I found this video posted by Digital Rev which has them put a Canon 7D through hell and surprisingly enough it kind of survived, albeit with some rather dramatic battle scars. You can watch their durability test video* below.
Canon 7D - Hardcore Durability Test
* Apologies for the language
Although the video seems almost too good to be true, either way, Canon (and I am going to presume other top photography gear brands) has focused its engineering and construction efforts in their higher-end cameras to ensure that the gear you own is up for the challenge and can take a few knocks and dings along the way. Here are some of the design notes taken from Canon's website regarding the 7D which enable it to be such a hardy and robust camera:
- Magnesium alloy body covers with rubber grips
- Weatherproof body with durable matte finish
- Recommended operating conditions 0 – 40°C at 85% or less humidity
After realising that it was (most probably) not the camera body itself that was giving me issues, I decided to reset my camera and to review the manual. All seems in order now, fortunately!
How indestructible is your camera? Feel free to share your thoughts below.