Cameras of all types are very precision-orientated devices. You’ve spent your hard earned cash on a digital camera to capture those once in a lifetime shots. To ensure your camera works for you when you need it to, there are some simple no cost or low cost things you can do to keep it in tip top shape.
1. Camera bag. This is a convenient and often inexpensive way to safeguard against dirt, dust and unexpected falls. There are dozens on the market for every style and shape and they don’t have to cost much at all. Make sure it’s nicely padded. Don’t settle for just any thin bag or pouch as it will not protect it like an actual camera bag.
2. Cleaning kit. This should be clean, dry and made of appropriate material. Ultrafine microfiber cleaning cloths are the best, they remove all kinds of dust and particles at once. Also in these kits you will find a camera brush, and a blower. It is not recommended to use canned air (compressed air) as this can cause those bits of debris to be pushed further into the camera and cause problems you don’t want to deal with.
3. Screen protectors. This should already come with your camera, so it’s ready to use anywhere and anytime. They are thin sheets of a clear plastic that adhere to the screen on your camera, are fairly inexpensive and will save your screen from scratches.
4. Keep your camera free of moisture and humidity. Most of digital electric products need be away from water. You can keep a few packets of silica gel in camera bag to absorb moisture. Otherwise you could have mould growing on the inside of your lens and when that happens, your camera is no longer useful.
Follow these few simple hints and tips and with a little care and attention your camera should last you for many years.