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Although I´ve only ruined one camera, it´s enough to make me careful to buy a good quality case to protect the replacement. You don´t need to spend a fortune to get something good, and this is evidence of that. It fits most digitial cameras, which slide in the top where you can secure it with a good quality, strong zip. It´s never come undone accidentally.
The case is made from a soft material that seems to absorb shock or impact if dropped, and has protected my camera when it´s been hit on a hard surface. Although it´s very soft, the material is also extremely strong, and there´s never been any sign of tearing or damage to it, and the case looks as good as when I first bought it four years ago.
This is available for several pounds in camera shops or online, and is good value for this - it´s a small investment to make when you´ve spent so much on a camera and can prevent a lot of unnecessary expense. One of the things I was concerned about (because this was how I killed camera one) was the waterproof nature of the case. I was told in the shop that it was water resistant, but not waterproof - it would stop the camera getting wet in light rain, but wouldn´t protect it if submerged. So far, I´ve had no problems of this sort, and it seems to offer a good level of protection from the elements as well as general clumsiness.
Overall, then, this is a good case and I would recommend it for all owners of digital cameras.
Having helped Mum choose a decent yet cheap camera (Olympus X-42 12MP Camera with 5x optical zoom, from Argos for £69.99 - Bargain!), she now needed help getting a camera case. Mum wanted protection for her camera, but again she didn't want to spend a lot. Having bought many items from 7dayshop.com in the past, I decided that was the place to look as they often have bargains on their website.
On 7dayshop.com, I found the Camlink Roma 300 Multi-Purpose Bag. It's RRP (Recommended Retail Price) was £10.99, but 7dayshop.com was selling it for £1.99! At that price (and with free postage), it was a real bargain and at that price it wouldn't matter too much if it wasn't what Mum was after. I ordered the bag and it arrived a week later.
The Camlink Roma 300 case is mainly black, with some grey (along with the Camlink logo) on the front (it is also available in red and blue). It has an open pouch on the front (no flap), a zip to the main compartment, a belt loop on the back (with velcro fastening) and a neck/wrist strap attached to it. The internal dimensions of the case are 6.5cm x 11cm x 4.5cm and it fits Mum's new digital camera perfectly.
While the padding isn't as thick as it is on some more expensive cases, this is only to be expected. Still, it has sufficient protection. The liner inside the case is really soft, so will protect the camera from any potential scratches.
The strap is a bit like a round shoe-lace and it's fixtures are plastic, so I'm not sure how much wear & tear these will take, but I don't think it would take much to replace them with a circular keyring and another strap, should they fail.
The packaging & description doesn't describe this case as being waterproof and we haven't tried it out in the rain. We don't tend to use digital cameras when it's tipping it down outside, but I think it would take a bit of rain. Still, what can you expect for £1.99?!
The packaging for the case states that it's a "multi-purpose" bag that can also be used for items such as a PDA, mobile phone, an MP3 player or a small handheld games machine. I think it would be useful for those items (1 at a time, obviously), but it is definitely more suited to a digital camera. I think anything thinner than a digital camera would wobble around in there a bit.
Would I recommend this case? If you just want some added protection for your camera, want something that will still fit in your pocket and will only cost you a couple of quid, then this is the case for you! For the price, I think it does a decent job.