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Just posted: Survival of the fittest - weatherproof, splashproof, etc.

By dpreview staff on Sep 2, 2011 at 22:59 GMT

Weatherproof, splashproof, waterproof - these are popular terms in the camera manufacturers' marketing material but what do they actually mean? Rob Spray takes a closer look at environmental protection standards and explains them in this article. We've also included the IP (Ingress Protection) ratings for the cameras in our recent 'Compact Waterproof' group test.

Click here to read the article.

Comments

Total comments: 16
newcameraguy2821
By newcameraguy2821 (Sep 8, 2011)

Great article.

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photohounds
By photohounds (Sep 7, 2011)

Took my Olympus E-1 into the surf, and still do my E-3, No dunking but splashed extensively. Snow, too though falling snow fools the AF ...

The only thing that has ever 'failed' was the onlooker's ability to understand :)

Photos of friends in the surf are SO much better than taken from the beach.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Sep 6, 2011)

Good article. But here's what we want to know about, "The big boys are much more coy about their gear".

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Andre Oliveira
By Andre Oliveira (Sep 5, 2011)

Robert Spray?! It is a pun or just coincidence?

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (Sep 5, 2011)

Good job guys!!

Now I would really love to see a "survival of the fittest" for DSLR's that claim weatherproofing.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Sep 3, 2011)

E-3 is 'compact'??? hahaha, u guys r funny.

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tejadster
By tejadster (Sep 4, 2011)

"We've also included the IP (Ingress Protection) ratings for the cameras in our ""recent"" 'Compact Waterproof' group test."

"RECENT"

try reading it first

u r funny

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wolfie
By wolfie (Sep 5, 2011)

Nobody said the E-3 was a compact, and there is nothing saying the "Survival" article is only about compact cameras .. so what is your comment about?

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Dylthedog
By Dylthedog (Sep 3, 2011)

How appropriate - Rob *Spray* doing the testing! :)

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manny_d
By manny_d (Sep 3, 2011)

nice choice of real waterproof all weather camera. I simply love my Olympus E3.

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 3, 2011)

thanks for sharing Oly always had the most durable cameras IMHO and pentax as a close 2nd

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pedroboe100
By pedroboe100 (Sep 3, 2011)

I just lost my one month old K5 because of a canoe capsize accident. It got submerged. Splash proof, not water proof! Pentax service found it to be beyond repair and are sending it back. What to do with all those limited lenses....

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Sep 2, 2011)

Interesting choice of photo. I shoot FF Nikon these days. I miss my Oly gear. It was half the weight and I could trust it in the wet. Only now that it has, to all intents and purposes, gone, do I find people appreciate the virtues. At the time it was all "This stuff is junk, if you shoot a black cat in a coal cellar there is more noise". Still makes me cross.

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James A Rinner
By James A Rinner (Sep 3, 2011)

Hey Louis, I loved your OLY pics! Did you ever shoot an E-5?

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taintedcamera
By taintedcamera (Sep 4, 2011)

If you go to the main page under news, you get a completly different set of comments on the same artical.

This was written by an independant author of DPR.
"The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by dpreview.com or any affiliated companies."
Still a very well written, and informative article.

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wolfie
By wolfie (Sep 5, 2011)

Totally agree, Louis. I am finding paying less importance to high ISO and magapixels because frankly any halfway decent sensor of 10-12 MP is entirely adequate for the magazines I publish with. The stress for me is now on issues like size, sealing, handling.
In the last 5-6 years I have destroyed 4-5 powershots, one Olympus E-1 and a Pentax K-7 through water related incidents.
The K-7 stood up to one total immersion of over 5 seconds when I slipped during a river crossing. It survived many fishing trips being splashed with saltwater and fish slime. But by the end of a year the seals were all being to fail in the lens and arounf the body. I think that is the biggest issue that isn't emphasised by camera makers - unlike normal cameras, WR equipment must be constantly monitored for seal integrity and seals replaced at first sign of failure. For DSLRs I near saltwater I'd not trust the camera body or lens sealing that much, better to work on some sort of cover/housing.

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