Peak Design Shell Camera Cover review

The Peak Design Shell protects a camera during a downpour, but it won’t help you take photos in the rain

Peak Design Shell Camera Cover review
(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Made from a soft, durable and flexible fabric and with plenty of nice design touches, the Peak Design Shell Cover makes it tricky to get to a camera’s controls so is best used only to protect a camera during bursts of bad weather.


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    Protruding flap over lens

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    Packs away neatly

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    Durable build quality

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    Works well with Peak Design Capture Clip


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    Prevents camera from being used

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    At its best paired with other Peak Design gear

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Some great photos can be taken in bad weather, but how do you keep your gear safe? Most cameras can take a splash or two, but there are two things you must always avoid; driving rain and seawater. Cue the Peak Design Shell Cover, an attempt at creating a waterproof jacket for DSLR and mirrorless cameras and, crucially, any long lenses you might want to attach to them.

Why can’t you just use a plastic bag? You can, but try not to. Although it’s sometimes a good idea to have a plastic bag nearby to quickly stow a camera during a downpour, they can tear easily and become useless. Worse, the wind can take them and deposit them in the sea/river/stuck to the branches of a tree. That’s why plastic covers are banned in some locations, such as on expedition cruise ships in Antarctica.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.