Canon, the Japanese camera-manufacturing company, has hit the 70 million mark for digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras. The production of Canon EOS SLR cameras started in 1987 at Canon’s Fukushima Plant with the EOS 650. The company expanded their production bases to Taiwan after that.
Digital SLR cameras started to sell like hotcakes in the early 2000s so Canon increased their production. Canon surpassed the 60 million unit mark in October 2012. Around one year and four months later, Canon added another 10 million to hit the 70 million milestone. EOS stands for “Electro Optical System,” which is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn (Eos).
When Canon announced EOS cameras in 1987, they were the first to incorporate an electronic mount system for complete electronic control between the lens and body and throughout the entire camera system.