Canon Inc. is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1937 by Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda. The company mostly covered optical cameras in its early years but later entered the magnetic heads market in 1960. The unveiling of the Canon AE-1, the world’s first camera with embedded micro-computer, launched the organization properly on a global scale. Currently, Canon Inc.’s specialty encompasses imaging and optical products as well as industrial merchandise like medical equipment, lenses, printers, cameras, and scanners. However, digital cameras remain the company’s most critical product with niches in professional and recreational uses. Canon Inc. has made several acquisitions in the recent decade, including the 2015 purchase of Swedish Security Camera maker Axis communication and the $5.9 billion acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in 2016. The company’s corporate philosophy is based on seeing all individuals harmoniously live and work together for a brighter future regardless of their background. Additionally, Canon Inc’s strategic approach for the 21st century aims to enhance competitiveness through organization-wide realignment into a novel industry-oriented business group structure. The organization has a primary listing in the Tokyo Stock Exchange and remains a constituent of the TOPIX Core30 and Nikkei 225 index. Furthermore, it has a secondary listing in the New York stock exchange. As of 2021, Canon Inc. is systematized into four main business segments: the Office Business Unit, the Imaging System Business Unit, the Medical Business Unit, and the Industry and Others Business Unit. Moreover, it has 383 subsidiaries with regional headquarters in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the company has so many products out there, from new to used. Finding the right documentation can be difficult, especially in the English language. This is the reason why we opened up a section dedicated to Canon User Manuals, where you can view or download each PDF.