Scratch-proofness of Sony sensors & sensor cleaning tips overall.

RS86

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Not sure where to put this, so I made a new thread. Found this very interesting as I haven't cleaned sensors too many times myself yet.

In the video the guy shows what happens when you rub dust, dirt, thumb and a knife on a Sony sensor.

As we know, M43 cameras nowadays use Sony sensors, so this is applicable to our cameras.

Feel free to share your best sensor cleaning tip videos here and other related things.

Below in the spoiler I tell the video test results, so people have some thrill watching it if they want.

The result was that the knife was too much. It left a couple big scratches, but surprisingly few. All of the other dangers to the sensor didn't leave a mark.

Of course the inspection of the results was done with naked eye and very small scratches are possible to have gone unnoticed.

This is interesting to me and makes me much calmer while doing this operation. They guy even rubs the swab back and forth on the sensor.

 
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I have never cleaned a sensor.
You know, I’m so paranoid about having to, that I have never even looked at mine, for fear of seeing something that doesn’t belong there.... this works for me. :)
 
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Honestly I am rather concerned about damaging the IBIS system instead of damaging the sensor itself. I mean the first and only time so far I've cleaned the sensor of my Pen-F, the sensor was wobbling around and it was somewhat hard to understand how much pressure is too much and if I already would do some harm to the IBIS.
 

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Honestly I am rather concerned about damaging the IBIS system instead of damaging the sensor itself. I mean the first and only time so far I've cleaned the sensor of my Pen-F, the sensor was wobbling around and it was somewhat hard to understand how much pressure is too much and if I already would do some harm to the IBIS.

Some people recommend turning the camera on for cleaning. I did this myself and it went okay. This way the IBIS keeps the sensor in the same place.

Only thing I wonder is that then the sensor could attract more dust when it's on and open. So I did this in shower, if there would be less dust around.
 

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I was doing the f/22 thing on the Nikon Z7 II and found it had all sorts of crud on it. Took me several swipes doing the wet swab cleaning thing.

Pulled out my newly converted IR E-M1 and it was also a mess, but it was used recently out in the desert along with wind and changing lenses. It was more temperamental to clean verses the Nikon with its larger sensor up front and not buried behind baffles and deeper as in the E-M1.

I did learn off the E-M1 that the fluid, if it doesn't dry fast or using too much (One drop on the swab is enough,) the result will be little round white doughnuts, which are probably left behind drying rings. More wet swabbing (I used the "Eclipse" sensor fluid.) helped get rid of them. I also found I had better luck against those residual doughnuts by dabbing the wet swab on a PecPad to drain off any excess before I took it to the sensor.

I also found if I use a blower following the wet swab it made it a mess again. Better off leaving it alone after a wet swab. That spinning Artic Butteryfly thing was also fighting me. I wonder if the supposed static charge was going the wrong way as it seemed small lint was being stuck to the sensor rather than the brush. I later cut up a napkin into small 2mm squares to see if it picked up any of them if it were charged by spinning. Verdict is out on that. Sometimes it did, and other times nothing stuck to the thing. Maybe if one had an electroscope to see what and if a charge were present it might help, but then I wonder about any charge on the sensor too and which way the dirt attraction might go. Also checked a fine white nylon oil paint brush along with a blast from canned air and it seemed to attract more of the napkin bits than the A.B., but even that was sometimes differing in the attraction rate too. Dunno, but the wet swab seems to be the end game overall.
 

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