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Dec 21, 2012

When DSLR Manufacturers Say Their Cameras Are Freeze-Proofed, This Is What They Mean

High-end cameras are often sold with the proud claim, amongst many others, that they are "freeze-proofed". But is it really that impressive?

Unsurprisingly, freeze-proofing is supposed to guarantee that cameras still work well in temperatures below zero—which is just as well for Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bellawhen he was photographing the Swiss mountains Piz Corvatsch and Piz Nair. Outside for two long, cold nights, temperatures dropped to -25°C (-13°F) which really put the cameras through their paces.

These pictures show what that kind of abuse does to the outside of a camera. Chilly, huh? But despite looking bad, Alessandro reports that the DSLRs he used on the trip worked perfectly fine. The only problems he had were with lenses and batteries: lenses froze up and had to be thawed out next to an oven in a nearby building, while batteries discharged within just an hour because of the extreme cold temperatures. More here.

2 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

This is so cool in my opinion man, it's a great idea and definitely adds on a couple of pounds/dollars to their value even if it's rarely going to need to be used, it might be worth popping it into a freezer and carrying it around frozen to check it out haha.

Funny Pets said...

But, can it withstand a blender?