May 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM ET
When a camera manufacturer says their camera is rugged, it's not always possible to take them at their word. Sometimes they mean you can use it to hammer nails in a hurricane, but sometimes they just mean it won't break into a thousand pieces if it falls off the picnic table. The crew at DigitalRevTV decided to see how much abuse a Canon 7D could take, and it makes for fairly entertaining watching.
Canon's press materials describe the 7D as being "built to resist water and dust." That and a good sturdy magnesium frame keep it safe from most normal situations: dropping it in a puddle, leaving it outside in the cold, and so on. But I doubt even the Canon engineers would expect the camera to function after being frozen in a block of ice and then set on fire.
Be warned, there is some mild language in this video, but nothing too colorful. It's probably more dangerous for kids to see a $1,700 camera being subjected to wanton carelessness. They might get ideas.
Remember, don't try this at home. It's dangerous and may possibly void your camera's warranty.
Devin Coldewey is acontributing writer for msnbc.com. His personal website iscoldewey.cc.