Is your sen­sor a mess? Give it a good ol’ pol­ish with these clean­ing kits…

Im­ages lit­tered with black spots? It’s time to call in the clean­ers...

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You’d be for­given for think­ing that modern cam­eras can keep dust at bay us­ing their in­te­grated sen­sor clean­ing sys­tems. But shoot in dusty en­vi­ron­ments or change lenses fre­quently and it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore your sen­sor will need to be cleaned man­u­ally. You’ll know when to break out the clean­ing prod­ucts as im­ages of clear blue skies or plain back­drops will be­gin to fea­ture un­wel­come dark spots. But don’t de­spair, as with a steady hand and the right clean­ing kit you can re­store your sen­sor to its for­mer glory.

DSLRs are slightly trick­ier to clean than mir­ror­less cam­eras, as you’ll first need to lock the mir­ror up to ac­cess the sen­sor. Then it’s just a mat­ter of us­ing a blower, brush, or a sticky pad to re­move loose dust, while stub­born dirt can be dis­lodged us­ing swabs. Here are six clean­ing op­tions that are worth a look...

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