The concept is to have a clear baggie that can be taped through, with a duct tape and padding shell. These instructions show how to customize this for the camera.
These instructions are specific to my Samsung camcorder, but they can be adapted to different cameras. Post your photos if you make one too!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Duct tape, in contrasting colors if you like
- Clear packing tape
- Pouch made from packing material, or similar stuff you can make into a pouch
- A plastic sheet cover
- A Ziploc or other brand bag with as high-quality a closure as you can get. Not the kind with the zipper, though
- Sticky-back Velcro
- A D-ring
- Cord or lanyard
- Camera (for measuring)
- Ruler, preferably metal
Step 2: Make the Inner Pouch
Next, place the Ziploc back inside the pouch to see how wide you will need to cut that. The zipper will be the way your pouch seals. Again, mark lines and cut it out.
Finally, using packing tape, tape the zip closure to the inside of your transparency pouch. Take your time with this step. It took me a few tries to get the packing tape in the right spot and to get it to stick in the right area of the top of the sheet protector pouch.
Once you have achieved this, tape up the remaining side of the pouch. You now have a water-resistant, transparent pouch through which you can take video.
Be sure to test it before going to the next step to make sure it works well with your camera, you have no yucky tape spots over the lens, etc. The last photo on this page shows my camera in its pouch with the lens fully extended.
Step 3: Add the Padded Pouch
Trace the rectangles you made onto the inside of the pouch. I moved my front rectangle over a little to center it better.
The last photo in this step shows a mistake I made. I thought my pouch was too big, so I cut a bit off the side. It turned out I needed that bit to compensate for the extra width needed when the lens was extended, so I had to make up for it in the next steps.
Step 4: Duct Tape, Part One
When you finish duct-taping the body, unstick the side pieces from each other and re-open the side of the case. Using your knife and the cutting board, cut a flap using the rectangle as a guide. Cut only the top and sides, leaving the bottom of the flap intact. Do this for both sides of the case.
Step 5: Add Velcro & D-ring
Tape the side cleanly. I used extra tape to compensate for the part of the pouch I mistakenly cut off. Add tape to the bottom.
Insert the baggie case into the outer case.
I thought hard about a solution for wearing the camera around my neck. Eventually I decided to cannibalize a belt I bought from the thrift store for one of its D-rings. I taped this in really well, using various layers and directions of tape, and going under the top of the back window with some of the tape.
The neck thing it hangs from is a giveaway from a trade show - another good way to upcycle junk lying around.
Step 6: More Duct Tape & Finishing Touches
Add Velcro to the top flap, making sure you are using the right type (soft or hard) so that both the top and window flaps can attach to the same piece of Velcro.
Create a flap to hold down Velcro that holds the back flap closed. I also used the duct tape to secure the D-ring further.
Add narrow strips of tape (clear or duct, your choice; I used clear) around the edges of the windows to seal up that opening.
Attach a neck cord to the D-ring.
The resulting video has a slight haze from the plastic, but nothing too bad. Here is a short sample from my camera. It's nothing special, but it shows that most of the audio and video quality are retained in the case.
I'm very happy with my case, and I hope you are too, if you try it!