The 9 Best Rain Covers For Cameras
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Despite everyone having a camera on their phones these days, dedicated devices like DSLRs are still preferred by many amateur and professional photographers alike. However, high-end camera technology is often sensitive and expensive to repair, so if you intend to venture into the elements for a rainy, snowy, or windy photo shoot, be sure you have one of these covers on hand. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 15, 2020:
This time around we kept all of our previously listed entries, but we've added a few selections to offer some variety for those with more particular needs.
The Think Tank 6197 is relatively similar to many other choices on the market, however it features a hot shoe mounting point that is somewhat uncommon. This means that unlike other models, which may primarily rely on cinches or gravity, this selection provides a very secure attachment. Those that are dealing with harsh, windy conditions may find this to be an indispensable addition that will keep them from losing their cover or damaging their camera. Even if you're not facing that specific circumstance it's still a worthwhile choice due to its overall quality, though users who frequently use a hot shoe flash may find its central feature irrelevant.
Most selections are geared towards those who will have their camera mounted to a tripod, so we added the Peak Design Shell and the Zonman Universal Housing in order to provide some better options for handheld photography. For instance, if you're taking a hike in a snowy environment or walking in an area with heavy rains, you may want to stop and snap some pictures without deploying a huge bulky shroud. The Zonman Universal Housing doubles as a camera bag due its carrying strap, and it offers 360-degree protection that should be adequate for sideways rain and even complete submersion in a pinch. The Peak Design Shell might be slightly less suitable for intense storms since it leaves your controls uncovered while taking photos, but it's still a good option for moderate protection that features a high-quality construction. It has two slits for a camera strap, although the company also sells a specialized quick-release clip that allows for it to be mounted to a backpack strap or belt when not in use.
February 25, 2019:
The Altura Photo Professional took the top spot because it offers reliable protection plus a variety of ways to customize the seal to fit whatever brand of camera you are using. While the clear plastic models are only a few steps above a garbage bag in terms of durability, we included a few inexpensive choices for those who want something for expected weather that doesn't take up a lot of space in the camera bag, plus the Altura Photo Protector is one of the few options for complete coverage of a shoe-mounted flash.