These days everyone has one gadget or another with an LCD screen, be it a mobile phone, an MP4 player or a digital camera. You will of course find that through time unless you protect the screen on whichever of these gadgets you have, the LCD screen will become marked and scratched and not only look unseemly but also become more difficult to view.
You can now buy screen protectors from various places which are designed to stick onto the LCD screen and stop it becoming damaged whilst not reducing your ability to view it. Jessop's camera stores do their own version of these, simply called Jessop's LCD screen protectors; these work well and are inexpensive to buy.
A pack of three of these screen protectors costs £5.39 and each of the protective films measures 80 X 100 mm, they come on a hard card backing and are very easy to cut to size. You simply measure the exact measurements of the screen you wish to apply them to and mark the card side of the protector then cut to size, once cut you then remove the card backing and stick the protector on.
There is a screen wipe provided in the pack and you should always make sure you use this to give the screen a good clean before fitting otherwise you might find the tiniest speck of dust or even just a sticky mark will leave an irremovable air bubble on the protector once fitted.
When fitting you should place one end of the protector in place then slowly smooth the rest of it into place, you also get a stiff piece of card which is designed for you to run along the protective film when fitting to smooth out any annoying air bubbles. You might find you need a couple of attempts to get it on smoothly and without bubbles but it is worth the effort in the long run.
I always use these on my DSLR camera and on my touch screen mobile phone and they do not impair my view of the screen in any way and they do a good job of not only keeping the screen clean but also of protecting it from scratches or grazing and therefore I just have to change my protective film once in a while and I always have a perfect screen to view.
Keeping your screen clean and scratch free also benefits you if you decide to sell the gadget on further down the line, as a mobile phone or camera with a badly scratched LCD screen will be hard to sell on and some of these gadgets in good condition can still sell for good money as second hand.
I would strongly urge everyone to protect their LCD screens and these Jessop's screen protectors are as good and as inexpensive way of doing so as any.
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For months I put up with the LCD screen on my camera becoming gradually more difficult to see. The problem was this. I am a bit of a heavy duty camera user, and the LCD screen on one of my cameras became scratched and marked - I must point out that part of the problem here was down to getting the camera in and out of its tight, but protective case. It was getting scratched against the nylon inner.
Another part of the problem was not wanting to 'interfere' with the screen, by putting something that I thought was sticky all over it. Although I had heard of these screen protectors I was reluctant to try them as I did not know what they would do in the long term.
It eventually got very difficult to see the screen due to the scratches and the additional reflections they caused.
I had no other choice but to try the Jessops LCD Screen Protectors.
So I popped down to Jessops and paid £5.39 for a pack which includes three protective films measuring approx 100 by 80 mm. Eaxh film consists of a microthin transparent film with a card backing. You cut the film whilst still on the backing, so a little careful measuring of the LCD screen you will use this with, is needed.
There are some templates for some palmtops, but if you can measure thoughtfully, and use a pair of scissors you won't have a problem.
You are provided with a screen wipe to ensure your screen is free to take the protection. Once you have cleaned the screen, give it a few seconds to dry. Then carefully peel the backing away from the film, and by following the instructions, carefully line up the film. 'square on' ready to peel it onto the screen.
Once you have done this, there is a stiff piece of card provided for smoothing the protection down and assisting to remove any air bubbles you might have got trapped.
Now although I had used this as a last resort as a bit of damage limitation, I was impressed by how much this had actually improved the screen's image. The guy in the shop did mention this, which I put down to sales banter. It really did improve the situation, and although I can't say if this will improve the look of your scratched screen, it did for me.
I have since put this protection on my mobile phone screen, and the first thing I did when I bought a pricey DSLR, was to make sure the screen was protected with this.
I don't know at this stage if the stuff eventually peels off, and if it leaves any residue behind. I have had this on camera for about a year now and, touching the proverbial wood, all seems fine.