100 million Canon EOS cameras manufactured

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Henrik Herranen Senior Member • Posts: 1,728
100 million Canon EOS cameras manufactured

Canon recently announced that they have now manufactured a total of 100 million EOS film and digital camera bodies as of September 2019, including the EF, M, and RF mount. I have been following Canon's "10 million announcements" for a long time, so below is the chart for Canon EOS cameras' and lenses' 10 million milestones.

Below is the same data as numbers / text:

EOS/R bodies:
0M units 3/1987
10M units 7/1997, took 124 months, average 1.0 Mbodies/year
20M units 7/2003, took 72 months, average 1.7 Mbodies/year
30M units 12/2007, took 53 months, average 2.3 Mbodies/year
40M units 4/2010, took 28 months, average 4.3 Mbodies/year
50M units 10/2011, took 18 months, average 6.7 Mbodies/year
60M units 10/2012, took 12 months, average 10.0 Mbodies/year
70M units 2/2014, took 16 months, average 7.5 Mbodies/year
80M units 11/2015, took 21 months, average 5.7 Mbodies/year
90M units 10/2017, took 23 months, average 5.2 Mbodies/year
100M units 9/2019, took 23 months, average 5.2 Mbodies/year

So, what do the graphics and numbers tell us? To me, it says that while the crazy years of 2010-2014 truly are over, camera body sales have been surprisinngly stable since then. And, considering all the gloom and doom trolling, Canon body sales seems to be on a very healthy level: for more than half a decade, the EOS body manufacturing level seems to be remarkably stable, at just over 5 million units per year. This doesn't look at all like a company that is going under. Quite honestly, I wasn't expecting canon to reach the 100M milestone just yet, so good for them!

The graphics also shows how many EOS lenses Canon has manufactured. It is going to be interesting to see the trend there, too, when we get the 150M data point in a couple of months.

- Henrik

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