That’s a lot of cameras: Canon says it has reached “a camera manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on January 31, 2014.”
Canon notes its “continuously produced cameras since its founding in 1937.” It first offered a pro digital camera in 1995, “when film cameras were still the preferred camera type.” In 1996 came the compact PowerShot 600, and in 2000 Canon launched the PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH featuring “a groundbreaking compact, stylish body design.”
As for interchangeable-lens digital cameras specifically, Canon adds, “while the market in the mid-1990s had consisted primarily of professional models, the consumer digital SLR camera segment began to grow as Canon launched the D30 SLR in 2000. In 2003, Canon introduced the entry-level Digital Rebel, “which set the stage for a dramatic expansion of the consumer market.” By February 2014, interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 50 million units.
Also, Canon says this it has “consistently maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 11 consecutive years from 2003 – 2013.”