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JAR Sun Shield

Anyone who has ever tried using the LCD screen on their digicam out in the bright sunlight knows what they need - they need a shade!

JAR Sun Shield

Jess Russell makes a very inexpensive LCD Sun Shade called the JAR Sun Shield that was originally made only for the Sony Mavica digital cameras. Well, yours truly talked him into making a smaller sun shield for the Nikon Coolpix 900, 900s and 950 cameras.

The best part besides that it works great is that it only costs $10.00 and that includes shipping via the USPS!   If ordering for the Nikon cameras be sure to let Jess know or else you might end up with one made for a Mavica.

JAR Sun Shield

The JAR Sunshield does not interfere with the swiveling lens portion of the Nikon 950 in any way.

JAR Sun Shield

Here's the three velcro strips that you put around your LCD screen to attach the JAR Sun Shield -- it's the same three strips you use for attaching the Xtend-a-View loupe magnifier/sun shade!   If you have both shades you can now easily switch back and forth between them.

JAR Sun Shield

The result is an easy to see LCD screen even with bright and harsh overhead lighting.  And as you can see, there is also ample room to access the control buttons too.

JAR Sun Shield

Pictured here is the new (April 2000) 4-sided JAR Shield for the Coolpix 950. It blocks reflections coming from the bottom as well as the top and sides yet it still allows access to the buttons above and below the LCD screen.

JAR Sun Shield

When you're not using the JAR Sun Shield it folds perfectly flat for easy storage in your camera bag.

Ordering Info

To order your JAR Sun Shield you can visit Jess' web page
or send him email

You'll find info about Jess' Mavica sunshields here.

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I give the JAR Sun Shield 5 (out of a possible 5) digicams!

It's very inexpensive, it works well and it only takes a few minutes to install via three, narrow strips of velcro. It can be mounted on more than one digicam and folds flat for easy storage.

I won't kid you, it's not perfect, what is? If there is a lot of light bouncing or reflecting off of things behind you it isn't going to stop that from getting on the LCD. It does work very well most of the time and it sure beats using the 950's LCD outdoors _without_ it !

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