How to fix a hot or dead pixel (Canon 7D, 5D, 550D, 600D, 60D…)

September 19, 2011

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Today I noticed a dead pixel while editing a corporate film for a client. I asked on twitter if there is any solution to fix this dead or hot pixel. @GEPD on Twitter sent me a link to a short clip on YouTube, which is a great tutorial for people like me. Today I was the lucky guy and it worked out perfectly. You need some luck, it’s like a lottery, sometimes it works, sometimes not…

If you have any problems with your sensor (dead pixels, hot pixels), follow these instructions, it may help you! Good luck and a huge thank you to @GEPD on Twitter!

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71 Responses to “How to fix a hot or dead pixel (Canon 7D, 5D, 550D, 600D, 60D…)”

  1. Florian says:

    Unfortunately this method has never worked out for me … lucky you!

  2. Alex says:

    Thanks for the video Sebastian. By any chance do you know how to fix footage with that has the dead pixel on it? Thanks again.

    • Sebastian Wiegärtner says:

      There are some mapping plugins available for FCP7! I found a free one a few months ago, perhaps I remember the name of the plugin tomorrow ;-)

  3. Barry says:

    It shouldn’t work but it does. I had the exact same problem today with my 7D, followed the instructions… hey, presto, it worked. At first I tried without taking the lens off. I guess with the lens off it triggers a remapping.

  4. Wissam Sabra says:

    Works like a CHARM!… thank you for savin us the trouble

  5. Santiago says:

    Unfortunately ‘manual cleaning’ is not available for 550D. Is there any way around it?

    thanks!

  6. MMunteanu says:

    It worked for me on 600D (T3i), but in order to switch to manual cleaning you have to be in M P tv Av mode. I think the same is true for t2i (550D). Make sure you remove the lenses and put the body cap on. Use but not abuse. Excellent trick, Thankx.

  7. Vadim says:

    My thanks to Sebastian and MMunteanu, guys you saved my day. It worked on my T3i!

  8. Peter says:

    YES! It worked for me and my 7D. THANKS!

  9. Stephen says:

    Oh my god! I worked with my brand new Canon 600D. THANKS A LOT! i love you…

  10. Billy says:

    Just got a refurbished canon eos 550d(t2i)today and had 3 off these evil things on it, white and red ones…But…found this and it worked 100%..

    A BIG THANKS..

  11. Geoff says:

    Many thanks, worked for me on a new 60d.

  12. Droid says:

    It didn’t work at first with my 7D, but when I switched from manual mode to AV mode and let it sit for about 30secs it worked. Thank the maker.

  13. Chris says:

    Hey thanks for this, it worked for me on my 600D. I had a bright green pixel on all my shots followed this method and it’s now gone. I just hope that it doesn’t come back and if it does that this will fix it again. Thanks once again.

  14. Diego Ferrandis says:

    Thanks a lot, it was perfect for me.

  15. Teun says:

    Also worked for me on my Canon 550D, removed a red hot pixel! Awesome, thank you very much!

  16. Thorkild Christensen says:

    All, right! It still works. Just saved me from a trip to Canon repair with my beloved 600D. All I can say is: If you have a dead pixel problem – try this. Youv’e really got nothing to loose trying :-)

  17. TK says:

    That is awesome! Worked for me too. Thank you very much!!

  18. Gabriel Ng says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU SAVED MY LIFE!

  19. rmajidi says:

    aaaawesome! I’ve had that yellow pixel on my 500D for months now, and it just disappeared with this 30-second-trick!!! I can’t believe it!!
    thank you a lot!

  20. Silas Bertschy says:

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! IT WORKED FOR ME! I CANT BELIEVE IT! Canon 600D

  21. Leif J says:

    WOW! This method works at my 5D mark III. I didn´t belive my eyes when I first saw the uplighted pixels, and there whre at least 10 of them. But with this easy fix it looks like everything is allright. Thank God for internet!!!

    //Leif

  22. Kostas Nomikos says:

    THANKS !!!! IT WORKS FOR ME TO! CANON 600D just follow the video …

  23. Simon Lucas says:

    Brilliant, worked with my 6 month old 500D. Bright red & blue pixels gone.

  24. Neil says:

    Never worked, 7D.
    Lost all faith now in DSLR. Even if I buy a new one who’s to say it wont return. Extremely really poor!

  25. Thiago Menezes says:

    Many thanks, worked for me on my 60d.

  26. Hernan says:

    It worked with my Canon 60D. I had freaked out! Does it damage the camera to do the cleaning frecuently? Thanks!

  27. arbuz says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! It worked with my 2 years old Canon 7d.

  28. Jeff says:

    Worked for me on 60D. “Clean Manually” is not available on all modes with 60D. But it definitely is on Movie mode. Thanks for the tip.

  29. Hilliebilly says:

    Yaayyyy!! Thank you!!! It worked with my 550D!

  30. Thank says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  31. John says:

    I just tried out my new Canon 60Da (astronomy version). The first pictures I reviewed had bright blue pixels in 3 different locations. I almost panicked but decided to research it and found this fix. Not a single bad pixel now. THANKS!! I am wondering as well if this procedure can harm the camera at all.

  32. It worked for my T3i! Had a bright green pixel and this got rid or it which is such a relief. Just had to put in the AV mode to have the option in my menu for manual cleaning. Thanks a ton!

  33. Stefan says:

    I did it 4 times. After first time I had still the same pixels. After second time I had more pixels… after 3rd time I had less and after the 4rd and last time I have still the same f** pixels. By the way I have a 600D.

  34. carrillion says:

    Worked on 600D video-wise – superb!

  35. Gordon says:

    Thank you. I had a dead pixel but thanks to you…not anymore. Brilliant. the pixel has been slain and is now buried in pixel heaven. Cheers mate…nice one. A happy Londoner.
    ps. I’m sure the young lady commenting in the backround is a lovely person but is a tad annoying (to say the least) with her unfunny comments. Hey ho ! as we say in dear old blighty. Thanks once again.

  36. Marco Famà says:

    Unfortunately, didn’t work on my 7D (2yrs after purchase), tried this trick 4 times :/

    Marco

  37. Rabia says:

    Thank you!!! This worked on my 1 year old 600D, I was ready to send it in to Canon. :)

  38. james dean says:

    worked for me on my new 60Da – super grateful!

  39. Rogier says:

    WOW!!! it really does the trick THANKS Canon 1100d

  40. Chris says:

    Thanks so much! Worked like a charm on my EOS500D. Feared I needed a new body (>3 dead red pixels)…

  41. Ivo says:

    Really works!
    Was bummed out that my new 550d had a dead pixel but this fixed it.
    Thanks!

  42. Mike says:

    Thanks. It works in removing most spots. But I see that other new ones appear. Is this normal?

  43. Horse Love says:

    Massive Thanks 2U – Just discovered what appeared to be a small cluster of red pixels on my 550D (was mortified) but this trick seems to have worked – brilliant! :)

  44. Peter says:

    Thank you!!! It work on my ‘just out of warranty’ 60d! Did it in manual mode. Why didn’t canon customer support tell me about this?!? They just suggested I deal with it or mail it in. I win!

  45. Jonsa says:

    Does not work for VIDEO. For some reason, video is different. The pixels don’t get remapped. But for stills, yes, you can remap them in this manner.

  46. george says:

    Didn’t work for my Canon 5d mark ii

    any other suggestions? I guess i will have to go for the repair service… ;-(

  47. Steve says:

    Thanks, it worked perfectly on a brand new EOS 6D with at least one red pixel (only between 1600 and 6400 ISO) in the sensor’s center.

  48. Onin says:

    Thanks!!! It worked on my 600d. That dead pixel scared me s*&%less…. :)

  49. Marshall says:

    600D developed 3 bright red “Hot Pixel” areas which I believe were several pixels in area and each varied in size.

    I was just in the process of sending it to cannon under warranty repair and while filling out their online form I had to describe the problem. I wasn’t sure what to call the pixel issue at the time so I did a Google search for camera pixel issues to help describe it to cannon when I stumbled across your video showing how to fix this. I thought it would be worth a try as it’s not breaching any warranty protocol that I can tell and was very pleased to see absolutely no hot pixels.

    Thank you Sebastian…. :)

  50. Marshall says:

    My only concern now with this method of re-mapping the CCD or CMOS or sensor is does it mess with the overall image quality.

    Post this re-mapping method I have no hot pixels but I am sure my photo’s now look less impressive overall or seem to have reduced quality, or smoothness about them and most images look a little over exposed too… It’s got me worried so if anyone can shed a light on this method and any possible side effects of it, that would be great.

    It was never difficult to rid the images of a few bright pixels but if the overall image capturing ability of the sensor has been compromised then there would be little one could do to fix this except for buying a new camera or paying for the installation of a new sensor….

    Cheers,

    Marshall.

  51. Jeff S says:

    Big ugly red ZIT stuck on – started a couple days ago. This did fix it. Not sure how or why, but won’t question how or why – it worked. YAY!

  52. Matt says:

    It works!!! Thanks so much!! BUT remember to access the “Manual” (7D) cleaning mode you must put the camera in AV mode. THANKS SO MUCH!!

  53. Jeremie says:

    THANKS SO MUCH! Worked perfectly on my new and my old 60D.

  54. franckronaldo says:

    thanks for the tip… worked a treat!

  55. Claudiu says:

    Hello
    My 600D dont display any messege about having the lens on or off.
    I dont know if remaping took place or not.
    Thanks for any advice
    A nice day to you all.

  56. Peter Aczel says:

    Fantastic! I had a red hot pixel just in the middle of the frame. I’ve tried this method and the hot pixel disappeared. Wonderful, thanks for it!

  57. Bernard says:

    Only realised a dead pixel on the 60D when watching an upscaled DVD on a HDTV.
    Tried the manual sensor clean, dead pixel gone.
    THANKS!
    B.

  58. Mourioche says:

    Thanks !
    This fixed this problem on my 7D.

  59. Max says:

    Thank you so much!!! It worked also for my 2 weeks new eos 60d !!! You saved my holidays.

  60. Frank says:

    The 30 second manual sensor cleanings on my Canon EOS 7D didn’t help remove the red pixel that appeared in the upper left of all my videos and images. HOWEVER, performing a 3 minute manual sensor cleaning resulted in a less pronounced red pixel (it actually flickered during video playback). I performed another 3 minute manual sensor cleaning and the red pixel completely disappeared. So, if the 30 second cleaning doesn’t work for you, try a longer cleaning.

  61. Thank you very very much. This solved my dead-pixel problem on 550D.

  62. Stan.L says:

    Thank you, this really helps !!
    It worked on my new EOS M, saved my time to return it back to Canon. ^_^b

  63. J.M.Victory says:

    Simply perfect. It worked perfectly on my new 1100D. Much thx!!

  64. sava says:

    worked great on my new canon 600d! great tip, thanks!
    just remember to change to M so the manual cleaning mode options appeears in the menu

  65. milo says:

    AWESOME TRICK! worked just fine

  66. Alex says:

    You have to be in P-mode to have access to the Advanced menu and to be able to see Clean Manually

  67. Chris Potter says:

    This brought my 7D back from paperweight status. Thanks so much.

  68. Technique works first time, on an aging 7D !
    Well done and thank you.

  69. Gianni says:

    thanks, worked perfectly on my 60D. I had like 5 of them.

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