Canon Marks 50 Years (And More than 50 Million!) of SLR Camera Sales

Canon Marks 50 Years (And More than 50 Million!) of SLR Camera Sales

Canon is celebrating 50 years since the company launched its very first SLR camera in 1959. Since then, Canon’s single-lens reflex cameras have evolved with the times, incorporating advanced and groundbreaking technology.

Exceeding a cumulative total of 53 million units, Canon has garnered extensive support from photographers around the world. Looking to the future, Canon says it will continue its efforts to develop its single-lens reflex cameras and lead image culture for the next fifty years.

Canon’s history with 35mm single-lens reflex cameras began in May 1959, when Canon Inc. launched the Canonflex. Thereafter, the company said it has continued to introduce cameras that embodied solid technology and innovation, including the F-1, its first professional model (1971); the AE-1, the world’s first single-lens reflex camera with built-in CPU (1976); and the T90, a state-of-the-art T Series model (1986).

Last year, in 2008, Canon released four models, including the EOS Rebel XSi, which has acquired the top market share in numerous countries around the world, and the EOS 5D Mark II, which is equipped with the first full high-definition movie recording functions for a single-lens reflex camera.

[Via: Canon USA]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.