Today, Canon announced that on September 10, 2019, it produced its 100 millionth EOS series interchangeable-lens camera. The staggering milestone includes film, digital and cinema cameras from Canon since the EOS series was first introduced in 1987 with the Canon EOS 650.

In addition to a brief self-congratulatory statement, Canon shared a timeline of its EOS series history:

  • The EOS 650 was released in March 1987, a next-generation AF single-lens reflex (SLR) camera featuring the world’s first fully, electronic lens mount. Production of the EOS series began in what was then Canon’s Fukushima plant and now takes place at a variety of locations—including Taiwan, Miyazaki, Nagasaki and Oita Canon—where production is under high-product quality management.
  • Following the release of the EOS 650, Canon continued to introduce products featuring innovative technology that possess speed and comfort—such as the high-end EOS-1 released in 1989 and the EOS Rebel released in 1993 —expanding the EOS series to cater to users ranging from amateur to professional.
  • As the pace of digital SLRs (DSLR) adoption picked up from the year 2000 onwards, Canon sought to create even more appealing products. The EOS series’ core concept expanded to include “high-image quality,” achieved through proprietary, cutting-edge technology as CMOS sensors and DIGIC image processors.
  • In 2003, Canon released the EOS Rebel—a compact, lightweight DSLR with an affordable price—which contributed to the wider adoption of interchangeable-lens digital cameras.
  • Through the EOS 5D series, which contributed to the use of interchangeable-lens cameras for video capture as well as the establishment of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products in 2012, Canon extended its video technology to the business-to-business, video-production industry.
  • Canon continued to explore new approaches with the EOS series with the 2018 launch of the EOS R System, which employs the new RF Mount.

Canon ends the announcement saying it ‘will continue to prioritize “speed, comfort and high-image quality” as the core concept of the EOS series, further strengthening and expanding the EOS System towards expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.’