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Nikon Corporation (株式会社ニコン Kabushiki-gaisha Nikon?) About this sound listen (help·info) (TYO7731), also known as Nikon or Nikon Corp., is amultinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include camerasbinoculars,microscopesmeasurement instruments, and the steppers used in the photolithography steps of semiconductor fabrication, of which it is the world's second largest manufacturer.[2] The companies held by Nikon form the Nikon Group.[3] Among its products are Nikkor imaging lenses (forF-mount cameras, large format photography, photographic enlargers, and other applications), the Nikon F-series of 135 film SLR cameras, the Nikon D-series of digital SLR cameras, the Coolpix series of compact digital cameras, and the Nikonos series of underwater film cameras. Nikon's main competitors in camera and lens manufacturing include CanonCasioKodakSonyPentaxPanasonicFujifilm and Olympus.
Founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (日本光学工業株式会社 "Japan Optical Industries Corporation"), the company was renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group
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