How Canon Built Your Digital Camera

You're not going to walk away with an in-depth knowledge of how to build your own digital camera from watching this video. But Canon's behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into building and designing its digital cameras and lenses is still pretty fascinating.

As PetaPixel points out, the most fascinating tidbit is just how precisely the camera's lenses are crafted and polished. If you were to enlarge one to the size of a domed stadium, the "margin of error would be less than the thickness of a business card". That's impressive. [YouTube via PetaPixel]


    By contrast, if you're talking about Leica for example and were to enlarge one of the glass elements to the size of a domed stadium, the “margin of error would be the thickness of a business card”... and it would probably be thrown in the trash pile. Canon makes some awesome glass, I thought I'd seen the absolute best when I had a Canon L-series lens, but little did I know! But that's the quality difference when you're talking mass production Vs. hand production.

      go look up the law of diminishing returns

        You shoot with Leica? Wow, you must know lots about photography. Can you please share more with us? Next time I see a professional photographer shooting with Canon or one of the other mainstream brands I will be sure to tell them that their entire life's work is a waste and that their existence is meaningless.

          Some people you can't help....
          Lets just enjoy our lesser equipment and the poor quality it produces.....
          (Walk's off to take photo's for Gizmodo shooting challenge)

            HAHAHA you guys crack me up :)

      I'm sure you believe that. I doubt it's true if made entirely by hand, but I'm sure you do.

    Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light... I just take pictures...

      Spot on!

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