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#1 prateek deo

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:07 AM

all you PD170 camera users i needed some info

Im a mountain filmmaker and in regards to a filming project in the Trans-Himalayan region of Indian subcontinent - Ladakh , where i will be using SONY DSR PD170 as my main camera.

I wanted information on the battery performance of this camera at high altitudes ,low pressure and extreme climate. ( minus 10 deg celcius).

For this project we will be taking PD170 at an height of 21,000 ft approx and the weather can be as cold as minus 10 to 15 deg cel.

Please suggest us for the following :
1: Better performance battery at high altitude and cold weather.
2: Any special accessories for camera protection against the cold
weather, and moisture formation on the lense.
3: Will the extreme condition have any effect on the camera mechanism
? is the PD170 made for extreme travel conditions ?
4: What will be the performance level of a DVCAM tape or do you
recommend any other tape

please do help me with these queries, it would be really nice.

prateek deo
mountain filmmaker
mumbai, india
prateekdeo@gmail.com
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:47 AM

all you PD170 camera users i needed some info

Im a mountain filmmaker and in regards to a filming project in the Trans-Himalayan region of Indian subcontinent - Ladakh , where i will be using SONY DSR PD170 as my main camera.

I wanted information on the battery performance of this camera at high altitudes ,low pressure and extreme climate. ( minus 10 deg celcius).

For this project we will be taking PD170 at an height of 21,000 ft approx and the weather can be as cold as minus 10 to 15 deg cel.

Please suggest us for the following :
1: Better performance battery at high altitude and cold weather.
2: Any special accessories for camera protection against the cold
weather, and moisture formation on the lense.
3: Will the extreme condition have any effect on the camera mechanism
? is the PD170 made for extreme travel conditions ?
4: What will be the performance level of a DVCAM tape or do you
recommend any other tape

please do help me with these queries, it would be really nice.

prateek deo
mountain filmmaker
mumbai, india
prateekdeo@gmail.com


OK, I will try to answer everything.

1. There isn't one. Batteries are a chemical reaction and suffer from cold, simple as that.
2. It sounds stupid but get the largest size battery-heated sock you can find. It will help the battery stay warm enough to function reasonably.
3. I have used a PD-170 out in rochester down to about -15F and it had no problems. I can't comment on the effect of altitude (which logically shouldn't matter) or temps colder than that.
4. Sony's stuff tends to work best with their brand DVCam tapes. I don't know why this is but they seem to cut out less than anything else.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:55 AM

thanks man !!

quote name='Christopher D. Keth' date='Apr 19 2007, 08:47 AM' post='168224']
OK, I will try to answer everything.

1. There isn't one. Batteries are a chemical reaction and suffer from cold, simple as that.
2. It sounds stupid but get the largest size battery-heated sock you can find. It will help the battery stay warm enough to function reasonably.
3. I have used a PD-170 out in rochester down to about -15F and it had no problems. I can't comment on the effect of altitude (which logically shouldn't matter) or temps colder than that.
4. Sony's stuff tends to work best with their brand DVCam tapes. I don't know why this is but they seem to cut out less than anything else.
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