ENG operators usually travel locally and may have to stay overnight to cover a major event. Cinematographers and camera operators who film movies or TV shows may film on location and be away from home for months at a time. Operators who travel usually carry heavy equipment.
Some camera operators work in uncomfortable or even dangerous conditions, such as severe weather, military conflicts, and natural disasters. They may have to stand for long periods waiting for an event to take place. They may carry heavy equipment.
Work hours vary with the type of operator, though most work full time. Those who work in broadcasting may have to work long hours to meet a deadline. Those who work in the motion picture industry may have long, irregular hours while filming but go through a period of unemployment after their work on the film is complete and before they are hired for their next job.