During the summer most of the cameras hold up well,. It’s a bit hairier in the winter. I have a Nikon coolpix 5000. The first major problem is that the batteries go dead pretty fast at 20 below zero. Bring lots of spares.Better, buy an auxilary power source that you can keep in your parka with a wire running out to the camera.
I find that if I keep the camera in my parka until I need it , it stays warmer and works better. As does Clark, I almost never use the program settings unless I’m in a hurry. Because the digital’s microcards can hold so many photo’s I tend to take the same picture 5 or more times, bracketing from too dark to too light. Once the camera get cold it begins to act funny. First the focus begins to have a hard time and then some of the buttons begin to stick. Clark, gave me a remote shutter release last year, but it never seemed to work. I had it replaced and this year it works better, but I think that it works best if I can keep it warm. Once it gets too cold it won’t work at all. I also have a problem with the flash control button sticking at temps below -20f. Last year at winfly it was around -50F and the gear that extends the lens broke. I had to send it to Nikon for repair.
My Sony digital video always worked well (up to this year). I bought a huge battery that almost never went dead and I have brought it with me everywhere for a couple of years. This was the year I was going to make a movie about life down here. I bought the movie making program, a 250 gig external hard drive to store everything on and I was ready to go. Until, the second condition one storm at the beginning of the winter. There was fine snow blowing everywhere and visibiliy was down to around 50 feet. I took a few shots of people making their way to the galley and must have got some snow blown in the camera, because once I got back inside the camera went dead and never came back to life. None of the techs down here had a clue what happened. So no movie this year. I’ve ordered a replacement for winfly.
I have to admit that I am very hard on cameras, they go with me everywhere I travel and get bumped and dropped from time to time.
mike in mcmurdo