I bought my wife a new canon sd 780 camera for her birthday. This thing is smaller than a deck of cards but shoots 720p video! So of course I want to play with it. I do have a tendency to wreck things I use though so I wanted to find a way to protect it from the elements. I was doing some shooting in a light rain and was really paranoid about frying the circuits. I came up with the idea to make a super simple small rain shield out of some scrap I had lying around.
Step 1: Materials and tools
For this job I used some scrap stainless steel sheet metal I had lying around.
I needed one 1/4 20 bolt to attach it to the tripod mount.
I used an angle grinder with a zip disk, I used about 4 clamps, a drill and a hammer and center punch. I also used a small sheet metal bender but this could be done with a vice if you don't have one.
I also used the 3d cad program called solidworks to help me design the shield. If you don't have or know this program there is google sketchup which I hear is good, easy and free. This could also be figured out with a tape measure and a piece of cardboard.
Step 2: Design
I used the cad software to model the camera first, then I created the shield around it This gave me the size and the bend angles. I was able to print out a flat pattern at a 1x1 scale.