Survive the Cold with these Six Blizzard-Ready Cameras


Single-digit temperatures are not fun. Snow days are, however, a great time to capture the fun of winter. The usual problems arise when you start traveling out into the wet and chilly world of winter—not all cameras are perfectly equipped to be operated either in these extreme conditions or with gloves. Here are six solid systems that will survive a blizzard.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Surprising us with this pro-oriented release, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is certainly ready for some fun in the snow. It happens to be a camera we have tested extensively while skiing and snowboarding in Vermont, so we can easily make the recommendation for fans of shooting in arctic conditions. Olympus has always made rugged cameras, and the 20MP E-M1X is its best Micro Four Thirds offering yet. It can withstand water spray, and with ease. The larger size makes it easier to handle when wearing gloves, and you have more custom buttons to work with. Additionally, Olympus’s PRO lenses are just as durable, making this a solid system. The killer feature is a completely revamped autofocus system with incredible tracking at up to 18 fps, fast enough to freeze anything.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony RX0

Tiny tough cameras are quite viable for blizzards. The Sony RX0 is one of the best, going with the form factor of a traditional action camera while using a larger 20MP 1" CMOS sensor that grants much improved image quality. My thoughts for this camera? You can stuff it in a pocket easily and keep your hands nice and tucked away from the cold when not in use, and take it out quickly for snapshots. The fixed 24mm f/4 lens is solid, as well, creating sharp images with minimal distortion. Most importantly, it is completely waterproof and crushproof.

Sony RX0 1.0"-Type Sensor Ultra-Compact Waterproof/Shockproof Camera

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Always ready for the worst is the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Known as a professional’s camera, the 1D X Mark II is one of the most durable around. You’ll find it around the sidelines of football games, where the sport is played in all weather, packed into a photojournalist’s bag as they navigate through rugged areas of the world, and set up with many people who want speed and a reliable system. Key specs for the 1D X Mark II are a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, up to 16 fps shooting, and DCI 4K video at 60 fps.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera

Nikon D5

You didn’t think we would forget Nikon, did you? The Nikon D5 is just as deserving to be on this list as its direct competitor. It has a similar design, but with Nikon’s classic spin and image quality. An integrated battery grip is a signal to this camera’s class and caliber because it uses a 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor, which can shoot at up to 12 fps with full AE and AF. Kicking things into another gear is the Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system for advanced tracking of fast-moving subjects. What makes this camera special is that no matter what, you know it is going to work in whatever weather you throw at it.

Nikon D5 DSLR Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7

Ah, the classic tough camera. Today, we have the Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7, the latest waterproof point-and-shoot to make its way to B&H. Now with 4K is likely the most stunning part of this tough camera, though its 20.4MP High-Sensitivty MOS sensor and 28-128mm equivalent 4.6x zoom lens certainly do help. The real reason you picked this camera is because it will survive whether your cruise takes you to the Caribbean or the Arctic. That is no small feat, especially since it’ll take up minimal space in your bag or coat pocket.

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7 Digital Camera

Leica X-U (Typ 113)

Looking a little upmarket, I want to examine the Leica X-U (Typ 113). At first glance, it’s easy to ID it as a run-of-the-mill tough camera. However, Leica did a lot to make this one stand out in its field. Primarily, the X-U’s advantage comes from its imaging and optical system, as it uses a large 16.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens. Since this is Leica, you can trust that its glass is top notch and, with an image sensor larger than any of the other tough point-and-shoots, you can guess that this may be the one to beat.

Leica X-U (Typ 113) Digital Camera

Do you enjoy working in the cold or shooting snow? Is there a camera we missed that you know can handle a blizzard or two? Be sure to leave a comment below and follow B&H Explora for more Winter Adventure Week!