Canon is a company that manufactures and specializes in optical and image based products. This includes camcorders, photocopiers, computer printers and cameras to name a few. The company is based in Tokyo in Japan and has origins which date back to the 1930s. The company began as the precision optical instruments laboratory and this was based in Tokyo where it developed from 1937 onwards. The first image capturing devices used optical glass from Nikkor lenses from Nikon.
In the year of 1961 the company developed the first camera to have a rangefinder and this was known as the Canon 7. The camera was a device with a 50 mm lens and came in a mount which with a bayonet style. The company then released the canola 130 in 1964 and this was a Calculator which had 10 keys. This marked the company’s expansion from cameras and was an improvement over the calculator that had been designed by the Bell Punch company in Britain. Canon then launched the F1 in 1971, which was an SLR camera with a range of different lenses. They then made a progression with camera design in 1976 and released the AE-1, a camera that had a microcomputer built-in.
The company has been designing and distributing digital based cameras since the year of 1984. The first of which was known as the RC-701. The company developed the line of digital cameras and eventually created the EOS series, which were known as DSLR or digital single lens reflex. One of the latest models by canon is the EOS 70D, A camera that has a digital single lens reflex design.
Canon not only makes cameras but also has distribution of a wide range of other products. One of the company’s biggest source of revenue is from its copiers. It designs these copiers for small offices, as well as big retailers. The company also creates printers and is one of the main companies to develop the laser printer. The company also creates a wide range of flash devices that can be used for the DSLR cameras.
Since the company started, it has now spread its operations beyond the original location in Tokyo, by developing headquarters in many other countries, including America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.