A.Hruskach reacted to TempestCatto in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
What's the outside temp going to be? 90+ degrees F? I would keep it stored elsewhere. If it's below that and just for the day, it should be fine. Arizona heat would turn your equipment into a goo; for example.
A.Hruskach reacted to BrinkGG in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
Where? You can look at forecasts and see what the weather will most likely be.
If the outside of the car gets anywhere above 90F, then no. Put them somewhere else.
A.Hruskach reacted to Turtle Rig in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
Just leave it inside the trunk, nothing bad will happen.
A.Hruskach reacted to TomvanWijnen in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
As we all know, hot air rises, and I'm fairly sure this is also the case in cars. From personal experience from a few hours ago today, the lower something is in a car, the better. Perhaps place it under the front seat (either in the back or front), or put it in the boot (or any other low spot).
A.Hruskach reacted to Zodiark1593 in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
Cars tend to trap heat rather well, so even lower, it's still likely to get quite hot.
I wouldn't keep anything remotely valuable in the car. If need be, travel lighter, use a smaller camera, etc. This is a part of the reason I went with a compact, as carrying an SLR with even a single lens every day to work and back would be far too impractical. And there's little point having a camera I'm seldom able to have with me.
A.Hruskach reacted to Donut417 in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
Id be more afraid of someone busting out the Windows and stealing the stuff than the heat.
A.Hruskach reacted to TetraSky in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
If it's an extreme heat day, the battery could swell up and explode. If the temperature outside is 90˚F, the inside of the car would be at 133˚F within an hour according to this vet website. (Hence why you also should never leave a baby or an animal in a car...)
You could also just get your window bashed in and have your gear stolen.
A.Hruskach reacted to vanished in Is it safe to leave camera gear in a vehicle on a hot summer day?
The battery could suffer permanent loss to the total capacity or perhaps in the worst case even fail and explode, but I'd be more concerned about the former as that's almost guaranteed while the latter is certainly not. The camera should theoretically be fine though, I've seen some durability tests on DSLRs and they are built to handle the world's extreme conditions - deserts, arctic, etc. More importantly though, this plan is flawed from the start - never leave anything valuable (ie, a dime or more) in a vehicle. There are people who are that desperate and just need that little bit more to get what they need, and will break in for it. By comparison, a whole camera bag is about as rich of a treasure as you can get. It's just asking for trouble.