How to Clean a Nikon D80 Sensor

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Cleaning a Nikon D80 sensor may not sound like a difficult task, but trying to figure out how to do it can be a bit tricky. According to the Nikon D80 instruction manual, the sensor should be cleaned only by authorised personnel because the components are so fragile. To clean the sensor, take great care to be as gentle as possible.

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Things you need

  • Can of compressed air

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  1. 1

    Make sure the battery is fully charged before beginning the cleaning process. A reliable power source is required for proper cleaning.

  2. 2

    Remove the lens carefully and turn on the camera. Access the menu screen by pressing the "Menu" button. Select "Mirror Lock-up" from the set-up menu.

  3. 3

    Make sure the "On" option is highlighted under the "Mirror Lock-up" screen, then press the "OK" button. Read the message that is displayed.

  4. 4

    Turn the camera off and press the shutter-release button completely down. This will raise the mirror and open the shutter curtain. The view finder display will shut off and lights on the control panel will start blinking.

  5. 5

    Locate a bright overhead light source and hold the camera directly underneath it. Look carefully for dust, lint or other foreign objects, and use compressed air to remove them.

  6. 6

    Turn the camera off. This will lower the mirror and close the shutter curtain. It is now safe to replace the lens.

Tips and warnings

  • Nikon recommends that the D80 be inspected by an authorised Nikon representative once every one or two years, especially if the camera is used professionally.
  • Do not turn off the camera or interrupt the power source when the mirror of the camera is raised.
  • Nikon strongly recommends in the instruction manual for the D80 that any dust, lint or foreign objects that can't to be removed by compressed air be cleaned by an authorised Nikon agent.

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