Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Ruggedized DSLR Cameras

1. Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame High Resolution Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Di...

User Ratings: 82 3

Sony First Impressions

"No dislikes."

I took a 3 hour workshop on how to use the camera and I am good to go. Took this camera on our family vacation to Utah national parks. I would highly recommend this Sony and bundle. 5 years I've gotten to know this groundbreaking Ruggedized DSLR Camera well. I've had the Sony for about two weeks now and it's been great!

  • Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame High Resolution Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB Solid State Drive
  • INCREDIBLE DETAIL: Shoot high speed subjects at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking
  • OPTIMAL LIGHT: A back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with gapless on chip lens collects more light. Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit / 0 to 40 degrees Celsius
  • Sprint through projects with a 1TB Portable SSD Drive that harnesses Seagate FireCuda NV Me speeds of up to 950MB/s for 4K footage
  • Tackle any terrain with extreme IP67-rated water resistance as well as dust, three-meter drop, and two-ton car crush resistance
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony Final Thoughts

"Pictures look good."

I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. This Sony is built tough. I use it with my one year old Sony lens. Basically, when doing astro-photography. My family pictures will be great from now on.

Overall Score
4.6


(145 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Ruggedized DSLR Cameras

2. Canon Rebel SL3 with 18-55mm Lens Black with LaCie Rugged SSD 500GB Solid State Drive

User Ratings: 84 1

Canon First Impressions

"The bundle is perfect."

It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. The read/write speed is seriously blazing fast. But that's what this entry level camera is all about. Absolutely great Ruggedized DSLR Camera for the price. I got it at the best price for this kit.

  • Canon Rebel SL3 with 18-55mm Lens Black with LaCie Rugged SSD 500GB Solid State Drive
  • Lightest, smallest EOS DSLR camera*.
  • High image quality with 24. 1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor.
  • Sprint through projects with a 500GB portable SSD Drive that harnesses Seagate FireCuda NV Me speeds of up to 950MB/s for 4K footage
  • Tackle any terrain with extreme IP67-rated water resistance as well as dust, three-meter drop, and two-ton car crush resistance
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon Final Thoughts

"Solid deal."

I've been more than happy with this Ruggedized DSLR Camera. First four pictures I took and they came out great! The colors of course are very good as expected, and here is a surprise. I finally decided I liked the features of the Canon line. Canon still services this camera.

Overall Score
4.7


(86 Points)

3. Sigma C41900 sd Quattro H 51 Digital SLR Camera with 3" LCD, Black

User Ratings: 64 16

Sigma C41900 First Impressions

"Very good deal!"

I love the camera and the bundle is OK. The LCD screen is easy to see on bright sunny days. Very good camera for the size. It's terrific and you won't go wrong. This Sigma C41900 takes absolutely beautiful images!

  • Sigma C41900 sd Quattro H 51 Digital SLR Camera with 3" LCD, Black
  • The sd Quattro is a highly unique APS-H sensor mirrorless camera designed with the Foveon Quattro sensor. This sensor is renowned for its incredible image quality and color fidelity and produces imagery comparable to that of a 51MP DSLR with a Bayer-pattern sensor
  • Its new physical design touts a two mode autofocus system, utilizing phase detection and contrast detection for optimal performance while a dust & splash proof magnesium alloy body make this system rugged and ideal for harsh conditions
  • While in “Auto”, a new 2.3MP viewfinder will toggle between the eye piece when the photographer raises the camera to their face and then toggle to the LCD screen as the photographer lowers the camera. The Super Fine detail mode takes full advantage of the Foveon sensor, capturing 7 different exposure in one click for the ultimate dynamic range (image can be extracted individually).
  • The Sigma sd Quattro is manufactured to use the Sigma Global Vision lenses, renowned for their super IQ and performance.
  • Larger APS-H sensor, Resolution equal to 51MP Bayer sensor on resolution testing, Designed to take advantage of SGV lenses with great IQ
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sigma C41900
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sigma C41900 Final Thoughts

"The bundle is perfect."

It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I got it at the best price for this kit. The battery that does come with the camera lasts a long time. Sometimes I still wish I had purchased the 40D at a comparable price. I have not used the remote yet so I can't comment on that.

Overall Score
4.1


(15 Points)

4. Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16MP CMOS Digital SLR Dual Lens Kit, 18-55mm and 50-200mm (White) (OLD MO...

Pentax K-30/W First Impressions

"Solid deal."

Very versatile and swiftly configurable. I have really enjoyed putting this lens through its paces. Very versatile and swiftly configurable. If you are a point and shoot person forget it here. Pentax still services this camera.

  • Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16MP CMOS Digital SLR Dual Lens Kit, 18-55mm and 50-200mm (White) (OLD MODEL)
  • 16 Megapixel 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 minim noise
  • Low profile glass pent prism viewfinder achieves a 100% optical field of view
  • Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Pentax K-30/W
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Pentax K-30/W Final Thoughts

"Excellent deal!"

Thank you Amazon and thank you Pentax! It has a very similar look to a high end smartphone screen. It has a great feel, not too heavy but still substantial. I use it with my one year old Pentax lens. The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses.

Overall Score
5.0


(5 Points)

5. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body

Olympus V207100BU000 First Impressions

"So GOOD NEWS for me!"

I finally decided I liked the features of the Olympus line. Have used Olympus cameras all the way back to 35mm. However on contacting Olympus about it, they sent us a memory card. Everything was fine with the kit - great value! This camera just feels good in the hands.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
  • Multi-selector (Joystick) for quick selection of the AF area while looking through viewfinder
  • Dustproof/Slashproof/Freezeproof Magnesium Alloy Weathersealed Construction
  • 50MP handheld high res shot
  • 60 FPS (S-AF), 18 fps (C-AF tracking) continuous shooting with the silent electronic shutter
  • 121 Point all Cross type on chip Phase detection Plus contrast detection AF
  • Starry Skies Shooting Mode
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • IPX1 Weather Resistant Rated
  • Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus V207100BU000
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus V207100BU000 Final Thoughts

"It is versatile!"

This is a great entry level camera. If you are a point and shoot person forget it here. The battery that does come with the camera lasts a long time. I've had the Olympus V207100BU000 for about two weeks now and it's been great! Thank you Amazon and thank you Olympus!

Overall Score
5.0


(6 Points)

6. Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens

User Ratings: 82 13

Canon First Impressions

"LCD screen."

They are simply great cameras now at a very attractive price point. Great Ruggedized DSLR Camera package my kids love it! This is an excellent camera for beginners. However, once I saw the images files I was hooked. This Canon takes absolutely beautiful images!

  • Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast cards in the new CFast 2.0 slot
  • 24-70mm focal length, 38.4-112mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon Final Thoughts

"Excellent experience!"

I use it with my one year old Canon lens. The difference is the excellent Canon lens. This all with my Canon . Great Ruggedized DSLR Camera package my kids love it! I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film.

Overall Score
4.4


(37 Points)

7. Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufac...

User Ratings: 77 4

Canon 5169B005 First Impressions

"It is versatile!"

But that's what this entry level camera is all about. If you are a point and shoot person forget it here. Absolutely great Ruggedized DSLR Camera for the price. I took a 3 hour workshop on how to use the camera and I am good to go. I have always gotten great results with my Canon 5169B005.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3.7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable to 12800
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • Wireless flash control
  • 'Basic+' shooting mode and 'Creative Filters'
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 5169B005
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 5169B005 Final Thoughts

"For me it was a steal."

I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. The pictures were clear and a came out great. I've been more than happy with this Ruggedized DSLR Camera. I use it as a backup camera to my Canon 7D mark II. I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade.

Overall Score
4.6


(2118 Points)

8. Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens ...

User Ratings: 81 4

Nikon 1533 First Impressions

"Now I have the Nikon 1533."

Nikon still services this camera. I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade. From my first few casual shots the results blew me away. I have really enjoyed putting this lens through its paces. He has waited years for this and it was everything he wanted and more!

  • Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens (Red)
  • 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 11 AF points with 3D tracking
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV).The D3300's 11-point Autofocus System locks onto your subjects as soon as they enter the frame and stays with them until you catch the shot you want.
  • 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1533
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1533 Final Thoughts

"Great lens!"

I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade. I got it at the best price for this kit. First four pictures I took and they came out great! It is worth the trade-off when doing astro-photography. I took a 3 hour workshop on how to use the camera and I am good to go.

Overall Score
4.6


(169 Points)

9. Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

User Ratings: 67 4

Nikon 25432 First Impressions

"I received it on time."

This Nikon 25432 takes absolutely beautiful images! This is a fantastic Ruggedized DSLR Camera. I use it with my one year old Nikon lens. Sometimes I still wish I had purchased the 40D at a comparable price. I compared features for months before deciding to go with this Ruggedized DSLR Camera.

  • Nikon D300 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit magnesium alloy construction with rubber gaskets and seals
  • EXPEED Image Processing System and similar Scene Recognition System to that found in the D3
  • 3.0-inch LiveView LCD display , new 51-point AF system
  • 12.3-megapixel captures enough detail for poster-size photo-quality prints
  • In burst mode, shoots up to 100 shots at full 12.3-megapixel resolution
  • 12.3-megapixel captures enough detail for poster-size photo-quality prints
  • 3.0-inch LiveView LCD display; new 51-point AF system
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 25432
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 25432 Final Thoughts

"Really love my Nikon 25432!"

I received it and it works well with my other Nikon lenses. I have not used the remote yet so I can't comment on that. I love all the accessories included with my new Nikon 25432 camera. I have already taken it on 3 vacations. Everything was fine with the kit - great value!

Overall Score
4.5


(277 Points)

10. Sony Alpha A7 II Digital Camera & 28-70mm FE OSS Lens with 64GB Card + Battery + Backpack + Strap + ...

User Ratings: 51

Sony K-97474-06 First Impressions

"Solid deal."

This is the best Ruggedized DSLR Camera and I love it! I use it as a backup camera to my Canon 7D mark II. The different modes are useful. Servo is accurate enough to keep it on. Nice Camera & very good value on accessory package.

  • Sony Alpha A7 II Digital Camera & 28-70mm FE OSS Lens with 64GB Card + Battery + Backpack + Strap + Tripod + Flash + Tele & Wide Lens Kit
  • KIT INCLUDES 17 PRODUCTS -- All BRAND NEW Items with all Manufacturer-supplied Accessories + Full USA Warranties:
  • [1] Sony Alpha A7 II Digital Camera & 28-70mm FE OSS Lens + [2] Transcend 64GB SDXC U3 Card + [3] Sony Lenspen Cleaning Pen + [4] Spare NP-FW50 Battery +
  • [5] Battery Charger + [6] 55mm (UV/CPL/ND8) Filters + [7] Vivitar SF-4000 Slave Flash + [8] Vivitar HF-TR59 59" Tripod +
  • [9] Shutter Remote Control + [10] PD 2.5x Tele & .45x Wide Lens + [11] PD Sling Camera Backpack + [12] PD Neoprene Sling Strap +
  • [13] HDMI to Micro-HDMI Cable (6') + [14] PD SD & MicroSD Card Reader + [15] PD 6pc Complete Cleaning Kit + [16] PD 8 SD Card Memory Card Case + [17] LCD Screen Protectors
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony K-97474-06
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony K-97474-06 Final Thoughts

"The Sony K-97474-06 delivered."

First four pictures I took and they came out great! Just what my wife needed for her travels. This camera has paid for itself 20 times over and it keeps on giving! The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses. These are a lot of megapixels.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

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