Canon Inc. (キヤノン株式会社?) Kyanon kabushiki-
Canon has a primary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the TOPIX index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company was originally named Seikikōgaku kenkyūsho (jpn. 精機光学研究所, Precision Optical Industry Co. Ltd.). In 1934 it produced the Kwanon, a prototype for Japan’s first-
1937 to 1970
The origins of Canon date back to the founding of Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in Tokyo in 1937 by Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda. During its early years the company did not have any facilities to produce its own optical glass, and its first cameras incorporated Nikkor lenses from Nippon Kogaku K.K. (the later Nikon Corporation).
Between 1933 and 1936 ‘The Kwanon’, a copy of the Leica design, Japan’s first 35 mm focal plane-
In 1961 Canon introduced the Rangefinder camera, Canon 7, and 50mm 1:0.95 lens in a special bayonet mount. In 1964 Canon introduced the 'Canola 130', the first Japanese made 10-
A logo from 1934 depicting Bodhisattva Kwan'on
A Canon 7
A Canon Pellix
1970 to 2010
In 1971 Canon introduced the F-
In 1982 "Wildlife as Canon Sees It" print ads first appeared in National Geographic magazine. Canon introduced the world’s first Inkjet printer using bubble jet technology in 1985. Canon introduced Canon Electro-
In 1992 Canon launched the EOS 5, the first-
In 2004 Canon introduced the XEED SX50 LCD projector. Canon introduced its first high-
In November 2009 Canon made a €730 million (US$1.1 billion) all-
A Canon F1
A Canon AE-
A Canon EOS 650
An original Canon Digital IXUS
2010 to present
In 2010 Canon acquired Tereck Office Solutions, Inc.
On 16 March 2010, Canon announced that it was seeking to acquire a new .canon generic top-
In early 2013, Canon USA moved into a new $500 million headquarters in Melville, New York.
In February 2014, Canon announced it would acquire Texas-
Canon manufactures consumer imaging products including printers, scanners, binoculars, compact digital cameras, film SLR and digital SLR cameras, lenses and video camcorders.
The "Business Solutions" division offers multi-
DeVito/Verdi was hired for an award winning, humorous campaign with the concept “If business were that easy, you wouldn't need us,” using old office footage to describe the new ways Canon Business Solutions was bringing copiers and office supplies forward.
Lesser known Canon products include medical, optical and broadcast products, including ophthalmic and x-
Canon has been manufacturing and distributing digital cameras since 1984, starting with the RC-
Canon introduced Thermal Transition Copying as a part of the manufacturing process for all of its cameras. This process allows a camera's polymer casing to very slightly change temperature through an exothermic reaction triggered by electronic sensors, to assist in the prevention of condensation inside the camera; a common problem experienced when using an SLR camera in certain conditions.
Related with consumers' trend of switching compact cameras to smartphones, in Q1 2013 Canon Inc. operating profit fell 34 percent year-
A Canon EOS 50D
A Canon Powershot G9
A Canon Ixus 240 HS1
Canon's largest division in terms of revenue is its multifunction copier division. Canon distributes its consumer and home office imageCLASS line though retail outlets and professional grade imageRUNNER series through subsidiary Canon Business Solutions and independent distributors. The professional grade series ranges from small table tops to large digital presses.
For many years, Canon were the principal makers of the print-
A Canon wide format printer
A Canon large format printer
Canon produces a range of high-
Canon's world headquarters are located at 30-
Canon is organised into three principal business segments: the Office Business Unit (the products of which include copying machines, digital production printers, large format inkjet printers, laser printers, and multi-
On Dec 26, 2003, Canon Inc. announced restructuring plans for three domestic Canon Group companies. The restructuring involved the merger of two companies and the spinning off of 1.
Canon generated total revenues of US$45,608 million in 2011, of which 53.9% was by the Office Business Unit, 36.9% by the Consumer Business Unit and 11.8% by the Industry and Others Business Unit.[note 1] In the same year, 31.3% of revenues were generated in Europe, 27.0% in the Americas, 22.2% in Asia and Oceania (ex. Japan) and 19.5% in Japan.
Canon invested a total of US$3,946 million in research and development in 2011, equivalent to 8.7% of sales. In 2011, Canon was granted 2,813 patents in the United States, the third-
Canon world headquarters in Tokyo
The Canon Marketing building in Makuhari, Japan
The Canon S Tower in Konan, Minato, Tokyo
Canonhuset in Frösunda, Sweden