Did you know that your camera has a temperature range for optimal operation? It is usually, depending on the model and manufacturer, between 0º and 40º C. Does it happen then that outside these temperatures it does not work? No. It will work, but don't expect it to work normally, plus you may run into more serious problems than slow firing.
If you are concerned about the care of your equipment, I would stay if you were ;), Well, I am going to tell you how to prevent these possible problems or how to solve them if you want to capture the wonders that cold days offer.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN ARISE?
It is possible that at very low temperatures your camera does not work normally, that the LCD screen does not work or does not work well and you have to warm it up. This does not mean that you put it on top of a radiator, but it does mean that you can get into a closed place where the temperature is higher. But the problems that you will encounter the most are related to the battery and condensation.
Batteries with the cold perform much less, you will notice that they have less autonomy and that, in addition, they take longer to charge. The best solution is the most basic, take a spare, so as not to stay in the frame at the best moment. Another trick is, while you're not using it, wear it close to your body or, for example, in a coat pocket (if it's better inside). Your own heat will protect her from the cold and she will last longer. Put it on the camera when you are going to use it, in the meantime, very close to you ;).
When the spare runs out, if you've had the foresight to keep the other close to your body, try it again, because it will most likely allow you to get a few more shots. It is that the cold leaves them lethargic but with the warmth they revive again.
It is not about your camera hibernating in winter like a bear in the cave, but about taking the necessary precautions.
Some of these measures are:
- Put silica bags in the backpack (those that come in the boxes of sports shoes, for example). Although it seems that it is not one hundred percent effective, it does not hurt to put some in, don't you think?
- Wrap the camera in a towel or T-shirt before putting it in the backpack.
- Do not take the camera out of the backpack immediately when the temperature changes, let it gradually adapt to the ambient temperature. Place it away from any heat source. You can open the backpack after a while and leave the camera for another while until you notice that it is no longer cold when you enter a warmer space (or vice versa).
The important thing is that the temperature change is not too abrupt, so any solution you can think of to make the change gradual (and not aggressive to the computer) will be welcome. When you return home try not to take it out of the backpack until after a couple of hours. Even if you have to fight the excitement of reviewing the photos, you better wait while having something warm ;).
In addition to condensation and battery operation, you must take into account that with temperatures of -20º C or less, metal and some plastics become more brittle, so if they receive a strong blow they can crack. If you are normally careful that you do not hit the equipment or that it does not fall, in intense cold conditions you must take extreme precautions.
If you are going to photograph with snow, try to use a waterproof cover or bag so that the camera does not get wet and the damage goes far beyond a few frozen feet. Because those frozen drinks end up turning into water, your team's number one enemy.
It is also not a bad idea that you use a waterproof backpack or at least a waterproof cover to cover it. If you don't run the risk of falling into the water with equipment included, one that includes a cover will work for you. Mario's favorite is this. But if you want to find the one that best suits your needs, here is a buying guide to find the ideal backpack for your camera.
Tip: you can even use a shower cap to protect the camera, or any plastic bag supported by a rubber band.