How to Remove Moisture from Camera Lens

The best way to deal with camera lens moisture and condensation is to avoid it by acclimating your gear to the weather. But if that fails, you can always wait out the condensation or let your camera dry in an airtight bag.

I’m Caleb, and I have five years of photography experience. As a sports photographer, I’ve had to deal with the elements myself at times to cover certain games, and I know how annoying it can be to shoot in certain kinds of weather.

Today, I’ll explain the best way to remove moisture from your camera lens. I’ll also explain how to avoid moisture building up in the first place. If you’ve ever dealt with annoying condensation on a humid day, keep reading to learn how to prevent the problem.

Tips to Remove Moisture from Your Camera Lens

You can get rid of moisture in your camera lens in a few ways. First, though, we should mention how moisture can end up there, to begin with.

Condensation forms in camera lenses during sharp transitions in temperature. For example, you might experience this if you take your camera from a warm house into a cold outdoor environment.

Knowing that it’s safe to say the best method to get rid of lens moisture is to avoid it in the first place.

1. Acclimating Your Lens to the Climate

It’s relatively easy to acclimate your lens to the weather you will be shooting in. Basically, this involves leaving your camera and lens in that climate before you actually need to use them.

For example, if you have an outdoor photoshoot in the cold in 20 minutes, you may leave your gear outside 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. This ensures that your lens will have already adjusted to the weather by the time you start.

This is the most reliable way to avoid lens moisture, but obviously, it requires some time beforehand to work.

2. Wait for it to Go Away

Another option is to simply deal with the condensation and wait for it to go away. Usually, if you wait about 10 minutes, your gear will acclimate to the weather, and the condensation will go away on its own.

Obviously, this isn’t the ideal option. It can be pretty inconvenient to deal with a foggy lens, but sticking it out is probably your best choice if you missed the chance to acclimate your lens beforehand.

3. Using Silica Gel Packets

If you’re worried about moisture forming when storing your camera and lenses, you might want to consider silica gel packets. These absorb moisture and create a drier environment for your gear when you place them inside your camera bag.

The exact same method of placing the gel packets in your camera bag can also help with getting rid of moisture after it’s already appeared.

4. Use an Airtight Bag

Finally, you can get rid of moisture by simply placing your camera or lens in an airtight bag and letting it stay there until dry. You can even combine this method with the use of silica packets to further enhance your results.

Placing uncooked rice in the bag can also help, as this absorbs moisture also, similarly to the silica packets. Eventually, the condensation will go away.


Here are some of the common questions that come up around camera and ens moisture.

Will Moisture in a Camera Go Away?

Usually, you can get moisture in a camera to go away by placing the camera in a dry place and waiting. Depending on the moisture level, it can also help to put the camera in uncooked rice. The amount of time you have to wait will depend on the severity of the moisture.

How do You Fix Foggy Pictures?

Even if your photos were taken with a foggy lens, you could improve them in post-production using a program like Adobe Lightroom. 

How Long Does it Take For Water to Dry in a Camera?

That depends on how wet your camera or lens is. It may only take a matter of minutes for the moisture to go away, but if your camera has gotten very wet, it could take a day or more to dry out.


As you can see, there’s more than one way to deal with moisture getting in your camera lenses. While the best method is to avoid the moisture altogether, it is possible to solve the problem by placing your camera in a dry place or using silica packets.

Do you have a preferred method for dealing with moisture? Let us know in the comments!

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