A new “water torture test” of some of the top-rated cameras has revealed strengths and weaknesses in Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Sony models.
Performed by the reviewers at Imaging Resource, the test determined that the Nikon D850 and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV held up quite well in downpour and mist conditions. The Sony model—the a7R III—didn’t do so well.
The Canon and Olympus cameras passed the test without any water intrusion. The Nikon had a small droplet of water inside the viewfinder, but performed well through the water test. Sony’s a7R III failed, with a significant amount of water entering the battery compartment.
“In contrast, the a7R III had a lot of water in its battery compartment,” writes Imaging Resource. “This must have entered through the top panel somehow, as it was up inside the battery compartment, vs just in the bottom, and the bottom of the camera wasn't actually touching the table surface.”
Water resistance is a key quality for underwater photographers. Yes, our cameras are often kept safe in sturdy housings, but they are also in wet environments between dives or when taking images from the surface.
Check out the full water resistance test in the video below.
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Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
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