The first of the Canon cameras to hit the market was a prototype phantom known
as 'Kwanon' which may not have been like the far more superior as well as costly German cameras
that were almost the norm in cameras of those times, but were good enough to compete with those
better known German cameras.
This led Goro Yoshida and his two friends to come out with the 35mm rangefinder
cameras that were less costly and which were sold under the name 'Kwanon'. This was way before
Canon digital cameras were dreamed up.
To make for the lack of its own lenses for its cameras, the company tied up
with Nippon Kogaku Kogyo, the forerunner of yet another famous Japanese camera company called Nikon
and the first camera sold commercially by Canon was named the Hansa Canon which hit the market in
1936 and which was an instant hit.
After the Second World War, the company was christened Canon and thus began the
slow expansion which saw the creation of many historic cameras including Serener, Canonet as well
The first Canon digital camera was released in 1996 and this was the Powershot
600, and after incorporating many more advanced features, the next great Cannon digital camera that
hit the market in 1998 was the EOS D2000 digital SLR followed by yet another innovative product
known as XL1 and these Canon digital cameras all had excellent functionality and were very reliable
Finding that there was a need to provide customers with Canon digital cameras
that were cost effective and which had advanced functionality, Canon came out with the EOS D60 in
the year 2002 and the EOS 10D a year later, and these models took the market by storm leading to
Canon digital cameras becoming the leaders in digital cameras, and when in the year 2003, another
Canon digital camera in the form of EOS Kiss Digital came out, its success was a foregone
conclusion, and which helped make Canon the foremost name when it came to digital
Not content to sit back on its laurels, Canon digital cameras are continuously
being priced lower and incorporating better technology to help retain its market position, and they
are also first choice of professional photographers thanks to the wide range of Canon digital
cameras available in the market today. These include, the famous Canon Powershot A75 , Canon
digital SLR camera, Canon Rebel , Canon Powershot A540 , Canon elph , Canon SD630, and more. Visit
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