Photographers and videographers have been using LensPens for cleaning their camera lens for more than 20 years now. They are a great, compact way to clean and keep the dust off lenses and filters. With so many drones coming on the market with nice 4K cameras already attached, drone pilots want to keep all their lenses sparkling clean to capture that majestic landscape that the drone platform offers. For those pilots, LensPen now offers a cleaning pen that is specially designed for drone cameras: the DronePen.
Drone cameras are especially susceptible to dirt by the blast of air that comes off the prop during takeoff. Even when taking off from a landing pad (which you should always have, by the way), the dirt around the edge of the pad will be kicked into the air and some of it will land on the camera lens. That is why we always clean our lenses before each flight and after the last flight of the day. We found the DronePen to be the best tool for this type of cleaning and much better than the microcloth we were using before. It has a retractable soft brush at one end, which is used to remove most of the lose particles on the lens or filter. At the other end is a cleaning tip, under the screw on/off cap, that can remove any micro particles. For really stubborn particles, gently breathe on the lens and use the cleaning tip. We found that the brush does the job most of the time, so we don’t always use the cleaning tip unless we need it to remove fingerprints or smudges. The DronePen is a compact cleaning tool that works well and is easy to store in the drone case. We highly recommend this $14.95 tool to any drone pilot who wants a crystal-clean lens to capture the best images possible.—The Model Airplane News crew lenspen.com