The History of Canon1996 -

The Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated

History of Enterprise
History of Products
  • The Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated.
  • The Fuji-Susono Research Park opens in Susono, Japan.
  • Industrial Resource Technologies, Inc., a toner cartridge-recycling site, is established in Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Canon Latin America, Inc. moves to Miami, U.S.A.
  • Canon Virginia ships its 5,000th remanufactured copying machine.
  • The ELPH (IXUS in other regions), a 2x zoom compact camera with the Advanced Photo System, is introduced.


  • Marketing commences for the FPA-3000EX3 stepper, which uses an excimer laser.
  • Green Procurement standards, promoting the purchase of environmentally friendly components and materials, are issued.
  • Canon (China) Co., Ltd. is established.
  • A new building is opened in the Kosugi Office of Canon Inc. as a base for business solutions and information technology activities.
  • Camera production reaches 100 million units.
  • Canon enters the digital video camcorder market with the OPTURA (MV1 in other regions).
  • Canon forms the Management Reformation Committee.
  • Canon commences Group-wide production reform activities.
  • Copying machine remanufacturing commences in Japan. Canon thus maintains such operations in Europe, the U.S. and Japan.
  • Canon Software Development Center is established in New Delhi, India.
  • Canon Inc. acquires equity in Tokyo Denshi Sekei Inc. (today, Canon i-tech, Inc.)
  • Beijing PeCan Information System Co., Ltd. (today, Canon Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.), a joint venture with Peking University, is established to develop software.
  • Canon Middle East B.V. is established in the U.A.E.
  • The DIGISUPER 25 xs broadcasting lens for high-definition television (HDTV) is introduced.
  • The EOS-3 SLR camera with a 45-point area AF is introduced for professionals and semiprofessionals.
  • Marketing begins for the CXDI-11 X-ray digital camera, with a large-area sensor.
  • The Ayase Office opens with the goal of reinforcing the R&D structure for semiconductor-related devices.
  • Oita Canon Materials Inc. is established.
  • Canon optical technologies are applied in the Subaru, one of the world's largest astronomical telescopes.
  • The BJC-8200 full-color inkjet printer is introduced, featuring a new printing head technology, New "MicroFine Droplet Technology."
  • The compact GT270 eyeglass display is introduced.
  • Canon Inc. begins listing its American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
    Canon Inc. begins listing its American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

  • Canon holds Canon EXPO 2000 global technology and product exhibitions in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
  • Canon receives the Miles Supreme Award from the Society of Japanese Value Engineering.
  • The Optics R&D Center opens in Utsunomiya, Japan.
  • Canon receives the prestigious Copier of the Future IEA-DSM Award of Excellence.
  • The PowerShot S100 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS in other regions), a digital compact camera, is introduced.

    PowerShot S100

  • The iR series new-generation network MFD is introduced, providing document collation and distribution functions.
  • The EOS D30 digital SLR camera is introduced, featuring a CMOS sensor.
  • Phase II of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan is initiated.
  • Canon forms the Management Strategy Committee.
  • Canon Europe Ltd. is established in London to cooperate with Canon Europa N.V. in the Netherlands to reinforce regional operations.
  • Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established in Hanoi as a production site for inkjet printers.
  • Three companies in the Canon Group establish a copying machine production site in Suzhou, PRC.
  • Canon Zhongshan Business Machines Co., Ltd., the Group's third laser printer production site in the PRC, is established.
  • Canon develops the Multi-Layered Diffractive Optical Element technology.
  • Canon introduces the first "camera direct" products, which allow digital pictures to be printed using an inkjet printer directly from a camera.
  • The imageRUNNER 3300 (iR3300 in other regions), featuring environmentally conscious technologies, is introduced.
    imageRUNNER iR3300

    imageRUNNER iR3300

  • Fujio Mitarai, Canon Inc. president and CEO, is one of the first executives to receive a Business Reformer Commendation from the Japanese government.
  • Canon Inc.'s new headquarters building opens in Shimomaruko, Tokyo.
  • Ueno Canon Materials, Inc. is established.
  • The EOS-1Ds pro-model digital SLR camera, featuring Canon’s 11.1-megapixel full-frame 35 mm CMOS sensor, is introduced.
  • The LBP-2810/2710 color laser printer, featuring the newly developed Four-Color Vertical In-Line Engine, is introduced.
  • The Color imageRUNNER C3200 (iR C3200 in other regions), a color network MFD with a newly developed Color iR Controller, is introduced.
  • Canon Aptex Inc. and Copyer Co., Ltd. merge to form Canon Finetech Inc.
  • Fukushima Canon Inc. is established as a base for high value-added mass production for the inkjet printer business.
  • Canon (China) Co., Ltd. establishes 15 branch offices.
  • Canon Technical Information Services Inc. is established.
  • Implementation of an eco-friendly product transport modal shift begins.
  • The DIGISUPER 100 xs broadcasting lens, featuring the world's highest zoom lens range is introduced.
    DIGISUPER 100 xs

    DIGISUPER 100 xs

  • The i70 (Bubble Jet i70 in other regions), an ultra-compact inkjet notebook printer, is introduced.
  • The W8200, a large format printer using pigmented ink, is introduced.
  • Canon begins shipping the 80-nanometer resolution ArF scanning stepper FPA-6000AS4.
  • The EOS DIGITAL REBEL (EOS 300D DIGITAL in other regions), a high-resolution compact digital SLR AF camera, is introduced.


  • The PowerShot S400 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS 400 in other regions), which incorporates the DIGIC imaging processor, is introduced.
  • The Color imageRUNNER C6800 (iR C6800 in other regions), a new color network MFD, which implements RoHS Directive in advance, is introduced.
  • Canon changes the stock trading unit from 1,000 shares to 100 shares.
  • Canon holds its first briefing for individual investors.
  • The Yako Development Center is completed for the concentration of R&D sections of inkjet printers.
  • Canon Precision Inc. merges with Hirosaki Seiki, Inc.
  • Canon creates Canon Ecology Industry Inc. and Canon Semiconductor Equipment Inc. from Canon N.T.C., Inc.
  • Canon Ru LLC is established in Moscow, Russia.
  • Igari Mold Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary through a share exchange.
  • Inkjet printer shipments reach 100 million units.
  • The OPTURA500 (MVX35i in other regions) digital camcorder, which incorporates the DIGIC DV imaging processor that delivers high image quality for still photos and video, is introduced.
  • The PIXMA iP8500 inkjet printer featuring an all new design and the ChromaLife100 system is introduced.
    PIXMA iP8500

    PIXMA iP8500

  • The REALiS SX50 (XEED SX50 in other regions), a multi-media projector incorporating the newly developed AISYS optical system, is introduced.
  • Canon holds Canon EXPO 2005, a showcase for Canon’s new products and future technologies, in New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
  • The Compliance Card is distributed to 110,000 Canon Group employees.
  • Construction of the leading-edge technology building at the Canon headquarters in Shimomaruko, is completed.
  • Canon concludes a cooperative research agreement with Tokyo Institute of Technology.
  • Canon and Microsoft Corporation of the U.S. agree to collaborate in the field of image processing technology.
  • The Canon Group obtains combined ISO14001 certification.
  • ANELVA Corporation and NEC Machinery Corporation are made consolidated subsidiaries.
  • Canon receives its second Imperial Award for Innovations for the invention of a large-screen sensor for real-time X-ray imaging systems.
  • The XL H1 high-definition video camcorder is introduced.
  • Canon launches Phase III of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.
  • Canon Inc., introducing a new corporate structure, appoints CEO Fujio Mitarai as chairman and Tsuneji Uchida as president and COO.
    Fujio Mitarai

    Fujio Mitarai

    Tsuneji Uchida

    Tsuneji Uchida

  • Chairman Fujio Mitarai is appointed the second chairman of Japan Business Federation.
  • Canon Sales Co., Inc. changes its name to Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
  • Canon Inc. effects a 3-for-2 split of its common shares.
  • Canon opens the Canon Global Management Institute, a training base for the cultivation of global leaders.
  • Canon commences cooperative research and development with Kyoto University on the High-Order Biological Imaging Leading-Edge Technology Hub project.
  • Canon and Utsunomiya University agree to establish an education and research center for optics.
  • Canon ANELVA wins the Japan Vacuum Industry Association Chairman's Award for its HDD head sensor.
  • Canon Optron, Inc. delivers one of the world's largest fluorite lenses for use at a major U.S. astrophysical observatory.
  • The imagePROGRAF iPF9000, which incorporates the newly developed LUCIA twelve-color ink system and supports 60-inch large format prints, is introduced.
  • The PowerShot SD800 IS DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS 850 IS in other regions), incorporating DIGIC III and Face Detection Technology, is introduced.
  • The HV10 HDV camcorder, which incorporates a newly developed CMOS sensor for video and supports the digital Hi-Vision format, is introduced.
  • The PIXMA MP600, equipped with an Easy-Scroll Wheel for intuitive operation of multiple functions, is introduced.
  • The SELPHY ES1 compact photo printer is introduced.
  • The imagePRESS C1, a digital color production system for commercial printing, is introduced.
  • Canon supports The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports 2007.
  • Tokki Corporation (today, Canon Tokki Corporation), which develops, designs, manufactures, and sells OLED panel manufacturing equipment, becomes a Canon consolidated subsidiary.
  • Canon Mold Co., Ltd. is established, integrating Canon’s mold die operations.
  • Canon carries out its first-ever market purchase of its own shares.
  • Canon develops a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor prototype.
  • The Kawasaki Office opens.
  • Canon Launches the Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project (also known as the Tsuzuri Project) with the Kyoto Culture Association.
  • Canon opens Takeshi Mitarai Memorial Hall at Shimomaruko Headquarters.
  • Canon makes a full-scale entry into the commercial digital printer market by introducing the imagePRESS C7000VP. The printer wins the Masuda Award of the 50th Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Best 10 New Products Awards.
  • The MPAsp-H700 LCD lithography equipment with new platform for 8th-generation substrates is introduced.
  • The EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera with 35 mm full-frame, 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and 5 fps maximum shooting is introduced.
  • The PIXMA Pro9500, a photo inkjet printer for professionals using 10 pigment ink, is introduced.
  • The imagePROGRAF iPF6100, the world's first large format printer with an ambient light adjustment function, is introduced.
  • The HG10 HD camcorder with built-in hard disk is introduced.
  • Hita Canon Materials Inc. is established.
  • Nagasaki Canon Inc. is established.
  • The Canon Institute for Global Studies and the Canon Foundation are established.
  • A Canon ANELVA researcher receives the 6th Prime Minister's Award for contributions in Industry-Academia-Government Collaborations.
  • SLR camera production reaches 50 million units.
  • Digital compact camera production reaches 100 million units.
  • The REALiS SX80 (XEED SX80 in other regions), a multimedia projector equipped with Canon’s proprietary LCOS reflective crystal panel, is introduced.
  • The EOS 5D Mark II, the first camera ever to incorporate full HD video, is introduced.
    EOS 5D Mark II

    EOS 5D Mark II

  • The PowerShot SX1 IS, Canon’s first digital compact camera equipped with its proprietary CMOS sensor, is introduced.
  • All headquarters functions of Canon Europe are consolidated in London.
  • Canon and HP enter a new alliance agreement in the solutions area.
  • Canon Athlete Club Kyushu is established.
  • Poppins Nursery TAMAGAWA, a day care center authorized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, opens on the grounds of Canon’s Shimomaruko Headquarters.
  • Affiliate Canon Wind Inc. is officially recognized for meeting legal standards in promoting the employment of people with disabilities.
  • Canon Virginia opens a new plant for toner cartridge production.
  • EF lens production reaches 50 million units.
  • CXDI digital radiography system production reaches 10,000 units.
  • The imageRUNNER ADVANCE series of next-generation office network MFPs with enhanced IT environment integration is introduced.
    imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5051

    imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5051

  • The VIXIA HF20 (LEGRIA HF20 in other regions) high-definition digital camcorder with DIGIC DV III is introduced.
  • The EOS 7D digital SLR camera with up to 8 fps continuous shooting and ISO 12800 is introduced.
  • The PIXMA MP640 (MP648 in other regions) inkjet MFP with A4 printing at approx. 8.1 ipm is introduced.
  • The PowerShot S90 digital compact camera with large-diameter f/2.0 and 28 mm wide-angle lens is introduced.
  • EF 100 mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens with new Hybrid IS that compensates for both angular and shift camera shake is introduced.
  • The CX-1 hybrid retinal camera that combines both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes is introduced.
  • To present the vision and future directions of the Canon Group, Canon holds Canon EXPO 2010, a showcase for new products and future technologies, in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
  • Océ N.V. of the Netherlands becomes a Canon consolidated subsidiary.
  • Canon provides support for the Japan Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010.
  • Canon develops world's first APS-H-size CMOS sensor with record-high 120-megapixel resolution.
  • Canon develops the world's largest ultrasensitive CMOS sensor at 202 x 205 mm.
  • Canon and Fujitsu agree to collaborate on managed services.
  • The PowerShot SD4500 IS DIGITAL ELPH (IXUS 1000 HS), the world's slimmest digital compact camera with 10x optical zoom and Full HD video, is introduced.
  • The XF305, a professional video camcorder with a 3-CMOS-sensor system,18x optical zoom, and file based recording codec, is introduced.
  • The PIXMA MG8100/MG6100 series, inkjet MFPs featuring revised body designs and the Intelligent Touch System light-guided button-navigation system, is introduced.
  • The compact-body imageRUNNER ADVANCE C2000 series is introduced.
  • The CXDI-70C Wireless, a non-tethered digital X-ray detector, is introduced.
  • Canon launches Phase IV of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.
  • Canon holds Canon EXPO 2011 in Shanghai.
  • Canon and MEDIAN Technologies, a France-based IT solution vendor, enter into an agreement in the medical domain.
  • Canon donates portable digital radiography systems to support victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Construction of the Kyoto University Advanced Medical Device Development and Clinical Research Center completed.
  • Canon Prachinburi (Thailand) Ltd. is established.
  • Canon Business Machines (Philippines), Inc. is established.
  • Canon enters the motion picture production industry with the launch of the Cinema EOS System of cinema cameras and lenses.
    Cinema EOS System

    Cinema EOS System

  • The PowerShot SX230 HS, a 14x optical zoom digital compact camera with GPS, is introduced.
  • Canon launches cloud-based document services through the Canon Business Imaging Online cloud services platform.
  • A digital production printing system utilizing an Océ printer controller is developed, marking the first Canon-Océ jointly developed product.
  • Canon enters the commercial photo printer market with the introduction of the DreamLabo 5000.
    DreamLabo 5000

    DreamLabo 5000

  • Fujio Mitarai is appointed president, in addition to chairman and CEO, of Canon Inc.
    Fujio Mitarai

    Fujio Mitarai

  • Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda. is established in Brazil.
  • Canon Marketing Vietnam Co., Ltd. is established.
  • Canon technology contributes to an expanded field of view in the Subaru Telescope of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Hawaii.
  • Canon receives a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for improvements to large format CMOS imagers for use in High Definition broadcast video cameras at the 64th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards.
  • Canon enters into collaborative research agreements with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Canon achieves the leading global share in interchangeable lens digital cameras for the 10th year straight.
  • MREAL, a new MR (mixed reality) system that contributes to reduced development times during product design, is introduced.


  • The top-of-the-line EOS-1D X digital SLR camera, offering the highest levels of image quality and speed performance, is introduced.
    EOS-1D X

    EOS-1D X

  • The PIXMA PRO-1 professional inkjet printer, featuring the newly developed LUCIA 12-color ink system, is introduced.
  • The EOS M, a compact-system camera that offers digital SLR camera-level image quality in a compact and lightweight body, is introduced.
  • Canon acquires CFP (Carbon Footprint of Products) certification for nine multifunction printer models, a first in the product category.
  • Canon enters the OCT ophthalmic equipment market with the introduction of the OCT-HS100, the first Canon-branded optical coherence tomography device.
  • Chairman Fujio Mitarai receives the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan.
  • Canon Americas completes new headquarters in Melville, N.Y.
  • Canon Solutions America, Inc. is established.
  • Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd. achieves production of 100 million inkjet printers.
  • Canon (Suzhou) Inc. achieves production of 100 million imageRUNNER ADVANCE series office network MFPs.
  • Canon develops 35 mm full-size CMOS sensor with high sensitivity and reduced noise, enabling video shooting in low light.
  • Eight models from the imageRUNNER ADVANCE series receive EPEAT Gold ratings in New Digital Imaging Equipment Category.
  • Canon Virginia Inc. becomes the first manufacturer to acquire Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification in the U.S.
  • An ultra-high-sensitivity 4K-model Cinema EOS System camera successfully captures the world's first video of the comet ISON shot from the International Space Station.
  • Canon enters the 4K video production display market with the launch of the DP-V3010 30-inch 4K display for professional use.


  • Canon launches the EOS 70D digital SLR camera, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology to satisfy the needs of users seeking to extend their photographic horizons.
  • Canon launches the PowerShot N digital compact camera, which opens up a new dimension of photographic expression by generating six unique images with each shot.
  • Canon launches the VIXIA mini (LEGRIA mini) digital video camcorder, which offers new shooting styles and new ways to enjoy movies.
  • Fujio Mitarai is appointed Honorary President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Canon makes U.S.-based Molecular Imprints, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary under the new company name Canon Nanotechnologies, Inc., to engage in development of next-generation semiconductor lithography equipment.
  • Canon Europe acquires Milestone Systems.
  • Canon signs global partnership with Volkswagen for managed print services.
  • Digital camera production reaches 250 million units.
  • EF lens production reaches 100 million units.
  • Canon contributes to production of the primary mirror used in TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) extremely large telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Hawaii Observatory.
  • Canon enters the industrial camera market with the launch of the M15P-CL camera for inspection devices, equipped with a low-noise, high-pixel-count CMOS sensor.
  • Canon enters the machine vision market with the launch of the RV1100 3-D Machine Vision System, which makes possible high-speed, high-precision 3-D recognition.


  • Canon launches MAXIFY series of business inkjet printers.
    MAXIFY MB5330

    MAXIFY MB5300 series

  • Canon launches EOS 7D Mark II with high-speed continuous shooting performance and new AF system.
  • Canon launches imagePRESS C800/C700 color multifunction printer for the light production market.
  • Canon EXPO 2015, a showcase for Canon’s new products and future technologies, is held in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
  • Canon makes Sweden-based Axis AB a consolidated subsidiary to strengthen Canon’s network camera business.
  • Canon BioMedical, Inc. is established by Canon U.S.A.
  • Canon’s Toner Cartridge Recycling Program reaches its 25th year.
  • Canon launches EOS 5DS/EOS 5DS R high-resolution digital SLR camera with 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • Canon offers a new imaging experience for photos and movies with the launch of Connect Station CS100.
  • Ultra wide-angle zoom lens EF11-24mm f/4L USM with 11mm focal length is launched.
  • Canon launches the ME20F-SH ultra high-sensitivity multipurpose camera, which enables shooting of full-color movies in extreme low light conditions.
  • The imagePRESS C10000VP production printer offering print speed of 100 pages per minute is launched.

    imagePRESS C10000VP

  • Canon launches Phase V of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.
  • Canon Inc., introducing a new corporate structure, appoints CEO Fujio Mitarai as chairman and Masaya Maeda as president and COO.
    Fujio Mitarai

    Fujio Mitarai

    Masaya Maeda

    Masaya Maeda

  • Canon makes Toshiba Medical Systems a wholly owned subsidiary to expand Canon’s healthcare business.
  • Canon launches the 4K500ST 4K projector, then the world’s smallest and lightest among 5,000 lm class projectors.
    REALiS 4K500ST

    REALiS 4K500ST

  • Canon’s digital SLR camera flagship model EOS-1D X Mark II is launched.
    EOS-1D X Mark II

    EOS-1D X Mark II

  • Canon launches the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, featuring improved core inkjet technology, high image quality printing and A2 printing capability.
  • The AXIS Q1659 interchangeable-lens network camera, which integrates Canon imaging technology and AXIS network technology for high-resolution monitoring, is introduced.
    AXIS Q1659

    AXIS Q1659

  • Customer Experience Center Tokyo, a facility for experiencing Canon’s commercial printing solutions, opens at Canon headquarters
  • Canon makes Miyazaki Daishin Canon Inc. (now Miyazaki Canon) a wholly owned subsidiary.
  • The A3 color MFP imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 series, equipped with features realizing superior operability and productivity, is launched.
  • Canon launches the enthusiast-oriented EOS 9000D digital SLR camera, offering state-of-the-art functionality
  • The CXDI-710C Wireless, the industry’s lightest1 wireless 35 x 43 cm digital radiography system, is launched.
  • Toshiba Medical Systems (now Canon Medical Systems) launches the high-definition CT diagnostic system Aquilion Precision.
    Aquilion Precision

    Aquilion Precision

  • The Océ VarioPrint i300 commercial-use cut sheet printer, capable of A4 double-sided printing of 300 pages per minute (150 sheets/min.), is launched.
    Océ VarioPrint i300

    Océ VarioPrint i300

  • Canon Electronics succeeds in launching the CE-SAT-I micro satellite.
  • Canon delivers the nanoimprint lithography manufacturing equipment FPA-1200NZ2C to Toshiba Memory Corporation’s Yokkaichi Operations plant.
  • Canon develops the Free Viewpoint Video System.
  • The Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel wide format printer is introduced.
    1: Including battery pack. As of March 6, 2017. (Canon research)
  • Toshiba Medical Systems changes its name to Canon Medical Systems.
  • The Canon Eco Technology Park opens to serve as a focal point of the environmental activities of the Canon Group.
  • The EOS M50 mirrorless camera is introduced.
    EOS M50

    EOS M50