From the outset, it has to be said that dropping a digital camera is not a good idea under any circumstances. Their bodies are typically plastic, and the electronics are sensitive. However, if you did have to drop one, you would certainly feel happier dropping one that is attached to the Gary Fong Flip Cage. For the purpose of this review, I dropped my camera so that you don't have to, and I have to say that the results were very encouraging.
My aging Canon PowerShot SD750 was dropped from heights as high as 6ft, yet showed no signs of damage or wear. However, having the white side plates on is advised in the event of any hard uneven surfaces that could strike the inside of the protective frame, and you should be sure to tighten the tripod screw firmly, as this will ensure that your frame remains rigid. The Flip Cage is rugged, well-made, and looks built to last.
Nonetheless, this level of protection does come with some drawbacks. For instance, when attached to the Flip Cage, your compact digital camera is no longer as compact as it used to be. The frame adds very little weight, but the added bulk is noticeable. Furthermore, accessing your camera controls is not always practical without unfolding the protective arms, and in some situations this could mean the difference between getting the shot and missing the shot, but with practice it should not be too big an issue.