Canon cameras began its journey in the year 1933, when its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, was founded in Tokyo. This was followed by a series of remarkable inventions and in 1947 the company became Canon Camera Co., Inc. began its journey in the year 1933, when its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, was founded in Tokyo. This was followed by a series of remarkable inventions and in 1947 the company became Canon Camera Co., Inc.
The earliest Canon cameras derived much from the design of the Leica thread mount rangefinder cameras. However, concerns about patents, as well as ignorance of the precise specification of the Leica thread mount, kept these earliest Canon cameras distinctive.
Starting with the vision to make the best camera for the world, today Canon is ranked 154th on Fortune 500. Canon India Pvt. Ltd. was set up in 1997, as a subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt Ltd; with an array of imaging products that include digital cameras, camcorders and many more. The series of Canon cameras and Canon camcorders available across India are:
High-end Canon PowerShot digital cameras incorporate the creative performance of a professional digital SLR camera and the compact convenience of a point-and-shoot. The PowerShot products are a line of digital cameras, launched by Canon in 1995. The PowerShot line has been successful for Canon, and is one of the best-selling digital cameras worldwide.
The Canon's PowerShot sub-series consists of:
- A Series: "Easy and Fun" budget cameras ranging from point-and-shoot to prosumer cameras.
- E Series: Design-oriented budget cameras.
- G Series: Flagship cameras with near dSLR functionality.
- S/SD Series (also known as PowerShot Digital ELPH): "Performance and Style" ultra compact point and shoot cameras.
- S/SX Series: Ultra-zoom cameras.
- TX Series: Hybrid camera / camcorders.
- Pro Series: Professional-level cameras slotting right beneath Canon's dSLRs.
- S Series: Originally a series of compact point-and-shoot cameras, later a series of prosumer cameras slotting beneath the G Series.
Canon IXUS Cameras
The Canon Digital IXUS series, based on the design of Canon's IXUS / IXY / ELPH line of APS cameras, is a line of ultra compact cameras. The cameras have high mega pixel resolution and come with the 3x optical zoom, DIGIC III image processors and the Face detection technology.
Other features include a dust, scratch and finger print resistant LCD screen, convenient touch wheel for easy photo capture, a resolution capability of printing A3 size images and an in-built slide show with entertaining effects.
All the models in Canon Digital IXUS series use lithium ion batteries of Canon proprietary design, though third-party equivalents are readily available. Another common feature found in all the models is the use RGBG Bayer filter (except the original Digital IXUS) CCD sensors made by Sony. Images are recorded as JPEGs. Raw image files are not accessible without the use of third party firmware.
Canon EOS Series
The Canon EOS (Electro-Optical System) auto-focus 35 mm film and digital SLR camera system was introduced in 1987 with the Canon EOS 650.
Today, the EOS Series of Canon digital cameras offers photographers, the twin benefits of amazing image quality and outstanding performance. With exceptional speed, rugged durability and advanced features, Canon 35mm EOS cameras make every picture-taking experience feel like a professional one.
The Canon DC series are feature packed, family friendly and amazingly affordable line of camcorder models. The Canon DC series camcorders offer the convenience of viewing and sharing DVD discs, or bringing distant subjects and scenes up close and personal. They combine the convenience, versatility, and broad compatibility of DVD recording and playbacks with the dramatic reach of genuine Canon 35x optical zoom lens.
Sophisticated yet simple to use, Canon's Smooth Zoom feature actually reduces the erratic, jerky zoom techniques that plague some users of long zooms, smoothing out the process by selecting from one of three pre-set zoom speeds. For even smoother video, Canon Image Stabilization helps provide a shake free image for the entire focal length.
Canon FS Series
The FS-series canon cameras are small, stylish, and provide a reasonably expansive feature set. The individual models in the FS series differ only by memory and color, with list prices that increment by $100.
Weighing only 10.7 ounces and fitting comfortably into the palm of a hand, the FS series is, for the most part, quite well designed. With the FS series, Canon camera debuts its Advanced Zoom Technology, which transforms the camera's 37x optical zoom into 48x. It does so by moving lens elements to change the area of the sensor focused on by the lens. As a result, the effective video resolution changes while the user zoom.
Canon HF Series
The New Dual Flash Memory HF-series Canon camcorders have great memory capacity and usability in both high and standard definitions. This line of camcorders has the advantages of flash memory-sleek and compact, lightweight, durable, fast start-up, super silent and low power consumption.
In addition, the models in this series come with a built-in flash memory, as well as a slot for removable flash memory SD card, which easily expand recording time. Canon HF camcorder series also feature Image Stabilizer that helps to minimize shakes and keep video footages steady.
The flash memory camcorders are ultra compact - fusing miniaturization and design with higher levels of durability, flexibility and capacity. The HF series Canon camcorder feature sophisticated controls such as the 25p CINE Frame Rate and the CINE Mode combine to offer the same smooth frame rates and cinematic tones of celluloid film.
Canon HV Series
The Canon HV series consists of tiny high-definition camcorders. Equipped with CMOS sensor right out of a three-mega pixel camera, the camcorders in this series make no bones about image quality.
It records into MiniDV cassettes (DV, HDV formats) and has an SD card slot for taking still photos. They even tape for more than 50 minutes on the standard battery pack, with heavier but higher-capacity (up to two hours' recording) batteries coming down the pipe.
HV series Canon camcorders have telephoto and wide-angle lens kits available. Other cool features include built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) combines gyro and image-sensors to give image stabilization through a wide range of camera motions.
Canon MD Series
Each MD-series camcorder offers true widescreen recording, easy and intuitive operation, and the advantage of Canon's quick start feature. The Canon MD series caters for a wide variety of needs - from mega pixel CCD recording to camcorders that feature a microphone input connection.
With a Canon 45x advanced zoom and microphone input connection, the latest camcorders in the series are versatile mega pixel camcorders. The user can capture panoramic true widescreen images in brilliant color thanks to DIGIC DV.
Canon MV Series
The MV series Canon camcorders are user friendly gadgets that are designed with an aim to make quality results an easy experience. The first step toward immediate, hassle free enjoyment straight out of the box is the large Easy button, which puts all camcorder settings into full auto mode with the flick of a switch.
The camcorders feature serious optical zoom ratios, from 20x for the MV800 to 22x (440x combined) for the MV850i, MV830i and MV830. Electronic Image Stabilization keeps the footage steady, with true high-resolution 16:9 mode available at the flick of a switch; action fill the frame of a wide screen TV for that true cinema photographic experience.
Canon Camera has an extensive product line and digital solutions that enable businesses and consumers worldwide to capture, store, and distribute information. Today, it is the leader products like color and black-and-white copiers, printers, image filing systems, facsimile machines, cameras and lenses, camcorders, semiconductor, broadcast, and optical equipment, flatbed scanners, medical, and other many more. The list is only getting longer every year...