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80th Anniversary of the first Canon camera

Canon Kwanon prototype SLR Camera
Canon Kwanon Camera

Canon was founded on September 2, 1934 in a garage to make an inexpensive copy of the horribly expensive new LEICA. The idea was to make the same camera, but at a price people actually could afford.

The Kwanon used a NIKKOR lens. Garage-shop Canon made no lenses, and since Nikon made no cameras, Canon simply had Nikon make lenses for them.

The Kwanon prototype came out 80 years ago, and production started in 1936.

These "Kwanon" cameras became very popular because they worked about as well as a real LEICA, and they cost much, much less. As always, Canon expanded the limits of technology and made cameras far more advanced than LEICA. For instance, Canon rangefinder cameras of the late 1950s and newer had life-sized viewfinders, something LEICA has never been able to do, and the Canon viewfinders changed their magnifications to match the lens used, something else LEICA has never been able to do. Canon leapfrogged LEICA in the 1950s,  LEICA still survives.

Today nothing has changed, except that Canon makes their own lenses, nikon makes their own cameras, and Canon cameras still outperform and outsell LEICAs by a huge margin.

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The Canon 35mm DSLR
and Mirrorless Camera System

Announced in 1987. The Canon EOS (Electro-Optical System) featuring the EOS 650 camera. EOS is still being promoted as Canon's present DSLR system. In Greek mythology, The Titan Goddess of dawn Eos was chosen as an acronym EOS, and is most often spoken as a single word (i.e., EE-oss), although many people spell the letters out. No official correct pronunciation exists, as both seem as logical.

EF is an acronym for "Electro-Focus". The EF lens mount permits all Canon EF lenses ever produced to be mounted on any Canon EOS camera manfactured by Canon Inc. Different from the the FD mount, EF's breech-lock ancestor, the EF mount employs a bayonet-style mount. EF lens auto focusing is controlled by a dedicated electric motor configured in the lens. The interaction between the camera and lens occurs through electrical contacts without benefit of plungers or mechanical levers

An offshoot of the EF mounting system, Canon added the EF-S lens support, in 2003, designed only for EOS digital cameras featuring a 1.6x crop produced after 2003. Any other Canon EOS camera that features an EF mount only will not permit mounting of EF-S lenses.   12/27/2010.✓

EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera

24 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • APS-C sensor
Announced Sep 15, 2016
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Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M

Jul 12, 2012
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$325 - $370
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Canon M10
Canon EOS M10
Announced Oct 13, 2015 18 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor
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Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M3

Announced Feb 6, 2015
24 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor
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Canon EOS M Adapter
EF-M Lens Mount Adapter
attach EF & EF-S Canon lenses digital Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera
Full Frame Sensor Canon DSLR Cameras
Canon 1dx Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Announced Feb 2, 2016 20 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • Full frame sensor • Around $5,999
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Canon announces their Canon 1Dx. the newest professional DSLR
Canon EOS 1Dx

Announced Oct 18, 2011 ✓
18 MP • 3.2" screen
• Full frame sensor
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Canon EOS 5D Digital

Canon 5D Mark II

Announced Sep 17, 2008
21 MP • 3″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$2,499
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Canon 5Ds R
Canon EOS 5DS

Announced Feb 6, 2015
51 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • Full frame sensor
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Canon 5Ds R
Canon EOS 5DS R

Announced Feb 6, 2015
51 megapixels • 3.2″ screen • Full frame sensor
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

  Feb 2, 2012 ✓
22 MP  • 3.2″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$3,399 - $4,149
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Announced Aug 25, 2016 $3,499 - $4,599 Read preview
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Canon 6D
Canon EOS 6D
 
Sep 17, 2012
20 MP • 3″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$1,709 - $2,499
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AP-S C Sensor Canon DSLR Cameras
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Sep 15, 2014
20 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$1,799 - $2,149
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Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR

Canon 7D

Announced Oct 17, 2009   
Update 01/01/2011 ✓
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$915
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Canon EOS 60D DSLR
Canon EOS 60D

June 10, 2011. Announced Aug 25, 2010
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$899 - $1,299
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Canon 70D
Canon EOS 70D

Jul 2, 2013
20 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$999 - $1,928
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Canon EOS SL1
Canon Rebel EOS SL1

Mar 21, 2013.
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$449 - $699 
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Canon EOS 80D
Canon EOS 80D
Announced Feb 18, 2016 24 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor 

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Canon T1i
Canon T1i

Announced Mar 25, 2009
15 MP • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor
$999
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Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR

Canon Rebel T2i
  Announced July 17, 2009  Updated 12/27/2010
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$599 - $900
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Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
 
Feb 7,  2011
12 MP • 2.7″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$389 - $699
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Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D

Canon Rebel T3i / EOS 600D

Announced Feb 7,  2011
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$499
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Canon T4i
Canon EOS Rebel T4i

June 8, 2012 ✓
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$525 - $580
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Canon EOS Rebel T5
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Feb 12, 2014 ✓
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$399 - $499
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i
Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Mar 21, 2013 ✓
18 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$549 - $1,149
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Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon EOS EOS Rebel T6
(1300D)
Announced Mar 10, 2016 18 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor $549 - $750
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Canon EOS T6i
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
(EOS 750D / Kiss X8i)
Announced Feb 6, 2015
24 megapixels • 3″ screen • APS-C sensor
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Canon EOS Rebel T6s
Canon EOS Rebel T6s
(EOS 760D / EOS 8000D)
Announced Feb 6, 2015
24 megapixels•| 3″ screen • APS-C sensor
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Discontinued Canon DSLR Cameras
Discontinued
Canon 1D Mark III
Canon 1D Mark III

Jun 15, 2007
10 MP • 3″ screen
• Full frame sensor
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Discontinued
Canon 1DS Mark III
Canon 1DS Mark III

Aug 20, 2007
21 MP • 3″ screen
• Full frame sensor
$6,000
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Discontinued
Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon 1D Mark IV

16 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-H sensor
$4,999
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Discontinued
Canon EOS 40D

Canon 40D

Aug 2008.
Replaced by the 50D
10MP • 3" screen
• APS-C sensor 
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Discontinued
Canon T1i
Canon T1i

Announced Jul 17, 2009
15 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$999
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Discontinued
Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon XSi

1.6 sensor - $699.
Announced Jan 24, 2008
12MP • 3" screen
 • APS-C sensor
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Discontinued
Canon XS

Canon XS

Announced June 11, 2008  
Update 01/02/2011
10MP • 2.5" screen
• APS-C sensor
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Discontinued
Canon 50D
Canon 50D

Announced Aug 25, 2008
15 MP • 3″ screen
• APS-C sensor
$1,400 - $2,299
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Discontinued
Canon XT
Canon XT

Replaced by Rebel XTi  in 2006
8MP • 1.8" screen
• APS-C sensor
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Discontinued Canon XTi
Canon XTi

10MP • 2.5" screen
• APS-C sensor
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Image stabilization works by compensating for any camera shake which is the cause of blurry pictures.

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