Many photographers believe that their LUMIX camera isn’t all that durable. But just because it’s so lightweight, doesn’t mean that it isn’t designed to be a tool for professional use. In fact, for the money, your LUMIX is probably more durable than lots of other camera gear out there. We’d know — we’ve taken them in snow, heavy rain, the cold mountains, and lots of difficult conditions. So here’s what to do when using your LUMIX camera in a precarious position.
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Before we go on, note that we’re talking about weather resistance. That doesn’t mean waterproof, so you can’t dunk your LUMIX camera in water. And we’re encouraging you to especially stay away from seawater because that can completely kill your camera. Just because something is resistant, doesn’t mean that it can endure excessive abuse. For example, an apple is resistant to the rain and sand, but once it’s cut open, it’s a different story. Your phone is also resistant to rain and spills; but it can’t really handle being thrown into the river.
Keep this in mind, and practice good habits still.
Using Weather Resistant Lenses
Lucky for you, your LUMIX camera has lots of weather-resistant lenses available to them. If you’re using a full-frame camera, everything available at the moment of publishing this article is weather-resistant. But if you’re using a Micro Four thirds camera, then things are a bit different. Be sure to check the specs and reviews of the lenses to see if they’re weather-resistant or not.
When you use a lens that’s weather-resistant, the major seal is complete. Typically, this is done simply through build quality or by adding in a rubber gasket at the mount. And the resistance is primarily rated on getting hit on the top of the camera. Think of it like wearing a hat in the rain. Eventually, even the toughest hats can accumulate a lot of moisture.
For reference, when we’re talking about weather resistance, we’re not only referring to how well it can handle rain and precipitation but also dust. Sand can be a lot more difficult to work with when using your cameras. That’s why we really recommend not switching out lenses in difficult conditions.
Closing All the Doors and Ports
Your LUMIX camera has a ton of different entries into the camera. Make sure that they’re all closed up and sealed. For reference, consider any of the rubber doors on the side of the camera that cover up the pots. On the other side, by the grip, consider the side-entry door that seals the SD cards into the camera. And then also, don’t forget about the battery door; that’s a big one.
Most of all, make sure that the lens that you’ve got attached to the camera is fully clicked into the mount.
Hot Shoe Protection
One of the most vulnerable places on a LUMIX camera is the hot shoe. If you’re a photographer who uses LEDs and never uses a flash, then you don’t have to worry here. Just keep the hot shoe cover on the camera. But if you like to use a lot of flash the way I did, use the hot shoe cover. These areas have become far more weather-resistant over the years, but they’re still a potential weak point.
Keep these tips in mind when you’re taking your LUMIX camera with you on vacation.