Protecting Your High Resolution CCD

Digital and video cameras use high resolution CCD image sensors instead of film that traditional cameras use. The sensor collects and then converts light into electrical charges that become the digital images that are displayed on your camera's screen.

These sensors allow for your digital camera to offer a higher number of pixels, creating a sharper and clearer picture. By having 3 high resolution CCD arrays, it enables your camera to decipher red, green and blue hues, resulting in high resolution pictures.

Protect Your Investment

High resolution camera equipment can be more expensive than other digital cameras, so it is important to care for and protect it. Some key parts to your digital camera, such as the high resolution CCD, can be damaged easily.

The following are some key steps to protect your CCD as well as all of your camera equipment. The only tool you will need is a standard eyeglass repair kit.

Step 1: Secure the Camera Housing

Through repetition of use and the transportation of your camera, vibrations can cause the screws that hold together the camera housing to loosen. Periodically check the camera's screws and tighten them using the screw driver from a standard eyeglass repair kit.

If the camera's structure is loose during operation, it can cause serious damage to all parts of the camera, including the high resolution CCD.

Step 2: Protect the Lens

When your digital camera is not in use, make sure to put on the lens cap. This will protect the lens from scratches. To keep the lens clean, always use cleaning materials specifically made for cameras.

It is important to protect the lens in regards to your camera's CCD. As light is collected through the lens, the CCD is activated. The shutter opens to collect the light and converts it into the digital image displayed on your camera's screen. Having a clean and scratch free lens will ensure that this operation will be clear and operate successfully.

Step 3: Avoid Temperature Extremes

A too hot or too cold environment can affect how your digital camera operates. The materials that make up your camera can react to the heat and cold, causing damage to sensitive parts of the camera like the high resolution CCD. Make sure to store your camera at about room temperature (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).

If your camera is exposed to high or low temperatures, make sure to reduce or bring the camera's temperature up gradually.

Step 4: Keep Your Camera Dry

Moisture can seriously damage all parts in your camera. It can produce rust or mold, or a fungus can grow inside your camera. Salt water can be especially damaging to your camera due to the salinity. If you suspect that your camera has been contaminated by water, contact a professional repair shop immediately. They will be able to assess any damage and make recommendations on repairing or replacing your camera.

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