As long as circumstances permit, hand operation still remains the most reliable and satisfactory method of driving a camera. It is always available, can be applied to just the amount desired, and at the time and place needed. For instance,in a magazine of the Gaumont type (Fig. 40), what is needed is the periodic application of a very considerable force rather quickly, and while this can be done quite simply byhand,no mechanism has even been attempted to go through this same operation automatically. Instead, the fundamental design of automatic magazines has been made along other lines calculated to utilize smaller forces more steadily applied.
It must be granted, however, that for war planes, and particularly for single seaters, cameras should be available which are capable of operating semi-automatically or automatically. This necessarily means the employment of artificial power, whose generation, transmission to the camera and control as to speed present a mechanical problem of no small difficulty.