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I'd been wanting to replace my compact camera for ages - since 2005 I had a Nikon coolpix S1 which wasn't a bad camera but the newer ones have far surpassed it and I wanted something that allowed me the manual options I get with my SLR but that I can take with me wherever I go. In the end I decided on the canon SX210 which I finally got last week, the day I bought it I also purchased Canon's leather case (the DCC-1500) designed specifically for this model.
Why buy a case?
Protection is probably the main reason for buying a compact camera case - I didn't have one for my old nikon and the whole camera is scratched and dented where it got knocked around in my bag and dropped on the floor many times. I wanted to start afresh this time, so my camera stays looking nicer for longer and is less likely to get broken. Another reason for purchasing a case is so that you can have the camera attached to your person whilst not in use, either through a belt loop or around the neck.
What are the features of this case?
The case is made from real leather and comes in black with 'powershot' embossed on the front bottom corner. It is rectangular in shape with a slight curve to the front - this mimics the shape of your body as the case is designed to hang off a belt loop. You can tell that the case has been designed for the SX210 as the fit is perfect - it slots nicely inside with a cut away on one side where the wrist strap can hang out, the front has a cut away which fits around the lens and then the flap closes over the top of it. The case is secured shut by a magnet and a popper on either side of the front of the case - these are nice and firm, almost as secure as a zip would be.
The belt loop itself is a decent size and provides enough space for a belt of up to about 1.5 inches. It has been very strongly stitched onto the case making the whole thing feel very sturdy and secure.
What doesn't it have?
There's no getting away from the fact that this is a basic case - there are no additional compartments for any camera related accessories such as an additional battery or memory cards, and there is no neck strap. These aren't necessarily problems if you're just going out for the day or night, but if you're going on holiday or like hiking etc, then these may be features that you'll miss.
How much is it going to cost me?
Depending on where you shop this case will cost anywhere between £18 and £24 - this is more than a suitable Lowepro case would cost, but this is due to it coming from the camera manufacturer and being made of leather. When compared to Panasonic's equivalent case for their TZ8/10, the price is about average.
Canon are soon to release the SX220 and SX230 which will be replacements for the SX210 - I haven't seen either or these camera's in person yet but from the photos I've seen of them, they have the same build as the SX210 and so the case will still fit.
Overall I would recommend this case if you want something simple and stylish to protect your Canon SX210 and are happy with parting with a fair amount of money for a leather case. I wouldn't buy this however if you need space for accessories or need/want a neck strap.
I'm happy with my purchase for several reasons a) it's the perfect size for keeping in my bag or hanging off my trousers, b) it's stylish and c) I got it cheapish as I work in a camera shop and didn't have to pay retail price for it!