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Does what it's supposed to; just not very well.
on January 8, 2015
There's only one reason you'd buy this. You have the Brinno camera it fits. So other than whether it protects from weather, what do you need?
Well, probably the same things you'd want from the camera. As is without the case, focusing is a pain. Attaching it to a tripod and keeping it level can also be a challenge. But the biggest issue is pointing the lens. Since the lens is hinged and the case isn't. Getting the lens pointed just right is a challenge. And since the angle of view is so wide, if not positioned perfectly, you'll get vignetting. So, you ask, why did they put that black ring around the lens window? In the same vein, the window can't be recessed to offer any protection, or that would also cause vignetting.
So what do they do to offer some protection? Even if it's when the case is not in use. You know.... That handy thing you have to protect your expensive lens surface.... A LENS CAP! These things ain't cheap, and the window isn't sapphire or gorilla glass. It the same plastic the case is made from. And it's not replaceable. Something they could have easily done, for the cost of a few screws and a rubber gasket.
Other things, like access to the SD card, although not critical, are lacking.
In fact after writing this review, I've decided to lower my rating to two stars from three. These shortcomings are almost as annoying as the inability to time stamp your videos without including a lot of space for TLC and whatever other extraneous text they program into that option.
And one of Brinno's biggest fiascos. Their rotating panorama platform that has nothing to secure the camera from dropping or mounting on a tripod, and is actually nothing more than a cheap kitchen timer. I was interested in a motion detection attachment, but considering their failures with the other accessories, it would likely be a waste of time and money.
Ahd unless you can keep a constant eye on it when it's outside recording, it lacks only a sticker that says "Steal Me" on the front.