Cameras are important pieces of technology, especially for photographers. However, when the weather is hot, camera equipment can easily overheat. This guide will teach you a few ways to keep your camera cool in a hot car.
How to keep the camera cool in a hot car?
It is essential always to keep your camera in an air-tight box and ensure that it is protected from the sun and wind’s heat, dust, and light. You will need to pack a small fan (like the one on your smartphone), a couple of spares batteries, and a camera strap. Your camera should be carried in a padded pouch in a zipped bag with a secure zip.
- Ensure the lens cap is on the camera when it is not in use and that the lens has been protected from dust.
- Take care when carrying your camera and ensure you have access to a working camera strap (not one attached to your handbag). If you don’t have a camera strap, make sure you carry it around your neck or waist.
- Remember that your camera can be damaged by heat, so make sure you use only a tripod or other stable surface to hold your camera.
- Avoid taking photos when you are moving, and make sure the setting on the lens is adjusted to F16 or lower if you are in bright sunlight.
- Take plenty of spares batteries and try to use rechargeable batteries wherever possible. Always ensure you charge them fully before using them. If you are unsure, take your camera into a shop to be checked, and never leave the battery charger in the car overnight.
- Avoid using a digital camera to take photos in a hot car. If you do need to use a digital camera, make sure you turn it off or switch it off completely before going into the car.
- Remember to keep your car windows closed at all times if you are driving with an open window. Keep the window rolled down if the air-conditioning is working correctly. Try to maintain a steady temperature inside your car.
- Keep the temperature up to 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) and lower in the summer months (20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Make sure the sun is blocked by keeping the sun visor up. Avoid using any tinted glass.
- Keep your mobile phone away from your camera when traveling. Your phone can be damaged by heat, so you will want to be careful about this.
Some Other Considerations:
Keep Air Condition On
Keep the air conditioning in your car turned on high. This is the easiest and most effective way to keep the temperature in your car down. Also, make sure that the windows are shut.
Never let children play in the car and only allow them to have short rides in the back seat, not even for school trips.
If you are not comfortable driving without air conditioning, then take an extra blanket, or put a pillow between you and the steering wheel. You may also want to remove the visor so it does not obstruct your view.
Keep a bottle of water and a snack with you if you feel sleepy, but be careful not to get too drowsy as it will only make you drive more slowly and risk accidents.
Don’t drive on empty roads.
When you are driving in hot weather, you should drive on roads where there are other vehicles, so you don’t end up in a dangerous situation on an empty road. When you are driving in a hot car, you need to keep yourself awake and alert. You can also try keeping the car window open slightly and keeping the air conditioning on high. Make sure the sun visor is pulled down to reduce the glare and keep your sunglasses on. Keep checking the temperature of the car. Never let children or pets sit in the back of the car or even on laps. Use the mirror to check for pedestrians and avoid speeding.
Take your time and be patient.
Hot cars can be a nightmare, but you can always take care of your vehicle, but you have to be patient; it may take days to cool down or even weeks. If your car doesn’t have air conditioning, try to get it fixed if you can. If you are going for a short drive, or just for a walk, then your car will not suffer too much.
In conclusion, there are a few ways to keep your camera cool in a hot car. Placing it in the shade, using a cooler or insulation, and using a fan are all effective methods. You can ensure that your camera stays cool and safe during the hot summer months by following these tips.