Chances are good that your digital camera is going to see some action: hiking in the Himalayas, snowboarding in Squaw Valley, or Thanksgiving with the in-laws. You want to do everything you can to help protect it from use and abuse.

Carrying Cases
The liquid-crystal display (LCD) on most cameras is fairly fragile and should be protected with a bag or cover. Whether you get a small case or a large padded bag to hold your tripod and other gear, make sure you have a sturdy cover to help protect your camera and lenses.

If you’re going to take your camera to the beach, you ought to get a filter! Filters help protect SLR lenses from scratches, sun and abuse and change the way different light affects your shots, generally improving your photo quality.

Waterproof Housings
Want to shoot while snorkeling? Going to Niagara Falls? Consider waterproof housing to help keep your investment safe and dry while you go snorkeling, rafting or just to the neighborhood pool.

Click Tip: A bag helps keep out the elements, free your hands and keep gear from getting lost or stolen.

Physical Protection
A Dell extended service plan* helps protect your investment by offering a 1 or 2 year service extension beyond the manufacturer’s original warranty on select third party peripherals.

Warranty Coverage
The ultimate protection is, of course, a great warranty. If you’ll be doing a lot of rough-and-tumble shooting, consider adding a Dell extended service warranty*.

(* Subject to customers' contract with third party. See for details. Availability varies. Other conditions may apply. Plan services provided by a third party. The Extended Service Plan covers mechanical or electrical failure on select third-party peripherals and is a repair/replacement plan only. Technical support and "how to" questions are not covered. The Extended Service Plan contract expires upon replacement of or reimbursement for the peripheral. Technicians may perform basic troubleshooting before facilitating the shipment of the item to a depot for repair or before determining if the item needs replacement. Receipt of defective unit may be required prior to replacement. Return shipment at customer's expense for items under $350. Replacements may be refurbished. The Extended Service Plan begins upon expiration of the manufacturer's warranty and is currently available only in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.)