Aquapac

 By Suzanne

 

Aquapac Waterproof Case

Aquapac Waterproof Case

By Suzanne

I love taking my camera everywhere that I go. Anyone that knows me should be able to tell you that. So, needless to say, I absolutely hate it when the rain or water-based activities make me leave a camera behind. But I also don’t have oodles of money sitting around to spend on a waterproof case for it.

But then Aquapac came along and told me that I didn’t need a ton of money to do it. All I needed was their small camera case (MSRP $40) and I could take my favorite accessory everywhere.

I was immediately intrigued. As a photographer, I always have questioned how well a product like this, or one of the more expensive hard shell cases, really work and how much they effect the image quality. Also, is something like this going to make it harder to use my camera in the first place? I want to be able to take it with me and be able to use it just as easily as I can without the case. If it is harder to use then I am less likely to use it and, therefore, having my camera with me would be pointless anyways.

And so my adventure with Aquapac cases began. I have the small camera case as well as the camcorder case. Given that I have a plethora of cameras, my first task was to figure out what I had to fit in which case. If you are on the market for a case to go with a particular product, I highly recommend finding them in stores or checking out their sizing page. My primary point-and-shoot camera is a Canon SD1000, so it was naturally the first camera I put in to the small camera case. It wound up being a pretty decent fit although the mini camera case would likely fit better and result in it moving around a lot less. It is definitely still usable though. Now on to my next camera, which is actually my sister’s. The Canon G10, which is significantly bulkier than my SD1000, wound up not fitting at all. Turns out that I’d be better off with their large camera case, which comes with an awesome, sturdy strap to keep it secured comfortably to you during your adventures.  It also looks like the large camera case would be the right fit for others camera that I have in my high school where I am the photography teacher. But, for the time being, it looks like I’ll be giving the Aquapac small camera case its workout with my Canon SD1000.

Now on to the camcorder case. This is definitely where the adaptability of the Aquapac cases comes in handy. I don’t have a camcorder. You heard me. What do I have? Well, turns out that a Canon Rebel XT or XS fit quite well! Obviously it’s not the most ideal situation, but it works!

I had one last task I wanted to check before I really used the Aquapac cases to their fullest potential. How waterproof are these things? If I’m sticking a couple hundred dollars worth of gear in to them, can I trust that they’ll keep the contents safe? Especially given how affordable the Aquapac products are, are they really going to work? I was honestly wondering if the “you get what you paid for” saying was going to be applicable.

So I took one of my older cameras and sent it for a swim in my sink. *dunk dunk* If it could handle being submerged in water in the comfort of my home, I figured that the local river would still be ok. I examined the whole bag after I pulled it out of the sink and, sure enough, Aquapac was right. No damage to the contents! The best thing about the case, beyond being waterproof, was that it didn’t sink. I had this fear that I’d become too trusting and then my camera would sink to the bottom like a good little paperweight would. But the case actually helped my camera float! It acted like a little life jacket for my camera, which would help make it much easier to recover if I did drop it in accidentally. Score!

Now that I’ve gained trust in the Aquapac brand and their cases, it’s time to give them a full blown workout. Given how hot it is supposed to be for at least the next 10 days, I dare say I’ll be spending a fair amount of time in the river. And, now, thanks to Aquapac, so will my camera! Intrigued? Stay tuned for the shots I manage to capture as well as my thoughts on actually using my camera in its Aquapac bag.

Manufacturer: AquapacProduct Line: Waterproof Camera & Camcorder Cases

Manufacturer Website: http://www.aquapac.net

Designed by Tim Sainburg from Brambling Design

Designed by Tim Sainburg from Brambling Design

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