Taking your Nikon out into the cold

Heading off to colder climates? You need to take good care of your camera to minimise condensation and maximise battery life.

Always try to keep your camera warm – simply putting it under your jacket will reduce the chances of condensation occurring.

If condensation does occur, remove the battery and memory card from their and keep their compartments opened until the condensation clears. During this time, try not to bring your camera outdoors as low temperatures can cause any condensed water to freeze.

When moving from a cold environment to a warmer location, a simple way to avoid condensation is to allow your camera to gradually undergo temperature changes by sealing it in a bag containing air from the cold environment as you travel and leaving it in there for a few hours.

This means condensation forms on the bag instead of the camera while the temperature of the air and camera in the bag slowly equalise to that of the new environment.

Photography by Fraser Harding

Most batteries drain very quickly in cold conditions, so it’s advisable to keep your spare battery under wraps – ideally in your pockets or jacket compartments with a warm lining.

You may also wish to consult with your tour group organiser and get their opinion on the local climate conditions for the place that you are visiting. They may have years of experience in this area and could give some useful advice.

These are general tips for shooting in cold weather conditions. Nikon cameras are used in extreme conditions all the time and will work properly if taken care of. Nikon shall not be liable for any damages that may occur due to mishandling of equipment. Speak to your local technical office or service centre if you have any questions about ensuring your equipment performs as expected in all conditions.

Published by mynikonlife Feb 6, 2011
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