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Today I dropped something on my camera's body, on the back of camera on image magnifier buttons. there is no signs of damage on the LCD or body and the buttons are working. I actually dropped the camera's battery on it from about 20cm distance. I've had my camera for almost a year and today for the first time it had an impact!

I know the back of the D7000 is magnesium alloy, should I still worry about the camera and take it to the service center for a checkup?!

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I think the body is fairly durable and the fact that the battery isn't that heavy, best case nothing happened. Worst case there's some slight chipping on the body. I suppose it would be different if it landed on the LCD :) –  Peng Tuck Kwok Dec 28 '12 at 1:55

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Your camera has not been damaged at all.

The battery is not heavy and 20cm is not a great height. Moreover it seems that you are unable to find any fault with the camera.

I have dropped my camera 3-4 times. It has some scratches but it is in perfect working order.

If you know it hit the button, as long as the button is still functioning, there is not much to worry about.

Apart from that, take some photos and see if anything is wrong with it, check the focus and try to listen if the camera is making any unusual noise.

Finally, it is worth knowing just how durable a DSLR can be. People have put it in some extreme conditions before, in hot dessert, in sub-zero environment where ice forms on the camera and the cameras did the job just fine.

Here is a video that shows how durable cheaper DSLR can be, it may be a PR stunt but it does make it clear that DSLR need not to be treated like a baby.

Apart from that, pro photographers had reported some amazing stories about how their camera fell / get ran-over by a car / bitten by a lion / attacked by a black bear and surprisingly the cameras were either still working fine or only needed rather minor repairs.

Personally I have dropped my camera from chest-height, waist-height, with and without hood, on to wooden floor, carpeted floor and even rock-hard dry pavement.

I got nothing more than scratches.

It also had been in slight rain, sometimes mud covers it, sometimes it is powdery dust etc.

Everything just continued to work.

Protect your camera as a tool, not as a fragile egg. That way you worry less about damaging it and focus more on creating photo, and your camera will serve you just fine.

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I think in this case you really don't have anything to worry about assuming there is no obvious physical damage and the camera seems to work OK. A battery isn't that heavy, and 20 cm (~10 inches) isn't that far.

If you had dropped the camera 10 inches onto a hard surface there could possibly (though unlikely) have been some damage depending on the surface and the part of the camera body that hit.

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Take photos. How do they look? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. :-) I have has far more forceful impacts. So far, I have been lucky and scuffed equipment but not damaged it. The hardest was when I tripped. Luckily, my camera and shin broke my fall. :-)

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I dropped my magnesium-alloy Canon 5D Mark III DSLR (with 24mm f/1.4 lens!!) out of a BUS in San Francisco back in May...

The CRACK it made as it hit the concrete pavement was -seemingly to me- earshattering.

I thought it was a gonner. There was no way it, or the glass in the lens, could have possibly survived that impact.

I retrieved it, inspected it briefly, flicked the switch on and amazingly the LCD screen and top panel lit up. I looked through the viewfinder and all looked fine. I pressed the shutter button with some trepidation expecting it to either not work or make some horrible sound. It fired. Perfectly.

I checked the image on the screen, expecting that it would surely be corrupted. And it looked fine.

Unbelievably, nothing was broken. The only evidence was a SLIGHT dent/scuff mark on the lower-left corner of the back of the camera body, and a slight nick on the lens on the bit that protrudes where you mount the lens hood.

The optics of the lens were completely undamaged, the AF motor was fine. The camera itself - aside from the dent/scuff - is completely fine and I've been using it without problem ever since.

No doubt the resale value has dropped like a stone, but I can PERSONALLY vouch for the insanely good build quality of DSLR's these days... The magnesium alloy ones anyway (not sure a plastic body one would have fared so well).

So I am sure you have nothing to worry about! :-)

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