I am going on a camping trip in the Badlands next week. I REALLY want to bring my new digital camera, but should I be concerned about heat exposure? I plan to store it in the trunk of the car to protect from moisture, but I will be camping for 7 days, so the temperature in the vehicle could potentially become very hot.
I have an Olympus Pen EPL1. It's not worth taking the camera if I will run the risk of ruining it from heat! Any advice? Should I take it?
Quoted Message: about what temperatures are we talking about? if the car is in the shadow for me there is no problem, the problem is the sun. for moisture i use some silicone based products to absorb moisture
Thanks Petarneychev. I plan to park in the shade, but I don't know how much temperatures can rise inside a vehicle relative to outside temp. My husband has an insulated camera bag & from what I've read, this can help keep temps down around the camera. But I'm still concerned. I will have to store the camera in the car because I don't want to risk water damage or theft in the campground.
Jimakosbook- The Badlands are in South Dakota. Temps for next week are projected between 70-90 degrees! Just worried about that 90 degree weather!
I'd be more concerned about someone breaking into your car and stealing it than I would be about heat damage. I leave mine in my car here in Louisiana and haven't yet had a problem with it -- and it gets waaayyy hotter here than 90º.
Just something to consider. a cars interior heats up to a greater degree than the ambient temperature outside. On a warm, sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle, and pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.
Trunk temperatures will most likely be less because of the absence of glass and windshield which has a tendency to magnify the effect. Nonetheless you can be assured that the temperature inside the trunk will be extremely hot.
Me. .I'd carry my camera with me. Trunks are also very often the first target of thieves at parks and national campgrounds.
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It's only going to be in the 90s? Then carry the camera with you. Get a waterproof camera bag to protect from moisture. Leaving your camera in the car to heat up is a bad bad bad idea. You will ruin your equipment. As Lightart said, the vehicle can easily heat up to 30 degrees hotter than the air outside.
I go out in the temps over 100 frequently during the summer. Just keep to the shade as much as possible (for you and the camera). If you are in the sun and feel the camera heating up, take a dip to the shade frequently to cool both you and the camera down. Again, temps between 70 and 90 are nothing!! Just don't leave your equipment sitting in the sun the whole time.