We’ve run the tests, so trust us. There may not be a better option for weather sealing testing on cameras than what we’ve done to numerous cameras and lenses. In fact, we have been outside and utilized the cameras and lenses in the harshest weather. Our reviewers carry out a lot more than just this. We do this because we anticipate that you will wish to do so with the gear. After considering everything, we made the decision to discuss about camera protection. Here are some considerations we make before leaving the house.
WHAT PERMITS US TO DISCUSS?
We’ve been really curious in how durable cameras are for a while. Representatives assured us that cameras would be alright if taken outside in the rain. Is that really the case, though? Reps still make this claim. However, only a select few cameras are advertised as weatherproof. So we’ve frequently tested different cameras in the rain, snow, sand, etc. throughout the years. Our testing of build quality make up a significant portion of our evaluations. And we’re dedicated to forcing the whole industry to produce weatherproof cameras and lenses.
Oh, and we’ve heard that Olympus refers to this test each time they discuss weather sealing. If a company is okay with it, then so are we! Count on us; we know how to keep your camera safe.
ARE YOU WEATHER RESISTANTLY MARKETING YOUR CAMERA?
Determine your camera’s weather resistance first. This is a significant issue to resolve. Here is a broad overview; there could be others. However, these are the most often used cameras.
The whole GFX family, the Fujifilm X Pro 3, XT4, and other models are weather-sealed. Here is a guide to Fujifilm lenses that are weather sealed.
Weather sealing is included on every Canon RF camera body. You should find this Canon RF lens guide useful.
Each full-frame Nikon Z body incorporates weather proofing. Additionally, we have a guide to Nikon Z lenses.
Each camera body for the Sony a7, a9, and a1 has weather sealing.
Every camera body in the Panasonic S series features weather sealing.
Do yourself a favor and just choose the Olympus OMD Em1 Mk III and the Olympus OMD EM1X if you’re going to utilize Olympus.
The Leica Q2 is IP rated, as are the Leica SL2s and SL2.
GUARD YOUR CAMERA. VERIFY EVERY PORT
It’s crucial to inspect every port on your camera. Verify that they are completely sealed. Check the audio jacks, battery ports, SD card ports, USB ports, and other ports. Avoid taking your camera outside if the doors are a bit flimsy. It isn’t worthwhile. The hot shoe is another issue to take into account. Manufacturers have improved the hot shoe’s seal during the last several years. However, not all cameras have as much sealing, particularly Sony.
Make sure the whole package is secured if you’re bringing your camera outside in the weather. Where things really, truly become challenging is with lenses. Although some companies claim to have weather-sealed lenses, they do not. Instead, sealing will be present all the way around the mount and maybe at a location near the focusing ring. When you install a front lens filter, certain lenses have completed their weather sealing to a certain extent. Other manufacturers take further measures to completely weather-seal the lenses.
For me, there is no chance that I would purchase a current lens that wasn’t completely weather-sealed. Constant camera sensor cleaning is a huge inconvenience that can be avoided for only a few more dollars.
ADVANCED MEANS OF PROTECTING YOUR CAMERA
There are several other ways to safeguard your camera. As an example, you may completely safeguard your camera by covering it with a plastic bag. Additionally, there are items like camera skins. As an alternative, an umbrella is really helpful if you’re outdoors.