How to clean the sensor on the EOS Rebel T3/T3i.

 

Description

How to clean the sensor on the EOS Rebel T3/T3i.

Solution

If you cannot remove dirt or dust on the image sensor (CMOS) even by using the sensor cleaning function on your camera, or if your camera does not have a function for sensor cleaning, you can clean the sensor on your own by using a commercially available blower.

Important:

The surface of the image sensor is extremely delicate. If the sensor needs to be cleaned directly, it is advisable to contact a Canon Service Center.

Attention:
  • For the power source, using an AC Adapter Kit is recommended. The AC Adapter Kit that can be used differs depending on the model. For details, please see the list below.
  • If you use a battery, make sure it is fully recharged. If the battery grip with size-AA/LR6 batteries is attached, manual sensor cleaning will not be possible.
AC Adapter Kits and DC Coupler Kits for each model
Model Name AC Adapter
EOS-1Ds Mark III AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1Ds Mark II DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1Ds DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1D Mark IV AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (sold separately)
EOS-1D Mark III AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1D Mark II N DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1D Mark II DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
EOS-1D DC Coupler Kit DCK-E1 (bundled accessory)
EOS 5D Mark II AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
EOS 5D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS 7D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
EOS 60D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (sold separately)
EOS 50D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS 40D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS 30D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS 20D EOS 20Da AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS 10D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 (sold separately)
EOS REBEL T2i/EOS 550D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 (sold separately)
EOS REBEL T1i/EOS 500D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi/EOS 400D DIGITAL AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)
EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT/EOS 350D DIGITAL AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 (sold separately)
EOS REBEL T3/EOS 1100D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E10 (sold separately)
EOS REBEL XS/EOS 1000D AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5 (sold separately)
EOS DIGITAL REBEL/EOS 300D DIGITAL AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 (sold separately)
EOS D60 Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 and DC Coupler DR-400 (bundled accessory)
Note:

This section explains the cleaning procedure using the EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600D. Depending on the model you are using, the content displayed on the LCD monitor might be slightly different from what is shown on your camera, but the procedure is almost the same.

1. Detach the lens before you start cleaning.

2. Set the power switch to <ON>.

3. Press the <MENU> button to bring up the menu display.

4. Select [Clean manually] or [Sensor cleaning].

The cleaning procedure differs depending on the model.

For details, please see the list below.

Model Name Manual cleaning procedure
EOS-1Ds Mark III Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS-1Ds Mark II Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
EOS-1Ds Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
EOS-1D Mark IV Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS-1D Mark III Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS-1D Mark II N Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
EOS-1D Mark II Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [OK], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.
EOS-1D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 5D Mark II Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 5D Select [ Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
EOS 7D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 60D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 50D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 40D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS 30D Select [ Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
EOS 20D/EOS 20Da Select [ Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
EOS 10D Select the menu [Sensor cleaning], press the <SET> button.
EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS REBEL T2i/EOS 550D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS REBEL T1i/EOS 500D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi/EOS 400D DIGITAL Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning: Manual], then press the <SET> button.
EOS Kiss Digital N Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
EOS DIGITAL REBEL/EOS 300D DIGITAL Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button.
EOS REBEL T3/EOS 1100D Select < > tab, [Clean manually], press the <SET> button.
EOS REBEL XS/EOS 1000D Select < > tab, [Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [Clean manually], then press the <SET> button.
EOS D60 Select the menu [C.Fn], [C.Fn13 Sensor cleaning], then press the <SET> button. On the next screen, select [1:Enable], then press the <SET> button. Press the shutter button completely. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open. Go to step 7.

5. Select [OK], then press the <SET> button.

6. The reflex mirror will lockup and the shutter will open.

7. Using a commercially available blower, blow dust that is stuck to the surface while preventing the blower from directly touching the sensor.

8. After ending the cleaning, set the power switch to <OFF>.

Attention:
  • While cleaning the sensor, never do any of the following. If the power is cut off, the shutter will close and the shutter curtains and image sensor might get damaged.

- Setting the power switch to <OFF>.

- Opening the battery compartment cover.

- Opening the card slot cover.

  • The surface of the image sensor is extremely delicate. Clean the sensor with care.
  • Use a plain blower without any brush attached. A brush can scratch the sensor.
  • Do not insert the blower tip inside the camera beyond the lens mount. If the power is turned off, the shutter will close and the shutter curtains or reflex mirror might get damaged.
  • Never use canned air or gas to clean the sensor. The blowing force can damage the sensor or the spray gas can freeze on the sensor.
  • If a smudge that cannot be removed with a blower remains, having the sensor cleaned by a Canon Service Center is recommended.

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Doc ID   ART109333
Updated   09/29/2015

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