Having its headquarters in Ōta, Tokyo, Canon Inc., is a Japanese MNC, that specializes in manufacturing computer printers, photocopiers, steppers, medical equipment, camcorders, cameras. Its roots go back to 1937 in Japan, with the setting up of Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory. Canon was established as a global imaging leader amidst other camera companies. In the initial years, the company did not create its own optical glass because of lack of facilities, and instead hooked in Nikkor lenses (now known as Nikon Corporation). 166,980 employees worked for Canon as of 2008, and it generated a revenue worth $34.472 billion as of 2009. Canon has more than 200 consolidated subsidiaries all over the world. When it comes to ranking amongst the US patent winners, Canon has scored high consistently, with 2204 patents in its kitty as of 2009. The company also does a lot of charitable activities; for example, it provided tremendous financial support to the earthquake affected people of Sichuan province, in China in 2008.
Canon (UK) Ltd. has an employment of over 2050 people in UK and Ireland and it handles the sales and marketing operations for the international company, Canon Inc., Japan. The head office is located in Woodhatch, Surrey, and Canon has spent around £21 million for constructing the environment friendly building. Canon (UK) lays its focus mainly on 2 market segments which are consumer imaging & business imaging. Also, the Broadcast division of Canon includes the servicing and supply of professional lenses along with their accessories to the TV broadcasting industry. Woodhatch has received a total of 9 awards which includes the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust 2001 Building of the Year Award and the project also got the maximum rating by BREEAM because of its initiatives to save energy.
Canon is a much bigger and well known Company when it comes to cameras, as compared to its competitors and believes in the corporate philosophy of "kyosei" which means “living and working together for the common good”. Most of Canon's recent cameras focus much more on megapixels. Both Canon and Nikon have premium image quality. Whether the color produced is better in Nikon or Canon is a matter of personal taste pattern, and they ARE noticeably different from each other. A major sponsor in wildlife photography and sporting events as well as National Geographic is none other than Canon. Canon has better A/F speed, and has faster state-of-the-art DSLR cameras. It has a smooth autofocus better than its counterparts, and has lenses meant only for movies or cinema. Nikon may have better cameras for the budding photographers (entry-level DSLR) but Canon has the best DSLR cameras for sports events. Canon faces competition mainly from Nikon, Konica Minolta, Leica, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Epson, Kodak, Xerox and Hewlett-Packard. Canon is also doing exceptionally well in terms of finance in spite of having over 197,386 employees all over the world, and has witnessed an increase of 1.96% in revenue in the 4th quarter of 2015, compared to its competitors whose sales dropped by –19.15% in the same time period. It is expanding in size with every passing year and is constantly launching different products in the market.
Services & Apps
Canon has a diverse collection of products which consists of cameras (DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, and more), video cameras (professional camcorders, multi-purpose camcorders, etc.), lenses (EF, EF-S, EF-M), printers (home and photo printers, pro photo printers, etc.), ink, toner and paper, scanners, projectors, fax machines, etc.
'Canon Photo Companion' is an app created by Canon available for both iOS and android users, that helps to expand one's knowledge and understanding of photography by accessing custom-made articles and tutorials. All you have to do is, just download it, open your camera, and take a shot! You also have the option of keeping a record of your progress.
The services by Canon includes Irista, Lifecake and Hdbooks.
Irista helps you to store all your photos in one safe place from anywhere and everywhere, and that too in "full quality". You can combine pictures automatically from your FB profile, Flickr and Google. You have the option of tracking (smart tags) and sharing your photos faster. You can access this album from any other device too.
Lifecake creates a personal photo and video timeline for you, which will enable you to watch and share the amazing progress of your child as he/she grows up. For parents, nothing could be better than watching their children's photos that veritably shows their complete transformation. Right?
Hdbooks are custom made printed photo albums with high quality pictures printed on Canon DreamLabo 5000 printer, for you to cherish forever. All you have to do is download the hdbook software, select the photos, customize the layout or texts, and simply click on the print option. The photo book will serve as the perfect personalized gift for your dearest friends and family members.
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