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What Is a Digital Camera Screen Protector?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 14 November 2016
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A digital camera screen protector is an object that can be placed over the screen of a digital camera to protect it from scratches and damage. Many digital cameras include a screen on the back of the camera that can be used as a large view finder and to preview images that have been taken. This screen is often subject to damage and scratching through camera use, and even fingerprints and dust on the screen can affect its clarity. A digital camera screen protector is typically a clear sheet of plastic or a similar substance that can be placed over this screen to prevent damage and make it easier to clean.

There are a number of different companies that offer a digital camera screen protector for various cameras, so there can be many different styles and ways in which they are made. In general, however, these screen protectors are made from a substance that is relatively clear and fairly flexible, such as plastic or vinyl. Different preparations can be used to make a digital camera screen protector, though many companies use anti-glare material to keep the protector from adding reflectivity to the screen. Screen protectors that do not include such features can actually make the screen more difficult to see and have a negative impact on camera use.

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The main purpose of a digital camera screen protector is typically to keep the screen from being damaged or scratched. This means that most protectors are fairly sturdy, even though they are quite thin. Some screen protectors may also be meant to be merely temporary, providing a layer of protection that can be easily replaced. This allows a digital camera screen protector to receive any damage that would otherwise happen to the screen, such as scratches or cuts, and then the protector can be removed and replaced with an unblemished protector.

There are different ways in which a digital camera screen protector can be attached or placed onto a screen. Some screen protectors use an adhesive, which is either applied to the protector when it is installed, or is on the protector already and allows it to act like a sticker. These types of protectors can create issues, however, as they may be difficult to replace or adhesive could potentially cause damage to the screen itself. Many screen protectors are attached to the screen simply through static, allowing a strong bond to form between the screen and protector, without adhesives and with less chance for air bubbles to form between them.

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