We thought you might be interested on a brief history of Canon cameras. We did a research and here it is:
1933: Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory established.
1934: Kwanon camera prototype developed.
1936: Hansa Canon camera introduced. Hansa Canon 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera.
1947: Company name changed to Canon Camera Co., Inc.
1955: New York branch office opened.
1957: Sole European distributor, Canon Europa, established.
1961: Canonet camera introduced. Canonet Electric Eye (EE) camera.
1964: Canola 130 calculator introduced. Canola 130, the world's first 10-key electronic calculator.
1969: Company name changed to Canon Inc.
1976: AE-1 SLR camera introduced. AE-1, the world's first SLR camera with a built-in microcomputer.
1987: EOS650 AF SLR camera introduced.
2000: Canon Inc. ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
2000: PowerShot S100 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS) compact digital camera introduced.PowerShot S100 DIGITAL ELPH (DIGITAL IXUS in other areas) compact digital camera.
2001: Canon is working on something big, something that will be the foundation of 35mm DSLR as we know it today.
2002: EOS-1Ds digital SLR camera introduced and the whole photographic world will never be the same again.
2011: The rest is just plain history.