Protect Your DSLR Around Water On the Cheap with a Camera Case Dry Bag

Underwater housings for DSLR cameras usually aren’t the cheapest accessory. Professional ones often cost as much as the cameras they house. If you’d like to add a simple layer of waterproofing to your DSLR without shelling out big bucks, check out this camera case dry bag. It’s a thick, durable, and watertight plastic case that comes with transparent sections on both sides for your lens and LCD screen.

Dry bags are commonly used during outdoor activities around water or snow — things like rafting or snowboarding. The dry bag seen here is created specifically to house larger DSLR cameras. You simply place your camera into the bag, roll up the top of the bag to seal everything inside, and then “lock” it snapping two buttons.

It’s actually designed for bringing your DSLR underwater to depths of 66 feet, but you should probably test the bag extensively with non-valuables before actually using it to submerge your camera. Otherwise, it’s better to use it as protection around water.

You can buy one of these accessories for just $8 with free shipping from a Hong Kong-based eBay seller called big_is. A search for “camera case dry bag” also returns hundreds of listings, many of which are “Buy It Now”.

DSLR Camera Case Dry Bags by big_is [eBay via Reddit]

Image credits: Photographs by big_is/eBay

  • Guest

    $8 to protect a $3,000 camera? I’m doubtful……

  • Pang Sern Yong

    $8 to protect a $3,000 camera? I don’t even dare try putting it 1 inch into the water!

  • TylerIngram

    But will it blend? ;)
    Curious the quality of the photos taken. It would be hard to zoom, and the focus might miss if the plastic is further away from the end of the lens won’t it?

  • Jono

    “It lets you shoot in or around water with some peace of mind, and only costs $8!”

    i think i’d have more on my mind having an $8 bag wrapped around my camera and submerging it underwater..

  • Benicio Murray

    this would come in handy for when you get caught in heavy rain while trekking and the like but good luck actually using it underwater

  • Jack

    Your camera will blend after it is invaded by water.

  • Pentaxian

    If my K-5 wasn’t already weather sealed, I would definitely consider this as an easy fix for bad weather shooting. But, I see two problems. The plastic infront of the lens will inevitably degrade image quality and it could be hard to operate the zoom/focus rings.

  • jdm8

    I would put a glass port on it, but I don’t think there is any good solution for the soon/focus operation problem. I think by the time you come up with a protection kit for that, you might find the best solution is to get a weatherproof camera and lens in the first place.

  • jmilez

    I was going to bite, but after some research and reviews of similar bag on Amazon, not worth it unless just to protect camera from rain. I usually use a plastic shopping bag and a rubber band in a pinch for rain though.

  • kyoshinikon

    I actually use one and I like it (Cost me $40 tho and it was on sale)… Definitely wouldn’t trust it in turbulent waters but in a friends pool or when I go out in my ocean kayak it is more than enough. The limited mobility however can get to you. I usually just stick a D90 with a 10.5mm in mine (the front rubberbanded tight so the fisheye doesn’t vignette the case too much). As for rain, most of my gear is “weather-sealed” so I shoot it unprotected outside…

  • NS

    have one of those, yes it protects from environment, however does not make you able to take underwater picture. for underwater makesure there a glass element on the front

  • Pieter Rottiers

    What I’m wondering about is water pressure in such a soft “water house”. Wouldn’t the buttons get pressed in as soon as you’re deep enough for the bag to completely stick to the body? Imagine it constantly firing your shutter button – that would be hellish!

  • Graeme Baitz

    I borrowed something like this from a friend for a trip to Hawaii last year. His had a hard plastic area around the very front of the lens and also had little finger tubes that allowed you to reach the shutter and focus/zoom ring. It worked really well for me while snorkeling. One tip though, make sure you’ve removed your polarising filter–it gave me a rainbow across most of the pictures.

    I think it was made by or called Dicapack.

  • Jason Negus

    Great Idea for a festival like Holi! Crazy colors and a amzing action! need wet tissues though to clean the case for shots!

  • cameron

    all bags are seen very stylish and best… i like all bags pictures…… its just only $8 price!!!