As camera LCD display grows from puny 1″ screens to large >3″ LCD screens nowadays, the large surface area gets more and more susceptible to surface scratches, and in some cases, hard impact from buckles, belt hooks, etc.
While there are abundant peel-and-stick plastic LCD protectors available, most of these will not help prevent scratches, especially when the LCD comes in contact with a rather sharp object.
I ordered the GGS Glass LCD Screen Protector from one of my usual eBay stores from Hong Kong for US$9.00 with free shipping to Singapore and it arrived 3 days later.
The packaging is decent and while the instructions are all in Chinese, you shouldn’t need to refer to a user’s guide when installing something like this.
According to the seller (note that the text has been corrected from the usual “China-English”.
Item information:This GGS LCD screen protector is for Canon 40D SLR camera, which is completely different from the traditional plastic protective film . GGS LCD screen protector is using ultra thin optical glass and special processing, it is high transparency, anti-scrape, anti-bump, anti-aging and easy to install.
This Protector is a product compared to the PVC material screen protector. The thickness of the glass is only 0.5mm in which the level of transparency is guaranteed. Special coating has been applied to strengthen the LCD screen protector in order to prevent it from scratches. It provides high level protection for your camera LCD screen.
• It uses a 0.5mm ultra thin optical glass with at least 90% transmittance. It has higher transparency than other LCD screen protector.
• It is as hard as 8H and it can bear a heavy burden (8kg/cm2), also it can prevent from being rubbed, scraped and bumped.
• It is well sealed by 3M double side adhesive tape which is not easy to be unglued and easy to be installed. There is no air bubble or angle occurs during sticking on the equipment. It will not affected by the temperature and humidity.
• It prevents the LCD screen infected by sweat stain, smear, acid and alkali element and prolongs the life of the screen.
• It can be removed and reused if the glue layer hasn’t been damaged.
• Anti-Scratch, Anti-Dust, Anti-Collision, Moisture-proof, UV Protection
I have to remove the previously installed plastic LCD protector that’s installed right now and clean the actual LCD surface. As you can see, the plastic LCD protector has already suffered some scrapes and bumps.
I cleaned off the LCD with a microfiber towel and a glass cleaner, then polished it off with the dry side of my towel to make sure no smudges remain.
Peel off the adhesive protector from the back side of the glass protector and carefully align the corners the screen protector and the camera’s LCD. You can see that the glass protector is solid and can stand on its own when held vertically.
Just like that, you’re done. Knock on the LCD with a pen and you’ll get a solid, glass-sounding *tink* sound instead of the plastic *thud*.
Compared to the cost of a branded plastic LCD protector, the glass protector is a steal, in my opinion. I don’t see a noticeable loss in brightness either. In addition, since the (lousy) Canon LCDs doesn’t sport an anti-reflective coating, you won’t really notice any changes in reflectivity. If you’re using a 50D or a 5D Mark II, however, you may lose the anti-reflectivity when you use the GGS.
I have to add this important warning, though. Unlike soft LCD protectors, you only get one shot to install this correctly. The finished product photos above are taken a week after the first batch of photos because I got a little obsessed with lining the corner edges up and I tried to remove the glass from the LCD. The result was catastrophic.
A friend of mine (thanks Sherwin), advised me to turn on the LCD when lining up the protector, so I took a photo of our white wall and viewed it on screen before lining up the edges. I also made sure that the bottom right corner doesn’t protrude towards the 40D’s on/off switch (main reason why I tried to pry off the first one).
The nice thing about installing a non-bendable screen protector is you won’t have to deal with air bubbles. Just line it up, press it flush, you’re all set. No bubble problems.