History

How it all began

In the early 1930’s, in a small room in Tokyo, some young entrepreneurs had a dream. To create Japan’s first-ever 35mm camera with focal plane shutter.

The success of that first prototype was the beginning of something more, the rest is history!

If you’d like to know more about our rich global history see Canon Inc’s global website.

Canon Oceania over the years
 
Canon cameras were first introduced in the Australian market in the early 1960’s, with Canon officially being established in Australia in 1978 and in New Zealand 11 years later in 1989.

For nearly 40 years we’ve been innovating and inspiring communities across Australia and New Zealand with our extensive range of products and services. From the cameras you take photos with, to the printers in your offices, as well as the extensive services we offer consumers and businesses right across the region.
 

A timeline detailing Canon's hitstory
Image credit: Stephen Lane, Canon employee 
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