A weather-sealed camera is the perfect choice if you’re into wildlife, nature, and underwater photography genres. Weather-sealing offers added protection and security to the camera, eliminating you one thing to worry about. All you need to do focus on your shot and take it.
Below are four DSLR cameras with weather sealing. They have added rubber housing and sealing around the body and buttons to make them resistant to moisture and dust. Although calling them weatherproof will mean misrepresenting their capacities, let’s simply say they are certainly capable of handling tough conditions.
Best Mid-Range Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera
When the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was first released, photography enthusiasts were all giddy to get their hands on it. Although it has the same 20.2-megapixel sensor as that of the 70D, Canon claims it is totally a new device. The sensor is combined with Dual Digic 6 processing engines to make the camera faster and more responsive. This also enables a maximum continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second for 31 raw files. Moreover, its micro lenses have been redesigned for improved efficiency and image quality. Aside from that, the 7D Mark II is an overall improvement to other Canon DSLR cameras in terms of dust and water resistance. In fact, it is the second most weather-resistant Canon SLR after the 1Dx.
The Canon 7D sports a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000 with expansion settings taking it up to ISO 51,200. That is actually the highest non-expansion setting in any Canon APS-C format SLR. Its autofocus system is also impressive. It is fast and accurate, and it is easy to shift it for off-center subjects. Overall, this is the camera for THE enthusiast photographer who tends to shoot a bit of everything and needs a versatile that can deal with a wide range of scenarios.
Full-Frame Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera
Sony had again built a big name in the full-frame digital camera industry when it introduced the Sony Alpha SLT-A99. It is a feature-rich camera but without the confusing controls. The image quality it produces is top-notch; it’s one that enthusiasts would definitely rave about. Images have well-resolved detail and accurate colors. As Sony claims, this model’s sensor has new noise-reduction algorithms designed to reduce noise only where you need it. It also does an excellent job of preserving highlights in seemingly blown-out areas.
The auto white balance of the Sony A99 is yet another impressive feat. It has the ability to handle cloudy shooting conditions properly. It also feels responsive and fluid to shoot with, adding a little comfort when you have to shoot photos for hours. Additionally, this model excels at continuous shooting. Its video quality is very good as well, making it yet another choice for filmmakers/videographers.
Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera for the Money
When Nikon launched the D600, they made full-frame digital SLR cameras more accessible to casual photographers. Now, they’ve released a more improved version, the Nikon Nikon D610. On the outside, it does look almost identical to its predecessor. It features a magnesium alloy interior on the top and back of the camera’s insides. Just like the D800, it is also fully weather sealed.
The D610 has a 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor and an ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400. The D610’s 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor produces excellent JPEG image quality, and performs very well at high sensitivities. Its Raw files have an impressive amount of dynamic range as well. Overall, this is an improved D600.
Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera Under $1000
Featuring a Sony-designed 24MP sensor, the Pentax K-3 is yet another contender in this list; it is the perfect choice if you’re budget-conscious. Along with that sensor is a newly developed imaging engine – PRIME III, enabling the device to shoot at 8.3 frames per second. Its SAFOX 11 AF module is also a great addition, which offers 27 autofocus points, of which 25 are cross type for increased accuracy.
Wi-Fi is fast becoming an almost required specification of cameras, and this is standard on the Pentax. The K-3 is equipped with the so-called flu card that allows for transfer of images across to smartphones and tablets, along with remote control of the camera. Finally, Pentax K-3 is weather-sealed, as are many of Pentax’s current Pentax lenses and accessories (such as battery grips), making it a complete weather proof system.