How to Remove Water Spots From Your Camera Lens

By Techwalla Contributor

Water spots are created when water droplets dry up and leave mineral residue behind on your camera's lens. These spots can appear when shooting outdoors in wet conditions or if you keep your camera in a damp place.

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lens pens
  • Lens spray and solution
  • Lens air brush and bulb

Step 1

Pump air onto the lens using the lens bulb; this will blow air across your lens and help to get rid of dirt or other particles. Brush away any remaining particles with the soft lens brush.

Step 2

Wipe the camera lens gently with the microfiber cloth, moving from the inside out in a circular motion. Do this a few times to get all of the water droplet residue off of the lens. Always wipe gently to avoid rubbing off the protective coating of your lens.

Step 3

Dab a little lens cleaner onto one side of the microfiber cloth with your lens pen and gently wipe the lens and clean off the water spots. You want to only barely wet the cloth; do not use excessive amounts of lens cleaner.

Step 4

Wipe off any remaining wet solution with the dry side of the microfiber cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • If water remains inside the lens, my suggestion is using a small amount of dried SILICA GEL (best to wrap in a pack) and put together with the affected camera in a good air tight plastic container for a few hours. In a few hours, the the water spots should disappear. The Silica Gel can easily be obtained from Camera Shop or Chemist Store and it can be dry out for re-use by putting it into cooking pan and fry it.
  • Never wipe your camera lens with your shirt like you would a pair of glasses; this will scratch your lens.