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I recently cleaned my Sony Mirrorless camera sensor using both a rocket blower and a wet cleaning solution. I was able to successfully remove all the dust/smudges, but I do still have some dust on the edges of the sensor that don't appear to show up in my photos.

I'm not too worried about them since I don't see them, but that got me thinking, why are the edges of the sensor/glass angled/beveled on Sony Mirrorless cameras? See the attached image as a reference.

What is the purpose of the bevel?

Is there any concern on having dust on the bevel itself? While I don't see the dust in my images, I worry it could shift at some point and make it's way to the middle of the sensor. I also worry about trying to clean that part of the sensor as I may end up picking up oils and what not from the sides of the camera and getting that on the sensor.

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That's not the actual sensor that is "beveled".¹ It is the front of the filter stack that sits in front of the actual sensor. The beveled edge is in an area outside of the coverage area of the actual sensor that is a few mm behind it.

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Even digital cameras without low pass filters still almost always have a cover glass and IR filter.

All cameras and lenses have dust in them before they leave the factory. The best one can do is to minimize it and remove it when it does get in the optical path close enough to the sensor to have an impact. "Self-cleaning" sensors will shake a lot of the loosest dust off the front of the cover glass. Most people who obsessively clean their sensor all of the time probably have more dust inside their camera's light box than the rest of us because they have the front of the camera open way more often for longer periods of time than the rest of us do.

¹ Although I've not examined a Sony α7 or α9 sensor closely, my hunch is that what looks like a bevel is actually just the different refractive/reflective properties of the cover glass on the edges that sit outside the actual coverage area of the sensor behind it.

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    I was thinking the same thing. But I think this information misses the point of the question... "Is there any concern on having dust on the bevel itself? While I don't see the dust in my images, I worry it could shift at some point and make it's way to the middle of the [imaging area]. I also worry about trying to clean that [beveled edge] as I may end up picking up oils and what not from the sides of the camera and getting that [into the imaging area]." – osullic Jan 9 at 13:45

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