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Old Mar 12, 2007, 3:04 PM   #1
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I have a Canon S3IS, but this goes for all digital cameras.

I am an avid motorcyclist and take my camera everywhere, I carry it in a bag on the tail of my bike wrapped in a shirt of towel (in the bag). There are crazy vibrations from the bike as well as bumps in the road.

Do vibrations while traveling do any damage to cameras? reduce clarity of pics? etc?

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Will this vibration reduce the clarity of your pics? That depends if you break the camera or not.

If the camera has been shaken around, but has not suffered any damage, then it should work just fine, and there will be no loss of picture quality.

However, if the camera has suffered some damage - then it may not even work at all.

Cameras can usually take a few knocks, but the constant vibration of a bike might be too much for them. I'd suggest keeping it very well wrapped, or but a specialist kit bag for it. I suspect it would also be better protected if you carried it on a backpack when you're riding (there are specialist camera backpacks), rather thanattached the bike.

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Old Mar 12, 2007, 6:12 PM   #3
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So do you think the vibrations will cause any internal parts to "fall out of adjustment"? I do not know what's going in inside of it, I don't know how it works or if there is anything that will be affected by this.

I understand something physically breaking, and that wont happen unless I crash, but I worry about the constant vibrations from the engine causing loss in pic quality .:-?
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I'm guessing but I suspect you won't notice much in degradation until you exceed the fatigue life on some part and it fails. I'd also guess that the most likely failure elements would be leads and connectors connecting the various components to the motherboard.

I'd personally prefer bubble wrap in a case in a backpack over a t-shirt in a saddle bag.

You might try posting this in the Canon section as there might be a company rep monitoring that forum that could give some very specific advice.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 8:45 PM   #5
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I agree with ac.smiththat the connectors are the most likely components to fail with prolonged vibration, but another possible source of failure might be the mounts for the individual optical elements. Maybe not so much for the S3IS, but for P&S digicams that have a lens that retracts into the camera body, that could be a problem. The more moving parts, the more likely the failure.
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Old Mar 13, 2007, 8:11 AM   #6
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Hi Darrell,

I once ruined a Minolta film camera by having it in the tour pack of my Harley going to California. I was lucky to have My two Pentax MX 35mm cameras with me, They were all right. The vibration caused the screws to loosen on the Minolta and it just would not work. Everything turned out good though because I stopped at a Camera store and traded it along with the len's and flashin on a Pentax medium format 6X7 camera and got some really great 6X7 shots of some beautiful scenery. The pictures more then paid for my trip that year.

If I were you I would just carry the camera around my neck or get a very good well padded case for it. The vibration will probably cause the camera to self-destruct in a saddle-bag. A Pelican case would probably be a good investment for you.( the one with the foam, and not the one with the inserts)

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I shoudla been more specific about the bike, I'm not talkin saddle bags and freeways, I'm talking a supermotard and the nastiest goat trails I can find (and the occasional dirt road).
goat trails = dirty, bumpy, single lane, twisty, fun roads!

Thank you guys for the great input, I will definately keep it out of the tail bag, I think it would get bumped around way to much in there. I've been putting it in my windbreaker pocket, but it's getting way to warm for that (mid 80's this week).

Guess I'll find a different place for it or a small backpack.
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Very nice shot of the bikes. I know you will have a great time with that type of riding. Just don't forget to post some photo's here at Steves for us to see.

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