Can anybody recommend an outdoor camera housing big enough to hold a DSLR (or something like a Canon G1X)?

All the standard CCTV housings I can find have at most about 4" of width inside - I need at least 5".

Doesn't need to be fancy - just something to keep out the snow and rain.

(reasonably priced would be nice)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I would recommend to build one on your own with some wooden planks and acrylic glass. Make a simple box and cover it with some roofing felt. Easy, cheap and you will get your desired sice. \$\endgroup\$
    – Arji
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 18:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Arjihad your comment is the seed of a good answer. I'd argue that many unnoticed and non-popularized weatherproofing solutions are DIY efforts. Please post your comment as answer. =) \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Feb 27, 2021 at 2:56

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I ordered one of these from "Camtraptions" in the UK:

Image of outdoor camera housing from Camtraptions

Price was 200 GBP ($280 USD, including 40 GBP shipping to the US).

That strikes me as very expensive for a hobby project (I'm going to put a camera that cost less than that in it), but it's the only one I have been able to find for less than $1000+ sold by "security" firms.

I know I could make my own (most online instructions seem to be based on Pelican cases) but I want to save time and buy one pre-made.

I'm surprised - it's easy to find aluminum "security camera" housings (at for example Amazon or B&H) for less than $40. But they're not wide enough for a DSLR.

Sounds like a market opportunity for somebody.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to Photography, NOT an inexpensive hobby. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 18:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like a market opportunity for somebody. Perhaps, but considering even DLSR manufacturers don't think the DSLRs themselves aren't a market opportunity (DSLR sales are on the decline, and Canon, Nikon, and Sony have no new DLSR lenses in the product pipeline), I think the market opportunity is gone. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 3:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @scottbb I'm sure smartphone cameras have killed most of the market for higher-end cameras, but I doubt they're being widely used for timelapse and camera trap projects much, so I don't think the market is any smaller than it was for such housings. (FWIW, I'm not using a DSLR either - I'm using a Canon G1X; no slappy mirror to wear out.) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 19:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, thanks to whoever edited my answer just to italicize all my parentheticals. I guess. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 19:22

Look at underwater housings. There are a variety of housings in the USD 200 to 2000 price range.

I like Arjihad's suggestion of a DIY housing. An ammo can (box) and AR (anti-reflective) coated window would cost under USD 50. Edmund Optics carries coated float glass for hobbyists, or, use a coated UV filter for the optical port.

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    \$\begingroup\$ the only problem with underwater housings is that they are almost all fairly form-fitting. That is, there's no room in the housing for extra batteries for longer-term operation, or space for modules for wi-fi (like CamRanger, etc.). OP doesn't specify the time requirements, but it's something to note about underwater housings (which otherwise is a great suggestion). \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 23:34

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