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I have a Sony Digital Cyber shot camera which I love and in order to keep it well protected I bought a case for it as well. The camera unfortunately did not come with a case, they always seem to be added extras, another way for camera manufacturers to make an extra buck or two, but I think it's important to have one for them. Luckily the camera cases are for sale right next to the cameras in stores like Dixons and Currys so you can generally purchase one at the same time as you purchase your digital camera.
As I had a SOny camera I decided to purchase a Sony case so they would match. The case is very simple but as the back of the camera has an unprotected screen I think it's essential to have a case that covers it so the screen does not get scratched or damaged when you carry it around or put it in your bag to take it out with you. What I like about this case is that it's quite small and not too bulky, just like the camera and so the space and size you are saving by buying a small camera will not be in vain as this case is slimline too and will not take up too much space in your bag.
It's a 100% polyester case featuring a nice weave pattern and is a soft case but as the sides fold I think it has quite a bit of padding so when the camera slips inside it it is very well protected. You can drop this camera and be assured that it will not harm it or damage the screen in anyway although I would not advise dropping it often! The inside of the case there is a felt like material which I really like as it means the screen will not get scratched inside this case and it also keeps it free from dust and any other particles that may become attached to it.
The top of the case folds over and attaches with velcro. I have probably had this case for 2 to 3 years now and the velcro is still working well and holding as well as ever. I like that it is made of velcro rather than a zip because sometimes you need your camera in a flash (especially with a toddler running around and you need to get the perfect shot as quickly as possible) so to be able to quickly flick up the velcro and get your camera out and not have to worry with a fiddly zip is great!
There is a fabric hook on the back of the case so if you want to hook it onto your belt to have the camera on your hip then you can but in my opinion this looks very nerdy so not something I do with the case I'm happy to say. My only wish for this case would be that it had a small hole in the top so you could pull the camera strap through and then link it over your wrist but it is able to come out of the side and holds well so it is not a big concern.
I think this case was in the £10 region and well worth it if you want to protect your camera.
I got a Sony Cybershot DSC-W180 camera last Christmas and bought this offical case soon afterwards. I'll admit I was hesitant at first about getting this case over a cheaper hard case but realise that the quality here more than makes up for the slightly dearer pricetag.
What I like about this soft case is how it provides a very compact, sturdy fit. There is no jingling or rattling from the camera that you might find with this camera in a cheap, universal hard case. It also comes with an extra pocket for spare batteries and/or media cards. Personally I haven't had need to use these pockets myself but I feel this is always a good thing for people who use their camera extensively and might want to carry spare batteries.
The material is lightweight and of a high standard, so when I carry my camera around I don't worry that it's unsafe or insecure in my handbag. Since purchase I haven't had any major scratches through drops or knocks (partly helped by spaces at the sides for the camera's lanyard to come through), so clearly this case does its job. If you want a secure, high quality soft case with the Sony name then you can't go wrong here!
The Sony LCS-CST soft cases are designed for the current slim W and T Cybershot ranges that Sony currently produce. The main aim for any camera case is to protect you camera, and after owning a Sony TX-1 for the past 14 months I must say it does it well!
Made from polyamide with a mesh material on one side, the case is black in colour, except for the Sony logo and a metal clip on the reverse side. The case has one opening - at the top - which attaches via Velcro. Inside, there is the main compartment for the camera as well as an additional pocket (zippable) for a few additional memory cards or an additional battery. The mesh on the front will protect what ever you put in this smaller pocket quite well, while the entire case is reinforced by padding and study edges around the outside. The space is quite limited, so if you are interested in more storage space, you could go for the LCS-CSD or CSJ models - which have more pockets but are larger.
On the back, there is a loop with a pop button where you can quickly attach the case to your belt, as well as a solid metal ring where you can clip the case to another object for additional security. Now, another reviewer has said it doesn't look as stylish, however I think the 'soft leather' cases (while they have chiseled edges and embossed logos) can be impractical and do not protect the camera as well. As I describe later - you can keep the case in your pocket when you take the camera out/put it in, so who cares if it doesn't look like a designer bag?
On the subject of bags, one thing that this case lacks is a long strap so that you can carry it over your shoulder. Not vital, but if you are looking for such a feature, the CSD or CSJ models do have attachable straps. The case is small enough to carry elsewhere:
While there are many methods to attach the case to you or your bag, I personally carry the camera in my front pocket of my jeans or trousers that I am wearing. The W and (particularly) the T Cybershot ranges have thin cameras that are less than 3/4 inch thick and quite compact, allowing you to carry the camera, along with the well fitting case in such places. Obtaining the camera from your trouser pocket is very easy to do - and it does not require you to remove the case from your pocket - ripping the Velcro off and pulling the camera out with the strap is easy enough to do. Compare this with the stylish cases which often involve having to unfold leather three times over before finally removing the camera from its case and you can see the practicality of the case.
In summary: The case is on the minimalist side. One small pocket but it is very practical when it comes to attaching it and when you want to take the camera from its case. If you want to have something more 'designer' cases, go ahead, but often they can be more impractical. If you want more storage space or a strap, I've mentioned a few similar models, but they are larger in size. At £5 online, it's at least 3 times cheaper than the leather options that are out there, but it does the job.
Sony LCS-CST Soft Carrying Case
I always thought a case for the camera is a waste of money but after i scratched my old camera I don't want to go without one anymore. I love my Sony camera and think it looks very beautiful. So of course I don't want to have any damage to it.
I have a Sony camera for almost an year now and I love the way it looks and luckily it's still without any scratches. When I got it I straight away bought a case for it and founded the Sony LCS-CST Soft Carrying Case. It's a cheap case and you can get this one for around 6 pounds but it simply does what it should do and that is to protect the camera!
The case made of a lightweight nylon material and Black Canvas Material which gives it a nice look but it's not the most prettiest one out there. It's very basic looking and plain since the colour is black. I simply didn't really mind on how it looked. It looks fine and classic and for the price of 6 pounds I couldn't really complain.
The case is designed that you can store you camera but you can also store a extra battery and memory card which all have their own little compartments. Easy to use and the side is soft so it will protect your camera. The fabric is quiet strong and doesn't feel like it's going to break. The fabric does protect the camera but I wouldn't throw your camera on the ground because I'm quiet sure it will break then. It's good for preventing the camera to scratch and I use the case to keep the camera in when I'm not using it.
The case comes with a cord that you can strap around your waist or you can just simply hold it in your hand which I normally do. The case comes for around 6 pounds which I think is really a bargain and a small price to pay to keep your camera scratch free.
My mum owns a Sony DSC W210 and as she usually carries it everywhere she goes she need a case. Now the camera itself easily slips into a pocket or bag. But due to the massive lcd screen on the back you have to be careful not to scratch it. So a case is required to keep it perfect condition.
The LCS CST bag Made by Sony is the perfect companion.
The case measures - Width 80 x Height 120 x Depth 40
This case has a large Velcro secured flap for easy access to your camera.. As you can see from the picture the end of the flap has a more plasticy style piece sewn in with the Sony logo printed on it in a bright white. This will more than likely get dirty, but hey.
The rest of the case is made from a padded mesh material, this is very popular in Sony cases and accessories. It does the job though, its lightly padded so will help to cushion any small bumps or knock your camera may face. Just dont drop it off a cliff or the like. (not that I have, just a recommendation)
The other great thing about Sony cases is the interior padding and material. It is a very nice velour style material, which aids in keeping your camera clean and ensure scratches don't get onto your lcd screen.
You also get a zipped pocket at the front. It is a very tight fit for anything, but useful none the less. You could easily get a memory card in there. Getting it out may be tricky but good luck! It's a lot lot easier when the camera is not in the case to access this pocket. Which means it's a bit fiddly really. I think this could be improved on, or better still don't use it at all unless you are really really in desperate need of somewhere to put a memory stick.
The case is not waterproof though, so don't drop it in a puddle or even let water come into contact with it. It may stop the odd drip here and there. But that's it. There are gaps either side of the opening flap.
The case is very light due to the nice materials used, which are also hard wearing. You get a belt clip on the back of the case, not that I know anyone who use it. But its there just in case.
The only slight issue is that the case seem maybe just a little too big, but its made to fit a wide range of Sony cameras from the "W" series.
A brilliant case by Sony for Sony's. The price is not too bad either for once, roughly £10 ish. Fab stuff.
If you own a "w" series Sony Cybershot this case could be for you!