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camera use during winter

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camera use during winter

checked most of the SLR camera rated the working environment at 0 ~ 40 degree C. its can still working during trek in winter? & the temperature drop to -0...

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1. Re: camera use during winter

Cameras should work ok provided you take a few simple precautions - keep it warm inside your fleece or down jacket as much as possible, though beware of condensation when you bring it out !

Cold radically reduces battery life. At altitudes above 4000 metres I normally keep my camera in my sleeping bag overnight

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2. Re: camera use during winter

I use normal Sony Digital camera and I am not aware of working environment of my camera. I am using this camera even in very cold (-5 - 10) environment but still no problem at all. But as Alan mentioned on his post I remember that the battery life in high altitude was so poor. I strongly recommend you to take at least a spare battery to use in case of failure of one.

Good Luck!

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3. Re: camera use during winter

Yes it works but keep your camera warm as much as you can like above poster said. its no problem. i have seen my clients are using same camera At everest base camp and kalapattar. main thing put inside warm clothes your camera while u are not using. so it save your camera's bettry life.

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4. Re: camera use during winter

Noted. Thanks to the above specialists for the reply.

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5. Re: camera use during winter

The worst thing that can happen is your LCD dies and turns back on after you warm it back up. I've shot with my dslr at -10 deg F and the LCD just turned off.

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6. Re: camera use during winter

I have done quite a bit of trekking in the winter in Nepal (it is my prefered time of year for trekking due to the much quieter trails and generaly very clear weather which gives the best views). By winter I mean December and January. I use a rather basic camera.

During the day it is usually quite warm, as the sunshine can be very powerful especially higher up (most days in the winter are cloudless, in my experience). However it gets very cold at night, which of course is lethal for batteries. So in the evenings I keep my head torch and camera batteries with me (evenings are usually spent in the dining area where old fashioned stoves keep it warm or even hot). At night I keep my head torch and camera batteries in the sleeping bag - this means they basically never get really cold. My camera, without batteries, gets cold, but it is, as I say, rather basic, and has been fine. I use contact lenses - to avoid these freezing at night, I wrap them in my down jacket, which I place next to my head - enough heat radiates out to stop them freezing - possibly you do try something similar with a camera, depending on its size and shape.

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7. Re: camera use during winter

Thanks again to all of you the kind opinions. since i yet to have a SLR camera , i think i might just to get a all weather rugged camera like Olympus TG 2. this may make my trip less worry.

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8. Re: camera use during winter

No worries and always happy to help!

I have been seeing many trekkers using the normal camera and seems working fine for them. As other members also suggested above the battery life is very poor, carry at least a spare battery.

Good Luck!

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9. Re: camera use during winter

Ok... Thank you very much....

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10. Re: camera use during winter

I've used both analog and digital cameras in the winter here at home ( above or near the Arctic Circle ) and the Himalyas for decades : as already said this can be managed. I use an extra wool cap over the camera going from really cold outside to really warm. Batteries. , like people , only appear to be dead when deep frozen : the effect comes back when warn again. Batteries in the boots , boots under my knees in cold camps ( http://korta.nu/cold )

Other tech issues worth mentioning if this is first time in the Himalyas : traditional hard drives have their own form of altitude sickness , don't try spin any drive above 4000 meters . And power is not to be taken for granted : up to sixteen hours of planned power breaks per day in Ktm at worst. Charging & clearing up cable clutter here : …wordpress.com/2012/…