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Excellent compact camcorder case
on February 17, 2012
The Case Logic Compact Camcorder Case is, as its name suggests, a compact case that is well suited to smaller full camcorders, as well as portable and pocket camcorders. I have been using it with a Canon Vixia HF R20, which measures about 4.5"L x 2.75"D x 2"H. The inner pocket accommodates this device snugly. It might handle a camcorder slightly longer in any measurement (~.25"-.5"), but will not likely fit anything much longer than the stated dimensions.
The design surprised me somewhat. When I first unzipped the zipper, which unzips one side of the case, the side pivots outward by the bottom seam. Two elastic straps prevent the side from flopping out completely. The side that pivots out has a formed pocket, into which the camcorder fits. This pocket is where the padding for the camcorder is located. There is an inner pocket to this formed pocket, where you can easily keep a spare (if slim) battery, extra SD cards, etc. The formed pocket is lined with a soft mesh fabric, which is breathable and soft enough not to mar or scratch your camcorder. There is a little bit of room at the very bottom of the case, which may accommodate a thicker battery if yours does not work well in the inner side pocket, perhaps a USB cable, and even a charger if it is no larger than 1" in height and with a 5" x 2.5" footprint. The user's manual might fit in the bottom too, or up against the side opposite the one that opens.
The zipper is heavy duty and is the standard 2-zipper (with zipper pulls) type of opening. A detachable shoulder strap is provided, as well as an integrated belt loop (side opposite from the one that zips open) and carrying handle. The ends of the handle are what the shoulder strap attaches to, so when the shoulder strap is used, the handle pulls tight to the top of the case. Pretty cool design. The 2 sides of the outer shell are a textured black rubberized material, and the center portion is black nylon. A black toned Case Logic logo is located on the side that opens.
In use, I found the Compact Camcorder Case to be well made, of high quality materials, and durable. It was easy to access my camcorder, and the camcorder was well protected while in the case.
Here are some specific Pros and Cons:
Quality materials: soft lining, formed sides, rugged zippers all speak to the good quality of the materials used in the case.
Protective design: the rugged, formed sides offer good protection for the contents, especially when the bag might bounce or bang around as you are sightseeing, or get squeezed into larger luggage. The stiffness of the sides helps disperse any pressure applied to the case from other objects.
Compact: this is not the case for carrying every accessory ever invented for your camcorder, not for large camcorders. It is compact for those occasions when you want good protection with minimal space usage.
Understated: black all around, except the pocket lining on the inside, which is a turquoise blue. No bright logos that scream: EXPENSIVE CAMCORDER INSIDE!!! Many travel sites advise using understated designs such as this to not attract thieves while traveling.
Handle pulls tight to the case when shoulder strap is used: this is a pretty cool feature that makes the case a little less "grabbable" by someone that shouldn't be grabbing your stuff.
Good value: the case is not expensive and being a smart design and made of durable materials, provides a good value.
Great warranty: Case Logic usually provides a generous warranty on their products, and this one is no exception. Twenty-five years. That's a statement about their confidence in their products, right there.
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If you need a compact, well-made, low-key case for a small camcorder, then I recommend this one. Case Logic has been making cases for a long time, and they really do come up with designs that are smart and logical, and are backed by long warranties.