Where to find your serial number

The location of your serial number varies between different Canon products. The serial number is a combination of numbers and/or letters, without spaces or special characters. Please ignore any numbers or letters that appear in brackets.

EOS Cameras

The serial number for your EOS camera will consist only of numbers and will generally be 12 numbers long. However on some older EOS models the serial number may be either 6 or 10 numbers long. This will be displayed on the bottom of the camera, printed in black, grey or white numbers. On certain models the serial number will preceded by the letters “NO.” whereas on other models only a number will be displayed. The possible locations of where the serial number can be displayed are highlighted in the below images–

EOS-M-Serial-Number_EOS Cameras
EOS-1D-C-Serial-Number_EOS Cameras
EOS-700D-Serial-Number_EOS Cameras
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You can also find your serial number printed on a white sticker on the side of the box your EOS camera came in. The serial number will usually be preceded by 2 numbers in brackets e.g. (21), however the numbers in brackets are not part of the serial number.

The location of the serial number on this sticker is highlighted in the image below - 

EOS-Box-Web


PowerShot and IXUS

The serial number for your PowerShot or IXUS camera will generally consist only of numbers and will be 12 numbers long. However, on some older models the serial number may be a combination of letters and numbers and be either 9 or 10 digits long. This will always be printed in black on a sticker located on the bottom of the camera. However the colour of the sticker may vary depending on the colour of your camera.

Please see the examples of serial number locations highlighted in the images below –

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PowerShot-SX130


You can also find your serial number printed on a white sticker on the side of the box your PowerShot or IXUS camera came in. The serial number will usually be preceded by 2 numbers in brackets e.g. (21), however the numbers in brackets are not part of the serial number. 

The location of the serial number on this sticker is highlighted in the image below -

PowerShot-Box-Web


EF Lenses

The serial number for EF lenses will always only consist of numbers and may be 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 or 12 numbers long depending on the age and model of your lens.
The possible locations that the serial number may appear are outlined below –

  • • Stamped on the side of the lens barrel, the colour of the serial number may differ depending on the colour of your lens. Please note that when your lens is attached to your camera the serial number will usually be on the underneath of the lens.

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    Lens-Serial-Number-2


  • • Stamped in black on either the plastic or metal area of the electronic mount.

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    Lens-Serial-Number-4


Some lenses may also display a company code which could be mistaken for the serial number. This company code can easily be identified as it will consist of letters and numbers. An example of the company code and serial number is shown below –

Lens Company Code


Speedlites

Older model Speedlites have the serial number stamped into the flash head as indicated in the image below -

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Newer model Speedlites have the serial number displayed on a sticker that is inlaid in the flash head and this is in the format of black numbers on a silver/grey background as indicated in the image below -

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Battery Grip

The serial number for your battery grip will consist only of numbers and will generally be 10 numbers long. This will be displayed on the bottom of the battery grip. On certain models the serial number will be proceeded by the letters “NO.” whereas on other models only a number will be displayed. The location of where the serial number can be displayed is highlighted on the below image –

Batter Grip

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