That pretty well sums up DSLR "weather-sealing". It will survive being in the rain, but as soon as there is any pressure, the game is up. Splashproof is a much better word....
Well, I can't speak for you, but the weather has never submerged me in water. Jumping in a pool or diving into the ocean aren't 'weather' - and anyone who does so holding their weather-sealed dSLR+lens expecting them to survive is an idiot.
So, I think 'weather sealed' is an appropriate term. However, I agree that testing to an industry standard would be much better.
agree 100%. Appropriate Industry standard exists.
On their german website Ricoh rates its Pentax K-50 DSLR as "protected according to IPX2" ... which would not mean much, since an ingress prtotection rating of IPX2 only means "Protection against direct sprays of water up to 15o from the vertical." http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/ip-ingress-protection-d_452.html
While I do not know, whether or not Ricoh has indepentently tested/certified the K-50 or just makes a claim, I juist love it that for once a camera manufcaturer quotes a specific and clearly understood ingress protection class.
To my knowledge Canon has never provided such a rating, not even for its super-expensive "fully weathersealed" 1-series cameras. To me ... "professional" grade ... would mean clearly class IP67 ingress protection (against both dust and water; anything less allows for limited ingress of water and/or dust). Currently I would expect a Canon 1 D X with body cap on (no lens!) to be ingress protected at about IP 54.
Of course a rating should also be provided for any "ingress protected" ("L") lens. Along with an assurance that any given camera body + attached lens will adhere at least to the lower IP number.
Alternatively I would also be happy to see (even tougher) MIL standards quoted, if the manufacturers want to really boast about their "professional grade" stuff. :-)
In Europe I would love the EU commission to regulate the matter and require manufacturers to provide a certified ingress protection standard for any consumer product [which includes any camera and lens we are discussing here] if any claims regarding "wheather protection", "sealing" or "professional grade" or similar are being used in advertising a product.