Nikon has announced a new product called the Nikon ASC-01, a new stainless steel insert for your camera’s hot shoe mount. It slides right into the mount when it’s not in use, giving your camera a shinier and more “complete” look.
Here’s what the cover looks like when used on a Nikon DSLR:
In addition to aesthetics, the cover has other benefits as well. It covers up your exposed hot shoe contact points, protecting them from the moisture and dust that cause the parts to scratch and corrode over time. The insert also keeps your hot shoe’s metal frame from getting bent out of shape from impacts.
If you often find that your camera’s hot shoe catches onto things like clothing or your camera bags when removing or inserting your gear, the cover helps alleviate that annoyance as well.
The ASC-01 may be pretty, but it’s also pretty pricey. Hot shoe covers are typically inexpensive, but the ASC-01 carries a hefty price tag of $35. It’s officially for sale in Japan, but you can also find it listed over on eBay.