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Pentax Offers Affordable Weatherproof DSLR Camera Line

Updated on October 13, 2013

Weather-Sealed DSLR Cameras Are Affordable

Unless you're a professional photographer or serious amateur willing to spend $5000 on a high-end DSLR, a weatherproof DSLR has probably been out of your budget.

But Pentax is making weather-sealed DSLR cameras more affordable. The company has three digital SLRs that are fully weather-sealed and available for around $1000 or less with a lens. If you've been looking for a weatherproof DSLR that can withstand sand, dirt, dust or snow, take a look at these cameras.

(Image of weatherproof K-5 camera provided by amazon. See link below.)

Rain is No Problem for These Cameras

Rain is No Problem for These Cameras
Rain is No Problem for These Cameras

Pentax K-30 - The most affordable weather-sealed digital SLR

If you're looking for an affordable weatherproof DSLR, the Pentax K-30 is the camera you're looking for. As of this writing (in December 2012), you can get the K-30 body in blue with an 18-55mm lens for less than $700 on Amazon, while the white and black models are slightly higher. The K-30 is weather-sealed to withstand water, dust and freezing temperatures down to 14 F or -10C. With a 16 MP CMOS sensor, ISO range between 100 and 12800, continuous shooting at 6 fps and an optical finder with 100% field of view, this camera can help you take great shots. But don't take the company's word for it. It also has a 4.7- out of 5-star rating on Amazon as of this writing, and dpreview.com gave it a silver award.

Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens (White)
Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens (White)

Product features:

- 16 mega pixel APS-C CMOS image sensor

- Fully weather sealed through out the entire camera, not just the port and battery doors, for a rugged cold proof/weather proof SLR

- Full 1080p HD video 30/25/34 FPS, features h.264 compression, flexible exposure controls and HDR finishing options.

- ISO speeds to 25600 with minimn noise

- Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder achieves a 100% optical field of view

 

Pentax K-5 - Excellent performance in a weatherproof DSLR

Although the list price on this camera is just over $1200, it's available at Amazon for less than $1000 for a kit that includes an 18-55mm lens. That's an amazing deal on a weather-sealed DSLR that dpreview called "one of the best APS-C DSLRs currently on the market." The K-5 offers excellent image quality for both still photos and videos and a comprehensive feature set that includes a 16.3 MP sensor, 80-12800 ISO and a 3-inch LCD.

Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)
Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)

Product features:

- 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor; 80-12800 ISO range with improved noise performance

- Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, with sound via built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack

- 6-7 fps captures fast action shots

- 11-point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor

- Large 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution

- Fully weather-sealed and coldproof design

 

Pentax K-7 - Pentax's top weather-resistant DSLR

The Pentax K-7 is an older model than the K-30 or K-5, but still packs a lot of features in a fully weather-proofed body. The 14.6 MP camera has a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, shoots 5.2 fps and captures 720p HD video. It also offers Live View mode, with contrast AF, Face Detection, and optional histogram, grid, and bright/dark area display.

Pentax K-7 14.6 MP Digital SLR with Shake Reduction and 720p HD Video with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens
Pentax K-7 14.6 MP Digital SLR with Shake Reduction and 720p HD Video with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens

Product features:

- High-resolution, 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor; compact, magnesium alloy body

- Kit includes Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL weather-resistant lens

- Weather resistant, dustproof, and coldproof (14 degrees F, -10 degrees C)

- Fast 5.2 fps shooting with the new PRIME II Image processing engine

- 3-inch LCD

 

Pentax Weatherproof DSLRs Take a Beating in Afghanistan - You definitely wouldn't want to do this with a regular DSLR

This video should make any photographer with a typical non-weatherproof camera cringe. But it shows you just what type of beating these cameras can take.

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    • seodress profile image

      seodress 4 years ago

      Nikon is a branded product.Love Nikon.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      This is a great idea! I'm scared to death to take my Nikon D5000 out in fog!