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GDay, I have a black spot in my image. I previously dropped the camera in the sand. Sand had blocked up the opening shutter. I have since tried to remove the sand in the opening mechanism. Any ideas about the black spot? And how to remove it. Many thanks

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The spot will be caused by a dust particle or sand grain on the image sensor. I have successfully taken a camera apart before and cleaned the sensor (which is only about 1/4" across), but it is fiddly and easy to damage it, but worth a try if it is unusable. It is not usually worth taking to a repair shop as it is as cheap to buy a new camera.

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