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Samsonite Camera Case Cute But I Never Use It

Reviewing: Samsonite Small Camera Case  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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They tried hard, but they didn’t get this one quite right.

I thought this case would be great when I got a digital camera, but the truth is that it’s not really the right size so it’s too much bother to use it except on trips.

It has many of the things I like... lots of pockets and zippers and options. Overall the case is about 4" x 6" by 2.5" deep. It is made of black ripstop cordura nylon. It has a belt strap and a shoulder strap which will clip on or off. The case is nicely padded and offers good protection for a camera.

The largest pocket is toward the back and is the full size of the case. Working forward toward the front, next there is a mesh pocket. The flap that covers this is attached at the bottom of the case and zips down from both sides to lie flat. There is a tiny zip pocket on the inside surface of this flap. Then there is another flap that folds down from the top over this. It also has a zip pocket on the outside (front of the case). A clip buckle holds this top flap down securely.

I like the fact that I can keep a pencil and tiny pad of paper with the camera. A standard 3"x5" memo pad will fit in either the big section (but I don’t want the spiral wire to scratch the camera) or in the middle pocket. The small pockets mean that I could slip a little cash or a key or some other trinket in the case too.

But the one thing that results in my never using it is that the main compartment is difficult to get into. After I slip my camera in to the bag, it is very difficult to get out in a hurry. Most digitals are more like 2.5" x 3.5" and that is small enough that even with my small hands it’s hard to reach in and grab the camera. If the large pocket opened up a little wider this wouldn’t be an issue. I hate to turn the case over and shake the camera out, because I’d be sure to drop it.

I’ve tried putting the camera in the section that zips open flat, but a couple of times I’ve found that the weight of the camera was making the zipper work down, so I’m afraid I’ll lose it out the side if I do that very much.

So... if you have something to protect that is just a little bigger than a standard digital camera I think this bag would be really nifty.