A digital camera is an investment that must be cared for and protected. One of the best ways to ensure a camera remains in top working condition is to use a digital camera screen protector. The primary function of a screen protector is to guard the display screen against dirt, sand, oily fingerprints, pet hair, gouging, and surface scratches. Some include extra options, like improved contrast or color, so getting educated before buying one is a good first step in making the right choice.
Digital cameras are exposed to many hazards with everyday use, especially if the owner is an avid photographer. Most are only used occasionally for a vacation, a holiday, or a special event, which means they are not particularly susceptible to any real damage. You'll want to determine exactly what sort of protection is necessary before investing in a screen protector.
Most modern screen protectors are made from a clear, thin, non-adhesive polyurethane film that was first developed for the United States military and later put into commercial use. The film is applied to the display screen of the camera and left in place until it begins show signs of wear, at which point it is removed and a new digital camera screen protector is applied. All polyurethane screen protectors guard against everyday wear and tear, but a large number also offer extra features developed from the newest cutting-edge polymer manufacturing techniques.
The latest optional features available include high contrast and clarity, protection from glare, and color improvement. Some protectors have multiple clear layers that last longer than a single layer, bubble free application methods, and improved scratch resistance. These additional features are handy, but they may also mean a higher price tag.
In addition to the standard polyurethane screen protector, there are several other options. A screen hood, or cover, mounts directly onto the camera body and provides very good protection. Another option is a relatively new digital camera screen protector line made in Germany called digiCover. It is an inexpensive, self-adhesive, clear, and lightweight “foil” that comes in a cut-to-fit roll.