Well, my Oly C5050 did survive Harbin. -34 deg C. Instant condensation (or rather it condenses then becomes ice flakes) on every part of the camera when i went into the hotel, even though the RH in the hotel was only like 30-40%? The LCD on my digital thermo and hygrometer nearly stopped working!
Also took it to Soraksan South Korea, -17 deg C, skiing conditions and i got it buried under the snow.
Surprisingly, NiMH still can operate ok. Alkalines only got me some 50 shots for 4AA. :nono:
Maybe dSLR/SLR will do better? :bsmilie: I probably won't bring mine unless it's very scenic or have something special (then i will bring it with my 12-24), usually there is enough light generally to even use ISO 64 and similar.
I also remember viewing a pbase gallery of someone's expedition to Antarctica using a 10D and 1Ds (world's coldest place) Usually the problem is with the batteries. Another record cold place outside Antartica is Yakutsk (world's coldest inhabited city), and there are pics taken from there with the usual 35mm p&s. So cold shouldn't be a problem. Heat might be though.
my old F5, F3 and FM2 went up to the north pole when i was chasing polar bears a few years back. Is that cold enuff? All 3 cameras worked perfectly, although the F5 and F3 was too dependent on batts to be considered reliable. The FM2 had no problems. I heard that when sg went up everest, they used a mjuii 2. Now how abt that?