sun
Your camera’s lens and the sun may not be the best of friends. Do not point the lens of your DSLR camera directly at the sun, especially for long periods of time. When sunlight is focused through the lens, it can start a fire inside the camera. It can also destroy the image sensor of your device.
3 – Do Not Touch the LCD and Lens
Your LCD or lens can get permanently damaged when they are touched as oils from your skin can smudge these parts. So rather than using your fingers to clean the lens of your camera, make sure you use a microfiber cloth to wipe off any smudge caused by your fingertips.
4 – Strap It On
It is not rare to find things slipping out of people’s hands, after all, we drop our smartphones and belongings all the time. But dropping your very expensive camera is the last thing you want slipping out of your hands. Use your DSLR with a strap. Most of the cameras available, come with a strap attached to it. Remember, that noose around your neck is sure to save you from the unnecessary expenditure.
5 – Dropping Your Camera is a No-No
You are not supposed to drop your camera down, as it goes with all electronic devices. So see that you avoid or minimize dropping your camera. It consists of delicate and sensitive equipment. Excessively shaking or impactful drops tend to destroy these fragile parts.
6 – Steer Clear of Sand and Dirt
Clean your camera with care especially when there is sand or dirt particles on it. If you are shooting on the beach, sand can blow in an uncontrollable way. See that you don’t open your battery compartment during such times. Also, do not utilize pressurized or canned air to clean sand from your camera. You may unknowingly push the particles into the case.
7 – Cap the Lens When Unused
Sure your camera loves to click pictures of nature, landscapes and aesthetics but it does not particularly like dust, dirt, muck and humidity. See that you cap the front and back of your lens when you are not using the camera. If you have the lens removed, see that you cap the front of the camera. You need to treat your lens with the same care you give the camera body.
8 – Do Not Remove the Memory Card when in Use
Common sense will tell you that you are not supposed to remove the memory card while the camera is still on. You also need to take care and not try out any stunt when the camera is writing to the card. When you eject a card while the camera is still on, it can cause a lot of damage as it can wipe out all of your hard work in one go. If you see a blinking light soon after you have taken a shot, it means that data is being transferred to the card.
9 – Store your Camera in a Safe Place
If you are not going to use your camera for a long time, see that you store this device carefully. Place it in a cool, dry place, preferably after you have removed the batteries. As an added precaution, you can also keep it with packets of silica gel so that condensation can be avoided.
10 – Stay Cautious when using Cleaning Liquids
Do not use a lot of cleaning liquid on your camera. Most of the normal dirt/dust can be effectively cleaned with a dry microfiber cloth. If you want to do away with annoying smudges that do not disappear with a cloth, you can use a liquid. Just put a few drops of the liquid on a cloth rather than placing it directly on the camera. If you want, you can also use water which is a good substitute for a cleaning liquid.
11 – Do Not Leave the Bag Behind
It may seem irritating to lug around a bag, especially when you are busy on an outdoor shoot. If you want to keep your equipment in top order at all times, however, you shouldn’t ignore the backpack. Choose a bag that gives you cushioned support so that your lens and camera body is well protected. Make sure that each lens has its own compartment.
12 – Keep the Temperature in Mind
There are some cameras that survive the harsh weather conditions, and there are others that don’t. Whichever category your camera falls into, make sure you do not leave your equipment in temperatures that exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, do not leave your cameras directly exposed to sunlight or in a sunny vehicle. It can damage the plastic in your camera in a devastating way. So also, the LCD of your camera can get excessively damaged if it comes in contact with intense cold.
So you see, simply buying a high end camera is not enough, you need to maintain it as well. Not to sound too preachy here, but digital maintenance is the only way to ensure your beloved camera has a long shelf life and is in the game for the long haul. Do write to us if you know of any other tip that ensures a well-maintained camera.