Canon celebrates 19th consecutive year of No. 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

Canon has recently stated that their interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) had held the top spot in the worldwide market for 19 years 1 from 2003 to 2021.

Canon developed the essential imaging system components used in its EOS series of digital interchangeable-lens cameras, including CMOS image sensors, image processors, and interchangeable lenses, with the basic concept of “Speed, Comfort, and High Image Quality” in mind. Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers by assembling a diverse product lineup ranging from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with simple operation, as well as a rich selection of RF and EF series lenses that enable a wealth of creative expression.

Canon debuted the groundbreaking EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in various territories) in September 2003, at the start of digital SLR cameras. This game-changing camera, which was competitively priced and featured a tiny, lightweight design, secured the worldwide market’s top share and laid the way for expansion in the digital SLR industry. Canon has continued to release ground-breaking products since then, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series, which cleared the path for digital SLR video recording. Canon’s ambition to create the optimum lens mount and maximise the attractiveness of its new RF lenses led to the creation of the EOS R System, which debuted in October 2018. Canon has subsequently proceeded to broaden the spectrum of photographic inventiveness and new visual expression options, including the July 2020 introduction of the EOS R5, the first camera to enable 8K video recording.

Canon unveiled the EOS R3 full-frame mirrorless camera in 2021 (available in November 2021), which has the high performance and durability needed by professional and enthusiast customers, as well as eight new RF lenses 3. Canon managed to maintain its No. 1 position in the worldwide market for the 19th consecutive year while increasing its roster with new releases such as the EOS VR System.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, while also strengthening and expanding the EOS series of cameras and the RF/EF series of lenses, opening up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and promoting the spread of photo and video culture.