My favorite lens cap for my 360 cameras isn’t a lens cap at all… it’s a microfiber pouch. I love it so much I bought seven of them. Here’s why.
Keeping your lens clean and scratch free is important for lenses, but it’s absolutely crucial for 360 camera lenses. Their extremely short focal length means that scratches and smudges WILL definitely show up in your shot and affect your image quality far more than it will affect a normal or telephoto lens.
Using your shirt to clean your lens is convenient, but as B&H Photo says “use your cotton t-shirt at your own risk.” I confess I do that sometimes, and I don’t know if it’s because of that but I’ve had to replace my Keymission 360’s outer lenses (around $40 each!).
To keep my lenses clean and to clean my lenses if they get smudged, I’ve started using this microfiber pouch from Agent 8. It is designed for GoPro cameras but it also fits several of my 360 cameras:
– Garmin Virb 360
– Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere
– Nikon Keymission 360
– Samsung Gear 360 (2016)
– Insta360 Air
– It will also probably fit the Kodak Orbit360.
As I mentioned, it also fits GoPro cameras (with the waterproof housing).
I like the fact that the pouch allows me to put the cameras with their tripod mount facing the pouch’s opening so I can attach or detach a selfie stick or monopod while holding the camera with the pouch. I use the microfiber pouch to handle the camera (be careful not to drop the camera) as I attach the camera to the monopod or other stand. I keep the pouch on the camera until I’m ready to shoot.
For my Insta360 Pro, I use this Black Squid 10 x 14 inch microfiber pouch, and for my Panono, I use this 8 x 11 pouch, also by Black Squid. The 8 x 11 can fit the Insta360 Pro but it’s a tight fit, so that’s why I got the 10 x 14 instead.
Please note a microfiber pouch is quite thin and is NOT a substitute for a camera case per se, but rather it’s an additional layer of protection and a convenient way to clean my lenses and keep them clean while handling them.
So far I’ve been happy with these microfiber pouches (the Agent 8 and the Black Squid pouches) and would recommend them. Thank you for using the links above to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews!