Berlin - Many owners of sleek digital cameras tend to leave their expensive equipment at home when the weather turns bad.
But single-lens reflex cameras are better at coping with rain than people think.
The data contained in instruction manuals on maximum temperature, moisture and dust is mostly there for legal reasons, according to a report in the German photography magazine, c’t Digitale Fotografie.
Modern cameras can in fact shrug off a little splashing from rain, despite the manufacturer’s cautions, says the magazine, which regularly tests new models.
That does not mean you can go ahead and lightly put your camera through a gruelling weather test, but there’s no reason to sacrifice a chance to take arty pictures on a stormy or rainy day, provided you give the camera common-sense protection with some kind of covering.