Delkin Snug-It Pro – Body Armor for Your Camera
No matter how careful you are with your camera gear, the more you use it, the more likely you are to get the normal wear and tear, dings, nicks, and worn corners. But what if you could protect your camera from life’s inevitable littleÂ signs of use. The Delkin Snug-It Pro aims to solve these problems by almost every piece of your camera in a rubberized coating.
I figured I would give it a try and see if I could keep my brand new Canon 50D looking brand new for a long time.
It’s kind of hard to come up with an extensive features for the Snug-It Pro since it really consists of three basics parts. First off there is an LCD screen protector that adheres to your screen to protect it from scratches whether or not you are using the Snug-It Pro cover.
The Snug-It Pro cover itself is a rubbery slip-cover that goes over your camera and also has a plastic LCD cover for further protection.
In the image to the right, what appear to be brown spots are just thinner areas of the Snug-it Pro cover to make getting the lenses off and so you can see the camera model. With the Snug-It Pro cover in place, you can still get to all of the controls and ports on the camera.
Setting up the Snug-It Pro is pretty simple. The first thing to do is clean your LCD really good so that the first screen protector will go on good and not have anything underneath it. I lined up one edge with the LCD screen and kind of rolled it into position. Using a microfiber cloth was able to rub out a couple of air bubbles easily.
Next, I took my lens off and put on a body cap to help keep any dust out, and then slid the Snug-It Pro down over the top of the camera and worked it into place. There is a video later on in this article showing how to use the Snug-It Pro.
There are some pros and cons to using the Snug-It Pro although most people are going to be pretty happy with it. The few things that are issues for me are because of how I use my camera. I am a pretty heavy shooter so I always have a battery grip on it. This creates a problem in that the Snug-It Pro wraps around the bottom of the camera preventing a good fit with the battery grip causing the camera to not want to power on. A little trimming of some of the bottom allowed me to be able to get the grip on and working, but this caused another issue of the Snug-It Pro bulging a little making closing the CF card door difficult. Again, this is only going to be a problem if you use a battery grip. If you don’t, then you won’t have these same issues.
A second issue I have is that the top of the Snug-It Pro slides into the Hot Shoe mount which causes an issue if you use an accessory flash since you then have to pull out the top of the Snug-It Pro which causes it to bend backwards awkwardly. The last thing that is a little annoying is that the plastic LCD cover can tend to move around sometimes.
Issues aside, the Snug-It Pro does what it is supposed to do and while it isn’t going to protect your camera from a long drop onto the sidewalk, it is going to keep your camera looking good for a long time.
At a street price of $34.95, the Snug-It Pro offers really good external protection of your camera although it may not be suitable for all shooters. If you use a battery grip or an accessory flash and you want to use the Snug-It Pro then you may end up doing a little cutting to make it fit your style better, but seeing as how trimming it up isn’t a major ordeal, I am not going to ding my grade on it too harshly for that.
The following video shows putting the Snug-It Pro on the camera and talks about some of the pros and cons as I have talked about them in this article.
Snug-It Pro Product Page: http://www.delkin.com/products/snug-it-pro/snug-it-pro.html
Snug-It Pro on Amazon: Delkin Snug It Pro Skin