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I have something that looks like a smudge on all of my digital pictures. I think it could be an artifact inside the lens. What can I do short of taking the camera in or buying a new one?

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If the smudge is always at the same place you have some dirt on the sensor (I ask myself how it could get there since the lense cannot be removed!) In that case you have to give it to be cleaned (ask for an estimate of the cost!!!)

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

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Clean lens with a microfibre cleaning cloth (similar to eyeglasses or monitor glass) and see if that helped. Cleaning the sensor is probably a job for a camera repair shop. Good luck!

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Seems like they may be scratches caused by something rubbing on the lens in transit. Do you keep a lens cover on when not in use? I would suggest you have it looked at by an expert.

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This is almost certainly due to dirt on your lens or mirror - possibly your sensor. If you have two interchangable lenses try them both and see if there is a difference. If no difference the mirror or sensor is probably dirty. In either case, I would suggest you have them cleaned professionally unless you are confident about working inside your camera. If there is no smudge with one lens then the other lens must be dirty. Clean both ends carefully with soft, lint free cloth.

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Does the smudge changes / mooves as you zoom the lens? If so, the smudge is most likely on the focus lens, if not, there's something on the CCD. In both cases the lens will have to be taken apart and cleaned by a professional. I suggest you contact a local repair shop and see how much they ask for it.

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You did not mention the model of your camera but I assume its a compact camera.

It happened to me once. I opened the camera, strip the cards and cleaned the lens.

But I warn you, its very annoying operation. You need shakeless hands and super focusing abilities. And also it takes time, need patience. Use mild cleaner not strong one. You may use a hand blower, this method is more simple, dont need to go through lens and strip entire cards etc. Just open the back of the camera and look for a cavity to put nozzle through to lens area and cross your fingers than blow it lightly with hoping the dust gone. :)

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Yes, if you have used different lenses and a smudge still appears (in the same place) there may be something on your sensor. Have you cleaned or touched the sensor in the past? Typically sensors only get dust (shows up as small fuzzy dark spots) on the sensor, not smudges.

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The CCD panel sits where the film plane should be if the camera was using film.

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If this white spot is always exactly the same, but moves off the picture when you start to digital zoom and not optical zoom, there is probably something on the sensor. You mentioned that when zooming, eventually it moves. Are you in digital zoom mode at that time? (The switchover from optical to digital zoom is automatic, but you can disable it). Is this white spot blurry or sharp? Can you see fringes of the image at the edges? (This would suggest something on the lens).
If there is a piece of dust inside the lens ,you may be able to see it looking down the lens. How big is this spot?
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