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Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case review

£19 inc VAT

Manufacturer: OverBoard

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

If you want to take underwater photos but don't have the money to invest in a camera specifically designed for the task, OverBoard's Waterproof Zoom Lens Camera Case could be just the thing.

If you want to take underwater photos but don't have the money to invest in a camera specifically designed for the task, OverBoard's Waterproof Zoom Lens Camera Case could be just the thing.
 
At just half a millimeter thick, the transparent Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case  is very thin. In fact, we were initially sceptical whether the case, which is made from the environmentally friendly TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane), would be thick enough to really protect our digital camera from water.

But we were pleasantly surprised. Once you've slipped the camera into the OverBoard Waterproof Zoom Lens Camera Case, making sure the hard plastic cylinder covers the zoom lens, you just need to click the slide seal system at the top, also made from hard plastic, together, and then push the two locks into position.

We submerged the case in a large bowl of water, about 12in deep, for around five minutes, while we took a number of snaps. There were no bubbles and when we opened the case, our camera was bone-dry. Not a drop of water had managed to get inside the Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case.
 
We found it easy to capture images and navigate through the menus of the camera while it was in the OverBoard Waterproof Zoom Lens Camera Case. However, we found it was a bit fiddly to zoom in or out on the camera.

Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case says the case can be submerged up to depths of 19ft. It's also worth remembering that while swimming pools and the sea might be fine, the case should not be submerged in hot water, for example a bath or a jacuzzi. Instead, OverBoard says floating the case on top of the water should be fine. The company also recommends you test the case before you use it for the first with an item that doesn't need to be kept bone dry.

We did have a couple of gripes though.  

We tested the Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case  with the Nikon Coolpix S3000, which is just 18mm thick and has a 27 to 108mm zoom lens. When the lens was used in wide-angle mode, we found the hard plastic casing designed to surround the lens featured in the image. To remove this, we needed to zoom-in, which of course affected the subject our image. We then tried a Canon PowerShot SX210, which is thicker at 32mm and with a bigger 28 to 392mm lens. However, the casing was still picked up by the camera in wide-angle mode, although not as much as using the Nikon.

We also found water collected in the outside rim of the zoom lens protector. This meant we had to shake it every time to remove the droplets before we captured images, otherwise we were left with water globules on our photos.

The OverBoard Waterproof Zoom Lens Camera Case also comes bundled with a neck lanyard and a moisture sensitive desiccant sachet that should be inserted in the case in humid environments.

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Overboard Zoom Lens Camera Case Expert Verdict »
100% Waterproof
LENZFLEX front and back window for ultra clear photos
Guaranteed submersible to 19ft / 6m
Supplied with neck lanyard and moisture sensitive desiccant sachet
Fits compact cameras with a telescopic zoom lens 2.8cm or less
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The OverBoard Zoom Lens Camera Case is a cheap way to turn your digital camera into a waterproof device. It lets users take fun snaps round the pool or on the beach while on holiday, but those serious photographers looking to capture good underwater images would be better off investing in a waterproof camera.

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