Digital Camera Cases

Digital Camera Cases: The Best Way to Protect a Big Investment

Whether it’s a common point-and-shoot digital camera or a digital SLR model for professional use, most digital cameras represent a pretty significant investment of several hundred dollars. In the case of digital SLR models, those cameras are paired with flashes and lenses that are each quite expensive on their own, even without considering the price of the camera that they’re designed to be used with. That means that consumers would do well to purchase one of the many digital camera cases on the market, protecting their investment and eliminating concerns like drops, damage, and other unfortunate events.

The good news is that digital cameras went mainstream quite some time ago, giving accessory manufacturers time to produce a wide variety of styles, sizes, and options, that will fit every camera and every photographer’s unique needs when it comes to lenses, memory cards, and a wide variety of other accessories. For those curious about purchasing a new camera case, it might be a good idea to understand the most popular options available before being overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices.

Go Big or Go Home: The Digital Camera Cases That are More “Bag” ┬áThan “Case”

Digital photographers represent a large and growing number of digital camera buyers, largely because the wide availability of digital SLR models has allowed virtually everyone with a photography interest to seek out the right training and freelance work to boost their knowledge and profits almost simultaneously. That means that the market for larger camera cases and bags is growing at an appropriately fast rate, probably even faster than the market for simply carrying cases.

For professional photographers who are looking to protect their investment and maximize their convenience when transporting the gear needed to take stunning pictures, the options couldn’t be better. Major companies like Case Logic, Samsonite, and Bower, have all released digital SLR camera bags that will resonate with professionals and help to ensure that DSLR models, as well as the delicate lenses they require to operate, are kept safe even during rough trips and unexpected bumps in the road. Before buying, professionals should look for a few must-have features in any camera case or bag:

1. Check the Material of the Bag Before Buying

Many of the most affordable digital camera bags and cases on the market are made with nylon, offering a way to keep water outside the bag and away from the precious electronic goods inside. Not all of these bags are created equally, though, and some of them suffer from some pretty major flaws. Before buying a nylon bag, like those from Samsonite and other major manufacturers, check the interior lining of the bag and do a little research about whether the bag is waterproof or not.

Interior lining of any camera bag for digital SLR models and lenses should be a soft material. This is a key way to prevent any scratches from occurring on the lenses stored in the bag, as well as any scratches on the camera’s own lens. If the camera bag has no such lining, and is nylon inside, it might not be the best option for those who are worried about scratches and other damage happening to their gear.

For leather bags, the same rules apply. Do be aware, though, that leather is not the best material for bad weather situations. Have a backup bag on hand that will endure rainy days better when the need arises.

2. Make Sure the Pockets are the Right Size

Digital camera bags come with pockets designed to hold lenses, flashes, cameras, power cables, and other accessories. These are generally big enough to hold most items, but they may be too large or too small for some lenses. Be sure that a camera bag’s interior compartments and spaces are the right size and style for the unique camera model and camera lenses that will be toted around using that bag.

When in doubt, look for camera bags and cases using a manufacturer’s own website. These products are hand-selected by each camera manufacturer, and are judged to be the best bets, and the most compatible options, for the digital SLR and point-and-shoot models sold by that company.

For Camera Cases, Things are Bit Simpler

Buying the right case or bag for a digital SLR is pretty intense, and that’s generally because professional-grade cameras and lenses require a strict commitment to protection that consumer-targeted models don’t really require. Digital imaging companies generally design their point-and-shoot models to be durable, knowing quite well that the average consumer tends to drop and damage their camera more frequently than their professional counterparts.

Today’s most popular digital camera cases come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from the bags used by professionals to wristlets and zip-up cases. Manufacturers have had years to offer different colors, patterns, and designs, and that means that consumers will have plenty of options during purchasing. Generally, there are a few guidelines to follow when buying these cases, as well, though they’re far less strict and generally revolve more around personal taste and case quality.

1. Choose a Case With a Soft Interior Lining

Just like camera bags for DSLR models, the best cases for point-and-shoot digital cameras are those with a soft interior lining made of materials like microfiber or satin. These linings aren’t as important to the camera’s functions as they are for professional photographers, but they’ll still be a better option for maintaining a scratch-free camera exterior as well as a scratch-free lens.

2. Choose a Sturdy Case Material

Many cases combine nylon exteriors, in bright colors and flashy designs, with a sturdy case material like hardened plastic or rubber to help guard against the shock of a sudden drop. While soft cases are still better than no case at all, the best option for today’s sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras are those that pair a water resistant, nylon exterior with a case material that will work with the forces of gravity.

Buy Something that Gels with Personal Taste

Consumers looking for a digital camera should check out all of the options available and make sure to see them in person. Remember that personal taste is important, and it’s possible to find a sturdy case that blends good aesthetics with excellent camera protection. With careful shopping, the right digital camera cases and bags are just a click or short drive away.

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