Dust contamination is a major drawback of point and shoot zooms

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Paul in Houston TX, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. I really like my Panasonic zs-8 but have discovered
    a major flaw which I have to assume affects all
    point and shoot zooms:
    Dust gets inside the lenses and on the sensor.
    My photos are getting worse and becoming almost
    unusable. Camera is not that old... 6 months or so.

    Will attempt to take it apart and clean it myself
    since I don't have time to send it off anywhere for cleaning.
    If I can clean it I will attempt to make some sort
    of flexible bellows that covers the lens barrels.

    It was an expensive point and shoot. When I was looking for
    a camera I was considering a cheap $40 P&S instead of this
    $250+ one. If I can't clean it, I'll get a $40 point and shoot
    as a replacement.
    Paul in Houston TX, Jul 16, 2012
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  2. Paul in Houston TX

    otter Guest

    That IS bad. I've never had anything that bad happen with the point
    and shoot cameras I've owned, but maybe you've used yours more in
    dusty environments than I have.

    This site has detailed instructions for how to take a camera apart.
    They don't have your exact model listed, but maybe one of the other
    Panasonics listed are close enough to give you the general idea. Good
    luck with the cleaning!

    otter, Jul 16, 2012
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  3. Paul in Houston TX

    Savageduck Guest

    That is not good!

    If you manage to clean things up, or if you buy a new compact, I would
    suggest some sort of protection for the camera when working in a dusty
    or extreme environment.

    These are meant for waterproofing, but should serve a dual purpose
    protecting your camera from extreme dust.
    < http://www.dicapac.com/products/products.asp?bcate=1&scate=3 >
    http://usstore.aquapac.net/explore-...s/mini-camera-case-with-hard-lens-uss428.html They are probably not going to be too good for a shirt pocket, but they
    shouldn't be to hard to handle on a strap around your neck. Most
    important, they will protect the camera from dust, and you can wash
    them off with water when you get home.
    Savageduck, Jul 16, 2012
  4. Paul in Houston TX

    Chemiker Guest

    Interesting. I have a Nikon P90 P&S (24x zoom) that I have used for 3
    years on the Gulf Coast and I see no such deterioration. Price of that
    unit was about $400. Is your camera still under warranty?

    Chemiker, Jul 16, 2012
  5. Ouch. Other people's suggestions on cleaning the camera yourself and
    warranty look worth following up so that's something.

    I use my Canon G9 in benign environments so, thankfully, never had an issue.
    The environment you're using the ZS-8 in looks very dusty? Attaching a
    filter adapter with filter, and lightly sealing the bottom with cloth is
    something I've thought of using if I'm in a dusty environment. If you're
    able to fix your camera maybe you could try something similar in future?
    Charles E. Hardwidge, Jul 16, 2012
  6. Paul in Houston TX

    Mort Guest


    I have been using good Canon P and S cameras for several years, with no
    such dust problem. When not actually shooting, I keep my Canon S-100 in
    its leather case and then in a thick plastic baggie, to avoid dust
    contamination. Most people do not realize that pockets in jackets and
    sweaters are full of dust. If you are courageous to take your camera
    apart, make sure to test it after re-assembly before using it for
    important shoots.

    Good luck.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Jul 17, 2012
  7. Thanks for everyone's suggestions, advice, and
    good web links. I'll post back if I am successful
    fixing it, or not. Wish I could find parts diagrams.
    Paul in Houston TX, Jul 17, 2012
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