Canon celebrates significant milestones with production of 90 million EOS series cameras and 130 million interchangeable EF lenses
Canon Inc. Today announced that the achievement of two major production milestones - a cumulative total of 90 million silver halide (film) and digital interchangeable-lens cameras on September 20 and 130 million EF-series interchangeable lenses on October 12.
Production of Canon's EOS system and interchangeable EF lenses began in 1987 as the world's first fully-electronic mount system for silver halide AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000's with the spread of digital SLR cameras. What's more, Canon's interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.
Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of "speed and comfort." With the advent of the digital age, the concept was expanded to include "high image quality." Canon has since developed in-house every key device - CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses - employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company's EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first innovations as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element.
Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on optics, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers - from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.