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Canon Unveils 5 Photo Printers

7/20/2010 10:56:36 AM Eastern
Lake Success, N.Y. - Canon USA introduced Tuesday five new Pixma printers, all of which feature a new FullHD movie print function.

The new FullHD Movie Print function, which is compatible with HD Canon EOS and PowerShot digital cameras, enables grabbing and printing still images from segments of HD video clips stored on connected cameras.

All of the new models also include an improved Auto Photo Fix II feature to further enhance images, while Easy-PhotoPrint EX software allows users to easily find and use images, including those on Flickr.

 "Technology is growing and evolving at a rapid pace, and Canon strives to be at the forefront by offering innovative products that consumers both need and want," said Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon USA consumer imaging group executive VP. "With a new design improving overall usability along with the inclusion of the new FullHD Movie Print, the addition of these Pixma models shows Canon's commitment to providing excellent quality to our customers at an affordable price."

The new Pixma printer models include the MG5220, MP495 wireless photo all-in-one (AIO) printer, and the MG5120 and MP280 photo AIO printers. Also included is the iP4820 basic inkjet printer.

All are said to provide increased overall quality and ease of use from earlier models.

The Easy-PhotoPrint EX software enables searching for images to print high-quality photos, albums, calendars, layouts and stickers from computers without having to launch an Internet browser.

Auto Photo Fix II, which helps correct common photo errors, has been improved with enhanced light source recognition and color cast correction to increase overall image quality.

 Upgrades to the enhanced Easy-WebPrint EX software (Windows Only) include a new Fit-to-One-Page button for easy printing of text and images from websites. 

The button is said to be especially useful when printing driving directions so both the map of the area and the step-by-step directions are on one page.

This new software will also provide printing of multiple documents into a booklet format for easy handling and improved organization while images can be inserted into the print layouts allowing users to personalize their information even further.

 The MG5220 ($150 estimated selling price), and MP495 ($80) wireless photo AIO models offer five individual ink tanks with the ChromaLife100 + ink system. The Pixma MG5220 wireless photo AIO printer has a maximum color resolution of 9,600 by 2,400 dpi and can create a 4-inch by 6-inch borderless photos in approximately 20 seconds.

Advanced media handling capabilities with Auto Duplex printing and a two-way paper feed are added to help reduce paper usage and the amount of time to complete a project.

Also included is a 2.4-inch TFT screen and newly redesigned user interface. 

 Model MP495 wireless photo AIO offers a more affordable wireless printing option, featuring ChromaLife100 + ink system and 4,800 by 1,200 dpi maximum color resolution. The new printer can produce a 4- by 6-inch high-quality borderless photos in approximately 41 seconds.

Also included is an Auto Scan Mode, which automatically recognizes the type of original, then scans and saves the suitable settings.

 Both printers are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified, which will allow for a faster network transfer rate.  Wireless networks can be easily set up when using a Wi-Fi Protected Setup. 

For users of Android-based mobile phones, a Canon Easy-PhotoPrint (EPP) for Android application allows images captured with the phone's camera to be printed easily printed. A similar Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone (iEPP) application is also available for free on the App Store for users of Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods.

The MG5120 ($130) and MP280 ($70) photo AIO printers offer the ability to print, copy and scan documents of high quality at affordable prices. Both models include the ChromaLife100 + ink system, with the MG5120 offering 9,600 by 2,400 resolution and the MP280 offering 4,800 by 1,200 dpi color resolution.

The MG5120 also features Advanced Media Handling to reduce paper use, and prints a 4- by 6-inch borderless photo in 39 seconds. The MP280 produces 4- by 6-inch prints in roughly 43 seconds.

The iP4820 ($100) inkjet is designed as a low-cost, easy to use high-quality single function printer. It offers five individual ink tanks supporting the ChromaLife100 + ink system, and produces borderless 4- by 6-inch images with 9,600 by 2,400 dpi color resolution in approximately 20 seconds.

Other features include Auto Duplex printing and two-way paper feeds.

In related announcements, Canon's Creative Park website at www.canon.com/c-parkoffers free 3D paper-craft projects, scrapbooking templates and embellishments, novel greeting cards, and educational materials.

As an added bonus with the purchase of select new Pixma printers, consumers will be provided with exclusive printable content through Creative Park Premium, such as post cards, albums, and many more projects including paintings by Norman Rockwell.

 Canon also announced its iMage Gateway exclusive online photography resource and service for registered owners of qualified Canon products. Camera users can upload and share photos and videos with friends and family if they have registered certain qualifying products via their Canon Account.

Members also gain access to informative photography-related articles on topics such as macro shooting, portrait photography, printing tips and print projects to get the most out of photos. Registered qualifying printer owners can use their photos to create greeting cards and calendars.
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