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Digital cameras and the cold

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Eric R Snow, Nov 29, 2004.

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  1. Eric R Snow

    Eric R Snow Guest

    The other day I brought my pentax optio 330 into the house from
    outside in the car. It was about 40 degerees F. Taking a couple indoor
    pictures with the cold camera without the flash resulted in orange
    tinted photos, Using the flash the pictures looked right. Is there
    something about ccd imaging devices that would make them react this
    way to cold? Just curious.
    Eric R Snow
  2. Don Kelly

    Don Kelly Guest

  3. dB

    dB Guest

    I think the previous correspondent is on the right track.
    Your indoor lighting will have a colour temperature quite different to
    that of the "normal" camera setting which is undoubtedly for daylight.
    The flash colour temperature will be very close to natural daylight.
    If you want to take photographs indoors without flash you can, or
    should be able to, change the camera's setting to take into account
    different light sources.
  4. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

  5. Don Kelly

    Don Kelly Guest

    I just checked the specs on my camera- operating range minimum is 32F which
    surprised me. You could be right at 40F but indoor without flash- ?? Getting
    all those nice yellows from the incandescent lamps.

    If you were living in Minnesota- why would you complain about +40F?
    come from further North and west than Minnesota- Alberta- and now am in
    "balmy" Vancover Island where it is now about +40F.
  6. Art

    Art Guest

    Maybe even the humidity change form the cold outside to a heated home. That
    can and will cause occasional problems with condensation. However I agree
    with the probability of the lighting, or lack thereof, to have caused the
    colour skew.
  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I've lived in California for several years. I'm only human, we get spoiled. ;-)

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