Cameras and frost

It’s -30 degrees Celsius and our photographer wants to go out. What you need to do, is protect the camera from frost bites. DSLRs and extremely low temperatures are a bad combination but it’s possible to come out the other end without breaking the damn thing.

The cold is bad for battery life so it probably won’t last as long as it does during Summer so bring a spare one along. It’s not the cold air that does the damage to the device, by the way. It’s the rapid change from a cold environment to a warm one that creates moisture on the surface of the camera and fogs up the lens. Condensation, you see.  If this happens, don’t take the lens off, since that will allow the moisture to gather inside the camera itself. And whatever you do, don’t take the camera outside into the cold before it’s completely dry!

The best way to prevent your camera from condensation is to put it in a waterproof pouch or bag while you’re still outdoors. Put the pouch along with the camera in your camera bag if you have one. Once indoors, let it ”thaw” in peace. Don’t forget to take the SD card out before putting the camera in the pouch if you want to start editing your snapshots immediately! We use the same waterproof pouches here as we do when we go hiking or camping. I think these ones were from Prisma. Any other kind of waterproof pouch does the trick though, even MiniGrips.

But this tip is only for short trips. Do you happen to have any tips or tricks for longer voyages?

All the pics in this post are from the Aittovuori Nature Walk in Jyväskylä.

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