Are DSLR Cameras Waterproof?

One of my favorite photos to take is the sun setting over the Atlantic ocean. I would pitch the tripod on the rocks, steady my camera on it, and wait for the sun to do its thing.

But on a few occasions (more than I’d like to admit), I knocked the tripod over and sent my DSLR camera splashing into the water. A heart-stopping moment indeed.

But this got me thinking if DSLR cameras are waterproof and if I can use my DSLR in the rain.

Join me as I take a look.

Are DSLR Cameras Waterproof? No, DSLR cameras are not waterproof and they cannot be immersed in water without making use of an underwater camera housing. Certain DSLR cameras are weather-sealed which means they are protected from the elements such as rain, but only for a short period of time.

You should take extra care to protect your camera from water as water can severely damage the electronics inside your camera, and it can in some cases damage your camera beyond repair.

Are DSLR Cameras Weather-Sealed?

Yes, certain DSLR cameras are weather-sealed. When a DSLR camera is weather-sealed it means that it is protected from the elements such as dust, rain, snow, and humidity.

It is important to understand that weather-sealed does not mean that the camera is waterproof, and immersing your DSLR camera underwater will certainly damage it.

What Is The Difference Between Waterproof and Weather-Sealed?

It is vital that you understand the difference between waterproof and weather-sealed.

If a camera is waterproof it means that you can immerse the camera in water for an extended period of time without damaging it. When a camera is weather-sealed then it means it has basic protection from elements such as rain or water splashes. While weather-sealed cameras are protected from rain, they should not be exposed to rain for long periods at a time.

Can I Use DSLR Camera Underwater?

Yes, you can certainly use a DSLR camera underwater BUT you need to place it inside an underwater camera housing so that the water does not damage the electronics inside your camera.

While taking photos with your DSLR camera can yield some amazing results, I personally prefer to use a waterproof compact camera or a waterproof actions camera like a GoPro instead. These types of cameras are generally cheaper than DSLR cameras and they can take amazing underwater photos and videos.

Can I Use My DSLR In The Rain?

As I mentioned earlier, certain DSLR cameras are weather-sealed which protects them from the rain. If your DSLR camera is weather-sealed, then you can use it in the rain. But take note, you should only use it in the rain for a short period of time.

It is also worth noting that the camera lens also needs protection from the rain, otherwise it can get damaged. It is always a good idea to make use of a rain sleeve or cover to protect the lens from the rain.

Are DSLR Camera Lenses Waterproof?

No, DSLR camera lenses are not waterproof and special care should be taken to protect them from water. As with certain DSLR cameras, some lenses are weather-sealed by rubber gaskets that protect the vulnerable parts of the lens. They also make use of rubber gaskets to protect the rear of the lens where it is attached to the camera mount.

Once again, it is important to understand that weather-sealed does not mean waterproof and that you should avoid exposing the camera lens to rain for long periods at a time.

If you’re shooting in the rain, cover the lens with a rain sleeve or cover and put a lens hood on it for good measure. Another way to protect the lens, and the camera as well, is to simply use an umbrella. A bit old school, yes, but very effective.

Conclusion

It is important to remember that your DSLR camera is an electronic device, and that water and electronics do not go well together.

If you absolutely have to take your DSLR camera underwater, you need to make use of an underwater camera housing to protect it from water damage.

Certain DSLR cameras are weather-sealed which means that they are protected against dust, rain, snow, and humidity. With that said though, even though they are protected from rain, you should avoid exposing them to rain for long periods at a time.

You also need to think about the lens that is attached to the camera. This needs protection as well, so if you plan on taking photos in the rain, make sure to cover it with a rain sleeve or cover.

Lastly, I would recommend that you invest in a waterproof camera bag as well. Storing all your camera gear in a waterproof camera bag will protect it from the elements, and this is especially useful when you are transporting your gear.