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I have sony DCR_SR65 handicam with 40GB harddrive. I am going on holidays to location that has altitule from 2700m to 3400m Sony Australia say do not operate over 3000m, Can anyone advise me of the risk to doing harm to camera at altitude over3000m

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  • nsm85459 May 20, 2009

    I accept that sony have given the 3000m as the their warranty altitude but there must be a safety margin.

    Surely pressure on the day would be influenced by the temperature at any given time.

    I don't believe that you could say it will operate at 3000m and fail at 3010m.

    I understand the technical reasons.

    I want to know the safety margin.

  • nsm85459 May 20, 2009

    thank you that all I wanted Sony to indicate to me.
    I have ennineering background so I was not sure of possible mechanical damage.



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At high altitude (9,800 feet and above usually which is 3000m) there is not enough air pressure for the hard drive heads to work properly which will keep it from recording properly. This is also not specific to Sony (HDD) camcorders - All HDD camcorders have the same issue. This is also documented in the (Sony) camcorder's Operating Guide and Handbook like you found. Let me know if you have any other questions on this.


Posted on May 20, 2009

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    Benjamin Patri May 20, 2009

    Well generally a number like this has some give or a margin of error. I don't know the specific altitude it will fail at as like you said, other factors will play a role. But on an average day, I'm sure that it will probably work fine as long as you don't go dramatically outside of 3000m. 3400m should still be fine, companies usually keep the number lower to avoid false advertising and the like. If you were going to 5000m or higher, then it would probably not work as intended, the worst that should happen is that it may not record so well at the highest points you may go to, otherwise I would think that it will be fine for most of your trip.



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