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Epson Adds Hybrid Photo Frame/Printer

12/03/2009 01:36:59 PM Eastern

Long Beach,
Calif. - Epson America unveiled Thursday a
compact hybrid digital photo frame and photo printer.

EpsonThe PictureMate Show (available now through a number of
online retailers at a $299.99 suggested retail) features a 7-inch 16:9 digital
photo frame with 800-by-400 dpi (WVGA) resolution incorporated into a photo
printer capable of making up to 4-by-6-inch prints.

Epson called the product a convenient all-in-one solution
"for displaying, sharing and printing better-than-lab-quality photos."

PictureMate Show offers 12 slideshow formats for digital
images, and includes a remote control.

The printer portion is said to spit out 4-by-6 inch snapshots
in 5760-by-1440 dpi resolution in as fast as 37 seconds.

"Perfect for everyone in the family, Epson's PictureMate Show
combines the best in design and performance while offering a unique way to
instantly print and share cherished memories," stated Stacey Tieu, Epson
America consumer ink jets associate product manager. "PictureMate Show is not
only an exceptional gift to give this holiday season, but also a great product
to have year round because nothing on the market compares in terms of quality,
speed, reliability, and value. This convenient, portable printer makes it easy
to instantly print and share photos at parties, special events or family

Also included in the unit is 270MB of internal flash memory for
photo storage, built-in memory card slots, USB port for thumb drives, and
support for PictBridge devices as well as PDAs or digital cameras using an optional
Bluetooth adapter.

Prints are said to be "durable, smudge, scratch, and water
resistant" and resist fading up to 96 years under glass and over 200 years in
dark albums.

The printer will also handle customize sizes including 0.3-buy-0.3
inches to 4-by-6 inches for passport photos, filling unusual frame sizes, photo
key chains, photo bracelets and other uses.

Custom layout and print options include color effects, such
as classic borders or borderless looks, mini-wallet, wallet, and black and
white, and sepia hues.

Photo editing features include Auto Photo Correction that
automatically adjusts photos for optimum color and balance, cropping
capabilities, red-eye removal, and other treatments.

Prints can be made on glossy and matte paper with Epson's
PictureMate Print Packs, which include ink and either 150 sheets of 4-by-6 inch
glossy paper or 100 sheets of 4-by-6 inch matte paper.

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