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I bought the Kolay Hard Shockproof Case for my Nikon Coolpix camera and paid a very reasonable £2.99 including postage and packing from Amazon.co.uk. I think this is a very fair price indeed for a hard case for a camera - as I know that soft cases can be bought cheaply from the pound shops these days, I'd never seen a cheap hard case.
I wanted a hard case as opposed to a soft case as I keep the camera in my large and cavernous handbag wherever I go, as I'm a parent and I like to take pictures of everyday life. So my camera is very much always with me. I also wanted a hard case to offer that extra bit of protection when I go on holiday.
My Kolay Hard Shockproof Case is styled in white with a black print, the best way to describe the print is the outline of a cartoon monkey's head (ie, a large circle with two smaller circles either side), but as it's in black, on my white case, it does from a distance look a bit like clouds. You can also buy the case in an electric blue colour or a muted pink colour - I would have liked a neon case, as I like to be able to find my camera quickly in my bag, which is why I went for the white.
The case isn't 100% waterproof but it is fairly protective in the rain and keeps my Coolpix safe. The zip is a sturdy chrome plated double zip with a good sized and easy to grip zipper head, which makes it easy to get the camera out in a hurry.
I find that the Kolay Hard Shockproof Case protects my camera well, and for the money, I really can't complain. It's well made, hardwearing (I've had it well over 18 months now and it still looks as good as new) and it is the ideal size for my camera. You can purchase it for other camera models also.
I do highly recommend the Kolay Hard Shockproof Case as I think it's the most fashionable and well made, not to mention the cheapest, hard case available now and it's never let me down. It's distinctive and fun, and much better than all those boring black soft cases everyone seems to have. My only tiny criticism is that mine did not come with a hanging strap, or any pockets in it to store SD cards. Even so it is still a good case.
Overall I do recommend it, and I'll give the Kolay Hard Shockproof Case 4 stars out of 5. A very good camera case in the budget arena. Buy one! :)
Silver Grey Pattern Hard Shockproof Camera Case for Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1EB
I bought this from Amazon as it was recommended for the little water proof camera we just bought, the Panasonic DMC-FT20EB. Because the camera is water proof I thought it might be a good idea for the case to also be waterproof and this one promised that it was.
The other criterion that I thought vital was that the case fitted snugly. We have a case for another camera we own that makes the camera so bulky that more often than not I pop it in my handbag without its case which rather negates the point of having it.
Another pretty important factor was the price and this came up trumps as it was only £5.49 plus £1.49 delivery which I felt was a reasonable price for a quality camera case.
I chose the grey and silver one as the other options were quite bright, pink, marine blue, olive green, black, orange but none of the other colours appealed to both my husband and me so grey it was.
The case does exactly what I had hoped. It has a long strap which is light so that I can put it around my neck or over my shoulder. The ring connecting it to the case is slightly less strong than I had thought but as the camera is very light I am not too worried about it weighing too much and stretching the ring. I probably won't wear it too often around my neck but it is handy to know I can and also it might be handy when using the camera to be able to have the case around my neck.
The camera fits snugly in the case which is great as it doesn't make the camera plus bag too bulky for popping in my handbag or even my pocket of a coat which is where I had it when in Iceland most of the time.
The case has a zip which has two ends so that the case opens out but is kind of hinged at one end . This means the camera is easy to put in and also get out safely with little danger of it accidently dropping out .
The outer shell is waterproof and when zipped up and dropped in water it does float so that you can speedily rescue the camera and case from whatever pond, sea or river you have dropped it in. The camera should be safe and not wet inside but as the camera we have is waterproof that shouldn't be too much of a problem but very handy that it floats so that it gives you time to rescue the camera. Hopefully we won't have to really test that but in the interests of reviewing i have tested it in the sink full of water.
The fact that the case is water proof is handy but I also found it dried quite quickly which is useful as once it has had its dunking you wouldn't choose to carry the camera in it while wet so drying quickly near a radiator means that is we are somewhere sunny we should have no problems if it gets wet.
The case is also shock proof so in theory you could drop the camera in this case and the camera should be safe. Sorry but even in the interests of thorough reviewing I was not going to test this promise.
Inside the case is a small piece of net which is for extra storage but would just about hold a spare battery or memory card and not much else. When opening the case with other things inside you would need to be a bit careful they didn't fall out as there is not a zip to hold them in securely.
There is not a lot of padding inside which is why the case is neat and compact. It does seem to have a hard shell with the feel that it might well take the impact of a fall so protecting the camera inside. It feels kind of like polystyrene covered in a nylon fabric but I may be wrong.
Having owned this case for only two months it has been put through its tests of waterproofness at home but it did come on our trip to Iceland and we took it to the Blue Lagoon so that we could take photos while swimming in there with the camera. We didn't float it on the water or dunk the camera but we were happy in the knowledge that it would have floated and that our little camera was waterproof.
This camera and case are going to come with us to the Galapagos Islands on our sailing ship cruise and then to Easter Island so we are hoping both the camera and this neat little case live up to their promises.
The cover of the case is a sort of nylon fabric and so easy to keep clean which is good as it is quite a pale colour that I chose. Hopefully in a few years time it will still look as good and the zio will still run as easily as it does now.
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