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I'm a big fan of Crumpler products, I have laptop sleeves, quite a few of the bags, a DLSR camera case, and this little PP55 case for my compact camera.
I really like Crumpler products, they are very expensive, but they are really good quality. Crumpler products come with a 30 year guarantee, that's not a typo, that really is a '30' '3-0' 'thirty' year guarantee, hell that's probably even longer than the product that you're buying it to protect will last!
The PP camera cases come in different sizes to fit different sized cameras, or even other items such as an ipod for example. Each different size of the PP case has a slightly different product name; so there's the PP40, PP45, PP55, PP70, PP90 etc. I use my PP55 for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX12 compact camera. I have this case in black, but it does also come in various other colours too, I remember red and silver. I've had this for around 4 years now, and I seem to remember paying under £10 for this from Amazon.
This is made from a soft stretchy neoprene fabric which is really durable and robust, and which cushions and moulds around your camera, and which repels dust and dirt to a certain extent. It's very well padded to protect your camera, and it fastens with a sturdy zip which goes completely all around 3 of the sides so that it's easy to put your camera in and take it out. The case doesn't open out flat, it has little fabric sides built up inside the case to keep your camera securely held inside. It has the Crumpler logo on the outside of the sleeve.
Inside the case it is primarily just one compartment, although it does have a internal mesh pocket which is large enough to hold a spare battery for my camera and a spare picture card or two. The case closes easily enough with just my camera and a couple of spare picture cards in there, however if I'm carrying a spare battery then it's a tight and snug fit.
This has a loop at one of the corners of the case, the corner where the zip fastening finishes once the case is closed. And there's a detachable lanyard attached to this, so that you could perhaps hang the lanyard around your neck if you wanted to. I've never done this, as I personally think that this is a bit naff! I took the lanyard off as soon as I bought the case, and I always just pop the case into my bag as opposed to carrying it around my neck!
I have to admit that I don't really take an awful lot of care of my compact camera, it has been dropped more times than I can remember, and it's always just thrown into an already overstuffed bag with an absolute tonne of other stuff, and this little case has proved to be absolutely invaluable. It has protected my camera perfectly, no matter how squashed or buried it may be in my bag, and it's even protected my camera from an awful lot of drops. I don't need to worry that my camera will be damaged when it's zipped within this little case.
I would definitely recommend Crumpler's PP range for compact cameras. I wouldn't hesitate to get another one if I needed a different size when I come to replace my compact camera. I've even converted my husband to using a PP case for his compact camera, he has the PP90 though as his compact camera is much bigger than mine.
When you spend a lot of money on a nice camera, you will need a nice case to keep it in. I was disappointed with the lack of camera case in the pack when I bought my camera, so I went and bought a little wallet for it, when I saw this case for sale in comet in a bargain bucket I decided that I had to have it, I think I paid a third of the RRP for it. There are some good points to Comet struggling! I ditched my old case and used the new one which is slightly too small but because of the stretchy exterior it does not matter so much. It is made by one of my favourite brands for cases and covers so I feel I definitely got a bargain.
==Price and availability==
The cost of case online is £9.99 but I bought it for £3.00. It was in the bargain tin and I also picked up a
cover for my ipod for 50p. It was a great day for bargain shopping.
The cover is made from neoprene which is a stretchy waterproof material. It fits the camera quite snugly so I hope it starts to give a little bit as I ended up turning the camera on I tried to zip it up! It is a cool case though and matches my lap top case! I think the zip is well built and robust and it travels the whole length around the case so it is easy to open up. The case is easy to hold and it means that it will not slip from your grip easily.
I was so pleased with my buy and so glad I found it in the bargain bin, I never really bother looking in there usually. The case is black so it goes with any style of camera and you can even use it for phones of ipods as long as they fit.
The case will protect the camera from bumps and scratches but it will not protect it very well if it dropped from a great height, it is quite think spongy material though. The case material is waterproof but the zip is not, so do not drop it in any water or you will be sorry. Overall, this is a great case for a camera and the young hip design wins me over. I love this material and I think it looks really smart.