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#1. Protect your digital camera from cold winter weather
Those magical, frozen landscapes may inspire you to keep your digital camera handy, but make sure you protect it from the cold, harsh elements.
Always keep your camera dry.
Use a lens hood to keep snow off the front of your camera.
Don't take your cold camera inside a warm car or building for short periods of time. Condensation could form on its exterior and freeze when you return outdoors.
To protect your camera and equipment from the cold, keep them inside your camera bag with the zippers tightly closed when you're not taking photos.
Choose lithium batteries and rechargeable Ni-MH cells as they last longest in cold temperatures.
#2 Help your digital camera batteries last longer
Extend the use of your digital camera's battery by taking some life-prolonging steps.
Always read the instructions that come with your batteries.
For NiCad and NiMH batteries, run them down completely at least once a month to avoid problems with the memory effect.
Give rechargeable batteries a chance to cool down after recharging.
Replace all your batteries at the same time.
Use four identical new batteries when you replace them — don't mix batteries from different manufacturers.
Store batteries in a cool, dry place at room temperature.
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April 1, 2005