cleaning RX100 III sensor
Sep 20, 2016 at 11:05 am #3427159Matthew ReeseBPL Member
Hey, all. I just got back from a week in Yosemite, (Great!), but, despite keeping it in a case, etc., the fine dust that defines the trails in the park has permeated my little Sony and settled on the sensor. Does anyone know a reasonable outfit that can/would clean it for me? It’s out of warranty. Thanks.Sep 21, 2016 at 10:34 am #3427312
In case it’s not posted here please let me know what you find – I have an RX100 II that needs cleaning as well.Sep 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm #3427362Jennifer MitolBPL Member
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
I asked my own camera shop here in town (Precision Camera) if they could clean my RX100iii and they said absolutely – and for not very much either.
Do you have any camera stores around you?
I know Precision, like B&H, sells lots of stuff online – I bet if you had no one near you, you could ship it to one of the big shops and have them do it for you.Sep 27, 2016 at 10:40 am #3428302
I bought my camera at B&H and was going to contact them regarding servicing it. I’m going to try the vacuum trick first…It can’t hurt!Nov 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm #3433937Nick SmolinskeBPL Member
@smoLocale: Rogue Panda Designs
I’ve actually found that the pump for my Exped Downmat works really well for cleaning sensors! It’s a 2-person job though – one to hold the end of the pump in front of the camera and another to do the pumping.Nov 3, 2016 at 6:27 am #3434012
I have a small Dyson hand-held vacuum that I used to remove the dust from the sensor of my RX100m2 and it worked really well. I put some tape over the end of the nozzle to make the opening smaller (and increase the velocity) and then vacuumed around the lens opening with it closed and open. I also removed the battery and vacuumed in there.
Give the vacuum trick a try – I don’t believe there’s any way you can hurt the camera.Jan 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm #3627100Cameron MBPL Member
@cameronm-aka-backstrokeLocale: Los Angeles
I acquired a used RX100 mk3 and was dismayed to find sensor dust and no shop willing to clean the sensor for under $250. I tried the vacuum trick and it eliminated 98% of the dust to a level that I can live with. I used a very strong Metro vac, and taped the hose around the extended lens. I think it is true that many do not notice the dust, so I attach a picture showing what it may look like, with the dust particles circled- hard to see on such a small picture, but glaring once you start seeing it spoil every picture.
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