Nikon Z Cameras operating environment temperatures

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OP dj_paige Senior Member • Posts: 2,320
Re: Nikon Z Cameras operating environment temperatures

kenw wrote:

ZapperVT wrote:

I have the Z50 that has the same specs and it works fine much colder and hotter.

All the Nikons seem to have those temp specs. Even the D6.

I'm an electronics design engineer (design computer chips). Temp specs like these generally mean that all the specification listed will be met over these temperatures for every unit shipped. These specs are generally conservative. For example:

  • Most units shipped will outperform the specs.
  • The units generally work acceptably well outside the temperature range, even if there are exceptions to the specifications. For example, battery life will be less at cold temperatures. High speed operations may lead to overheating at higher temperatures.
  • Also, engineers don't tend to spec things that they don't test. I often get customer questions like "what will happen if I operate your chip at 150C even though it's spec'ed for 125C". I say, it will almost certainly work fine, but we don't test it so we can't guarantee it. Probably the same here.

Yes, this.

Also an important distinction for most electronics is there is a big difference on the cold end of things between operating in a cold ambient when the equipment is already warm (e.g. taking the camera out of the house or car) and actually turning on the equipment when “cold soaked” down to the ambient (e.g. leaving the camera turned off on a tripod outdoors for hours and then turning it on).

Because electronics self heat effectively usually they operate just fine to temperatures well below their specifications as long as they weren’t cold soaked.

But again, especially on the cold side of things, usually ranges are set by what was tested or modeled as a worst case rather than what the actual limits are.

Great info, KenW and ZapperVT. Thank you, very helpful!

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