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Small cameras are very easy to drop - it's a fact. That's why, when you're not using your (potentially expensive) little snapper, it would be a good idea to carry it in a case. I've owned a number of cases for my digital compacts over the years, but few of them have been effective as the ones from Samsonite's 'Trekking' range. These great little camera carriers are well designed and cost effective - today i'm looking at the smallest 'Special 1' variety.
With external measurements of 7.5 x 3 x 10.5cms, the size is such that it will hold a regular small compact - like the cameras from Fuji's 'F' and 'A' range, and most Canon Ixus's - it's not really suitable for the new crop of really tiny cameras, as they'll be fairly loose inside.
Appearance & Design
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Made from a very tough black polyester, with the Samsonite logo sitting on a small raised metal crest, the case is fairly nice looking and professional. Similarly, at under 500g, the Special 1's weight isn't especially noticeable. The case closes via a fold over flap which attaches via Velcro - in fact, the Velcro is so strong that there's no change of opening it by accident. Round the back is a loop which can be used for fastening to a belt - although the camera-belt-look isn't something that I'm particularly keen on.
The great thing about this particular case compared to some of the others I have used in the past, is the amount of padding that is distributed all the way around the inside. This means that the camera is protected no-matter how it lands if you were to drop it. In moist conditions, the case fares pretty well too - the outer material isn't quite as absorbent as you would expect, and it takes a fair sprinkling of rain before it reaches the 'soaking through' stage.
Price & Availability
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Amazingly, this Samsonite Trekking Special 1 can be picked up online for only £5. I bought mine a few years back from Jessops for around £12 - so the cost of the item today certainly represents good value for money.
Additional Info & Final Word
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On the downside, the case doesn't have any pockets - only the internal space for your camera (6.5 x 2.5 x 9.5 cms), because of this, those of you who want somewhere to store all your memory cards may want to look elsewhere. Inside, the lining is rather soft, and there will be no danger of your camera's screen being scratched. Ultimately then, I would highly recommend this great little camera case which is available for a very reasonable price.
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