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Another achievement by the world’s first camera manufacturer. The joint production of DSLRs and compact cameras surpassed 250 million units. Canon press release:

Canon celebrates production of 250 million digital cameras TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the Company’s compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on January 31, 2014.

Canon, a company that has continuously produced cameras since its founding in 1937, began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. In 1995, when film cameras were still the norm, Canon launched its first digital camera, the professional-model EOS DCS 3* digital SLR camera.

At the time, compact cameras were leading the digital shift within the camera industry. In 1996, Canon announced its market entry with the introduction of the PowerShot 600, the Company’s first compact digital camera. In 2000, amid the market’s rapid growth, Canon launched the IXY DIGITAL (PowerShot S100 or DIGITAL IXUS in markets outside of Japan), featuring a ground-breaking compact, stylish body design that set the trend for compact digital cameras.

Subsequent models released by the Company reflected the diverse evolution of compact digital cameras with models becoming increasingly compact and lightweight, achieving higher sensitivity, incorporating more enhanced automatic functions, and realizing greater network connectivity. This evolution fueled robust growth as Canon’s cumulative production of compact digital cameras surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in 2008, and broke through the 200-million-unit threshold in December 2013. Aiming to further extend its production volume, in 2014 Canon launched a new lineup of compact digital cameras that let users enjoy high value-added photography, including the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, designed to deliver the highest levels of imaging performance, and the new-concept-model PowerShot N100.

As for interchangeable-lens digital cameras, while the market in the mid 1990s had consisted primarily of professional models, with the start of the 2000s, the segment rapidly took off. In 2000, Canon launched the EOS D30, developed as a “next-generation standard digital SLR camera” to satisfy the needs of a wide user base, from advanced photo enthusiasts to professional users. In 2003, Canon again led the market with the introduction of the entry-level-model EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D), which set the stage for dramatic expansion of the market.

Since that time, Canon has successively launched innovative products that capitalize on the Company’s strengths in CMOS sensors, image processors and EF lenses, such as the professional-model EOS-1 series and EOS 5D series targeting advanced-amateur users, as well as the compact-camera-system EOS M series. As a result, in 2005, production of Canon interchangeable-lens digital cameras reached 25 million units and, in February 2014, surpassed 50 million units. Among the new products worthy of note that contributed to the realization of this milestone were the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, and the entry-level EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D), which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 08:51:02 AM »
Hooray and Cheers!

Let's hope they will release more than just press notes so that by releasing new, good and innovative cameras and lenses the numbers of produced and sold equipment can increase furthermore...
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 09:19:43 AM »
Another achievement by the world’s first camera manufacturer.

World's first camera manufacturer? I don't think so.
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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 09:46:26 AM »
How many of the 250 million have you owned? I'm at 5, which is something like .0000002% (decimal may be off).

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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 12:32:44 PM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2014, 01:40:54 PM »
Happy for Canon and proud to be a Canon user ... but how about some awesome instant rebates to celebrate this awesome achievement ... no mail-in-rebates please, coz some of us are not US citizens. ;D
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 02:19:25 PM »
Hi dgatwood.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!  ;D

Cheers Graham.


Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014, 02:19:25 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014, 03:01:06 PM »
Another achievement by the world’s first camera manufacturer.

World's first camera manufacturer? I don't think so.

maybe bad translation,   "leading",  or   "first in sales" (as per the other article), etc.

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2014, 04:16:27 PM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

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you might want to check that number again

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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2014, 03:27:30 AM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.
you might want to check that number again
The number is absolutely correct http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2014, 03:41:25 AM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

:D
Hi dgatwood.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!  ;D

Cheers Graham.
They are not "given away in contracts", the cost of the iPhone is very much built into the contract ... in fact you actually pay a lot more that way over a period of 2 years, than buying it outright. Remember that in addition to 500 million iPhones that cost as much "as an entry level DSLR+lens kit", they've also got billions of paid downloads ... whereas majority of the "entry level DSLR+lens kit" buyers will most likely do not buy another DSLR or lens for many years (if not never) ... but an iPhone buyer uses it every single day + it generates an eco system which benefits not just Apple but also the service providers, music industry, websites advertisers, accessory manufacturers etc etc to name just a few ... and I'm pretty sure majority of iPhone users upgrade to newer models at least once in 2 years, if not less.
Just to put things in "perspective", 500 million iPhones = 500 million digital cameras (as all of them have/had a camera) which are used far more than any digital camera Canon ever made ;)
Regardless of its "poor" image quality an iPhone camera is far more useful and handy than any digital camera Canon has ever made.
I bought my Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS for $1849 (when it was on sale at B&H and it is my most "expensive" lens to date), but from the time I bought that lens I have spent over $3300 on 5 iPhones (2 for me & 3 for the wife) and I'm pretty sure I'd out spend my most "expensive" lens by at at least twice as much by the time I buy another lens of that price range ... and I think majority of iPhone users/buyers spend more money than majority of digital camera users/buyers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/
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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2014, 05:26:18 AM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

:D
Hi dgatwood.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!  ;D

Cheers Graham.
They are not "given away in contracts", the cost of the iPhone is very much built into the contract ... in fact you actually pay a lot more that way over a period of 2 years, than buying it outright. Remember that in addition to 500 million iPhones that cost as much "as an entry level DSLR+lens kit", they've also got billions of paid downloads ... whereas majority of the "entry level DSLR+lens kit" buyers will most likely do not buy another DSLR or lens for many years (if not never) ... but an iPhone buyer uses it every single day + it generates an eco system which benefits not just Apple but also the service providers, music industry, websites advertisers, accessory manufacturers etc etc to name just a few ... and I'm pretty sure majority of iPhone users upgrade to newer models at least once in 2 years, if not less.
Just to put things in "perspective", 500 million iPhones = 500 million digital cameras (as all of them have/had a camera) which are used far more than any digital camera Canon ever made ;)
Regardless of its "poor" image quality an iPhone camera is far more useful and handy than any digital camera Canon has ever made.
I bought my Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS for $1849 (when it was on sale at B&H and it is my most "expensive" lens to date), but from the time I bought that lens I have spent over $3300 on 5 iPhones (2 for me & 3 for the wife) and I'm pretty sure I'd out spend my most "expensive" lens by at at least twice as much by the time I buy another lens of that price range ... and I think majority of iPhone users/buyers spend more money than majority of digital camera users/buyers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/

But how much of that time spent on the iPhone, is taking pictures, and how much is spent looking at porn or playing candy crush?  And is streaming video and playing games, worth spending $3300?  I submit that it is not.

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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2014, 05:52:28 AM »
Hi Rienzphotoz.
Whilst you and I can work this out, I have seen to many friends, family and general public taken in by the free handset to believe that the majority of people don't fall for this marketing ploy, if you don't believe me stand in any phone store and listen to the "ooh this handset is free on the £45/ month for 24 months contract" I understand the no such thing as a free lunch mantra, but if people believe they are getting it free it, in my opinion, skews the figures. I stand by my statement about the cost ratio, and everyone these days needs a the latest smart phone but not a camera! I understand the benefit in general to the network operator etc that you mention but I think it is fairly secondary to the main issue raised here.
Just to prove I too have paid too much for phones, I was one of two people in the factory who had a wap phone when the trade centre towers were hit, I had a crowd round me waiting on my updates from the Internet!  ;D

Cheers Graham.


Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

:D
Hi dgatwood.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!  ;D

Cheers Graham.
They are not "given away in contracts", the cost of the iPhone is very much built into the contract ... in fact you actually pay a lot more that way over a period of 2 years, than buying it outright. Remember that in addition to 500 million iPhones that cost as much "as an entry level DSLR+lens kit", they've also got billions of paid downloads ... whereas majority of the "entry level DSLR+lens kit" buyers will most likely do not buy another DSLR or lens for many years (if not never) ... but an iPhone buyer uses it every single day + it generates an eco system which benefits not just Apple but also the service providers, music industry, websites advertisers, accessory manufacturers etc etc to name just a few ... and I'm pretty sure majority of iPhone users upgrade to newer models at least once in 2 years, if not less.
Just to put things in "perspective", 500 million iPhones = 500 million digital cameras (as all of them have/had a camera) which are used far more than any digital camera Canon ever made ;)
Regardless of its "poor" image quality an iPhone camera is far more useful and handy than any digital camera Canon has ever made.
I bought my Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS for $1849 (when it was on sale at B&H and it is my most "expensive" lens to date), but from the time I bought that lens I have spent over $3300 on 5 iPhones (2 for me & 3 for the wife) and I'm pretty sure I'd out spend my most "expensive" lens by at at least twice as much by the time I buy another lens of that price range ... and I think majority of iPhone users/buyers spend more money than majority of digital camera users/buyers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/
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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2014, 07:47:02 AM »

Pretty cool.  In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.

Ain't perspective fun.

:D
Hi dgatwood.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!  ;D

Cheers Graham.
They are not "given away in contracts", the cost of the iPhone is very much built into the contract ... in fact you actually pay a lot more that way over a period of 2 years, than buying it outright. Remember that in addition to 500 million iPhones that cost as much "as an entry level DSLR+lens kit", they've also got billions of paid downloads ... whereas majority of the "entry level DSLR+lens kit" buyers will most likely do not buy another DSLR or lens for many years (if not never) ... but an iPhone buyer uses it every single day + it generates an eco system which benefits not just Apple but also the service providers, music industry, websites advertisers, accessory manufacturers etc etc to name just a few ... and I'm pretty sure majority of iPhone users upgrade to newer models at least once in 2 years, if not less.
Just to put things in "perspective", 500 million iPhones = 500 million digital cameras (as all of them have/had a camera) which are used far more than any digital camera Canon ever made ;)
Regardless of its "poor" image quality an iPhone camera is far more useful and handy than any digital camera Canon has ever made.
I bought my Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS for $1849 (when it was on sale at B&H and it is my most "expensive" lens to date), but from the time I bought that lens I have spent over $3300 on 5 iPhones (2 for me & 3 for the wife) and I'm pretty sure I'd out spend my most "expensive" lens by at at least twice as much by the time I buy another lens of that price range ... and I think majority of iPhone users/buyers spend more money than majority of digital camera users/buyers.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/03/25/without-much-fanfare-apple-has-sold-its-500-millionth-iphone/

But how much of that time spent on the iPhone, is taking pictures, and how much is spent looking at porn or playing candy crush?  And is streaming video and playing games, worth spending $3300?  I submit that it is not.
I don't know about you  :P but I do not watch porn on my phone or play games (the only game I play is Chess on my phone) ... I have over 50 GB of photography, videography & photoshop tutorials from Kelby, Lynda, Creative Live etc on my phone ... the phone also takes care of my online banking, expense tracking & it works as a scanner for many of my documents, receipts etc, it has user manuals for my cameras, photography, photoshop & technology related magazines & e-books. For me and many like me its worth the money spent on it ... plus when I sell the phone, I get at least 50% of the purchase value.
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Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 250 Million Digital Cameras
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2014, 08:09:21 AM »
Hi Rienzphotoz.
Whilst you and I can work this out, I have seen to many friends, family and general public taken in by the free handset to believe that the majority of people don't fall for this marketing ploy, if you don't believe me stand in any phone store and listen to the "ooh this handset is free on the £45/ month for 24 months contract" I understand the no such thing as a free lunch mantra, but if people believe they are getting it free it, in my opinion, skews the figures. I stand by my statement about the cost ratio, and everyone these days needs a the latest smart phone but not a camera! I understand the benefit in general to the network operator etc that you mention but I think it is fairly secondary to the main issue raised here.
Just to prove I too have paid too much for phones, I was one of two people in the factory who had a wap phone when the trade centre towers were hit, I had a crowd round me waiting on my updates from the Internet!  ;D

Cheers Graham.

I don't know about your gullible friends, family and general public that you know, but when mobile service providers advertise for iPhone contracts, they do not advertise it as "free" iPhone. I hope you know that when they say 250 million digital cameras, they are not talking about only DSLRs, the figures also include the cheapest Canon point and shoot digital cameras such as Power Shot A2500 which retail for $59 ... now contrast this with the cheapest contract for an iPhone and work out the math. Also, the 250 million sales figure they've quoted here is from their first Digital camera, which I believe is over 18 years ago ... whereas the sales figure of 500 million iPhones is less than 7 years ago. By your own admission you have said that you "too have paid too much for phones", so now, going back to the commet about "putting things in perspective", the 250 million digital cameras, which Canon sold (in over 18 years), is nowhere close to the amount of iPhones sold by Apple in less than 7 years ;) 
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