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Canon Printer Blitz

9/14/2004 11:56:00 AM Eastern

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon has introduced four new inkjet photo printers and three photo all-in-one models under its new global brand, Pixma.

The company heralded the launch, the largest in its history, as the beginning of a strong push to gain market share against rivals Epson and Hewlett-Packard in the photo printer market. The models will feature new technologies, including the industry’s smallest droplet size, camera phone printing and 802.11g wireless connectivity.

The four new Pixma inkjet photo printers will join the four Pixma models introduced in July and serve as the higher-end segment of the line. All offer PictBridge-compatibility and include a second front-feeding paper cassette that accommodates letter-sized media in addition to a standard autosheet feeder located on top of the printer, which prints all sizes up to letter sized, the company said.

The dual-paper path allows the printer to be loaded with both plain paper and photo paper or different sized papers simultaneously, so both documents and photos can be printed without the need for stopping and changing paper.

Users can switch between the two sources by using the paper-feed selector located on the front of the printer, Canon said.

The iP4000R is a networked version of the existing iP4000. It features Canon’s ContrastPLUS five color inks which adds a “photo grade black” tank of dye-based ink for improved photo printing. For text printing, the unit uses a pigment-based black.

The printer has a 4800 by 1200 dpi resolution with dual-paper feed and two-sided printing capability. It offers wireless printing via built-in 802.11g and is Canon’s fastest consumer photo printer, featuring speeds of up to 25 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and white and up to 17 ppm in color. It can produce a borderless 4-inch by 6-inch photo in 36 seconds.

The iP4000R will ship this month for a suggested $229.99.

The iP5000 is Canon’s first model with a 1 picoliter ink droplet size, down from the previous 2 picoliters.

“With one picoliter droplets we can achieve the look of six-ink printing with only five inks,” said John Lamb, product manager, Canon.

The iP5000 achieves a print resolution of 9600 by 2400 dpi and uses the five-ink ConstrastPLUS system with print speeds similar to the iP4000R. It will ship this month for a suggested $199.99.

Canon’s iP6000D is a six-color photo printer that can produce prints from camera phones via infrared. It features a 2.5-inch color LCD and a new image search function lets users look for specific images based on the date they were photographed.

The iP6000D has card slots for Compact Flash, Microdrive, Smart Media, SD/MMC, Memory Stick, including PRO. With an optional adapter the unit accepts Memory Stick Duo and PRO Duo, Mini-SD and the xD-Picture Card. The printer will be available this month and retail for a suggested $179.99

Finally, Canon’s top of the line model will be the eight ink iP8500, which can produce a 4-inch by 6-inch borderless photo in about 21 seconds or an 8.5-inch by 11-inch borderless print in 60 seconds. It will ship in October for a suggested $349.99.

The company added three new photo all-in-ones to its Pixma-branded lineup.

The MP130 produces 18 ppm in black, up to 13 ppm in color and a borderless 4-inch by 6-inch print in under 60 seconds. The MP130 features a built-in six-in-one card reader for direct printing from flash memory.

The unit features a 1200 by 2400 dpi flatbed scanner. In Multi-Photo mode it can create individual files from multiple photographs scanned in a single pass. It will ship in November for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Canon will ship the MP780 and MP750 in October, featuring PictBridge compatibility and the company’s five-color ContrastPLUS ink system.

The units offer top print speeds of 25ppm in black, 17 ppm in color and borderless 4-inch by 6-inch photos in 36 seconds. The scanner has an optical resolution of 2400 by 4800 dpi optical resolution and 48/24 bit (in/out) scanning depth.

Both feature an integrated 35-page auto document feeder and a duplex unit for double sided printing and copying. Both also feature dual-paper paths, including an autosheet feeder and a front-loading cassette paper tray, and electronic sorting for automatically collating multiple copies.

The MP750 will have a suggested retail of $249.99 The MP780 adds a Super G3 fax modem for color and black and white faxing with a 250-page memory for $299.99.

The company also augmented its scanner lineup with the additions of the CanoScan 4200F and 9950F.

The CanoScan 9950F features Canon’s Hyper CCD IV, a new optical system that enables resolutions of up to 4800 by 9600 dpi, in addition to a new ST Lens (Super Toric Lens) system, making it Canon’s first flatbed to include an aspherical lens element.

The 48-bit 9950F scanner is designed for production level scanning, supporting photos prints, documents, transparencies, negatives and transparencies up to 4 inches by 5 inches. In multiscan mode, the 9950F scanner can automatically scan up to 30 35mm negative frames and import each frame into an individual file.

The model incorporates the latest version of Canon’s built-in retouching technology called Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE level 3). FARE level 3 technology automatically performs an infrared scan that examines the films surface for dust and scratches and removes the unwanted imperfections from the final scan.

It ships this month for a suggested $399.99.

The CanoScan 4200F, also shipping this month for $99.99, features a maximum optical resolution of 3200 by 6400 dpi, 48-bit color, and the company’s Z-Lid Expansion Top.

The unit has four one-touch buttons for scanning, copying, emailing and creating PDF files. With the multiscan mode users can scan multiple images in one pass and automatically open them into separate image files.

It ships with a film adapter for scanning up to four 35mm negatives and two 35mm slides.