The Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, the precursor of Canon, is established in Japan.
The Hansa Canon, a 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, is introduced as Japan’s first high-quality 35mm camera.
The company is incorporated under the name Precision Optical Industry Company Ltd., marking Canon's official founding date.
The company officially becomes Canon Camera Co., Inc.
Canon unveils its first 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canon Flex.
Canon introduces the Canola 130, the world’s first 10-key electronic calculator.
Canon enters the copying machine field with the introduction of the Canofax 1000.
Canon breaks into the U.S. television market with the P10x20B, a 10X zoom lens for colour television cameras.
Canon Canada opens in Mississauga, Ontario.
A new generation begins with the AE1, the world’s first automatic exposure 35mm SLR camera.
The CR-45NM, the first non-mydriatic 45-degree retinal camera, lets eye-care professionals screen patients without dilating their pupils, helping alleviate any pain or discomfort patients might otherwise experience.
Canon enters the facsimile market with the FAX-601.
Canon introduces the BJ-80, the world’s first bubble jet printing technology.
Canon premiers the RC-701, the world’s first professional still video camera.
The EOS propels Canon to the front of the SLR pack with a BASIS sensor that can autofocus in conditions too dim for manual.
Canon Americas launches its Clean Earth Campaign. In 2002, it receives its one millionth toner cartridge for recycling.
The CJ-10 is the world’s first digital desktop all-in-one printer, scanner and full-colour copier.
Canon rolls out the BJC-820, its first full-colour inkjet printer.
The PowerShot 600 is introduced as Canon’s first digital camera.
Canon introduces its first digital radiography system, the CXDI-11.
Canon launches the EOS-1D, its first professional digital SLR.
Canon launches the EOS-1Ds, its first full-frame digital SLR.
Canon enters the commercial digital printer market with the imagePRESS C7000VP.
The imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of next-generation office network MFPs with enhanced IT environment integration is introduced.
The CX-1 hybrid retinal camera, which combines both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes, is introduced.
Canon launches its Cinema EOS line of cameras with the introduction of the C300.
Océ-Canada Inc. amalgamates as a division of Canon Canada Inc. and starts operating as the Professional Printing Solutions Group.
Canon acquires Denmark-based Milestone Systems A/S, marking a major advancement in the network video surveillance industry.
Canon acquires Swedish-based Axis AB and strengthens its network camera business.
Canon Canada moves its headquarters to Brampton, Ontario.
Canon acquires Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation and makes the company a subsidiary.
Toshiba Medical Systems (now Canon Medical Systems) launches the high-definition CT diagnostic system Aquilion Precision.
Canon introduces the EOS M50 mirrorless camera.
Canon introduces the EOS R System with the EOS R, the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, and RF lenses. The RF lens mount is the heart of the EOS R System, enabling full-frame lens design, faster autofocus and high-speed communication between camera and lens.
Canon Canada awarded LEED® Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters.
Canon Group company Océ renamed Canon Production Printing.
Canon celebrates production of 100 million EOS Series interchangeable-lens cameras.