| 35mm Chinon Bellami; 1981 red suede edition|
commemorates 50 years of Chinon USA
image by Nick Hahn (Image rights)
Currently (as of 2010) Chinon produce digital cameras such as the Superheadz/Digital hedgehog retro 110 style toy camera and the Tachyon helmet camera. They also produce film scanners and various other non camera related devices.
- 1948 - Sanshin Seisakusho established as a maker of camera lens frames and lens barrels in the city of Chino, Nagano Prefecture.
- 1953 - Sanshin Seisakusho reorganized into a stock-holding company.
- 1954 - Head office transferred to the city of Suwa, Nagano Prefecture.
- 1956 - Manufacturing 8mm movie camera lenses begins.
- 1959 - Develops and manufactures world's first 8mm zoom lens.
- 1962 - Manufactures and exports own-brand 8mm movie cameras to Europe and America. Company name changed to Sanshin Optics Industrial Co. Ltd.
- 1971 - Manufacturing of 35mm cameras begins.
- 1973 - Company name changed to Chinon Industries, Inc. Stock listed on second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- 1974 - First in Japan to develop and manufacture a simultaneous sound recording 8mm movie camera.
- 1979 - Manufacturing video camera lenses begins.
- 1981 - First in Japan to develop a near-infrared auto focus system.
- 1982 - Enters the emerging information device field with the development and production of information storage devices.
- 1983 - Develops and markets world's first twin programmed SLR camera.
- 1985 - Begins producing 35mm cameras for Eastman Kodak Company on an OEM basis.
- 1993 - Begins supplying Kodak with digital cameras on an OEM basis.
- 1997 - Kodak becomes majority shareholder (50.1%). Chinon strengthens digital camera design and production operations.
- 1998 - Digital camera production surpasses 1 million units.
- 2000 - Digital camera production surpasses 3 million units.
- 2002 - Digital camera production surpasses 5 million units.
- Chinon AM-3
- Chinon CA-4
- Chinon CE Memotron
- Chinon CE II Memotron
- Chinon CE-3 Memotron
- Chinon CE-4
- Chinon CE-4s
- Chinon CE-5
- Chinon CG-5
- Chinon CM-1
- Chinon CM-4
- Chinon CM-5
- Chinon CM-7
- Chinon CP-5 / CP-5s
- Chinon CP-6
- Chinon CP-7m (only program K-mount body using just standard K-mount lenses)
- Chinon CP-9AF
- Chinon CP-X Program
- Chinon CS
- Chinon CS-4
- Chinon CX
- Chinon CX II
- Chinon DP-5
- Chinon DSL
- Chinon Genesis (GS-7)
- Chinon Genesis II (GS-8)
- Chinon Genesis III
- Chinon Genesis IV
- Chinon M-1
- Chinon SLR
- Chinonflex TTL
35mm Power Winders
- Chinon PW 510
- Chinon PW 534/545
- Chinon PW 540
- Chinon PW 600/610
Chinon info back
- Chinon info back 2 (data back)
- Chinon info back 3 (Interval timer)
Point & Shoot
- Chinon 35 (35mm)
- Chinon 35EE (GAF Memo) (35mm)
- Chinon 35F-A (35mm)
- Chinon 35F-EE
- Chinon 35F-M
- Chinon 35FA II (35mm)
- Chinon 35FA Super (35mm)
- Chinon 35FS-A (35mm)
- Chinon 35FX-III (35mm)
- Chinon 35FX-IV (35mm)
- Chinon 35FX-Tm (35mm)
- Chinon AP600S / AP300 (APS)
- Chinon AP700S (APS)
- Chinon Auto 357Z (35mm)
- Chinon Auto 386Z (35mm, 38-60mm zoom)
- Chinon Auto 2001 (35mm)
- Chinon Auto 3001 (35mm)
- Chinon Auto 3301 (35mm, 35-70mm zoom)
- Chinon Auto 4001 (35mm, 35-70mm zoom)
- Chinon Auto 5501 / 6001 (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GL (35mm, fixed focus)
- Chinon Auto GL-II (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GL-AF (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GL-S (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GLX (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GLX Tele Date (35mm)
- Chinon Auto GX (35mm)
- Chinon Belami AF (35mm)
- Chinon Bellami (35mm)
- Chinon Flash II
- Chinon Handyzoom 5001 (35mm)
- Chinon InfraFocus 35F-MA (35mm)
- Chinon Micro 35 EF
- Chinon Monami 35 FS
- Chinon Pocket 77 (110 film)
- Chinon Pocket Dual-AF-P (Minolta P-Twin)
- Chinon Pocket Zoom (35mm)
- Chinon Splash AF (35mm)
- Chinon Splash GX (35mm)
Super 8 Film Cameras
- 133 PXL Silent Camera
- 60 RXL Sound Camera
8mm Movie Projectors
- 3000GL Silent Projector
- SP-330 Sound Projector
- User manuals for almost every Chinon SLR and many point and shoots on Mike Butkus' Orphan Cameras at butkus.org.
- Official Chinon company sites for Japan and USA.
- Chinon Timeline at www.collection-appareils.com by Sylvain Halgand.
- Chinon page at Collection G. Even's site.
- Chinon Cameras Price Guide at collectiblend.com.