Canon is celebrating a huge milestone this month! March 2022 is the 35th anniversary of the launch of Canon’s EOS System! Canon’s EOS System made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF lenses. Now it includes the EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories, beginning with interchangeable EF lenses.
Canon’s EOS System, an acronym of “Electro Optical System”, made history in 1987 as the world’s first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras. This jump in technology during the film-camera era gave Canon and EOS SLR cameras a lot of praise for their innovative technology and designs. Soon after was the start of Canon’s top-of-the-line professional model EOS-1 in 1989, and with the introduction of the compact lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS and EOS 500 in other regions) in 1993.
Next, when the popularization of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, was the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000. Canon then developed such innovative models as the high-speed and high-image-quality professional-oriented EOS-1D (2001), the EOS Kiss Digital (2003, EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions) which appealed to a broad user base, and the EOS 5D Mark II (2008), which featured Full HD video recording, to offer products that fulfilled the company’s new key concepts of high speed, ease of use and high image quality.
In 2012, EOS video technology was transformed for the B-to-B sphere in the form of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s entry into the video production industry. From there, Canon continued to serve an increasingly diverse range of users. In 2018, the EOS R System was born from Canon’s desire to construct the ideal lens mount and maximize the appeal of its new RF lenses. Shaking the industry again was the EOS R5 in 2020, the world’s first digital camera to feature 8K recording. Then the next year, 2021 witnessed the launch of the EOS R3, which boasts eye-control AF capability and the EOS VR System for recording VR content.
In these 35 years, Canon’s EOS System has enabled visual expression through still photography, video, and even VR content, with a lineup comprising a total of 21 EOS series cameras and 104 RF and EF lenses. All the while, the world has fallen in love with Canon, time and time again!