Anyone using the A119 in Alberta (extreme cold)

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I have extended family members that live in Calgary that are looking for a dash cam. I have had little in the way of trouble with my A119. Its rated for only -10c and Calgary typically has several days a year at -30c or colder. However, I wonder about these ratings as mine operated fine last winter at temperatures colder than -20 C

I see the B1w and some BlackVue models are rated for colder temperature. I am thinking of discouraging the B1w as they need GPS and good audio.

So anyone Albertans or people living similar winter climate that use the A119?
 

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I think the main issue is that it may go slightly out of focus while really cold, not really a problem but also not something the manufacturer wants a warrantee claim over.

There may also be issues if you take it rapidly from a very cold place to a hot and humid place. The lenses are not waterproof so they could steam up inside.

As long as you don't get a battery based camera then they are probably all very similar in their ability to cope, we are not seeing lots of threads about them failing in the cold and quite a few people do use them in -30C and lower.
 

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I think the main issue is that it may go slightly out of focus while really cold, not really a problem but also not something the manufacturer wants a warrantee claim over.
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not really a problem for cameras that do that as they come up to temp and things return to normal quite quickly
 
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I can't recall anyone ever mentioning problems with cameras in extreme cold. Its just the A119 specs on this matter aren't as high as other.

Anyway, if they call again - I am going to recommend the A119 or A119s given my positive experience with it.
 

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I can't recall anyone ever mentioning problems with cameras in extreme cold. Its just the A119 specs on this matter aren't as high as other.

Anyway, if they call again - I am going to recommend the A119 or A119s given my positive experience with it.
The S might be the better choice since light levels get a lot lower as you get further north and you also tend to get more dark shadows since the sun is always down low behind the trees, never overhead.
 

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Unless they leave their windows open overnight, it's probably not quite as cold inside the car as it is outside. :)
 

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I'm looking at ordering a pair of these for my wife and myself, we're in Edmonton so I am curious about that but I suspect it won't be a big issue.
 

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In my country and my region,in winter temperatures as low as -25 celsius are usual.The cameras resisted 2 winters by these temperatures.Last week -21 without any issues.
 
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