Friday, May 14

Canon today announces the achievement of its latest manufacturing milestone, with the combined production of EOS series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passing the 40 million mark.

The EOS series, which stands for “Electro Optical System” and also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, was first introduced in 1987. Since its launch, the system has seen a series of groundbreaking advances in technology. Accelerating user demand has resulted in increased production levels, taking total manufacturing to over 40 million units, including 20 million EOS digital models. The milestone also marks the fastest-ever production period in the history of the EOS range:
  • In 1987, the first-ever EOS SLR, the EOS 650, was produced at Canon’s  manufacturing facility in Fukushima, Japan
  • By 1997, manufacturing of EOS cameras had passed the 10 million mark, reaching the milestone within 10 years
  • In 2003, the 20 millionth EOS camera was produced, doubling the previous 10million landmark in just six years
  • In December 2007, the EOS series’ 20-year anniversary, production of EOS SLR cameras rose past 30 million – just four years after passing 20 million
  • In April 2010, Canon reached its current 40 million production milestone – rising from 30 million units in just two years and four months.