Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Canon is a multinational corporation that originally made a name for itself within imaging and optics. Founded in 1937, the corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of cameras, photocopiers, and computer printers. Canon was the first to introduce many technologies in Japan, such as the the first 35mm focal plane-shutter camera and an indirect x-ray camera within the first five years. Later innovations include: the world's first camera with an embedded micro-computer, the first auto-focus SLR, and the first high-definition camcorder. No wonder Canon is one of the most popular and highly respected players in the imaging and optical industry.
Canon produces leading products in many consumer and professional sectors. Canon's major activities are broken down into three divisions: Business Machines, Cameras, and Optical and Other Products. Business Machines include canon's line of computers, both laser and inkjet printers, copying machines, and image scanners. Their Cameras division covers Canon's popular line of digital cameras and camcorders, as well as LCD projectors and their interchangeable lenses. Canon's Optical and Other Products division handles everything else, from large-format printers to medical image recording equipment, to broadcast television lenses. Canon's worldwide partnerships are too extensive to list, but some of their notable US-based partnerships include: the National Football League, PGA Tour, New York Yankees, and the US Open.
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