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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Cleaning EM1sensor

I do not have to do this yet however I am sure I will have to at some time.
Is there a problem wet cleaning the EM5/1 sensor have done this on the E1/3/5 with no problems just a bit worried about the new IS system
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

This has been raised before but I don't think we got a definitive answer. Has anyone had to clean an E-M5 sensor yet?
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

I clean or should I say used to clean my D3X sensor after every use. The D3S on a regular basis.

But the EM5 never needed cleaning!

I cannot imagine it would be that difficult, but yes, I agree it would be useful to get a definitive answer to the question.

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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

Need to add very quickly having done a search that everything I am finding suggests that users should NOT clean the sensor themselves.

We really do need to confirm if this is true and why.

Someone, got more time than me to carry on searching the interweb?

Or Ian, have you any information from Olympus?

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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

I cleaned my EM-5 sensor shortly after getting my camera, had dust or oil smear in one corner. It was easy enough to do although I do have a gental touch. Have read since though that the sensor on the EM-5 has an anti static coating on, that when Olympus sensor clean they replace this coating. Although I had no more issues with my EM-5 after cleaning.
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

A supplementary question.

On my E3 , indeed on my E520 when I had it, the sensor does a quick boogie on switch off which I always assumed was the cleaning.

On the EM-1 I have not noticed that. Is that because its higher frequency or maybe just quieter? Hope it's actually working!

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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

Perhaps this may make you feel better about your delicate E-M1/5.

http://lightroom-blog.com/2013/04/14...ne-and-om-d-2/

And by the way most sensor cleaning fluids are designed for use on sensors with anti static coatings.
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

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A supplementary question.

On my E3 , indeed on my E520 when I had it, the sensor does a quick boogie on switch off which I always assumed was the cleaning.

On the EM-1 I have not noticed that. Is that because its higher frequency or maybe just quieter? Hope it's actually working!

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When the E-3/520 does a boogie upon switching off that is the sensor parking because IS has been left on. The sensor clean on all Olympus cameras happens upon switch on and is silent, but some models have a small indicator light that momentarily flashes.
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

Found this from the previous thread which should help

Olympus information re. OM-D sensor cleaning

The sensor should not be cleaned by a user for two very important reasons:

1: When the camera is turned off the sensor is loose. When powered on, the sensor is suspended in a magnetic field to enable the five-axis image stabilization.

2: If the sensor is cleaned by a user using a swab, the anti-static coating on the sensor is wiped off. Our repair technicians replace the coating when they perform this service.

Cleaning is not mentioned in the manual because from the beginning of our DSLR / PEN / OMD program we have employed a Supersonic Wave Filter to shake dust off of our sensors, a feature other digital camera manufacturers have neglected to employ.

Now you know...
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

Found the same Wally, which is why I changed my mind after posting about cleaning sensors.

Good idea to share on this thread.

Still wonder what the 'experts' think.

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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

My E-1 now shows 97,867 actuations and the sensor has never been cleaned

Nuff said ?
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

Cleaning is not mentioned in the manual because from the beginning of our DSLR / PEN / OMD program we have employed a Supersonic Wave Filter to shake dust off of our sensors, a feature other digital camera manufacturers have neglected to employ.
I personally have found that with the E1/3/5 cleaning from time to time a must.
This I have put down to the environment in which I shoot dusty hot days then the camera is inside at night with air conditioning going. My thoughts are that dust that would normally be easily taken care of with the camera cleaning system gets stuck with slight condensation on the sensor from the air conditioning . This has resulted in wet cleaning needed about once or twice a year which I have done successfully .
Sending cameras in for service for me is a two week turnaround at best so being able to self clean is preferable will call olympus and ask for a solution .
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

I've cleaned the sensors on both my E-Pl5 and E-M5. I posted about it on mu-43 here (post 24) - http://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=45596. Maybe I got lucky, but I haven't seen any negative effects (and I'm very picky about image imperfections). Moreover, I've not cleaned them since so if there's any issue with anti static coatings it certainly hasn't been an issue for me.
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Re: Cleaning EM1sensor

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Cleaning is not mentioned in the manual because from the beginning of our DSLR / PEN / OMD program we have employed a Supersonic Wave Filter to shake dust off of our sensors, a feature other digital camera manufacturers have neglected to employ.
I personally have found that with the E1/3/5 cleaning from time to time a must.
This I have put down to the environment in which I shoot dusty hot days then the camera is inside at night with air conditioning going. My thoughts are that dust that would normally be easily taken care of with the camera cleaning system gets stuck with slight condensation on the sensor from the air conditioning . This has resulted in wet cleaning needed about once or twice a year which I have done successfully .
Sending cameras in for service for me is a two week turnaround at best so being able to self clean is preferable will call olympus and ask for a solution .
Cheers
John
Your shooting environment does sound a bit challenging. One slight improvement you might make (if you don't do it already) would be to adopt the habit of turning the camera off, on and off again at the end of a day shooting. The sensor clean only activates when the camera is switched on and doing this would prevent dust from sitting on the sensor overnight, when it might become more adhesive due to the condensation.
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