When it rains, you need a handy way to keep your shiny digital cameraÂ dry. On test is the Aquapac System waterproof camera case.
Dinky wee cameras arenâ€™t the problem. You can keep these dry in a wide range of basic waterproof pockets and cases. But when it comes to bridge cameras or compact system cameras – perhaps with valuable Â lenses – how do you stop the rain (and snow) getting in, while still taking high quality photos? The answer could be Aquapacâ€™s new waterproof System case.
This 451Â Aquapacâ€™s waterproof System case is specifically created to fit Compact System cameras and smaller bridge cameras. These include Nikon J1 & 2, Olympus PL & PM, Panasonic GF5 & 6, GX1, Sony NEX 3, 5 & 6.
Features of the waterproof case include:
- Fully submersible, so the odd torrential rainstorm should not be a problem.
- Great photography through the acrylic lens and even underwater.
- Easy to operate controls through the supple TPU material.
- Protection from dust, dirt and sand.
- Supplied with 3 x 2g desiccant sachets to absorb condensation in humid climates.
- Five-year warranty.
On test: Aquapac System camera case
I wouldnâ€™t normally drop my camera in a bath of water, but for the benefit of this blog I did so. I opened the robust looking seal of the case, popped in my camera and then resealed it. It is as easy as that.
It was then a little nerve-wracking as I pushed the case and camera under the waterâ€™s surface and held it there. But it didnâ€™t leak. When I let go, the case bobbed back to the surface and floated around.
Before trying to take a photograph I checked the inside of the camera case to ensure there had been no leaks. There wasnâ€™t a single tiny droplet of water inside, thank goodness.
Next test was outdoors in the rain. There has been a lot of rain lately â€“ during numerous runs, cycles and walksÂ â€“ so I have had plenty of time to ensure the camera case will keep my camera dry. It worked very well. I didnâ€™t have a problem with condensation but if I did I could always pop in a desiccant sachet.
For this waterproof case to work well you need a camera that fits it snugly. The case works best if the camera mostly fills the space inside and the lens takes up a lot of the room out front. That is why the dimensions of the cameras that fit this case are detailed on the website: 120mm wide x 75mm tall with a lens of 80mm diameter and zoom of 100mm.
If the camera sits comfortably in the System case then using it is pretty easy. Itâ€™s obviously not as simple as holding the camera itself in your hand but despite being covered by plastic, I was still able to operate the camera buttons. If you have a touch screen camera, itâ€™s possible to operate the screen through the plastic with your fingertips.
The photographs taken through the lens of the case also come out very clearly. I was surprised by this but it seems that the plastic lens front on the camera case causes no hindrance to great quality pics.
For extreme conditions, such as heavy rain, or when you are sea kayaking, on the beach or close to any form of water and want to protect your camera, the Aquapac camera case is a great idea.
It costs Â£90 from Aquapac