Dos & Don'ts

Dropping a digital camera

Written by Gail Bjork

Bet you can’t guess the most common way a digital camera gets dropped? The answer will no doubt surprise you!

Oops!Dropping a digital camera is not fun. The most common way a camera gets dropped may surprise you, just as it did the editors of PC Photo magazine when they conducted a survey on the topic. Oh, and it’s probably something you do!

We asked many of our Digicamhelp visitors the same question. Less than a handful got the answer right.

Here’s what they guessed:

  • When the strap breaks or comes undone.
  • Not using the wrist or neck strap.
  • By not having a good grasp and a neck or hand loop.
  • When replacing the batteries.
  • When it is taken in or out of the case, or whatever you use to keep it safe.
  • When its strap gets entangled with some doorknob, car handle, etc.
  • When using the self-timer.
  • When opening the memory card door.
  • When it gets knocked off a a table.
  • When it falls out of your pocket.
  • When it simply slips off the hand carrying it around.
  • When holding camera using wet fingers at the beach.
  • When picking up another item.

So then, just what is the most common way a digital camera gets dropped?

Passing a camera around so friends can look at photos on the LCD.

Be forewarned! 🙂

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.