After I posted one of the photos taken with my Fujifilm x100v in freezing cold weather conditions (-11C) on Reddit, one of the members asked me how well Fujifilm x100v performs in sub-zero temperatures.
I thought that it might be a good idea to address this question and write up a short blog post answering this very specific question.
Without further ado let’s begin.
How Is the Fujifilm x100v Work in Low Temperatures?
The lowest temperature that I shot with my Fujifilm x100v was -11C (12.2F) and I haven’t experienced any problems with the camera or with the battery. My camera was performing perfectly—no lagging or freezing, just as it usually does.
How Well Does Fujifilm’s x100v Battery Handle Freezing Temperatures?
Although I have not conducted any specific assessments on battery performance under freezing temperatures, the battery certainly didn’t fail after a few shots at -11C (12.2F). To illustrate, yesterday I took a two-hour walk in -10C temperatures with my family and snapped 70 to 80 photos on my Fujifilm x100v. The camera’s performance was flawless despite the cold weather conditions!
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Operating Fujifilm x100v in Sub-Zero Temperatures with Gloves
If you are shooting in temperatures below 0C, it is essential to wear gloves. However, this might be a problem for some cameras because the buttons and dials can be very small and hard to press with thick winter gloves on.
Fortunately, Fujifilm x100v has comfortable physical dials that are easy to operate even with thick winter gloves.
All of the camera settings, such as Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO can be adjusted via the physical dials on the camera, thus you don’t need to take off your gloves to adjust these settings on the LCD screen.
Tips and Recommendations on Using Cameras in Sub-Zero Conditions
- Take extra batteries with you as cold temperatures consume more power.
- When leaving the camera exposed to cold weather conditions, put it into your bag or a warm place (coat pocket) before taking it out to take another shot. This would help you to avoid condensation and protects the camera from extreme cold.
- Keep your batteries warm when not in use especially if the temperatures are below 0C, as this would help to maintain battery performance for longer periods of time.
- Wear winter gloves that allow you to effectively operate the buttons and dials on the camera. Recommended winter gloves for photography – EnergeticSky Waterproof Winter Gloves (Amazon).
- When entering a warm environment, such restaurant, home, or hotel room, ensure you leave your camera in your backpack or in the pocket of your jacket for at least sixty minutes. Big fluctuations in temperature can lead to condensation forming within the camera and lens components which could cause lasting damage.
To Sum Up
I hope that this short blog post helped to answer your questions about how well Fujifilm x100v handles sub-zero temperatures.
If you are interested in any other aspects of the Fujifilm x100v mirrorless camera, you can get in touch with me via email: email@example.com.
P.S. You might also be interested in one of my latest blog posts: Family Holiday Photography in Italy with Fujifilm x100v.