How to protect your camera from scratches and drops

The camera is an expensive device. Despite the fact that modern cameras are often protected from dust and moisture, and the bodies of professional models are made of metal, putting a scratch on them is easy. A trifle, but a battered case can greatly reduce the cost of a fully functional camera in the secondary market at times. What can we say about more serious damage?

In this article, we will tell you how to protect your camera from scratches and drops. Be warned: some methods may not be so obvious at first glance, but very effective.

Safety belt

It seems that most people still got into the habit of wearing seat belts in the car. Equally mandatory is the use of a shoulder strap with the camera. In some cases, it can be replaced with a hand strap at the request of the photographer. The meaning remains the same: the belt should insure the camera during shooting. Even when using a tripod.

Stop, but what about when the belt gets in the way? For example, when installed on a stabilizer. The solution is simple: use a quick-release belt! This one is easy to unhook in a couple of seconds and put back in place when the camera should again take its place on the neck or shoulder.

Protective screen

One of the reasons many experienced photographers avoid using shoulder straps is the fear of scratching the screen. A metal zipper, coarse shirt buttons or other details of clothing will inevitably leave scratches on it sooner or later. However, the display has enough enemies besides them. Therefore, the advice is obvious: it is necessary to use protective screens.

Everything is exactly the same as smartphones. On sale, there are more expensive glass screens and relatively cheap films. What to choose is a personal matter for everyone. Films are more accessible and, oddly enough, due to their smaller thickness, they are more predictable in work. Thick glass screen protectors can interfere with the operation of the touch interface and can easily crack when subjected to mechanical stress. But their strength is higher, in a critical situation they will be more effective.

Protective filter

Probably everyone knows about this accessory. If you are using an expensive lens, it makes sense to protect its front element with a filter. It will prevent the ingress of dust, dirt, & aggressive liquids (for example, seawater). The filter will also protect against inaccurate cleaning, which the photographer himself can “kill” the surface of the front lens, especially in the field.

We have written more than once about the choice of light filters. The main thing here is the correspondence between the class of the filter itself and the lens. An expensive proprietary filter will not make a kit lens shoot better, and at the same time, you should not save on a purchase if you use top-end optics. Here it makes sense to buy a filter with high-quality multilayer enlightenment from a well-known manufacturer.

Case for the camera

Remember the good old film “Zeniths”? Each was sold with a case. It’s a pity, but with modern technology, a protective case is not included. However, many manufacturers offer it as a separate accessory. Even if it does not cover the entire camera, it will be useful. It will protect against accidental scratches and small drops. Yes, and it often looks very cool.

Silicone protection

By analogy with mobile phones, silicone cases for cameras have recently become widespread. Their advantage is that they completely cover the entire case, and protect against scratches and even cushion falls.

In this case, perhaps, only appearance suffers. So the use of such solutions is purely a matter of taste.


And this is already an option for those cameras that really work for wear, for example, in serious video production. The main task of the cage is to attach various accessories to the camera body. But it also comes with a protective function perfectly well, literally taking the blows when the equipment falls. Unfortunately, on the set, such a scenario is not uncommon. So a cage for serious shooting is simply a must-have.

Protective fabric

In this article, we will not write about photo bags and photo backpacks. It is also obvious that it is desirable to use a special bag for equipment. Nevertheless, there are times when the camera “lives” in an ordinary backpack or bag along with various things. A special soft cloth will help protect it from scratches.

The camera is wrapped in it, like a Japanese onigiri pie, and the fabric is fixed with an elastic band on the lens. It turns out very compact and reliable enough for transportation in a bag.

Both in fire and in water

And our selection is completed by a hard waterproof case. This is a solution for those cases when the equipment needs to be brought to the shooting location at any cost. Made of hard plastic, this case usually has foam padding inside that can be moulded to fit your gear. The lid of the case closes with locks and has a seal around the perimeter. In such a package, expensive photo and video equipment can travel not only in air luggage but even in an open truck bed.


Still, the best protection against scratches and chips is discipline. Always wear a shoulder strap, do not put the camera on the edge of the table, and do not remove the protective filter – these simple rules can ensure your equipment has a long creative life!

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