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Mirrorless Camera Sturdiness and General Weather Resistance


14 Feb 2013 12:22AM
Hi all,

So i plan on using my new mirrorless camera for some landscape photography. My camera doesn't have weather sealing (like the OM-D E-M5 for example) and i haven't bought any protective accessories for it yet such as hoods, filters, screen protector etc. Here in the UK, weather is unsettled more often than not, and for say hiking trips i'm likely to encounter conditions that are windy, cold and damp, even when it's not raining! So will i be able to use my camera in these conditions? I know there are weatherproof cameras but i doubt these will suffice for image quality.

I'm wondering how sturdy mirrorless and dslr cameras are in general. I know for fact that my old compact camera has been able to tolerate virtually anything: blizzards in the Alps, high winds on top of skyscrapers, tropical heat in Southeast Asia etc. But then again, i wasn't looking after it...but it is still fully functional.

Lastly, and this can be an unrelated question, will i need the protective accessories i mentioned? Believe it or not, i have had my camera for a few days and i'm still reluctant to remove the film over the LCD screen...crazy i know! Do people buy and use screen protectors for the LCD?

Thanks,

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KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 12:34AM
My DSLR's are all weather sealed, they are still covered in the rain (using a pair of cutoff waterproof trouser legs) generally speaking it is always a good idea to protect one's investment in expensive kit Smile

no idea as to what is available for your system camera - but spending a little more won't hurt.....
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
14 Feb 2013 12:53AM
Mirrorless are just as capable as dslrs and compacts, all can tolerate a little rain.
franken e2
12 3.3k 4 Wales
14 Feb 2013 7:56AM

Quote:Mirrorless are just as capable as dslrs and compacts, all can tolerate a little rain.


I agree.

Ken
KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 11:19AM

Quote:Mirrorless are just as capable as dslrs and compacts, all can tolerate a little rain.

I agree.

Ken




Also agreed LOL

however if you wish to take it out in British summertime it may be worth protecting - anyone remember last year at all?
sparrowhawk e2
6 268 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 11:41AM
can you clarify something for me whayt is summertime i know had one once but can't quite recall when it was
KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 12:47PM
LOL yes, hard to remember....
ChrisV e2
8 889 26 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 4:58PM
Any interchangeable lens camera is going to be more vulnerable to water ingress via the lens mount than a camera that is more of a fully sealed unit. Cameras offered with a degree of weather sealing will have some form of insulation on the mount and/or the lens itself. These are usually further up the range of a manufacturer's models.

It should go without saying you should be especially careful when switching lenses in adverse weather conditions.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
14 Feb 2013 6:35PM

Quote:Cameras offered with a degree of weather sealing will have some form of insulation on the mount and/or the lens itself. These are usually further up the range of a manufacturer's models


This is dependant on the lens attached, not all lenses are weather sealed.

I was out in a snow blizzard with my weather sealed E3, with a loose fitting lensbaby attached, the camera still survived.

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