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Old Dec 4, 2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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My FZ47 should be here in a few days and it's starting to get cold here in Ohio. I see people with snow photographs all the time but I saw somewhere that the "Minimum operating temperature" is 32 degrees F. Is this really a large concern? I know I wouldn't want to leave it in the cold car for hours or something, but is there a harm in taking the camera out in the cold? And if so, how do people manage all the nice snowy photographs?
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Old Dec 5, 2011, 7:38 PM   #2
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It's always tough to get the first reply around here. After the first reply, more people tend to come out of the woodwork...but damn, 77 views and nothing. Haha
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Old Dec 5, 2011, 7:57 PM   #3
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Well, I was out this morning when it was 5 degrees below zero. I took several photos in this temp, with no ill affects.
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It's always tough to get the first reply around here. After the first reply, more people tend to come out of the woodwork...but damn, 77 views and nothing. Haha

Many of us live in warm weather climates and have no idea how to answer your question.
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Damn you warm weather people! Haha, don't you just wish you could be in 10 degree weather with a foot of snow!?

csa, any precautions? Do you do anything before taking it back or take any steps to warm it up slowly? Anything to prevent fogging or condensation?
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Hi Sumx, another Ohio boy here. Never had a problem taking my FZ15/FZ35 out in cold weather. Don't think I would go out in sub-zero weather with it but who would want to. Spend a lot of time in the Hocking Hills in the winter and never have had any problems. Only problem I have is when I take the camera out from the warm house into cold weather to take a quick shot the lens will fog.

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Damn you warm weather people! Haha, don't you just wish you could be in 10 degree weather with a foot of snow!?

csa, any precautions? Do you do anything before taking it back or take any steps to warm it up slowly? Anything to prevent fogging or condensation?
I treat my camera same as my telescopes when bringing it in from the cold. I shut it off & cap it outside, before coming in the house. I let the camera sit for a while before I do anything with it, such as removing the SD card.

If you cap it outside, & leave the cap on until the camera warms up, the lens won't dew up.
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That was pretty informative CSA.... I didn't see that one coming... As in the fogging up part.. I was planning to take mine to the snowfall areas this winters
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I have also read that batteries become less powerful and drain quicker below freezing temperature.

Carol - 5 below???? Can't eve imagine that. We complained because it dipped to 45 last night.... We absolutely panic when there is frost on the ground in the morning.
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I have also read that batteries become less powerful and drain quicker below freezing temperature.

Carol - 5 below???? Can't eve imagine that. We complained because it dipped to 45 last night.... We absolutely panic when there is frost on the ground in the morning.

Saly, with no wind, it really isn't bad.
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