Canon Celebrates Production of 80 Million EOS Cameras since 1987

80milion.jpegIn the early 1980s, if you wanted a Single Lens Reflex Camera, you used Manual Focus Lenses. Then, we began to see manufacturers experimenting with a new concept called Autofocus, and Canon launched some interesting lenses with Autofocus built into them, still using the existing FD manual focus lens mount system..

Then, in March of 1987, Canon introduced their new EF (Electro-Focus) Lens mount, with all communications between the camera and lens taking place between Electrical Contacts, with no mechanical levers or plungers, with an electrical motor in the lens to allow for moving the optical elements needed to provide focus adjustments.

A new EOS 650 SLR camera was introduced at the time same, incorporating a Microprocessor in the Camera to allow for precision control of the new EF Lenses.

The design approach that Canon decided to use with only electrical connections between the EOS camera bodies and EF lenses has proven to be very successful, and we've seen many new features introduced over the years, including sophisticated stabilization mechanisms, hypersonic focus motors, new metering techniques, sophisticated subject tracking linked to processor controlled Autofocus algorithms and much more, ;Canon has introduced many new EF Lenses and many new EOS Camera Bodies, both film and digital, since the introduction of the EOS 650 in 1987..

Now, thanks to the bold decisions that Canon made by introducing a new EF Lens Mount and EOS Camera System in 1987, Canon is celebrating the production of over 80 Million EOS Interchangeable Lens Cameras. The 80-Millionth camera was a Canon EOS 5DS R, produced on November 10, 2015.

Note that earlier this year, Canon also celebrated the production of over 110 Million EF Lenses. That's quite an accomplishment. See this related article from Steve's Digicams published in July 2015:

Canon Celebrates 110 Million EF Lenses Since 1987

See the Canon Press Release below for more information about the 80 Millionth EOS Camera celebration:


Canon Celebrates Production Of 80 Millionth EOS-Series Interchangeable-Lens Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 18, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is celebrating the company surpassing a new camera-manufacturing milestone - the production of its 80-millionth film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens camera - on November 10, 2015. The 80-millionth camera produced was a Canon EOS 5DS R which holds the world's highest pixel count in its class. 1

EOS, which stands for "Electro Optical System," is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. 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 not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system.

Canon manufactures all of the key components found in the EOS series, enabling the Company to produce an even more robust product lineup by selecting the optimal sensor for each model. Drawing on this strength, Canon has helped to pioneer a new age for cameras by launching such innovative products as the compact and lightweight EOS Rebel XS, which succeeded in expanding its user base, and the EOS 5D series, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year.

As a result, 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. And thanks to customer demand, 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 lenses for EOS cameras, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced. 2

Canon Inc. 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 contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].


† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

1 Among digital SLR cameras equipped with a 35mm full-frame image sensor. As of November 16, 2015, according to a Canon survey.

2 Based on a Canon survey.