Canon launches developer community program and WiFi-based, camera control API

The Multi-Tiered ‘Canon Developer Community’ Membership Program Provides Access to Canon Technology for Developers, Entrepreneurs and Students

MELVILLE, N.Y.Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Acknowledging the demand for development support, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, shows its devotion to the developer communities through the launch of a new developer support program website, the Canon Developer Community 1. For years, many companies have been utilizing Canon’s remote camera control2 and communication capability by creating unique applications to help build successful solutions. From outstanding support to exclusive products and software available for sale, the Canon Developer Community program can help empower developers to take full advantage of Canon digital imaging solutions and SDKs to drive their enterprising visions.

“The developer community has always been important to Canon, which is why the Company is pleased to launch the Canon Developer Community,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This full-featured program will bring the extensive resources of Canon to so many in the developer community, allowing them to meet the growing challenges of imaging today and help them to develop new applications to drive the tech industry forward.”

The robust, multi-tiered membership program can help to empower the vision of like-minded developers by providing:

  • Access to Canon’s SDKs and other development tools
  • Access to the Canon Developer Community Online Store where exclusive developer products are offered for sale at discounted prices for United States developers
  • Notification updates regarding the availability of new developer tools
  • Direct technical support from Canon experts1
  • Potential marketing opportunities1 with Canon3.

Membership tiers range from Basic (free) membership where you get access to the developers tools and Community forum, as well as paid levels of membership such as Silver ($500), Gold ($2,500) and Platinum ($7,500) which are targeted to large-scale enterprise organizations and have additional benefits, such as access to technical support, exclusive service discounts and potential advertising and marketing opportunities to work with Canon USA3. The program will also give access to the Canon Community Online Store where the Canon Developer Community exclusive products and discounts are offered.

Camera Control API (CCAPI) 

Canon is also launching a new API that will be available to members of the Canon Developer Community. This web-API, which Canon refers to as the Camera Control API (CCAPI), utilizes HTTP protocol over WiFi transmission. It can be executed over programs supporting HTTP, giving the developer more options of platforms to create applications. This helps empower the developer to take advantage of multi-platform support and develop innovative applications such as photo booths, animations, robotics/automations, event photography, mass portraits/passports, photogrammetry, among others.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Developer Version with CCAPI

In March of 2019, Canon is scheduled to introduce the PowerShot SX70 HS Developer Version Model, Canon’s first camera integrated with the new CCAPI. This camera features a 65x zoom that can provide impressive versatility depending on application as well as outstanding color accuracy and sharpness, rapid auto-focus for fast capture.

For Canon Developer Community members, this specialized PowerShot SX70 HS Developer Version camera is currently scheduled to be available in January at the Canon Developer Community Online Store.

To learn more about the Canon Developer Community, please visit .

About Canon U.S.A., Inc. 

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2017† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2018. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].