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How can I clean the lens of my point and shoot digital camera? There's something that appears to be a dust spot on my lens and creates a shadowy dot on my images.

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You can use a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with camera lens cleaning fluid. You can also get a very handy device known as a Lenspen. It costs about $10 and lasts for about 10 years. Very handy.

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The spot is most likely a spec of dust that is on or in the cameras' lens or optical sensor (the sensor is the "film" in digital cameras). Dust is a problem for the SLR type cameras (the kind that have removable lenses) as the camera body is open when swapping lenses. Your camera does not have the ability to accept different lenses - so the chances of dust is minimized - but not impossible. When zooming, the lens extends and creates suction inside. When air is drawn in, a particle of dust was could have been brought in at the same time. Most of the time, dust will vary in appearance from a sharp, irregular shaped object to a fuzzy, rounder object - depending on whether the lens is zoomed in or zoomed out. A professional cleaning should be able clear this problem. Contact a camera shop for an estimate.

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Do the spots only occur when taking flash pictures and do the spots look like "soap bubbles" and appear in different places in each picture? If so, these are dust particles reflecting the flash back into the lens. It's a problem with all point and shoot cameras because the flash is so close to the lens.

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The dust you describe is likely to be on the sensor (more acurately the filter in front of the sensor) not in the lens, otherwise it would not appear as hair and dust spots.

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