Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today
announced its parent company, Canon Inc., has reached a new
camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's
film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the
70-million mark on February 5th.
Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 with the EOS 650 35mm
SLR Camera, at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.),
and later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon
Inc., Taiwan. Following the introduction of digital SLR cameras in the
early 2000s, production of the EOS-series cameras rapidly increased,
surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now,
approximately one year and four months later, reaching the
EOS, which stands for "Electro Optical System," also carries the name of
the Greek goddess of the dawn. Introduced in March 1987 as a new
generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world's first to
incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic
control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire
Based on the key concepts of high-speed and ease of use the EOS-series
35mm SLR cameras, including the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1
camera released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Rebel
introduced in 1990, continued to incorporate innovative technologies and
gained acceptance from a widerange of users. As digital SLR cameras
gained increasing popularity starting in 2000, Canon developed advanced
technologies such as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance
DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF
lenses, in an effort to fulfill the company's key concepts of
high-speed, ease of use, and high image quality. Currently, Canon offers
a broad product lineup that helps serve the needs of users of all skill
Among the new Canon cameras that contributed to the realization of the
70-million-unit production milestone are the EOS 70D, featuring
innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and the EOS Rebel SL1, the
world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camera*, which
combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with
advanced basic performance.
EF lenses for Canon EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras are also on
track to realize a major milestone as cumulative production is scheduled
to pass the 100-million-unit mark in 2014.
Based on its core optical technologies, Canon will continue to refine
its diverse imaging technologies while striving to produce superb and
reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of
photographers - from first time users to advanced amateurs and
professionals - while contributing to expanding the culture of
photographic and video imaging.
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013†
and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2013.
In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award
for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories
for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three
years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer
service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A.
is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A.,
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and
* Among digital SLR cameras which use APS-C size equivalent sensors.
As of August 1, 2013.
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