Hands on with the new A700

Started Sep 6, 2007 | Discussions thread
optical_illusion Senior Member • Posts: 1,029
environmental seals

Doug Brown wrote:

There are environmental seals around all the buttons and switches but
the Sony reps went out of their way to stress the camera is not
considered water-proof or even splash-proof.

According to their site,
"Protected against dust and moisture

No matter how strong internal and external body components are, cameras will be subject to damage if they are not protected against dust and moisture*. On the α700, buttons, dials, and switches are protected by gaskets and sealants for worry-free shooting outdoors. Not waterproof or splashproof."

It means it's not usable in rain, unlike Pentax K10D that is durable even when a bucket of water is thrown onto the camera. A700 is about double the price of K10D. Nevertheless the sealing performance of A700 is inferior to that of K10D. Oh well.

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