These 5 Weather-Sealed Cameras Went Through Hell and Never Flinched

These weather-sealed cameras will go into the toughest of storms and they’ll just keep on clicking.

If your photography takes you into everything Mother Nature can throw at you, you need weather-sealed cameras that can stand up to it. For a long time, Mirrorless cameras weren’t as durable or rugged as DSLRs. However, this has all changed. Some Mirrorless cameras on the market are now even tougher than their DSLR counterparts. This is thanks to IP ratings and more advanced manufacturing techniques. All the weather-sealed cameras listed in this roundup have been put through hell by the Reviews Team. If you need a tough, rugged, weather-sealed camera for your work, these are the ones worth a look.

Olympus OMD EM1X

weather-sealed cameras

In our review, we said”

“The Olympus OMD EM1X, hands down, is the single best damn digital mirrorless camera I’ve held and used thus far. During my testing, I shot with it in the snow, in the dirt, and even after purposely getting dirt on it, I ran a hose over it, and I’ve got the videos to prove it.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
weather-sealed cameras

Buy now: $1,999

Leica SL2

weather-sealed cameras
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In our review, we said”

“The Leica SL2 is rated to IP54. What that means is that it can resist splashes of water from every single angle. In addition to that, it can resist a whole lot of dust. The previous iteration of this camera survived a blast from shrapnel and saved a journalist’s life. We tested the Leica SL2 a lot in the rain, and it kept on clicking. If you’re taking it out on a hike or shooting landscapes, you can rest assured that it will survive as long as you have a weather-resistant L mount lens attached. During our tests in both NYC and Germany, there was a whole lot of rain. With Leica, Sigma, and Panasonic lenses attached, the Leica SL2 seemed to shrug it off with ease. We’re very confident that the Leica SL2 could be the most durable mirrorless camera on the market, along with the Olympus EM1-X.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
weather-sealed cameras

Buy now: $5,995

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Pro Tip: Having weather-sealed cameras and lenses is one thing. Having a camera bag that can withstand abuse from the weather is another. You have more to worry about than just your cameras and lenses in your bag. You need to make sure all your accessories stay dry too. We have reviewed tons of camera bags, and we test all of them in different weather conditions to see how they hold up. If you need a new camera bag, check out our large database of bag reviews to find the perfect one for you.

Canon EOS R5

weather-sealed cameras

In our review, we said”

“We’ve taken the Canon EOS R5 out into the rain many times. It always withstood the torture. To make the most of this, you need a Canon L lens or a third-party lens that’s weather sealed. Only Canon’s L lenses are weather-resistant at the moment. Hopefully, that will change. This camera is beefy, durable, and able to handle anything a professional needs. You can trust in its reliability.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
weather-sealed cameras

Buy now: $3,899

Fujifilm X Pro 3

weather-sealed cameras

In our review, we said”

“We took the Fujifilm X Pro 3 in the rain on a number of occasions, which it withstood with ease. Photographers shouldn’t be afraid of going out and shooting in the rain. More importantly, if you’re the type of street photographer who wants to shoot in the rain, pair it with the 16mm f1.4 R WR. This lens is weather-sealed and it’s also got the zone focusing mechanism on the focusing ring. It’s pretty perfect for this type of shooting experience. There wasn’t a single time where I lacked confidence in the Fujifilm X Pro 3’s ability to handle what we threw at it.”

Chris Gampat – Editor In Cheif
weather-sealed cameras

Buy now: $1,799.95

Panasonic S5

weather-sealed cameras

In our review, we said”

“We took the Panasonic S5 out into the rain a few times. It stood up to the weather just like we knew it would. Panasonic’s build quality has always impressed me. And even though this doesn’t feel as rugged as the S1 and S1r, it’s still more than able to endure most abuse. Of course, you have to have an equally sealed lens on the camera. But if you’ve got that, then you’re all set.

Chris Gampat – Editor In Chief
weather-sealed cameras

Buy now: $1,997.99

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.