Manual Sensor Cleaning (EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D)

Article ID: ART168030 | Date published: 07/10/2017 | Date last updated: 07/18/2017


Manual Sensor Cleaning (EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D)


Dust that could not be removed by the automatic sensor cleaning can be removed manually with a commercially-available blower, etc.
The image sensor is extremely delicate. If the sensor needs to be cleaned directly, having it done by a Canon Service Center is recommended.
For the power source, using DC Coupler DR-E18 and AC Adapter AC-E6N (each sold separately) is recommended. If you use a battery, make sure it is fully charged.

  • The procedure for the Manual Sensor Cleaning is explained below.

1. Before cleaning the sensor, detach the lens from the camera.

2. Set the power switch to <ON>.

3. Press the <MENU> button to display the main tabs.

4. Press the < > < > keys of the cross keys to select the [ ] tab, then press < >.

5. Under the [ ] tab, select [Sensor cleaning] with the cross keys, then press < >.

6. Select [Clean manually], then press < >.

7. Select [OK], then press < >.

8. In a moment, the reflex mirror will lock up and the shutter will open.

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

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

  • 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 may get damaged.
- Setting the power switch to <OFF>.
- Removing or inserting the battery.
  • 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 may get damaged.
  • Never use pressurized air or gas to clean the sensor. Pressurized air may damage the sensor, and sprayed gas may freeze on the sensor and scratch it.
  • If the battery level becomes low while cleaning the sensor, the beeper will sound as a warning. Stop cleaning 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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