Nikon versus Canon: A Story Of Technology Change – Learning By Shipping

Annotations in italics. The Canon F-1 mechanical film camera from 1971 had over 10,000 parts. It was designed to compete with the Nikon F released 12 years earlier (with fewer parts) and despite the complexity was not really a competitive risk. I was asked in a follow-up where the 10,000 parts number came from.