Additional technical information on Canon Camera
The Canon AE-1


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Although looks complicating, but the AE-1 has a very modular construction.

There are five main modules in
1) Viewfinder Unit, 2) Shutter Unit, 3) Mirror Unit, 4) AE Aperture Unit, 5) Automatic Diaphragm Unit

The key advantages of a modular construction are: streamline processing and assembly, improved durability, better precision and most important of all, decreased cost of production. But as earlier days of electronic cameras, most users regarded these as 'unrepairable' components and differ from mechanical bodies which can look for replacement of individual parts. Well, all modern electronic cameras are made this way now, even the most hardcore users have accepted the fact...

The AE-1was designed from the ground up with five major units and twenty-five minor units. They were centrally controlled by a microcomputer. The major advantage of automation in the camera design and thus followed by manufacturing process is: by incorporating electronics, the parts count in a camera will be greatly reduced as compared with an mechanical camera, the AE-1, in this case, could be reduced by 300. The manufacturing of the camera was also highly automated. This made it possible to produce a low-cost camera having high-end features. The record sales of 5 million units attributed by a combination of variable factors set by the AE-1 will be long remembered and chances of breaking by another model is very slim.

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