Got 43 seconds? Here's how to sanitize your camera and printing kit

Got 43 seconds? Here's how to sanitize your camera and printing kit
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With the COVID-19 crisis showing no sign of abating, it's more important than ever to keep all your equipment safe and sanitized. So Canon has just released a quick, helpful guide to on how to sanitize your camera and printer setup.

Whether you're the only one using your kit or you're sharing it with your family or household, it's crucial to keep everything that you handle clean and sanitized – especially since your camera comes up and makes direct contact with your face, as well as your eye area. 

Canon's video is produced specifically with Canon cameras (opens in new tab) and printers in mind, but these cleaning tips can be applied to any such equipment. (After all, your bottle of cleaning solution doesn't care what brand of camera it's being applied to!)

The video is below, and at just 43 seconds there's really no excuse for not watching it. The key takeaways are as follows:

• Turn device off, unplug from power source and remove battery
• Wear and properly disclose of protective gloves
• Ensure you have proper ventilation before beginning
• Use 70-80% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol
• Apply with lint-free cloth
• Clean exterior parts only 

• Spray or apply product directly to product
• Do not use product until thoroughly dry

Canon does disclaim that these sanitization measures are no guarantee of eliminating COVID-19. However, these are the best ways that you can safely clean and keep your imaging equipment as safe as possible.

Other manufacturer have released their own cleaning guidelines, such as Apple's instructions on how to disinfect your iPhone and iPad (opens in new tab) and how to disinfect your Olympus mirrorless camera (opens in new tab). And for the ultimate overview, here's a technician's breakdown of how to disinfect your camera, lenses and other equipment (opens in new tab)

Read more: 

The best Canon camera (opens in new tab): Canon's DSLR, mirrorless and compact cameras
The best Canon lenses (opens in new tab): go longer, wider and closer with your Canon camera
The best photo printer (opens in new tab): top regular and wide format photo printers

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.