History of Canon

1933

The Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, the precursor of Canon, is established in Japan.


1936

The Hansa Canon, a 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, is introduced as Japan’s first high-quality 35mm camera.


1937

The company is incorporated under the name Precision Optical Industry Company Ltd., marking Canon's official founding date.


1947

The company officially becomes Canon Camera Co., Inc.


1959

Canon unveils its first 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canon Flex.


1964

Canon introduces the Canola 130, the world’s first 10-key electronic calculator.


1965

Canon enters the copying machine field with the introduction of the
Canofax 1000.


1969

Canon breaks into the U.S. television market with the P10x20B, a 10X zoom lens for colour television cameras.


1973

Canon Canada opens in Mississauga, Ontario.


1976

A new generation begins with the AE1, the world’s first automatic exposure 35mm SLR camera.


1976

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.


History of Canon
History of Canon

1980

Canon enters the facsimile market with the FAX-601.


1985

Canon introduces the BJ-80, the world’s first bubble jet printing technology.


1986

Canon premiers the RC-701, the world’s first professional still video camera.


1987

The EOS propels Canon to the front of the SLR pack with a BASIS sensor that can autofocus in conditions too dim for manual.


1990

Canon Americas launches its Clean Earth Campaign. In 2002, it receives its one millionth toner cartridge for recycling.


1992

The CJ-10 is the world’s first digital desktop all-in-one printer, scanner and full-colour copier.


1992

Canon rolls out the BJC-820, its first full-colour inkjet printer.


1996

The PowerShot 600 is introduced as Canon’s first digital camera.


1998

Canon introduces its first digital radiography system, the CXDI-11.


History of Canon
History of Canon

2001

Canon launches the EOS-1D, its first professional digital SLR.


2002

Canon launches the EOS-1Ds, its first full-frame digital SLR.


2006

Canon enters the commercial digital printer market with the imagePRESS C7000VP.


2009

The imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of next-generation office network MFPs with enhanced IT environment integration is introduced.


2009

The CX-1 hybrid retinal camera, which combines both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes, is introduced.



2011

Canon launches its Cinema EOS line of cameras with the introduction of the C300.


2014

Océ-Canada Inc. amalgamates as a division of Canon Canada Inc. and starts operating as the Professional Printing Solutions Group.


2014

Canon acquires Denmark-based Milestone Systems A/S, marking a major advancement in the network video surveillance industry.


2015

Canon acquires Swedish-based Axis AB and strengthens its network camera business.


2016

Canon Canada moves its headquarters to Brampton, Ontario.


2016

Canon acquires Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation and makes the company a subsidiary.


History of Canon
History of Canon

2017

Toshiba Medical Systems (now Canon Medical Systems) launches the high-definition CT diagnostic system Aquilion Precision.


2018

Canon introduces the EOS M50 mirrorless camera.


2018

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.


2019

Canon Canada awarded LEED® Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations 2009 certification for its corporate headquarters.


2019

Canon Group company Océ renamed Canon Production Printing.


2019

Canon celebrates production of 100 million EOS Series interchangeable-lens cameras.