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xer2004 Jul 25, 2007 11:07 PM


I'm considering to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 as soon as it is available.

Since the camera has a fixed lens I need to know how dust on the sensor could
be removed.

Thanks for your advice.


granthagen Jul 26, 2007 12:27 AM

Since the camera doesn't have a removable lens, you won't have to worry about sensor contamination nearly as much a DSLR user. This doesn't mean that it absolutely can't happen if you shoot in environments that have a lot of fine particulate matter in the air -- especially if you use the zoom quite a bit in such conditions, but most all-in-one cameras are less prone to dust invasion than DSLR's.

If you do pick up a speck or two, it would be a job for a camera repair tech to disassemble the camera to the point where they could access the sensor. Or, if the speck(s) were fairly small, you could just clone it out in shots where it was evident.


xer2004 Jul 27, 2007 6:44 AM

Hello, Grant!

In the first place, please allow me to express my gratitude to you for your response to my post. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to write you earlier since I had technical
problems with my PC.

Regarding the camera I'm interested in, I'll just wait for some reviews to come out
and than make a decision.

Once again, thank you very much.


VTphotog Jul 28, 2007 2:04 AM

The lenses on fixed lens cameras are generally very well sealed from dust incursion. Between the sliding parts of the zoom lenses, you will often find a fabric type seal which allows air movement, but keeps out particulates.

The more likely possibility is to get condensation spots from moving camera from warm to cold, which can be avoided by keeping it in a sealed plastic bag until the temperature is nearly equalized.


xer2004 Jul 28, 2007 10:10 AM

Hi, Brian!

I just want to thank you for your repply.

I really feel good at this forum because all the members are so kind and willing to help those who are less experienced like me.

Good luck to you!!:-):-):-)


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