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Hello,After reading the reviews I'm thinking of buying a Nikon D80..

Only thing that still worries me is the problem of dust on the sensor. I've read that other cameras, like the comparable Sony en EOS400 have automatic sensor cleaning..

Question: does that really remove the problem of dust on the sensor, and should I weigh this heavily in a decision to choose between f.e. the Sony and the Nikon?.

Or even go Olympus (do they have different methods of automatic sensor cleaning?).

Anyone gone through similar thoughts?..

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Yes the sensor cleaning on my XTi really does help with dust on the sensor, BUT I do not think that this should be a deciding factor for you. Proper care in changing lenses and staying away from really dusty conditions should keep your camera in good order..

Do a google search for your camera and add the words "dust problem" to see if anybody is complaining about it. If not then I would not worry to much..

There are a lot of factors when making a new camera purchase to use as decision criteria, I would not rank the Sensor cleaning very high. Though for me it would be on the list..

Hope that helps.Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..

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If I made a list of 100 most important features to help determine my purchase of a camera, it would come in around number 98... just ahead of live view and in-body stabilization..

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I have a Canon 20D which has no sensor cleaning function..

First of all dust spots are normally only visible in the sky or other very light background areas. I get them in maybe 1-2% of images, but that might be much higher if I were a landscape photographer or took a lot of shots in a very dusty environment..

I blow clean the sensor about every 3-6 months when dust spots start appearing. Removing them in post processing is very quick, the problem is scanning the image to make sure that you find them all. I sometimes ruin a print because I missed a spot..

IMHO sensor cleaning is useful but not essential, probably on a par with Liveview. I would certainly rate it as less important than low noise performance and other factors that affect image quality.Chris R..

Comment #3

Only Olympus is considered to have a anti-dust system that actually works, from articles I've read..

There are plenty of 3rd party solutions under $10 that work much better..

There is some concern by some people who worry that the automatic anti-dust system is just one more thing to be the cause of a mechanical failure, far outweighing any dust the system does clear..

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Eavanderzeeuw wrote:.

Hello,After reading the reviews I'm thinking of buying a Nikon D80..

A very good camera..

Only thing that still worries me is the problem of dust on thesensor. I've read that other cameras, like the comparable Sony enEOS400 have automatic sensor cleaning..

It's an offered solution to a real problem. Why do they offer it? Because it's something that bedevils many..

Question: does that really remove the problem of dust on the sensor,and should I weigh this heavily in a decision to choose between f.e.the Sony and the Nikon?.

No, in general they don't really do much..

Or even go Olympus (do they have different methods of automaticsensor cleaning?).

Oly seems to have the only system that actually keeps dust off the sensor..

I've been using my Oly E-1 for 4 years with hundreds and hundreds of lens changes and there is still no, I repeat, no dust on the sensor. It's never been cleaned, blown on or otherwise fiddled with. It doesn't get easier to remove in post processing than none..

Anyone gone through similar thoughts?.

Should it be the one feature that determines your purchase? No. But neither should you ignore it as a feature. Some on these forums have abandoned cameras because they were "dust magnets"..

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BA baracus wrote:.

Only Olympus is considered to have a anti-dust system that actuallyworks, from articles I've read..

There are plenty of 3rd party solutions under $10 that work much better..

Define "better". How is wiping or blowing on your sensor better than not ever having to?.

There is some concern by some people who worry that the automaticanti-dust system is just one more thing to be the cause of amechanical failure, far outweighing any dust the system does clear..

I know of no failure of an Oly camera secondary to the Ultrasonic dust removal system. It's a 4 year track record. This is concern over nothing..

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