Most of my reviews in the photography section are on cameras, lenses, flashes and the likes but I have reviewed Lowepro bags in the past for DSLR cameras and even though I myself am a big fan of Lowepro goods I had never before thought of them when it came to cases for my compact camera or that of my other half.
My fiancée had a very decent little case that she has used for three different cameras but somehow she recently lost it, probably something to do with one of our wonderful kids but anyway it left her needing a new case and as she now has a very good compact camera I decided to look for an equally good case to protect it.
The Lowepro Altus 20 came to my attention during a browse online and instantly I was interested, having used Lowepro to protect my professional kit in the past I knew it was a name I could trust and having now had the case for over four months I am every bit as impressed with it as I have ever been with their bigger DSLR bags.
The Lowepro Altus 20 is superbly manufactured and it offers a level of protection that is way superior to most of the little compact cases you will find. The quick access lid offers you the opportunity to grab your camera out in seconds when you see that chance to grab a great photo.
The camera case can be carried in hand, on the waist using the belt loop or even over the shoulder using the adjustable strap, whichever you feel more comfortable with. My other half carried hers over the shoulder like a hand bag and this allows her with one hand to reach in and grab the camera out very quickly for that perfect photo opportunity (like one of her friends falling over drunk for instance).
The lining of the bag is soft brushed and very kind to the camera, both screen and casing are cared for gently yet the outer is a tough padded one that easily absorbs bumps and scrapes keeping the camera safe inside, exactly what you need from a camera case, a tough exterior but a very soft interior to avoid scratching the camera.
Now the big brand name and the professional look of the case could fool you into thinking it is going to be way more expensive than other cases but in truth it is not. If you want the cheapest of the cheap then yes you can get a case for about £5.99 but would you trust it to look after your camera? With some compacts costing over £200 would we really want to skimp on caring for them?
A decent compact camera case will always cost upwards of £10 and with the Lowepro Altus 20 costing only £17.99 when I bought it, it was well worth the price tag and in truth much, much more. I was so happy with the purchase that I have since bought another one which now gets the job of looking after my TZ10, a very expensive compact that I wouldn't trust another name to look after.
Colour wise this comes in only black but it looks very nice and as I have mentioned it also looks professional, space wise it will be adequate for small to medium sized compacts which these days is almost all but if you do have one of the larger compacts you might find it a bit tight fitting in this particular case.
The only down side to the case is there is not any room for spare batteries or the likes which some people like to carry but again with most compacts having lithium ion rechargeable batteries these days this is less necessary and certainly not something that worries me too much.
Although there is no room for spare batteries there is a little compartment for spare memory cards and it also is soft lined and will keep your memory cards every bit as safe as your camera. Obviously if you need more space then there are plenty other cases and bags in the Lowepro range but if all you need is simple but very effective protection for your compact camera then the Lowepro Altus 20 is exactly what you need.
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To make sure that your camera is always going to be kept in good condition a case is always a good thing to purchase. Even though some cameras do come with cases they aren't as you would like them. With purchasing this one I knew it would be good as it is very thick and heavily cushioned which is good for the camera inside.
The price for this type of case is around £10 and you can get it from Amazon. Say if you paid £150 for your camera, less than than 10% on a case really isn't a big fee. You can get cases which are cheaper than this but I believe that a lot of the cheaper cases don't do that much to protect your camera so you are better off spending that extra bit more for reassurance.
As stated earlier this case is definatley one for making sure that your camera is going to be protected at all times. With the top part of the case being extremelly thick dropping this on the floor really wouldn't make much of a difference to the camera inside. Also the case is velcro so it is very easy to just open and close without the problem of a zip. When you turn this around you will find a little pouch which will firmly hold your memory card in. There is no chance of your memory card falling out as it will be fitted tightly into the pouch.
If you are one of them people which like a strap to attach the case to whilst walking around then they also come with this. By adding this extra feature they are showing that they are catering for every different person. You can also attach it to your jeans if that is what you desire.
For the price of £10 you will get a case which is one of the most secure and stable ones on the market today. Don't get a cheap one for a few pound that will do nothing for your camera. By getting this one you are guaranteed to keep your camera in tip top condition for as long as you want it. No case offers better value than this one.
I recently bought one of these as a replacement to a Lowepro D-Res 4. It cost me around £15 from eBay, which is a bit cheaper than they will charge you in most highstreet stores.
Ever since I bought my first Lowepro case, I always said I would never use another brand as they are simply brilliant. This case is no exception.
The first thing you notice about this case is just how much protection it offers the camera. Even though it is relatively small, the top of the case folds over the bottom part to encase the camera. The shell of the case is probably 10-15mm of very thick but soft foam - giving maximum protection to the contents.
A very handy feature of this case is the memory card storage. On the back there is a velcro small velcro strap which covers a small slot. In the small slot there is a very thin, small case which slides in and out of the back of the case. This is where your spre memory cards are designed to go. This is a very well designed feature of the case, as it provides maximum protection to your memory card but keeps the main inner bit of the case clutter free.
The case comes with a shoulder strap as standard, but also has a strap for fixing onto your belt, if you are that way inclined!
Overall, this is a fantastic, rock solid case. I would imagine you could throw it at a brick wall and your camera would still be ok.
Lowepro are simply the best for camera cases!