Canon is a Japanese company that makes a variety of high quality types of optical and imaging equipment, and their cameras are some of the most popular in the world. In fact, many people know the company for their cameras alone, although they really do create quite a few different products, and they've always been on the cutting edge when it comes to innovation in the field of optics. They have their headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, but they have a strong presence in a number of countries around the world today.
The company has been around since the mid 1930s when they went by the name Seikikogaku Kenkyusho, which translated to Precision Optical Industry. They created the Kwanon in 1934, and this was a prototype of a 35mm camera, the first with a local plane based shutter in Japan. They did not change their name to Canon until 1947, but even then, it was Canon Camera Co. They shortened it to Canon Inc. in 1969. The origin of the name stems from Buddhism.
The company developed the first indirect x-ray camera in Japan in 1940, and they continued to innovate in different areas. In the late 1950s, they came out with a new zoom lens useful for television broadcasts, as well as the Reflex Zoom 8, which was the first movie camera that included a zoom lens. Over the years, the company continued to push the envelope when it came to what optics were capable of doing, and this helped them to solidify their name as one of the best companies when it came to cameras.
In the early 1970s, they introduced a high quality SLR camera called the F-1, as well as the AE-1, which was the first camera in the world to have a microcomputer embedded inside of it. By the time the 80s rolled around, they were becoming a branding machine, as well as becoming a part of other related industries. One of the ad campaigns that ran in the eighties, which some people still remember, was "Wildlife as Canon Sees It" which were in National Geographic magazines. Today, they still have quality print ads that show off the features and power that their cameras can offer.
Canon did not only want to dominate the field of cameras though, and by 1985, they had created another first for the world - the first inkjet printer, which was really the start of changing how business and technology, and eventually home and technology, would work together.
Their technological knowhow and desire to grow continues to make strides in the world of technology today. Consider all of the different types of products they create now and that they've created in the past. Many of the things that people take for granted today, such as taking a digital photo and uploading it come from electronics companies such as Canon.
The company is popular for many different reasons, and their digital cameras, which helped to usher in a new area of love for photography, are a huge part of that. From the Canon PowerShot to their larger DSLR cameras, they make models in all sizes and configurations to appeal to many different types of consumers, from the professional to the hobbyist and simply someone who wants to take the occasional photo. The company makes specialized lenses for many of their cameras, as well as cases and other accessories for the cameras. They also make digital copiers and printers, camcorders, scanners, flash units, and more.
The products Canon makes generally tend to receive very favorable reviews from professional reviewers as well as from the average consumer. Over the years, they've developed a great reputation for their brand as being reliable and high quality, and they continually seek to maintain that by creating better and better products.
The Clean Air-Cool Planet organization places the company on a list of one of the best environmentally friendly and climate friendly companies in the world. In fact, they actively look for ways that they can reduce the environmental impact of the products they create. More and more companies are starting to look into how they can reduce their environmental footprint, and it's nice to see that the larger companies such as Canon are leading the way.