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panasonicsdr h18 wont work in the cold??

by matthamapanasonic / December 4, 2008 6:23 AM PST

is this normal? is there anyway to make it to work when its below freezing outside? would using an sd card instead of the hdd work? thanks

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How cold?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 6:26 AM PST

Most electronics is from 0 to 50 C today. Beyond that you look at industrial gear or keeping it in that range when you need to use it. Nothing new here as camcorders of old had those same limitations.

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Camcorders out cold....
by Papa Echo / December 4, 2008 7:31 AM PST

All camcorders and other sensitive electronics equipment do that - I suppose they are designed to shut off themselves to protect the electronics, which consists of micro circuits which shrink in the cold and so got short ....For camcorders with mechnical parts, e.g. miniDV using tapes, the mechanism can get "frozen" ...batteries do not work properly when cold - electricity just do not run properly in the cold. Usual solution- keep things warm with body heat.

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Tech "operating temperatures"
by boya84 / December 4, 2008 10:02 PM PST

are at the back of the manual in the Specifications area. Not much different than many electronics.

The trick is to provide gentle warmth.

PortaBrace makes a "Polar Mitten". I suspect there is a DIY solution out there - perhaps those geat generator pads (not the plug-in ones) for sore backs? "Therma wrap" in a towel?

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