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Ken Barrett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/13/2004
 

Digital camers/equipment in heat


Hello everyone, I use only digital cameras (Canon 20D and 300D) and like to carry my equipment in my car trunk. However, in the summer it can get up to 120-150 degrees in the truck. Will the heat damage the sensor or flash card?
Thanks for your replies.
Ken


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7/25/2005 8:42:52 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The owners manual (20D p. 7) has a precaution regarding the battery pack: "Do not use or leave the battery pack or a back-up battery in a hot environment. Doing so may cause battery leakage or shorten battery life. The battery pack or back-up battery can also become hot and cause skin burns."

p. 8: "Do not leave the camera in excessive heat such as in a car in direct sunlight. High temperatures can cause the camera to malfunction."

p. 9: "At low temperatures, the liquid-crystal display response may become slower. And at high temperatures the display may blacken. In either case, the display will return to normal at room temperature."

p. 9: "Do not leave memory cards in direct sunlight or near a heat source. Doing so can warp the cards and make them unusable. ... Do not store CF cards in hot, dusty or humid locations."

Additionally, higher temperatures increase digital noise on the sensor. Also the lubricants used in the shutter and mirror mechanisms can become thin, providing less lubrication or seeping onto other surfaces.


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7/25/2005 1:13:46 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  P.S. You can keep your camera equipment in an insulated cooler in the trunk. Do not pack with ice or cold packs (which can leak or cause condensation on the camera), but the cooler's insulation will keep the contents at lower ambient temperatures (say <90) even as the car interior temperatures soar.


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7/25/2005 1:22:42 PM

 
Ken Barrett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/13/2004
  Thanks Jon,
I think I'd better go back and read my owners manual again and again, etc....
Ken


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7/25/2005 1:31:34 PM

 
Tamara Lynn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2005
  I would never leave my camera in the car. If it leaves the house it goes everywhere I go. Im always ready, if something happens or I see something that catches my eye. Ive even gotten a few jobs from it. Everyone has a digital camera these days, so they feel comfortable talking about it, we have something to share. The 50mm is nice cause its light and not bothersome.
Good things come from free advertising:

2 days ago I was at the park and a couple came up to me and asked me if I shot weddings (I was doing landscape at the time). I had them pose for a couple of head shots and emailed it to them, and they booked me for October..Nice


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7/25/2005 3:39:22 PM

 
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