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1973-1999

1973-1999

  • 1973

    K-35 Macro Zoom Lens K5 x 25Scientific or Technical Award (a first for Japan), U.S. Academy Awards

    The K-35 is a completely brand new1 zoom lens for the film industry driven by Canon’s optical technology. Among its many excellent characteristics, the lens features:

    • an original Canon macro architecture.
    • almost no distortion despite being a wide-angle zoom lens.
    • performance exceeding that of a fixed-focal-length lens despite being a zoom lens
    • favorable color balance.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences lauded the “excellent” K-35 lens as a major achievement that enriched the motion picture film medium with new cinematic effects.

    1 At the time in 1973.

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  • 1984

    T70European Camera of the Year Award, European Awards

    The Canon T70 received European Camera of the Year honors for its advances that point the way forward for future generations of cameras. The T70 offers rich functionality that faithfully reflects shooting intentions with full-auto operation, a brand new operating methodology that breaks completely with the image of conventional cameras, a fresh new design, and excellent cost performance.

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  • 1989

    RC-251 (Americas and Japan : RC-250)European Innovation Award,1 European Awards

    The Canon RC-251 was honored for its ability to take beautiful full-color digital photographs as easily as a 35mm compact camera using conventional silver-halide film. The camera’s rich functionality, compact size, light weight, and affordability made it simple for anyone to enjoy digital photography.

    1 The European Innovation Award was given in the technology category for the third time in 1989. Canon won the inaugural Innovation award in 1987 for the EOS System. (The European Innovation Award did not have an applicable product in 1988.)

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  • 1992

    • EOS 100 (Japan : EOS 100 QD, Americas : EOS ELAN)

      EOS 1000 F N QD (Japan : EOS 1000 S QD, Americas : EOS REBEL SII QD)

      Canon EOS Silent Concept, Vari-Angle Prism European Innovation of the Year,1 European Awards

      The European Innovation of the Year award is given to leading, innovative technologies. Canon was awarded for its EOS Silent Concept and its Vari-Angle Prism. The Silent Concept created an extremely quiet shooting environment on the EOS 100 and EOS 1000FN with an ultra-sonic motor (USM) driven lens and a silent construction that dramatically reduced film-transport noise during winding and rewinding from conventional models. The Vari-Angle Prism solved image blurring problems that plagued conventional video cameras using only optical correction without any image degradation.

      1 This was the fourth time Canon won the European Innovation of the Year award. Canon also won the award for the ultra-sonic motor (USM) lens in 1987, the RC-251 (Japan: RC-250, Americas: RC-251) still-video camera in 1989, and the Autoboy Jet in 1990.

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    • E230European Family Camcorder of the Year, European Awards

      The European Family Camcorder of the Year award is given to the best family video camera in the entry and intermediate classes. The E230 took home the award for its reasonable size and price while offering excellent functions——such as a 10x zoom lens and a grip-integrated sportsfinder eyepiece that rotated a full 180 degrees —— and superb user-friendly controls.

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  • 1993

    • EOS 5 (Americas : EOS A2, Japan : EOS5 QD)European Camera of the Year Award,1 European Awards

      The EOS 5 was selected as European Camera of the Year for including the world’s first eye-controlled focusing and depth-of-field preview function; innovations that made the camera especially groundbreaking for professional and advanced amateur users. Also mentioned were the camera’s near-silent film winding, outstanding focusing, and a flashlight built into the exquisitely designed body.

      1 The European Camera of the Year award was given for the 12th time in 1993. This was the fourth time Canon took European Camera of the Year honors. Canon also won for the T70 in 1984, for the EOS 650 in 1987, and for the EOS 10 in 1990.

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    • EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USMBest Lens in Europe, TIPA European Photo & Video Awards1

      The EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM was selected for the Best Lens in Europe award because of its compact size, allowing it to be used for handheld photography, while offering a pioneering zoom ratio and high-power zoom magnification, and the coverage in a single lens of the most commonly used focal lengths.

      1 The TIPA awards were given out for the third time in 1993. This was Canon’s second award, after the EOS 100 in 1992 (for Film SLR Camera).

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    • UC2HiBest Camcorder in Europe, TIPA European Photo & Video Awards1 European Mini Camcorder of the Year, European Awards

      TIPA European Photo & Video Awards

      The UC2Hi was selected for the Best Camcorder in Europe award because of the camcorder’s outstanding image quality, aided by digital image signal processing, its broad focal length (the camcorder uses a digital teleconverter to obtain the equivalent of a maximum 24x zoom), the Hi-Fi stereo zoom microphone, and its user friendliness, despite its multiple functions, stemming from the large LCD panel that let users check the camcorder’s configuration at a glance.

      1 The TIPA awards were given out for the third time in 1993. This was Canon’s second award, after the EOS 100 in 1992 (for Film SLR Camera).

      European Awards

      The UC2Hi was selected as the European Mini Camcorder of the Year for its rich functionality, including its unique digital functions, while remaining extremely compact, and for being an ideal camcorder for advanced users who have a special connection to photography or who are very imaginative, because of its powerful 12x zoom lens and its Hi-Fi stereo zoom microphone.

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    • Canon Eye Focusing Control1Best Technology & Design in Europe, TIPA European Photo & Video Awards2

      Canon’s eye focusing control technology was selected for the Best Technology & Design in Europe award because it signaled the direction of new technologies that are breaking with past camera conventions and also because it eliminated a barrier between humans and machines.

      1 This technology was featured on the EOS 5 (which was released in November 1992).
      2 The TIPA awards were given out for the third time in 1993. This was Canon’s second award, after the EOS 100 in 1992 (for Film SLR Camera).

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  • 1995

    • PRIMA SUPER28V (Japan : Autoboy LUNA)Compact Camera of the Year,1 European Photo Awards

      The Prima Super 28V was selected for European Compact Camera of the Year honors because of its flexibility suitable for many photographic applications. This flexibility started with a superb design and included solid operability, an excellent 2.5x zoom lens capable of 45-cm macro photography at all focal lengths, and the Best Shot Dial.

      1 The Compact Camera of the Year award was handed out for the 10th time in 1995. This was Canon’s second victory, after winning the inaugural award in 1986.

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    • UC8HiFamily Camcorder of the Year,1 European Video Awards

      The UC8Hi was selected as European Family Camcorder of the Year for the following reasons:

      • the first-time features as a family camcorder high image quality and Hi-Fi stereo sound.
      • unique function that let the user focus anywhere in the frame using a rear-mounted joypad.
      • the 20x optical zoom lens (a world-first for a family camcorder)
      • its optical image stabilizer.

      The UC8Hi’s excellent cost performance was also well received.

      1 Canon won an 8mm camcorder award every year for four consecutive years, starting from the inauguration of the EISA video category in 1992.

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  • 1997

    • EOS IX (Japan : EOS IX E)European APS Camera of the Year,1 European Photo Awards
      Best APS Product,2 TIPA European Photo & Video Awards

      The EOS IX was hailed as a groundbreaking camera for its novel and high-grade, as well as light and compact, design that recast the conventional image of the SLR camera, for its full compatibility with the abundant line of interchangeable lenses for the EOS series of 135-format AF SLR cameras, and for its many outstanding functions, such as 10 exposure control modes.

      1 The APS Camera category was added in 1996. Canon won the award for the second year in a row, after the IXUS (Japan: IXY, Americas: ELPH) in 1996.
      2 Canon won this award for the second year in a row, after the IXUS (Japan: IXY, Americas: ELPH) in 1996.

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    • EF300mm f/4L IS USMBest Lens,1 TIPA European Photo & Video Awards

      The EF300mm f/4L IS USM was awarded Best Lens honors for its built-in anti-vibration mechanism that stabilized camera shake while shooting — a first for a Luxury (L)-series SLR camera interchangeable lens. This functionality opened up new shooting possibilities to advanced amateur and professional users and offered superb image-rendering performance thanks to the lens’s extraordinary vibration-free capability.

      1 Canon won the Best Lens award for the second year in a row, and the third time overall, after the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM in 1996.

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  • 1998

    • XL1Good Design Gold Award1 (IT Category)

      The XL1 received a Good Design Gold Award for the following reasons:

      • The XL1 provides excellent overall rigidity and protection from external shocks and impacts with a novel design that positions the microphone, viewfinders, and other components within the magnesium-alloy frame.
      • The video camera accepts a shoulder pad that attaches under the slim-line body to enable more stable, shoulder-supported shooting.
      • The top part of the frame serves as both a carrying handle and a low-angle shooting grip for much better maneuverability for all kinds of shooting styles.
      • Control units are grouped and positioned optimally by function for superb operability.
      • The pearl white and red body coloring scheme emphasizes the video camera’s presence.

      1 In 1998, the Good Design Award program replaced the Good Design Selection System, which was established in 1957. Since being selected for two of the very first Good Design Awards in 1957 for the Canon L1, a 35mm focal-plane shutter camera, and the Canon 8T, an 8mm cine-camera, Canon has been recognized for a total of 224 Good Designs (as of 1998, including this award).

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  • 1999

    • EOS 300 (Americas : EOS REBEL 2000, Japan : EOS Kiss III)European Camera of the Year Award,1 European Photo Awards

      The EOS 300 won the European Camera of the Year award as an innovative camera that was lightest in its class while being equipped with cutting-edge autofocus functions, such as wide-field seven-point autofocus and 35-zone evaluative metering, which set it apart from the conventional image of consumer-level AF SLR cameras.

      1 This is a category of the European Photo Awards. Canon won the award for the fifth time in 1999, following the T70 in 1984, the EOS 650 in 1987, the EOS 10 in 1990, and the EOS 5 in 1993.

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    • EOS-3Best Technology & Design,1 TIPA Best European Photo & Imaging Awards

      The EOS-3 came away with the Best Technology & Design award for its cutting-edge autofocus system, which included the world’s first 45-point area autofocus system and fast, accurate eye control.

      1 This is a category of the TIPA Best European Photo & Imaging Awards. Canon won the award for the second time in 1999, following the EOS-5, which featured eye-control autofocusing, in 1993.

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    • MV20/20i (Americas : ELURA, Japan : PV1)Best Camcorder,1 TIPA Best European Photo & Imaging Awards

      The MV20/20i was recognized for its DV connectivity with computers, its progressive scan CCD image sensor and lens-shift image stabilizer, and its 12x optical zoom lens for superior image-rendering performance.

      1 Canon took home the TIPA Best European Photo & Imaging Awards’s Best Camcorder award for the third time in 1999, following the UC2Hi in 1993 and the UC8Hi in 1995.

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