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Old February 21st, 2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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HV20 in high altitude

Hi, I am trying to find out if anyone has had a problem useing the HV20 over 10,000 feet? I have been reading reviews that state it does not work well over 10,000 feet, perhaps from the cold or possibly dryness on the lube? Thanks. Bob Safay
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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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I used mine last weekend at 10,000+ feet. Temps were 20-30F and I set it to "snow". When I zoomed into an area with lots of trees the exposure 'brightened' them a bit too much. Locking the exposure would have overcome that but the video looks great.

A caution: if/when you bring the camera inside a ski lodge it's advised to keep it in a bag until it warms up. Otherwise you might have some condensation.

I haven't seen negative comments about high altitudes and the HV20. What's the problem?

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Old February 21st, 2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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The altitude warning is specifically for hard disk camcorders, it need not apply for tape cameras. Heck, DVCPRO HD has climbed Everest.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #4
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Worked for me at 17,000'

I recently used the HV20 at a 17,000 ft. pass in the Himalayas without issue. Not to worry.

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Old February 24th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #5
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We just used mine as a helmet cam on a paraskier in St Moritz. Altitude 3300m, roughly 10.000 feet.
The weather is extremely dry there, humidity is around 25%. With did not have any problems
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