Canon commemorates production of 80 millionth EOS-series interchangeable-lens

18th November 2015
Canon Inc. today announces it has reached a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 80-million mark on November 10, 2015. The 80-millionth EOS camera produced was an EOS 5DS R, which boasts the world's highest pixel count in its class1.

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 and rapidly increased following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, bringing the company to the present day and the production of its 80-millionth EOS camera.

"In Australia, we're seeing such a strong appetite for creative imaging across our portfolio and we're delighted that Canon EOS has been so comprehensively embraced by consumers in our market*", says Jason McLean, Director - Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. "Ongoing advances in the range such as the ground-breaking EOS 5DS R high-megapixel camera ensure that photographers at every level will be able to achieve results that were just not possible in the past."

Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control throughout the entire camera, not just the lens and body. 

Canon manufactures all key components employed in the EOS series, enabling the Company to achieve an even more robust product line-up by selecting the optimal sensor for each model. As a result of these manufacturing practices and consistent product innovation Canon has successfully maintained the No. 1 share worldwide2 within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period from 2003 to 2014.

This new milestone comes after Canon's EF interchangeable lenses, launched alongside the EOS SLR camera system, celebrated a new manufacturing milestone in June 2015 with the production of the 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced2.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers - from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals - while continuing to pioneer technology and create new experiences in photographic and video imaging.

1. Among digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor. As of November 16, 2015, according to a Canon survey.  
2. Based on a Canon survey. 
* 59% share. Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras – DSLR, Retail Sales Value Jan to Sept 2015.
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