Cold temp oper of OMD

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by slothead, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I'm taking my OMD to Steamboat Springs next week and the high temperatures are supposed to stay in the 20s the whole time I am there. What is the coldest at which the OMD is specified to operate reliably? (Yeah I know I could look at the manual, but I trust you guys more than the manual.)
  2. Maczero

    Maczero Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 13, 2010
    I don't know about the absolute minus temperature, but watch for fogging/freezing of the EVF. It doesn't affect the end image at all, but does look like looking through a bit of a haze.

  3. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    I've used mine in -25 Celsius no problems...
  4. drcolby

    drcolby Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 4, 2012
    I was out yesterday in 25 degrees in Cle Elum, WA and my OMD worked fine for the hour or so we were out.
  5. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    The issue is NOT the cold temperatures (although it means reduced battery capacity) but going back into warmer temperatures...moisture will condense onto cold surfaces and may short out electronics.

    It's the recommendation to take a zip-lock bag with you and fill it with outdoor air (don't inflate it with your mouth, you want the dry outside air), and put the camera in it and zip it up before you go back into warm air.
  6. jpmac55

    jpmac55 Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 3, 2012
    Averill Park, NY
    Regarding condensation, if you give up trying to inflate a zip-lock bag with outdoor air, just don't take the camera from one extreme temperature immediately into another. Keeping the camera close to your body can regulate the temperature difference.

    I don't think you'll have a problem with camera performance in 20F temps. Just think of all those beautiful winter photo's of Steamboat Springs ;-)
  7. Stonehollow

    Stonehollow Guest

    Works fine at -30F (and a lot longer than my hands will!).

    Battery life and condensation are the two issues, as mentioned.
  8. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Real Name:
    Daniele Frizzi
    I used it yesterday in -5° C, no fogging. After 10 minutes the battery (charged a week ago) blinked red for the whole shooting (2 hours) but worked flawlessly.
  9. micronean

    micronean Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Tokyo, Japan
    I lived in Canada since I was 7. Never had any problems in the cold with any camera, film or digital.

    The biggest problem is the frostbite on your fingers. You can't take pictures with big thick gloves. :)
  10. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Thanks for all the inputs guys. I certainly appreciate this forum.