In this article, we are going to be taking a look at the question is the Sony a6000 weatherproof and how you are able to better weather seal your camera without breaking the bank.
There is no denying that the high build quality and massive functionality of the Sony a6000 has made it a very popular camera that is used by a very large number of photographers in a whole bunch of different niches. Many of these niches involve taking photographs on location and exposing your camera to the elements no matter what.
Is The Sony A6000 Weather Sealed
So, is the Sony a6000 weatherproof? Although some early reviews of the a6000 tried to claim that the camera was fully weatherproof, the truth is it’s not. Although it does have some weather sealing done to it in an attempt to try and protect the most vulnerable parts of the camera such as the sensor and the processor, there is still plenty left open to potential water damage.
It is at this point we would like to point out that water resistant and weather sealed are different things! In all honesty, we hate the term water resistant as it often leads people to think the product is waterproof or weather sealed and it’s not! It is usually just a buzzword that marketers throw around to try and improve their potential sales for a product.
Although the Sony a6000 is water resistant, this is a far cry from it being waterproof and anything more than a light shower can potentially start leading to problems. This also does not offer much in regards to how the camera will hold up to wind, snow, sand, and excessive dust that may be a prominent feature of your photography location.
We have seen a number of ingenious contraptions created by the photography community to try and help weather seal their cameras ranging from simply placing your camera inside a large sandwich bag to investing in a fully fledged, specifically designed weather seal case (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
In our opinion, when using your Sony a6000 on a location where the environment may be an issue, we would highly recommend that you invest in a fully weather sealed case that costs a fraction of the price of your camera and lens. Not only does this help protect your camera but it also offers you the peace of mind to get on with your photography session without worrying about the weather.
Using The Sony A6000 In Rain
Rain is without a doubt the most common element of the weather that we see people reaching out for advice on. Although the Sony a6000 is able to withstand a slight shower without putting much at risk, the type of rain shown in the image below can potentially cause irreversible damage to the camera that is not covered by your warranty.
Depending on your photography niche, facing the rain may be totally unavoidable. For example, if you are a nature or epic vista photographer then there is a high chance of you coming into contact with the rain at some point.
We would recommend that you invest in a weather sealing case for your Sony a6000 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that we will be covering in more detail at the bottom of the article. Not only are they cheap, easy to use, and very effective but they have an excellent reputation within the photography community.
Using The Sony A6000 In Snow
Another common element of the weather that we see people reach out for assistance on is the snow. Depending on your location, snow may either be very common or an extreme rarity. Either way, the chances of you taking a photograph in the snow at some point in the year is pretty high. Even locations that rarely see snow often have people reaching for their cameras to capture a photograph, especially around Christmas time as it is an excellent way to capture the moment.
Snow if often overlooked too as many people think they can quickly and easily remove it from their cameras before it has a chance to melt into the case. In our opinion, this is not worth the risk as even just a small amount of snow left on your camera to melt into water will speed up the time required for the next drops of snow to melt and the process continues until water is potentially seeping into your camera case and the delicate electronics inside.
Again, as you may have guessed, we would recommend investing in a solid weather sealing case (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that will totally stop water from being able to seep into the body of your camera and potentially cause damage.
Using The Sony A6000 In High Winds
The third weather type that we often see people reaching out for advice on is the wind. Thankfully, Sony has done a great job at keeping the body of the camera tightly sealed to reduce the chances of the wind being able to cause problems for your camera. The tight sealing also massively reduce the chances of the wind being able to blow soil, dust, sand, and other impurities into your camera or camera sensor.
One thing that we would point out if you are using your Sony a6000 in high winds is that the lens mount on your lens does come into play for protecting your camera’s sensor from the wind blowing impurities into it. You can check out this article on the best lenses for Sony a6000s for advice on the types of lenses that you should be looking at for your camera.
We would also recommend against using cheap lens converters with your a6000 and lens of choice in high wind conditions too. Although the chance is small, the cheaper converters are usually not put together as well as the ones from the more expensive brands and increase the chance of dust getting into your camera sensors path and spoiling your photograph.
The Best Sony A6000 Waterproof Case
As we mentioned earlier, in our opinion, the best way to weatherproof a Sony a6000 is to use a weather seal bag that has been specifically designed for use with cameras such as the Dicapac WP-S3 (Click here to check for product prices and availability). The plastic used in the bag is very robust and can take a whole bunch of punishment without tearing or ripping helping to keep the weather sealed environment safe for your a6000 to stay nice and dry.
The system has been designed to be as easy and comfortable to use as possible and the finger glove allows you to quickly take photographs when required while keeping your a6000 sealed and protected.
The image to the left does an excellent job of illustrating how easy the bag is to use. You simply place your Sony a6000 inside of it, seal the top plastic zipper to weather seal the top of the bag and then attach the lens protector to the front of the case to fully weather seal your camera.
You a6000 is now totally weatherproofed and protected from the elements and any potential damage that they may otherwise cause to an unprotected camera and lens.