Canon SLRs Celebrate Golden Anniversary!

Carrie Sylvester
Jan 14, 2009
Canon Flex circa 1959

Canon Flex circa 1959

Canon USA and Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of its single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.

According to Canon, its first film-based SLR sold in May 1959 and like a proud parent exclaimed that by year end 2008 it has sold over 53 million SLRs (39 million film SLRs and 14 million DSLRs) in 50 years. Not bad work if you can get it!

A company press release touted the year 2000 as the company’s initial entry into the digital era with the introduction of the EOS D30. In 2008, the company introduced the Rebel XSi (consumer level) and the EOS 5D Mark II (professional level) digital SLR models. Also notable is that the 5D Mark II is Canon’s first DSLR camera to incorporate full high-definition video recording.

According the recent InfoTrends report The Consumer Digital SLR Marketplace: A Multi-Client Study, digital SLRs  are emerging as an area of rapid growth within the digital camera industry. Lower selling prices, a greater range of models, and better distribution have contributed to the growth in this market. Digital SLRs represent the brightest spot in the digital camera market, offering vendors growth far outweighing the increase in the digital camera market as a whole.

InfoTrends wishes Canon SLRs (can’t pass up a chance for a lyrical reference) ….Happy Anniversary Baby!

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