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06/20/2005 12:59:29 PM · #1

A car in a parking lot during summer can reach well over 100 degrees F. What would happen to a camera left for several hours in the glove compartment of such a car? I'm asking because I'm going to the beach this week.
06/20/2005 01:01:51 PM · #2
I am not sure about the sensor and othter electronics (heat does introduce noise), but the battery could get cooked and possibly explode... edit spelling

Message edited by author 2005-06-20 13:02:24.
06/20/2005 01:03:13 PM · #3
Read the manual, I think most do not recommend storing the camera above a certain temperature.
06/20/2005 01:23:24 PM · #4
I noted this before in a similar thread. Remember that your camera took a long boat ride from Japan in a metal shipping crate, then took several truck rides, and probably spent time in a few warehouses that were not climate controlled. Storing it in the car should not be a problem.
06/20/2005 01:26:48 PM · #5
Stored mine in the trunk of the car around six hours and it still works great.
06/20/2005 01:40:58 PM · #6
i once melted the door off my walkman leaving it under the front seat of a car for 40 minutes - i wouldnt risk it if i were you - just take it whereever youre going.
06/20/2005 03:36:34 PM · #7
Hi! If you absolutely have to leave your camera in the car, here's my suggestion. Perhaps a silly one (as I haven't tried it), but a suggestion nonetheless: Buy a small cooler or lunchbox, seal the camera in a plastic bag (suck out the air), seal a few ice cubes in another plastic bag and put them in the cooler/lunchbox. Put the container in a shaded area in the car.

Of course, don't fill the cooler up with ice cubes! That's why I said "a few" ice cubes, just enough to offset the heat. Use your judgement.

--T.C.
(Disclaimer: This writer is not responsible for any damage that may occur to the camera if anyone tries this suggestion. ;-))
06/20/2005 03:43:17 PM · #8
Try a thermometer in the glove compartment and see what temperature it gets to. My aircon cools the glove-box during running and stays pretty cool when not, maybe the insulation helps? try it, you may be worrying over nothing.

06/20/2005 03:50:32 PM · #9
My father in law is a temperature nut. He has thermometers everywhere. He has some in his trunk and the passenger part of his car. He says that the trunk never gets more than 10 degress F above the outside ambient. Just a piece of info.

I have done the "cooler thing" with my camera many times. Except instead of ice cubes I use those refreezable packs. Has worked fine.

Doug
06/20/2005 03:52:49 PM · #10
Originally posted by louddog:

I noted this before in a similar thread. Remember that your camera took a long boat ride from Japan in a metal shipping crate, then took several truck rides, and probably spent time in a few warehouses that were not climate controlled. Storing it in the car should not be a problem.


But aren't these a little different than the straight direct sunlight beaming into your windows with no venilation? They are in boxes in boxes and probably in crates so I'm sure they don't get even close to the temperature of your car.

I too have read about the cooler thing and not only does it keep the camera cooler, it keeps it out of line of sight. Only Yogi the bear is going to break into a car just to see whats in the cooler. Better to be safe than sorry.
06/20/2005 03:59:11 PM · #11
The glove box and the trunk are the hottest places inside a car. If you have to leave it in your car, I would keep it away from those places. From what I've heard, the area on the floor just behind the front seats is the coolest. You can put something on top of your camera to hide it. Your camera might have taken a long trip on boat/car, but it was in an insulated box (the styrofoam).
06/20/2005 04:08:14 PM · #12
I would not leave the camera in the car during summertime. You may be lucky 2 or three times, but you should avoid leaving electronic devices in areas of excessive heat, above what the manual says is ok.
06/20/2005 04:12:59 PM · #13
We have a neoprene case for our camera (wetsuit material). We leave it in the car in Florida all the time, and no problems yet. The camera stays pretty cool.

In one of these cases, inside a cooler (styrofoam seems to work best) you probably wouldn't need cool packs or anything.

Humidity is another issue. I learned the hard way about taking a camera out of a cool environment into a hot/humid one.

Then, of course...there's sand.

Good luck, and have a great time at the beach.
06/20/2005 04:26:41 PM · #14
Originally posted by sabphoto:

Originally posted by louddog:

I noted this before in a similar thread. Remember that your camera took a long boat ride from Japan in a metal shipping crate, then took several truck rides, and probably spent time in a few warehouses that were not climate controlled. Storing it in the car should not be a problem.


But aren't these a little different than the straight direct sunlight beaming into your windows with no venilation? They are in boxes in boxes and probably in crates so I'm sure they don't get even close to the temperature of your car.

I too have read about the cooler thing and not only does it keep the camera cooler, it keeps it out of line of sight. Only Yogi the bear is going to break into a car just to see whats in the cooler. Better to be safe than sorry.


I use to work at UPS loading and unloading trucks. I assure you that a truck trailor sealed up and sitting in the sun for days at a time gets as hot as a car. In the summer they were easily between 120 and 140 inside in the evening when I started (in Wisconsin).
06/20/2005 04:31:18 PM · #15
It's true cameras get hot when shipping. However, they aren't shipped with batteries. It might not be a bad idea to take the batteries out, in any event.
06/20/2005 06:38:24 PM · #16

LOL mesmerai did it really 'melt'?
I guess I'll try the cooler with ice idea; hopefully there won't be any condensation.
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