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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 is a compact digital camera with 12.8 MP resolution, 4K HD video capabilities, and Wi-Fi access. It was released in November 2014.

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Can you clean the image sensor?

I would like to know if anyone has tried cleaning the sensor on this camera. I love it but somehow it got dust all over the sensor, and not just a little bit either. I was taking pictures for about 3 weeks before I noticed the same black spot in every single one. (I don't download my pics often, I have a big SD card.)

My camera is still under warranty so I've sent it off to their service center in Texas. But it's been about a month since I've seen my camera. And I'm apparently not the most organized person in the world since it took me about two weeks to do the following:

  • I called them,
  • got the information on the support options,
  • printed out a letter and proof of purchase,
  • packaged everything up,
  • drove around with it in my car without mailing it
  • finally mailed it with insurance and delivery confirmation.

So that's been about 6 weeks. I would much prefer to take it apart and sandpaper or gently brush the sensor off in a cardboard box with an air filter (or whatever the clean requirements are) and spend maybe 2 or 4 hours of sweating bullets instead of twiddling my thumbs for 6+ weeks.

I know from other forums that this isn't an uncommon problem. You can find a few results by googling "dust sensor lx100".

Thanks -- J

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I got this great tip from another member on dppreview. It works great, save $$$ and give me joy with this awesome Lumix LX100 again:

... The dust can be easily removed with a vacuum cleaner, just make an adapter with a plastic bottle and while the vacuum cleaner is sucking the air, turn the camera on and zoom in and out several times .

The adaptor can be made with a small plastic water bottle, cut both sides, one end will receive the vacuum hose and the other end the lens of the camera, the size must allow the lens to fully extend. If your vacuum cleaner is very strong , set it to low power or cut some holes in the adaptor . Did this procedure sometimes and it works like magic even for sensor dust.

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No way! Does that sound like something a professional photographer would do?


Yes way! it works, just common sense - dust got suck in from the movement of the zoom lens. when using the plastic water bottle, sometime the bottle completely collapse just move it out a little bit to let some air flowing through,

I'm shooting pictures with my Lumix LX100 camera, no problem at all, just like brand new. I would use the same procedure again if the sensor get dust on it again and i'm sure it will.


It didn't work for me, I tried several times and dust is still there. Any other tips?


Worked great for this prof.photographer (no idea what that got anything to do with this matter) Thx for the tip. It's a lovely camera.


HI. I have the same problem and would love to give it a try. WHere do you point the vacuum clear at though??


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Do not sandpaper It! It should not have dust on the sensor, so it is best if you let Panasonic clean it. Taking apart cameras is risky, because there are many things that can be broken or gotten dirty. Also, in many cameras, the lens and sensor are assembled as one unit, and the risk of getting dirt anywhere around in there is high. I do not recommend taking it apart. Besides, if you do take it apart, it will void the warranty, and if anything unfixable should go wrong, your gonna have to pay to fix it or replace. Sensors are very delicate, and to sand it would be to ruin it. If you do decide to do it yourself, get a good sensor cleaning kit. I hope this helps, but still, be careful.

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I was just kidding about the sandpaper.

Thanks for the advice. I didn't know sensor cleaning kits existed. I believe you when you say they're delicate. I'm just bummed that the camera costs what it costs and that you can still get dust on the sensor somehow. Looking for options. Thanks.


It's pretty hard to make flawless electronics. We're all talking about how we don't like this or that or they did that wrong. Yes, it's true that sometimes they could have had some design improvement, but for the most part, tech companies are pretty good at delivering. We ask alot, we get a bit more. Better camera, higher resolution screen, more ram, better processor. Every year they come out with new products that for the most part exceed expectations. There busy and big companies, and sometimes they can't thoroughly check for every little thing like dirty sensors. I guess that that's what warranties are for. BTW, if it's already at Panasonic, why do you need to worry about cleaning it anyway? They'll probably fix it so it won't happen again anyway.


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The vacuum cleaner idea worked. I had my wife hold the plastic bottle attachment I made while I turned the camera on and off to zoom the lens in and out. I held the camera on it's side and gently tapped it while the lens was collapsing, and that did the trick.

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Worked for me too

I used a Dixie cup as it was more flexible


I have a Panasonic Lumix TZ18 and had dust marks photos. I took a clean yogurt pot made a slot for vacuum cleaner nozzle inserted it into pot open up zoom switched on vacuum and hey presto it successfully cleaned the censor.


Worked on my ZS200. Took a few minutes, and I also zoomed the lens to telephoto and back to make gaps for the vacuum to pull through.


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