The History of Canon 2016-
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Canon launches Phase V of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.

[Enterprise] Canon Inc., introducing a new corporate structure, appoints CEO Fujio Mitarai as chairman and Masaya Maeda as president and COO.

Fujio Mitarai
Masaya Maeda

[Enterprise] Canon makes Toshiba Medical Systems a wholly owned subsidiary to expand Canon’s healthcare business.

[Products] Canon launches the 4K500ST 4K projector, then the world’s smallest and lightest among 5,000 lm class projectors.


[Products] Canon’s digital SLR camera flagship model EOS-1D X Mark II is launched.

EOS-1D X Mark II

[Products] Canon launches the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, featuring improved core inkjet technology, high image quality printing and A2 printing capability.

[Products] The AXIS Q1659 interchangeable-lens network camera, which integrates Canon imaging technology and AXIS network technology for high-resolution monitoring, is introduced.

AXIS Q1659


[Enterprise] Customer Experience Center Tokyo, a facility for experiencing Canon’s commercial printing solutions, opens at Canon headquarters

[Enterprise] Canon makes Miyazaki Daishin Canon Inc. (today, Miyazaki Canon) a wholly owned subsidiary.

[Products] The A3 color MFP imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3500 series, equipped with features realizing superior operability and productivity, is launched.

[Products] Canon launches the enthusiast-oriented EOS 9000D digital SLR camera, offering state-of-the-art functionality

[Products] The CXDI-710C Wireless, the industry’s lightest* wireless 35 x 43 cm digital radiography system, is launched.

[Products] Toshiba Medical Systems (today, Canon Medical Systems) launches the high-definition CT diagnostic system.

High-definition CT diagnostic system

[Products] The VarioPrint i300 commercial-use cut sheet printer, capable of A4 double-sided printing of 300 pages per minute (150 sheets/min.), is launched.

VarioPrint i300

[Products] Canon Electronics succeeds in launching the CE-SAT-I micro satellite.

[Products] Canon delivers the nanoimprint lithography manufacturing equipment FPA-1200NZ2C to Toshiba Memory Corporation’s Yokkaichi Operations plant.

[Products] Canon develops the Free Viewpoint Video System.

[Products] The Colorado 1640 UVgel wide format printer is introduced.

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[Enterprise] Toshiba Medical Systems changes its name to Canon Medical Systems.

[Enterprise] The Canon Eco Technology Park opens to serve as a focal point of the environmental activities of the Canon Group.

[Enterprise] The software training facility Canon Institute of Software Technology is opened.

[Enterprise] Canon makes BriefCam Ltd. (Israel), a leading video content analysis software developer, a wholly owned subsidiary.

[Enterprise] Canon launches a joint research project with the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties for the creation and use of high-resolution facsimiles of cultural properties.

[Products] The EOS M50 mirrorless camera is introduced.


[Products] The business inkjet printer PIXMA G-series with refillable ink tank system is introduced.

[Products] Introduction of both new software for factory automation and the industrial camera N10-W02.

[Products] Canon introduces the EOS R System, a new imaging system, and launches the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lens featuring a newly-developed lens mount.


[Products] With the launch of the WG7000 series, Canon makes a full-scale entry into the A3 business inkjet multifunction printer market.


[Enterprise] Fujio Mitarai is appointed chairperson of the Expo '90 Foundation.

[Enterprise] Canon invests in the Japanese Organization for Medical Device Development to accelerate expansion in the medical business.

[Enterprise] Joint research begins with the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University.

[Products] Canon launches the compact and lightweight EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera.

[Products] The instant camera printer IVY CLIQ+ ZV-123 is introduced.

IVY CLIQ+ ZV-123 / Zoemini S ZV-123

[Products] Canon Medical introduces the world´s first MRI system featuring noise reduction reconstruction technology that utilizes deep learning.

MRI system utilizing deep learning

[Products] The compact, lightweight native 4K laser projector REALiS 4K6021Z is introduced.

REALiS 4K6021Z

[Products] Canon provides ultra-high sensitivity CMOS sensors for Tomo-e Gozen, an astronomical observation system at Kiso Observatory, University of Tokyo, now in full operation.

[Products] EOS series camera production reaches a total of 100 million units.

[Products] The 8K broadcast lens UHD DIGISUPER 51 is introduced.


[Products] Development of video analytics technology for counting people in crowds.


[Enterprise] Océ corporate name is changed to Canon Production Printing.

[Enterprise] Fujio Mitarai is appointed president, in addition to chairman and CEO, of Canon Inc.

Fujio Mitarai

[Products] The ME20F-SH ultra-high sensitivity multi-purpose camera is the recipient of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards.

[Products] Canon develops the world´s first 1-megapixel SPAD image sensor.

[Products] Canon develops VisualSLAM technology and enters the mobile robot market.


Canon launches Phase VI of the Excellent Global Corporation Plan.

[Enterprise] Fujio Mitarai is appointed president of the Scout Association of Japan.

[Enterprise] Canon Medical starts joint research with National Cancer Center Japan for the development of photon-counting CT systems.

[Enterprise] Canon makes Redlen Technologies (Canada), a leader in X-ray imaging and detection, a wholly owned subsidiary.

[Enterprise] The Canon Group Human Rights Policy is established.

[Products] Remote network camera system that controls multiple cameras for video production is introduced.

[Products] Canon introduces the full-frame mirrorless camera EOS R3 featuring a back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor.


[Products] The EOS VR System for capturing VR video is launched.

RF5.2mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE for VR shooting

[Products] The PowerShot PICK(PowerShot PX), a camera that controls recording processes and shoots automatically, is introduced.

PowerShot PICK(PowerShot PX)

[Products] Canon Medical launches a CT diagnostic system featuring Precise IQ Engine (PIQE), a super-resolution reconstruction technology that utilizes deep learning.

The world´s first large-format printer GP series featuring aqueous fluorescent pigment inks is introduced.

CT system with super-resolution reconstruction technology

[Products] The worldThe world's first large-format printer GP series featuring aqueous fluorescent pigment inks is introduced.s first large-format printer GP series featuring aqueous fluorescent pigment inks is introduced.

[Products] Canon develops a 3.2-megapixel SPAD sensor.

3.2-megapixel SPAD sensor