The Canon A-1, designed by Canon, was released in the late 1970's and was one of the more advanced cameras from the "A" camera line. Sold by Canon in 1978, many photographers were skeptical about the reliability of this consumer level SLR. Yet it turned out to have all the features and the strengths of most professional SLR's.
The Canon A-1 35mm SLR is the top-of-the-line model for the A-series of SLR cameras made by Canon in the 1970s and 1980s. The A-series was known for its sophisticated metering systems and auto exposure modes.