With so many options out there, finding the perfect hard case to protect your expensive DSLR cameras and accessories can feel like an impossible search. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you and put together our favorites - the top 5 hard cases for DSLR cameras based on experience and feedback from happy customers.
Keep reading to find the best hard case for your DSLR!
The Nanuk 935
Nanuk has a high reputation for producing strong, protective hard cases. All Nanuk cases are dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof and most come with your choice of pick and pluck foam, customized hard form, or padded inserts.
The 935 is from Nanuk’s line of wheeled cases, making it perfect for travel. This case measures at 20.5 x 11.3 x 7.5 inches (interior) which is large enough to fit up to two DSLR bodies plus lenses and accessories when organized right. But, the real kicker of this case is that it is still small enough to use as carry on luggage when travelling by air which means you can keep your expensive equipment by your side and skip the anxiety of sending it away as checked baggage.
The Pelican 1500
Pelican is another highly reputable brand of hard cases, producing cases of proven strength and durability. The 1500 lives up to the brand’s reputation, delivering watertight and nearly indestructible protection.
Measuring at 16.8 x 11.2 x 6.1 inches (interior LxWxH), the Pelican 1500 is great for those who are travelling with a fair amount of gear. Inside, you can easily fit a large camera plus lenses and other fragile photography equipment. Many customers also enjoyed the addition of the stainless steel reinforced padlock protectors that help keep the case looking crisp and new.
If there’s one thing, though, that many pro’s out there aren’t loving so much, it’s the latches of this Pelican case, which aren’t the easiest or most enjoyable to use. The latches can be difficult to open and close, and they often clip and pinch people's fingers. Ouch!
The Storm iM 2050
The Storm series is a line from Pelican and the relationship shows through their high quality. The Storm iM 2050 is slightly smaller than the Pelican 1500, but still has the same watertight and durable protection. Some customers have also mentioned that the latches on the Storm series perform considerably better than on other Pelican cases, making the Storm cases a good alternative.
The iM 2050 measures interiorly at 9.5 x 7.5 x 4.3 inches which is enough room for one camera body and lens, and potentially a second lens or a couple other accessories. This may be too small if you tend to need a lot of equipment, but many reviewers note that it’s perfect for watersports or other outdoor activities. This case easily fits with you on a kayak or canoe and can also fit into larger backpacks for hiking or travelling trips.
The Nanuk 945
Another stellar case from Nanuk, the 945 comes with all the standard dings and whistles of quality protection. Measuring at 22.0 x 17.0 x 8.2 inches (interior), the Nanuk 945 is slightly larger than the 935; however, this version does not come with wheels which means it’s a little harder to transport and take on-the-go on more adventurous photography excursions. But, it’s a great case if you have a lot of gear to protect or you’re looking for a good storage case.
While Nanuk and Pelican easily rival each other in terms of durability and protection, many buyers have noted that Nanuk’s latches are considerably easier to use and many also prefer that the brand keeps its production within Canada.
The Pelican 1510
The 1510 is Pelicans option of a wheeled case created for carry on use. Very similar to the Nanuk 935 and crafted with great durability and protection, the Pelican 1510 measures interiorly at 19.8 x 11.0 x 7.6 inches, which is slightly smaller than the Nanuk 935. While this is only a slight difference in size, some reviewers have complained that the case does not feel very spacious.
If you are looking to get this case, it’s also recommended that you opt for the pick and pluck foam options as the padded dividers you can buy with the case are not very stiff and are weighed on by heavy items.
The Decision is Yours
Just remember, all these cases will provide great protection for your equipment, so it really just comes down to the size and features you need and want in a case. Now that you know the pros and cons of the top hard cases out there, you can confidently choose the best one to take on your next exciting shoot!