Weather Sealed Cameras: 7 Tough Cameras That Can Handle It All

If your work demands that you be out in the rain, snow, or other bad weather conditions, you need to see these weather sealed cameras.

Over the last few weeks, we have taken a closer look at weather sealed cameras from Canon, Sony, and Nikon. While the big three have some great camera models that can play in the snow rain, so do other camera manufacturers that don’t get as much light cast upon them. In this roundup, we will be taking a look at weather sealed cameras from Fujifilm, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, and Leica so that you can fully explore the weather sealed camera marketplace.

Pentax K1 MK II
Captured with the Pentax K1 II

All of the weather sealed cameras we have listed below love being out in the elements. Whether you find yourself stuck in a snowstorm, a torrential downpour, howling winds, or anything else Mother Nature can throw your way, these weather sealed cameras will just keep on working. Make sure you pair these cameras up with weather sealed lenses. If you do, you will be able to get any shot you want no matter what is going on. If you want peace of mind, check out the weather sealed camera below.

Olympus OMD EM1 III

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Feels nice when shooting for a long time
  • We like the shutter sound
  • Good continuous autofocus which does tracking
  • The processor is fantastic
  • The art filters continue to make Olympus unique amongst other camera brands. Shooting surfers with the cross-process and the vintage filter was so fun. Same with grainy black and white.
  • Live composite is so incredibly pleasant, along with Starry AF.
  • It survived sand and saltwater
  • Continuous AF+Tracking works well with wide angles
  • The custom shooting mode switch on the back is something every adventure brand should have
  • This is the foundation for an Olympus camera we’d want to bring with us everywhere
  • Handheld high res shot continues to be one of the best things ever
  • Face detection works on monkeys

Cons

  • Battery life in the heat and the cold
  • Still no rating system in the playback menu
  • C-AF + Tracking is useless with telephoto lenses
  • Why no touchscreen menus?
  • Olympus’s menu system continues to give headaches
  • Some of the parts seem very dated
  • A top screen LCD could have made shooting easier
  • Why couldn’t it have Dual UHS-II Card slots
  • Above ISO 1600, you really need the art filters to take the most advantage of the otherwise too grainy sensor
  • Could really use no blackout in the EVF
  • Animal Tracking in autofocus is needed

Buy now: $1,699

Leica Q2

weather sealed cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Good image quality, though arguably better offerings from competitors
  • Weather sealed
  • Feels nice in the hands
  • Beautiful
  • The lens is exceptional

Cons

  • This is questionable, but the Leica Q2 could have really used a joystick. Not everyone wants to manually focus the lens instead.
  • High ISO output is a bit under par
  • The LCD screen is pretty low resolution
  • Autofocus in very low light isn’t great
  • Could have used a few more function buttons

Buy now: $4,966.24

Pentax K1 Mk II

weather sealed cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Enough weather sealing to last a lifetime
  • Rock solid build quality
  • Easy to read LCD Screen
  • In Body Image Stabilization / Pixel Shift
  • Gorgeous 100% coverage viewfinder
  • Excellent image quality
  • Dual SD Card slots
  • Great battery life
  • That little light above the lens mount

Cons

  • Only 33 focus points
  • Autofocus system won’t win any races
  • Extremely heavy
  • No touchscreen

Buy now: $1,796.95

© 2020 Pauleth Ip / PI Creative
Captured with the Fujifilm X-T4 © 2020 Pauleth Ip / PI Creative

Pro Tip: While these Sony cameras are weather-sealed, your lenses might not be. If you find yourself with a weather-sealed camera and no lenses that like to play in the rain or snow, stick a couple of these camera and lens rain covers in your pockets so that you can add a layer of protection to your gear. They are cheap, and they offer peace of mind.

Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III

weather sealed cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Beautiful retro styling
  • Excellent image quality
  • Robust weather sealing
  • Reliable image stabilization
  • Accurate autofocus
  • Compact form factor
  • Built-in Live Composite and 50 MP High Resolution shooting modes are highly effective

Cons

  • Form factor can be too compact for some, particularly for photographers with larger hands or when mated with larger lenses
  • Plasticky build quality
  • Single UHS-II SD Card slot
  • Lacks dedicated joystick
  • Poor battery life
  • Convoluted menu systems
  • No major innovations after over four years

Buy now: $1,099

Panasonic S1

weather sealed cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Weather sealing is great
  • Very reliable, but not when it comes to autofocus
  • Decent image quality
  • Very versatile RAW files, but not as much as the S1R
  • Cleaner high ISO output than the S1R, but not by much when editing
  • Nearly up there with Canon for having the easiest menu system to use and navigate
  • Animal tracking AF works surprisingly well. It’s almost on the level of Canon and Sony.
  • Incredibly clean ISO 6400
  • When it nails focus, it’s surprisingly good at tracking. But Panasonic needs to be better.
  • When it hits and tracks, it’s on par with Fujifilm and Canon’s offerings.

Cons

  • The autofocus isn’t that awesome even after the latest update
  • Really big
  • Autofocus isn’t nearly that of a modern camera
  • Low light AF outdone by pretty much every other brand

Buy now: $1,997.99

Fujifilm XT4

weather sealed cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and weather sealing
  • Upgraded autofocus performance
  • Articulating touchscreen, finally!
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Some of the best in-camera image stabilization we’ve seen
  • Deeper grip
  • New Bleach Bypass film simulation
  • Larger battery (can be tripled when using the VG-XT4 vertical grip)
  • A lot of technology for $1,699

Cons

  • Some of the menus in the Fujifilm XT4 still aren’t touch compatible
  • Inconsistent high ISO performance

Buy now: $1,699

Panasonic S1R

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Good image quality
  • Decent autofocus but not great by any stretch
  • Weather sealing throughout the body and the lenses
  • Direct buttons to get you exactly what you want
  • We really like the top LCD screen

Cons

  • The buttons and switches can probably get in the way of your shooting unless you thoroughly memorize them
  • It’s big, and it gets bigger when you put a lens on it
  • Abysmal battery life

Buy now: $3,697.99

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