A couple of months ago I was contacted by the folks over at Expert Shield. They saw that I enjoy my D800 immensely, and asked if I would write a review of an Expert Shield screen protector if they sent me one at no charge. I agreed, and told them I would have an RX-100 shortly as well.
About a week or so later, I had a small package arrive from England, containing three expert shields. Two for the D800 and one for the RX-100. Now, I don’t take my D800 out all the time, it’s heavy, and if you know New York, you know it’s been brutally hot and humid this summer. As such, the thought of carrying around a heavy DSLR has not been in my mind. So I decided I would do my review based on my experiences with the shield on the RX-100.
That is the link to the shield sent to me. Opening the package, you see essentially the same type of clear plastic as any other shield, with the applicator sheets on it. A small squeegee tool is included, and a cleaning cloth. Instructions are as typical. Clean screen, don’t touch shield with your fingers, wash hands, etc. Application was simple, though perhaps a little trickier than some other screen protectors. This one is cut very true to size, so, on the RX-100, I needed to be very careful to have it squared up. I messed up the first time, and had to take it off and do it again. There is a positive to this though, it means it becomes almost unnoticeable once it is on the camera*. When I applied it, I had almost no bubbles. It was pretty annoying that I had one or two small ones that I couldn’t press out. C’est la vie. I let it rest.
I’ve been using the camera pretty regularly since then, both with and without it’s case (the Sony leather case), and, guess what. The bubbles are gone. I havent seen them since that first day. Also, I forget I have a screen protector on the camera. It’s very clear, the screen is still sharp, and it doesn’t fingerprint or smudge super easy (unlike the protector I had on my iPhone – NOT from Expertshield mind you). It sits almost flush, the bubbles faded away, the colors look almost like their is not shield, and the screen remains sharp. I have seen no build up of gunk around the edges, but that’s a more long term thing to watch out for.
I am generally not super rough on my cameras, I like them to last, and I am generally not one to use screen protectors. That being said, the lack of downsides to the Expert Shield means that I can recommend it no problem. The best complement you can give to a screen protector is that it looks like there is no screen protector during normal use. The Expert Shield fits that bill.