Earlier this year we experienced a little tragedy when my son dropped our digital camera as I passed it to him onto a concrete floor, completely destroying the camera. We are the sort of family who likes to take a fair amount of pictures, so it was essential to replace the camera fairly quickly.
The model we chose came with a free case, which was this hard bodied case made by a brand I had not heard before, Hama.
The case itself has a RRP of £14.99, although its currently about £7 on amazon - a price that I think is more than reasonably. I'd be happy paying up to about £10 for a camera case. Designed to fit most compact digital cameras, this case has dimensions inside of 4 cm depth by 7cm width and 11cm in length. Not only does it look smart in a black fabric, I also find it a really practical case for storing my camera in. Our Panasonic Lumix certainly fits well inside with room to spare.
Firstly, I like that the front of this case is designed so that if you are holding this in your hand to open it, there is a flat section on the front of the case shown as an indent in the picture above. This is designed for you to put your thumb there to increase the security of your grip while you open it.
The case features two zips so it can open in either direction. We tend to store it with both zips at the left hand side as we are all right handed in our family and it suits us to use it this way. The zips open around three sides of the case allowing good access to the inside of the case.
On the outside of the case on the back, there is a flap of material designed to let you wear this on a belt or strap of some sort. At the top, there is also a caribena clip to allow you to clip it to something like a bag strap. The only branding is a very small rubber tag with the logo of the manufacturing company on it.
Inside the case is coated in a very soft material also in black. I am confident that while my camera is in this case it will not get any scratches on the viewing screen on the back of the camera. There is a little pocket at the rear of the case that could comfortably fit a couple of batteries or a spare SD card but not really much else. On each side there is a little concertina'd bit of fabric to stop my camera falling out of the case when I open it. You have to purposely lift your camera out via the top of the case rather than accessing from the sides, and it does just feel a lot more secure when we have recently had damage to our camera and we want to keep this one safe.
The outside of this case is made from EVA - a type of rubber foam. This is a little flexible if you squash it (ie. won't crack) but is rigid enough to protect my camera. It is wipeable with a cloth if it gets a bit grubby looking from being used outdoors.
The case is also available in silver and red, and it carries a ten year guarantee which I think is a pretty good guarantee for this type of accessory. I am not sure we'll have the same camera in this time scale but if we do, this will still be keeping it protected.
Overall, I find this is well made, well designed to keep our compact digital camera safe from dust and getting scratched while we are at home or travelling. I find it is small enough to fit in my handbag usually, though if need be, I'd happily wear it on my clothes or bag strap for easy access. It is a good unisex design, and meets our needs from a camera case very well. I'd be happy to purchase this, and I am thrilled with it as a freebie.