September 26th, 2013
We all know the pros and cons of buying a dedicated camera bag; they’re functional, hard wearing, made to measure and are designed to store a host of cameras and accessories in one, easy to use bag.
The downside? Well they look like a camera bag and by this I mean that it’s pretty obvious what this bag holds inside. The last thing you want to do on photography shoots is advertise that inside your bag you’re holding hundreds or thousands of pounds worth of photography equipment.
At LoveCases we sell a range of camera bags which are designed to be discreet and not give away the bags primary function and now we’ve launched a new range of camera bag inserts which does the same job only it could save you more money.
The inserts are designed to turn a bag, which you already own, into a designated camera bag but giving you a protective cushioned material which fits nicely inside your bag to offer great protection for your camera and equipment. The last thing you want to just is just chuck all your stuff together in one bag so dividers, which use Velcro, are included with the inserts to enable to you space out your accessories in your bag.
Aside from being protective and keeping your equipment neatly organised, the inserts help to convert any bag which you own into a dedicated camera bag, so if you fancy using one of your other bags instead, you can easily swap the insert into a different bag. This helps to protect your camera equipment without advertising what you’re carrying to would-be criminals.
So take a look at LoveCases now where we also have a large range of camera cases and bags which are designed to hold your cameras as well as a host of other accessories, so take a look at our range and find the perfect bag for you.
September 12th, 2013
When it comes to purchasing a camera bag to fit all of your equipment, it can become a bit of a headache. The list of different styles, shapes, colours is becoming so vast that a simple look at a case for your camera can turn into more of a hunt where you have to narrow down your options to find the perfect accessory – which could take a while.
If you’re looking to replace a bag you’ve had for a number of years, you’ll be shocked now to see the variety of different bags which have flooded the market (in a good way of course) and this is a result of technological advancements in materials used, opening styles and even space management inside the bag itself.
It’s safe to say that not all bags are perfect for everyone so it’s important to remember 4 points when you’re looking for the ideal bag for you:-
- Size – Do you need a bag just for the camera or are you looking to store extra lenses, memory cards, cables and other equipment as well?
- Access – Do you want a bag which will give you quick access to your camera or is it just protection and transportation you want?
- Comfort – You need to be sure that the bag you’re carrying will be comfortable and is easy to transport around, do you want shoulder straps? Wrist straps? Waist straps?
- What do you need?
Camera bags now come in a large range of different styles, you can get half cases, compact camera cases, sling bags, or large bags which can carry multiple accessories along with your camera. If you’re looking for a bag to take on an all-day shoot with various lenses and other accessories, you know the latter is most important for you, however if you’re just looking for a small carrying bag for your compact camera to protect it, a compact camera bag is your perfect choice.
Access, I find, is one of the most important points to watch out for. There’s nothing worse than spotting an ideal photo opportunity and then missing it because it took you too long to get your camera out of the bag. A sling bag or a top loader is normally perfect and suits my needs as you can simply sling the bag around, open one compartment and get your camera out, this can be done within seconds and normally means you won’t miss out on your photo opportunity. You might also have multiple items to carry around with you, such as an iPad, laptop or additional lenses, and you don’t want to be rummaging around to find each different accessory when you need it.
Comfort should be considered carefully and should be based on what your own personal preferences as there are loads of different carrying options. Consider if you need a shoulder strap, carrying handles a belt loop and various other queries before making your decision, but always check the bag to make sure there is adequate padding on any straps. The reason for this is you don’t want to be lugging uncomfortable bags around with you especially if you’re on a long walk or soot. Also the material of the bag can make a big difference, check which you prefer out of nylon, leather and other materials which are designed to be protective, but are they also comfortable?
Finally you need to consider your needs, if you have a DSLR camera with multiple different lenses, memory cards and other accessories a small half case isn’t going to do the job so you need to look bigger. At the same time if you’re just taking your compact camera on a family holiday getting yourself a bag with plenty of room for additional accessories won’t do the job either so take your time and pick the bag that suits your needs and equipment.
September 6th, 2013
We’ve seen recently a few smartphone camera hybrids hitting the market with an attempt to stop people buying separate cameras and smartphones but Sony have introduced 2 new products which offer something a little bit different.
They have announce two new lens style cameras, the QX10 and the QX100 which are designed to fit onto your smartphone and turn that into a specialist camera using WiFi. The devices pair to your devices and turns your phone into the screen for your camera and enables you to shoot great photos from your smartphone.
The new concept is great for anyone who loves their smartphones but wishes that they could take photos that only dedicated cameras can deliver. Each device is designed to look like a lens but each is a complete camera. They come with a smartphone attachment and they’ll fit several popular smartphone models (with dimensions of 57-75mm max and a thickness of 13mm).
The DSC-QX10 packs a 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G lens. It also boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom range. The QX100 boasts slightly better features including a large 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels. It boasts the ability to take ultra-low noise images even at indoor dusk settings, where many camera and camera phones struggle.
The included App allows you to change settings, such as the aperture control and exposure compensation, from your smartphone’s touch screen as well as letting you frame your shots and switching between photo and video recording mode. This gives you far more creative control than if you was using your phones native camera, allowing you to create beautiful photography without having to take a separate camera around with you.
As with all cameras, protection is still important, so getting yourself a camera case to protect the impressive camera kits is definitely a worthwhile investment, especially with the QX10′s £179 and the QX100′s £399 price points.
August 30th, 2013
Presumably we’ve all seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and we’ve had enough time to draw our own opinions on how the camera-phone cross bread looks and if it suits the type of person you are. If you have just been waiting for the LTE version to hit European shores before making the S4 Zoom the latest additional to your personal camera family then you’re in luck – Samsung have today revealed that the Zoom LTE is available.
Along with this, Samsung have also listed a number of networks that will carry Zoom LTE including Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange. The news is particularly good for people living in the UK as you may have noticed that two carriers switch on their 4G networks and another announcing when theirs will be available.
So if an LTE variant of the S4 Zoom has now tempted you to purchase it then you might want to look at purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom camera case to protect your Android powered shooter from any damage.
August 30th, 2013
Last month Samsung unveiled their new Android-equipped mirrorless camera, the Samsung Galaxy NX and it hit the stores priced at a whopping £1299.
Whilst the price might seem incredibly high, taking a closer look at the device and the specs, it’s easy to see why some people are still parting with their hard earned money. The Galaxy NX boasts to be the first ever interchangeable-lens camera to run Android and for the price will get you a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 8.6fps continuous shooting ad a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, which gives you a much improved Android experience than you would with other Android loaded shooters.
Also included is WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and GLONASS, as well as built-in 3G/4G radios so you can transfer your images without having to use wires. There are, of course, a few downsides, such as a slow start-up time and also a lack of manual dials but the impressive 4.8-inch touch screen display and the included 18-55mm included lens will make up for those shortcomings.
With such expensive camera equipment it would be foolish to take the NX out without having some protection and LoveCases does have a range of Samsung Galaxy NX camera cases available which will help you to protect your investment and ensure that it’s always protected when you’re not using it.
August 27th, 2013
Sony have continued to upgrade their NEX range with their latest installment – the NEX-5T. The 5T follows on from the 5R and, as you’ll notice from the below images, it looks pretty similar to its predecessor. In fact the only real difference is what it’s packing under the hood rather than what’s outside it.
Looking at the device, it carries the same style as the 5R and with that comes a similar size and weight. The main difference though is its unique feature – built in NFC technology which allows you to transfer videos and photos by simply touching the device to another (providing they both feature NFC of course). This addition, in line with the included Wi-Fi, is a nice addition which will appeal to many.
Internally the camera is much the same, featuring the same 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600 and a hybrid phase/contract detect autofocus to help capture your still images.
Outside is pretty similar too, with the familiar 912k dot 3-inch touch screen (complete with its 180º rotation) making a return. The navigation dial and function button are also on the rear, adjacent to the shutter button. The camera also features 1080/60p video capture with a continuously focused 10-frames-per-second burst shooting. The NEX-5T is designed to work alongside Sony’s various Play Memories Camera Apps.
The NEX-5T is due for release in September so why not get yourself prepared for the launch by getting a camera case now at LoveCases, where we have a huge range of camera bags from which you can find the perfect bag for you.
August 21st, 2013
Yesterday (August 20th), Samsung announced that customers within the UK were able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy NX camera which promises to be the world’s first 4G, interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera.
The NX features 3G/4G LTE technology and allows photographers to share their professional quality images wherever they are and at any time. Alongside this, the NX comes with a wealth of features, such as Photo Suggest which offers users locational based recommendations for popular photography sports, and also Story Album, which allows users to view a timeline of their best shots and create digital photo books.
The camera is kitted out with a vast array of interchangeable lenses, the 20.3MP APS-C sensor produces bright and detailed images even in low light conditions, whilst the DRIMe IV image signal processor delivers the speed and accuracy that today’s photographers demand. These features allow photographers to take crisp, vibrant shots with the NX’s Advanced Hybrid Focus (AF) system, whilst the 1/6000 second shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting means that you can capture every second of the action.
The camera comes loaded with Android’s 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system which can be personalised with a huge range of Apps to help capture, video, edit and add special effects to your images.
With all of these features, it’s obvious that the camera won’t be cheap and with it’s price tag of £1299 it’s definitely not! So if you’re making an investment in the world’s first 4G camera then you might want to consider a camera case which offers fantastic protection and looks after your worthwhile investment.
At LoveCases we have a range of cases which are designed to fit the Samsung Galaxy NX and its accessories so you can take it around with you without fear of the camera or accessories becoming damaged. So if you’re looking for a Samsung Galaxy NX case then check out LoveCases.co.uk.
August 13th, 2013
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may well represent the death rattle of the cheap and cheerful digital camera market. Packing in all of the features of the superb Galaxy S4, Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, it additionally features a full blown camera on the rear, capable of 10x zoom, a proper flash and whopping 16-megapixel photo quality.
Naturally, if you’ve combined your phone and your camera, you’ll want to be doubly sure that it’s protected from drops and scrapes, which is why here at Love Cases, we’ve already lined up two fantastic ranges of cases for your delictation to ensure that your pride and joy is as safe as it deserves to be.
First off we have our own range of the ever-popular FlexiShield series. As with all Flexisheilds, the skins for the S4 Zoom are made from the same flexible yet durable material, so they’re easy to put on and remove but provide strong protection from drops and scrapes. They allow for access to all of the phone’s ports and, most importantly, the camera lens, and the tailor made design means that they’re an exact fit to minimise bulk added to the phone.
Better yet, we have three colours available – black, purple, and clear – so you can express yourself or just keep your phone looking as new!
The other major range we have already coming in are the Capdase Karapace Jackets. These combine a soft, textured inner lining with a hard plastic outer shell to both cushion your phone from falls and resist heavy impacts. Better yet, the raised bezel design means that while the screen isn’t covered (to allow full accessibility), if the phone is dropped face down, it will be protected by the rim.
Like the Flexishields, the Karapace range comes in a great selection of colours – black, white, mint green, and orchid pink – so you’re spoiled for choice!
And remember, we’ll have plenty more Galaxy S4 Zoom cases available soon, so keep checking back!
August 13th, 2013
The iPod Touch 5th Generation is the ultimate iPod, it has everything you could think of in terms of features and it looks great. However it’s not cheap either starting at £199, so keeping it safe is important. Luckily G-Form has the perfect tough case.
The case has 3 layers of protection. The outer shell is made of rigid polycarbonate which is combined with an inner shock absorbing layer. The third layer is around the outside and consists of low-profile RPT accents which help with drops.
RTP or Reactive Protection Technology is designed to take 90% of the energy from a drop. The material stiffens on impact making it extra strong. G-Form combines PORON®XRD™ material and proprietary G-Form materials to make this possible. Now I think it would be a good idea to test this technology with a bowling ball and an iPad just so you know it works, but luckily someone already did, see the video below:
All this sounds and looks impressive which might make you think the case has to be large and bulky to deliver this protection, and if you are like me protecting my devices is important but I don’t want to hide the design. However the case is very lightweight and slim, so it will not get in the way when using your iPod or putting it in your pocket. The case is completely open frame so you have full access to the screen, meaning you don’t have to keep removing it when using the device. After all the screen is quite important on an iPod Touch.
A raised bevel around the edge still keeps the screen protected so if you drop it screen first the bevel will make first impact, protecting the screen. The case is made specifically for the iPod Touch 5th Generation which enables a perfect fit and access to all buttons and ports. So if you are looking for the best protection for your new iPod check them out, or take a look at other great iPod Touch 5th Gen cases.
July 8th, 2013
So judging from the glorious weekend sun it appears that summer’s finally here! And not a moment too soon either. We’ve long been waiting for a period of continuous hot weather to get us all in the summer spirit and, for many of us, ready for our annual trips away in the quest for hotter weather, beaches and the sea.
Whether you’re taking the kids, having a romantic break or just fancy a spot of sightseeing it’s always important to ensure that you’ve got your accessories with you to capture the priceless memories so you can look back in the future and remember the time that you had.
But what do you need to take with you? Well we know that you’ll want to ability to take your photos so therefore you’re likely to take your camera with you so you can snap away ’til your heart’s content, and that’s where protection must be at the front of your mind. We know the obvious dangers of dropping your camera but what about other things which don’t immediately come to mind such as protection from the sea, sand, rain (even if hot countries it’s still a concern!) and of course theft. Although the threat of these might not be great (depending on where you’re going) but it’s still worth taking them into consideration even if it’s only for peace of mind.
So what should you look for?
There are a number of camera bags and accessories which we sell which are designed to protect a number of devices from a number of different dangers, such as the Capdase 180A MKeeper SLR camera bag, which Is constructed from ultra-strong nylon and also includes a rain cover and a series of interior pockets to carry around more accessories. This fantastic bag is just one of hundreds of camera bags which are available to protect your camera (and other accessories) whilst allowing you to easily and comfortably carry it around with you.
The beach is a great source of entertainment, whether it’s just relaxing on the sand, splashing around in the sea – the enjoyment you can have could become short-lived if any of the water gets into your device and renders it useless, the same can be said for sand, when a tiny grain can cause scratches which can instantly ruin any shots which you plan to take in future. To combat this we’ve added a range of waterproof cases to our catalogue to let you enjoy the pleasures of the beach without worry about the consequences on your device. So if you’re planning on taking your compact camera down to the beach then take a look at our waterproof range, which includes the Overboard Waterproof Zoom lens case, to let you maximise your fun which won’t be ruined by damage to your camera.
These are just 2 examples of the camera cases we’ve got available on LoveCases.co.uk, so come over to the site and take a look, grab yourself a bargain and don’t leave your camera open to damage whilst you’re enjoying your holiday.