Digital cameras are expensive investments that need proper care. Poor maintenance costs you time and money in replacement (especially the lens) and repair. Keeping your camera well-maintained extends saves you money for other investments. It also extends your camera’s lifespan and increases your return on investment.
Our 4 tips on maintaining a digital camera will help you get the most out of your investment.
Here are our 4 tips to help you maintain a digital camera
1. Proper storage
Store your camera in a padded, hard-cased bag. The padding protects your camera from external shocks, vibrations, and scratches. You could also wrap the components of the camera in a soft microfiber cloth before putting them in the bag.
We recommend buying waterproof bags for added protection. Store the camera components (such as lenses and lens filters) in airtight bags containing the silica gel.
Direct sunlight and moisture are enemies of your camera. So, store the bag and other camera equipment (such as tripods) in a cool, dry place. A temperature-controlled cabinet is one such storage. If you do not have one, improvise using an airtight plastic storage box. Insert pellets of silica gel into the airtight container for moisture absorption.
Remove the batteries from the camera and store them separately. Also, keep the old batteries from the new ones.
2. Regular cleaning
Clean your camera using a clean and dry microfiber cloth. Avoid using cleaning chemicals as they will damage your lens and other moving parts.
For lens cleaning, try buying lens cleaning wipes or sprays from the manufacturer. Generic cleaning agents may affect the lens filter and cost you a penny in replacement. Remember to vacuum and wipe your camera bag as well.
Also, consider booking a professional camera cleaning service from time to time.
3. Correct handling
Keep the cap on the lens at all times to protect it from dust, sand, liquids, oils from your fingers, and cracks.
Charge the batteries if you have not used your camera in a while. Check on the batteries during charging to prevent overcharging. Overcharging will destroy them.
Cover the camera in a zip-lock bag when shooting in the rain.
You can opt to buy a camera backpack when you are on the road. The backpack should have padding and be water-resistant. This will protect the camera from the elements.
4. Safe use
Pointing the lens to the sun exposes it to the rays and increases the risk of damage. Purchase a lens hood to help with glare.
Moving the camera abruptly from one extreme environment to another (such as cold to hot) causes condensation. So, practice caution when shooting in extreme temperatures.
Take advantage of the wrist and neck-straps. The manufacturer put them in for a reason. These straps help you hold on to the camera if you fall accidentally.
If you are shooting by the beach or a coastal area where salt is prevalent, a UV filter will protect your camera.
5. Extra tip
Even when we apply all measures for safe use, accidents will happen. You can trip and fall while holding the camera or drop it when handing it to someone else. It is wise to include the camera and its equipment in your home insurance. Verify beforehand whether the insurance will cover accidental damage.
Digital cameras are expensive investments that will give a return when maintained well. Poorly-maintained cameras will cost you time, money, and work opportunities. Follow the four (4) tips above to help you maintain your digital camera. With proper cleaning, storage, handling, and use, you will enjoy great returns.