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The folks at Imaging Resource decided to do a weather sealing torture test to help them decide on their favourite camera of 2017. It came down to the Nikon D850 and the Sony A7R III.

For some added fun, they also included two cameras from 2016, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II.

While the Canon and Olympus passed with flying colors, the Nikon D850 had one minor hiccup that was rectified with the hot shoe cover. However, the Sony had a bit more trouble... the camera stopped working.

Check the video above or read the in-depth review here.

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 04:13:31 PM »
Surprised about the nikon. Not surprised about the sony.
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 04:18:10 PM »
This mirrors (no pun intended) my observations and experience with build quality: Canon > Nikon > Sony , no experience with Olympus.

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 04:38:58 PM »
Real life roshambo: rock > scissors, scissors > paper, paper > rock

CR forum roshambo: Sony sensor > Canon sensor, Canon camera > water, water > Sony camera

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 04:49:19 PM »
Interesting article, thanks for sharing it :)

The takeaway is that if you own an A7RII/III, keep it out of the rain and definitely away from the shoreline (where there might be a mist of salt water).  That was only two 15 minute tests -- if you were out there for hours, the Sony would probably be toast.  It was particularly bad that the water got into the shutter blades, battery compartment and basically everything else inside. 

If I owned an A7RIII and it got water in it to the degree shown in the article, I'd send it in to be serviced by Sony before using it again.  In my opinion, the potential for fires with lithium batteries is just too high.  Plus, there may be cavities where water can enter, but which not particularly exposed and are problematic for evaporation.

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 04:52:15 PM »
Real life roshambo: rock > scissors, scissors > paper, paper > rock

CR forum roshambo: Sony sensor > Canon sensor, Canon camera > water, water > Sony camera

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 04:54:27 PM »


The takeaway is that if you own an A7RII/III, keep it out of the rain and definitely away from the shoreline (where there might be a mist of salt water). 

The second test - the persistent mist - was held after the first heavy soaking one, so its fair to say the the camera needed to be dried out more before trying the second test. I've used my Sony a7R and a7RII cameras in misty conditions and never had trouble. So while I wouldn't shoot in heavy rain anyway, I'd say you shouldn't have to worry about a shoreline situation with the Sony cameras.

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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 05:26:49 PM »
I wouldn't dream of taking my A7RII out in anything other than good weather. It's just too risky.

My 5DSR however just survived being outdoor in dreadful rain for days in the Scottish highlands. It coped with the weather far better than I did.

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 05:32:13 PM »
This mirrors (no pun intended) my observations and experience with build quality: Canon > Nikon > Sony , no experience with Olympus.

The Olympus build is on par with Canon.... they are tough little cameras!
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2018, 05:35:24 PM »
The sony needs a hole in the bottom to let the water out....
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 05:36:27 PM »
I wonder how lower tiered bodies like 80D or 6DII would handle the test. The 80D probably not.

This is really enlightening to me as I'm planning a trip to Vietnam this summer and I realized I need a WS body... I guess I can strike out the Sony.  ;D
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 05:38:39 PM »
Can't the Sony 4K just overheat and evaporate the water out?

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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 05:43:51 PM »
Real life roshambo: rock > scissors, scissors > paper, paper > rock

CR forum roshambo: Sony sensor > Canon sensor, Canon camera > water, water > Sony camera

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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 05:44:37 PM »
The sony needs a hole in the bottom to let the water out....

Or couldn't you just turn it upside down and let it all drain out again..?  ;)
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 05:53:19 PM »
Can't the Sony 4K just overheat and evaporate the water out?

lol. Good idea!
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Re: Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?
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