Aquapac Mini Camera Case with Hard Lens
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $46
Last month I wiped out my Nikon camera while rescuing another kayaker. Got another camera and bought the Aquapac Small Camera Case with a hard lens cover. The case is waterproof and has a 5 year warranty. My Lumix camera fits inside and when the zoom lens extends, it's protected by the attached lens cover. Works perfectly and the case IS waterproof..I used it to take pictures while teaching a kayak class...thru capsizes, re-entries, without a drop of water getting in the case. The picture above is for the small camera case NOT the case with a hard lens.
- The best feature is that the case is waterproof. Second, it allows very clear photos to be taken thru the lens housing.
- The case is of very tough plastic but flexible enough to work the controls of the camera.
- The only negatives I can think of is that the dessicant packs that come with the camera could open and spill onto your camera...but even they come sealed in a separate plastic bag.
Aquapac makes many waterproof cases for items (various size cameras, phones, tablets, nanos, etc).
For small point and shoot cameras, their Small Camera Case works well. My Lumix has a lens that extends about 1 1/2" so I ordered the Aquapac Small Camera Case with Hard Lens. The case is made of a tough clear plastic and has a housing attached via a waterproof seal which allows the lens to fit easily and for photos to be taken through a clear acylic lens cover. The case is sealed by rotating two levers at one end of the case towards the sides of the case, at which point they lock with a pressure fit. This is a common method of sealing cases and found on a lot of waterproof cases for VHF radios, GPS's and such. It is very effective.
The plastic is flexible enough that you can operate the controls of your camera, though it make take some practice to line up the lens with the lens housing and use the zoom. Once the camera is on, the extended lens will stay within the housing and lets you zoom in or out quickly. It's not the same as having a $200 external housing made specifically for your camera, but the Aquapac case does work and protects your camera.
There is a 5-year warranty on the case, however this does not cover the value of the contents.
I've used my case when teaching kayak classes...capsizing and doing rescues and had no problem with the case remaining waterproof. I do pay attention to not let anything scratch the surface of the lens housing as that will affect any photos taken thru the lens cover.
One point to note is to make sure to not extend your camera lens TOO far as it can scratch the inside of plastic lens on the waterproof case. Adding a thin shim of plastic to the front of the camera lens housing handles this). Yes...this is hindsight speaking as I managed to scratch the Aquapac lens and had to buff it out. A shim makes more sense.
Additionally, I read one review where a bag of the dessicant powder that comes with the case opened up and wrecked one persons camera...the dessicant comes contained in a separate sealable bag so it shouldn't be a problem if used properly.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the product. I paid about $45 for the Hard lens case after looking around on the net. Prices ranged from $45-65. I saw a number of cheaper cases but without the same type of closures and without warrenty. Those weren't worth it to me.
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Remember the time on the river when Bob pulled that crazy stunt? Capture the moment, a picture is worth a thousand words. Keep your camera protected in Aquapac's Small Camera Case - 428.You can take great photographs right through the Hard Lens tube built onto the case. Even underwater. PLEASE NOTE: The hard lens is permanently attached to the case and cannot be removed. The Hard Lens Camera Case - 428 is compatible with most compact digital cameras. Fits 7.9"/200mm Circumference, up to a 2" ZoomAir trapped in the bag will cause the bag to float on top of the water even with your camera inside. Guaranteed submersible to 15 feet (5 meters); it keeps out dust and sand too. The UV-stabilized TPU material won't be broken down or discolored by sunlight.Includes an adjustable lanyard so you can hang it round your neck. And a packet of 5 desiccant sachets. These will help absorb any condensation in the air inside the case.
Key Features of the Aquapac Waterproof Small Camera Case With Hard LensExternal hard lensUltra-clear optical quality LENZFLEXSubmersions of 15 ft. for 30 minutesFloats3-year warranty100% recyclable PVCFully functional between +122 F to -40 FMalleable material(L x W x H): 6.75 in. x 4 in. x1.75 in.Aquapac Waterproof Small Camera Case With Hard LensThe Aquapac Waterproof Small Camera Case With Hard Lens helps protect your camera and still take good pictures. The case is suitable for small digital cameras and has external hard lens for zoom. It comes with 5 desiccant sachets to keep your camera safe. This case has detachable and adjustable neck cord. It is very durable, since it is designed using PVC 100% recyclable. The Aquapac Case floats if dropped in the water so you don't have to worry about losing it. You can take the case to every expedition. It is designed using malleable materials and allows you to use the camera easily. With the Aquapac Waterproof Small Camera Case with Hard Lens helps protect your camera and adjusts to your needs.
Capture every moment of your river trip with the Aquapac Camera Case with Hard Lens from NRS. This waterproof case keeps water away from your electronics to a depth of 15 feet and has a built in hard lens so you get a clear picture without distortion. Its unique construction keeps it from getting discolored by sun exposure and you don't have to worry about dropping it into the water, the case floats.
- Mountain Gear
With an optically clear vinyl lens, this waterproof bag lets you use your compact camera with zoom lens in and around the water, worry free. Ultra-clear polymer lens allows great photos to be taken through the case-even underwater if you're careful. Large case has more space for lens extension. Waterproof to 15 ft. thanks to the patented quick-action Aquaclip(R) seal and tough vinyl construction. Flexible construction allows you to manipulate your camera's controls. Case materials are UV-stabilized, so they will not break down or become discolored in sunlight. Hermetically sealed construction protects the screen from sand, dust, grit and water; seals with a simple twist of levers. When sealed, will float with camera inside if dropped in water. When you open the case, everything stays in one piece-no loose screws and no need to fold the end of the case. Comes with carry cord and reusable sachet of environmentally friendly Polly Desiccant(TM) to absorb condensation in humid climates. Fits cameras up to 13.8 inches in circumference (lens extended) by 6.5 inches.