Protectors for photographic equipment have several purposes. Depending on the circumstances, including the degree and location of impact, a camera hard case may be able to reduce, if not prevent, major damage or dents to your camera or lens, as well as save you the time and money of having your gear professionally repaired.
Many gear protection goods provide variable degrees of enhanced weather- and moisture-proofing, which is vital if you have a predisposition to picture in inclement weather or wet, humid locations. The degree of increased weather- and moisture-proofing varies depending on the product.
As we advance in this article, we will differentiate between camera hard case and soft case for camera. Then we will look into different types of the camera case.
What Is A Camera Hard Case?
A camera hard case is almost often constructed out of ABS/PC plastic, which is a kind of compound that combines rigid plastic and resin. It is more flexible than conventional PC plastic, which is often used in the production of eyeglass lenses and windows that are resistant to shattering.
A hard camera case may also include tempered glass or metal components in certain instances. In terms of their physical look, solely hard casings are often on the narrower side. Many individuals like the shiny appearance that a hard case may produce. Attaching camera accessories to a hard case is also more simple than with a soft case.
The smooth surface, on the other hand, would reveal scratches quite readily due to the lack of texture. It also makes it easier for your phone to slide since it doesn’t receive much friction in locations where it may fall, such as your pocket, the arm of your sofa, or other shaky spots where it could fall.
If you decide on a hard case, it is recommended that you choose one with a textured backing. Indeed, the hard plastic does not immediately transmit an impact to your phone, but it also does not have the capability of absorbing much of it. It is instead meant to spread the force through the case, protecting your camera from taking the brunt of the hit.
Hard camera cases minimize the severity of the damage, but not by nearly as much as it would have been if the shock had been absorbed before it impacted the camera lens. When it comes to heat, hard cases are excellent at shielding your camera from the heat and cold that comes from external sources such as the weather or your hands, but that insulating quality works both ways. When your camera’s battery generates heat, it has a difficult time leaving.
Pros of camera hard cases:
- Excellent insulation
- Maintains its form rather well
- Designs with a slim profile
Cons of hard shell camera case:
- a lack of ability to absorb stress
- a poor ability to conduct heat
- Having a bad grasp
What Is A Soft Camera Case?
Soft cases are constructed of TPU (soft plastic), leather, or silicone, depending on the model. TPU plastic and silicone are both totally recyclable, and genuine leather is a highly durable material for those who are environmentally sensitive. Soft cases are often rather slender in design.
Leather cases are the thinnest, but they may also be supplied as flip cases, which wrap all the way around the phone, adding to the overall size of the device. These often come along with a place for you to store your ID and credit cards as well. On the other hand, these situations oxidize quite quickly.
Silicone casings may attract dust and other contaminants, and the dead skin cells and perspiration on your palm will stain the case a dark brown color as a result. They may also get soiled as a result of smoke in the air or acquire microscopic nicks as a result of contact with abrasive materials.
As a result of the natural stretching that occurs when you handle, squeeze, or drop a silicone case, the case will distort and become less gripping over time. A genuine leather case will soften and conform somewhat to your hand as you use it, but a vegan leather case will wear like regular plastic.
The case’s ability to generate friction in a pocket, hand or uneven surface is further enhanced by the use of a soft case. Because of the soft material, these cases provide superior protection against impact damage even when put flat on their backs. This is because the soft material absorbs the stress rather than deflects it.
To avoid this, make sure the cover protrudes above the screen; otherwise, it won’t protect your phone if it falls face-first. However, because of their inherent flexibility, they may sometimes fly away from the camera when it is accidentally dropped. This occurs because the case flexes somewhat when it absorbs the impact of hitting the ground, which causes it to wobble slightly.
Even if the movement is sufficient to shake the phone free, the same force will be sufficient to push the phone away. To avoid this, look for a soft case that has a greater density around the edges of the case.
Pros of pelican case camera:
- Excellent shock absorption
- Possessing a firm grasp
- Excellent heat conduction
Cons of soft camera case:
- Regular usage may cause stains to appear.
- It is possible for the camera to slip out.
- Warps as time goes on.
- Various other guardians
- Protectors for Cameras
Other Camera Hard Case For Safeguarding Cameras
When it comes to safeguarding cameras, there are a variety of alternatives. Fully fitted cases, partial cases, silicone skins, specialized camera bags, and wraps are all included in this category. We will look into some of the most popular camera hard case:
1. Custom made case
Cases that are traditionally full-fitted, also known as ever-ready cases, protect your camera and lens in a wraparound fashion. Fitted cases are often crafted from leather, leatherette, or neoprene foam and come in a variety of colors and designs.
They may be purchased through the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) as well as from third-party sources. Although full fitted cases provide high levels of protection, to use the camera, you must first remove or otherwise shift the top portion out of the way. This is something that some users find to be an annoyance, and it may even be an obstacle when trying to capture fleeting moments in time.
2. Half Case
Compared to full-fitted cases, half-cases provide a kind of middle ground in terms of overall camera security, but they eliminate the trouble of having to take the top half of your camera case off every time you want to use your camera. To snap a photo, you only need to bring the camera up to your eye and press the shutter button.
The sides, bottom, and, except cutouts for camera controls and, in the case of digital cameras—LCD panels, the front and back of the camera, are the only parts of the camera that are protected by half-cases.
The top section of the camera is completely exposed, yet except for a camera that is dropped head-first, the top portion of the camera is the portion of the camera that is least prone to damage from impact. In most instances, half-cases are crafted from leather or leatherette and are available in a variety of colors, depending on the maker.
3. Silicone Skin
Another alternative for safeguarding your camera is silicone camera skins, which are designed to wrap securely around your camera in the same way as a wetsuit would on a scuba diver or surfer.
Silicone skins, which come in several colors and are available for application to your camera, provide full-body protection without the cumbersome size of fully-fitted camera covers. When shooting in wet settings, silicone skins provide your camera with extra moisture and weatherproofing measures. Silicone skins are also very easy to clean.
4. Camera Pouches
B&H sells a large selection of specialized pouches for small and point-and-shoot cameras. These pouches come from original equipment manufacturers as well as third-party manufacturers and are available in an equally large selection of colors and designs.
If you want something that you can zip your camera into and then securely place into your bag or backpack with other belongings without the fear of harm, then pouches are the right option for you.
Depending on the manufacturer and model, some pouches wrap around your camera using zippers, while others close around it with snaps, clasps, hook-and-loop closures, or drawstrings.
In a similar manner, many camera pouches are equipped with straps for carrying your camera (or O or D rings that allow you to attach a strap), as well as a hook or clip for attaching the bag to your belt. It’s common for many pouches to include additional pockets that may be used to store things like memory cards and batteries.
5. Camera Holsters
Holsters for cameras are a subset of camera pouches, however, they are a more specialized form of the former. Holsters are meant to hold one camera and one lens, with a side pocket for storing a backup battery and memory cards, depending on the manufacturer and type of the holster being used.
The limits of camera holsters are also their advantages: by limiting your options to a single lens, you free up your mind to concentrate on shooting better photographs. Holsters are available not just for smaller point-and-shoot cameras and lenses, but also for bigger DSLR cameras that can accommodate 600mm lenses.
6. Camera Wraps
The beauty of wraps is that they can be created in any shape or size. Wraps, as opposed to specialized and fitted cases and pouches, may be used interchangeably with a variety of cameras, lenses, and other photographic equipment. Wraps are also ideal for photographers who prefer range-free camera bags over bags with distinct divisions, such as those who shoot with a DSLR camera.
You may also identify individual pieces of equipment quickly and simply by colour-coding your wraps—red for cameras, blue for wide-angle lenses, green for telephoto lenses, yellow for Speedlites, purple for meters, and so on. Wraps may be fastened around your cameras, lenses, and other valuables via hook-and-loop closures or elastic bands. Wrap sizes range from 8 by 8 inches to 27 by 27 inches, and 15 different colors are available.
7. Protective Eye Glasses
You have a number of excellent choices available to you for protecting and storing your lenses. Back in the day, many lenses were packaged in rigid leather cases resembling cylinders. Depending on the size of the lens, these cases also included a leather strap that could be used to drape the lens over the user’s shoulder if necessary.
Today, we have access to a wider variety of lens storage solutions, such as lighter-weight hard cases (both cylindrical and various shapes), trunk cases for bigger, heavier lenses, softer neoprene cases, and lens pouches, and lens wraps. And, sure, B&H still has a large number of the classic hard leather cases in their inventory.
8. Padding Lens Case
The strength and protection provided by padded lens cases are equivalent to those provided by hard cases, and the case’s overall longevity might vary depending on the case and the conditions in which it is used. They’re also far lighter than their tougher equivalents, without compromising the protective properties of the case in the process.
Many padded cases, depending on the model, are equipped with outside handles, carrying straps, and clips that allow you to connect the case to your belt, backpack, or shoulder bag, as well as shoulder straps.
9. Neoprene Lens Pouches
Soft neoprene lens pouches are the lightest material available. The more minimalist lens cases are often smaller, making them easier to put on and take off, and taking up less space in your camera bag as a result of their reduced bulk.
They’re also fairly reasonably priced. Depending on the manufacturer and model, some neoprene lens pouches feature wrap-around closures, while others use drawstrings to secure the pouches in place. Some of the bigger models also have pockets for storing memory cards and keys, which are very useful.