What is camera insurance?
Often a type of electronic device insurance, a camera insurance policy can cover photography and videography equipment for repairs and replacements caused by a variety of perils. Camera insurance isn't limited to high-end models; you can typically get a camera insurance policy for anything from a simple point-and-shoot camera to a mirrorless camera or professional-grade DSLR. Camera insurance may also protect your camera equipment, including:
- The main body of the camera
- LCD screen
- External flashes
- Shutter mechanisms
- Camera batteries
Is camera insurance worth it?
Compared to your camera insurance premium and deductible, a policy might save you hundreds of dollars in repairs or full replacements. Camera insurance can also provide you with the reassurance to carry your camera regularly, enabling you to capture more.
What does camera insurance cover?
Camera insurance protects your devices from unexpected accidents and perils, regardless of whether they occur at home, in a public park, or abroad. Covered mishaps and incidents include:
- Accidental drops
- Water damage
- Power surges from lightning
How much does camera insurance cost?
Your premium will depend on how much coverage you want. If you file a claim with Worth Ave. for a covered camera repair or replacement, you'll pay a deductible as little as $50 (depending on the deductible amount you selected when purchasing your policy), and insurance will pay out the rest of the bill up to the insured value.
Is my camera covered under my homeowners or renters insurance policy?
Your homeowners insurance or renters insurance policy may provide coverage for your camera and related equipment in certain circumstances. You may file a claim for damages caused by covered perils such as fire and theft. However, your insurance typically won't cover your camera and accessories for accidents like drops and water damage.
Consider your deductible when filing a claim with your home or renters insurance. Personal property deductibles are often $500 or higher — up to $5,000 or more if it's based on a percentage of your dwelling coverage. So if your deductible is $1,000 and you file a claim to have $1,300 in camera repairs done, you'll have to pay $1,000, and the insurer would pay out the remaining $300 (if there's not a sub-limit).
You could consider paying an additional premium to add a rider, also known as an endorsement, to your homeowners or renters insurance policy for your camera and related equipment. Riders typically don't have a deductible, and they might protect your camera from more incidents than the primary policy.