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Printers, Scanners Part Of Canon's Launch

8/20/2007 01:31:00 PM Eastern

Lake Success, N.Y. — In addition to its host of new camera announcements, Canon introduced a variety of printers and scanners today.

Two new photo-capable printers, the Pixma iP3500 and iP4500, debuted. The iP4500 boasts 9,600 by 2,400 color dpi resolution and five individual Smart LED ink tanks. It offers print speeds of 31 ppm for black, 24 ppm for color and 21 seconds for a 4-inch by 6-inch photo lab quality borderless photos. Built-in automatic duplexing allows printing of double-sided documents or photos without having to manually turn the paper. The iP4500 has a suggested retail of $129.

The step-down iP3500 prints at 4,800 by 1,200 dpi resolution using four individual ink tanks. Print speeds are 25 ppm in black, 17 ppm in color and 47 seconds for a 4-inch by 6-inch lab quality print. It is equipped with dual paper paths and will retail for $99.99.

Both printers utilize Canon’s Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology and the company’s ChromaLife100 system for long-lasting photo prints. When using the FINE print head, select genuine Canon photo papers, and select genuine Canon dye inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album, according to Canon.

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Also announced in the Pixma line was the Mini320 compact photo printer. It is reportedly the first in the Canon compact photo printer lineup to be able to print photo lab-quality images up to 5 inches by 7 inches, which will make finding a frame for those unforgettable memories that much easier. Equipped with a high-definition 2.5-inch LCD screen with wide viewing angles, and the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface, the Pixma Mini320 also features an optional battery (LK-61 model, estimated selling price $79.99) available for portable printing.

The printer has a maximum resolution of 9600 by 2400 color dpi and can print borderless 4- by 6-inch prints in approximately 40 seconds and a borderless 5- by 7-inch photo in approximately 52 seconds. The estimated selling price is $179.

Three office all-in-one printers were rolled out: the Pixma MX700, MX310 and MX300.

The MX700 has a 4800 by 1200 dpi resolution, four individual ink tanks, printing and copying speeds of up to 30 ppm in black and 20 ppm in color, and an estimated selling price of $199.

The MX310 has a 30-sheet auto document feeder, 4800 by 1200 color dpi resolution, the company’s Advanced Copy Technology and an estimated selling price of $129.

The MX300 has the smallest footprint of the Canon Office all-in-one line, but still includes printing, scanning, copying and faxing applications. Scans are made with the flatbed scanner, and it features the Advanced Copy Technology and an estimated selling price of $99.99.

Several new scanners were launched, including the CanoScan 8800F and CanoScan LiDE90. The Canon CanoScan 8800F is the first Canon scanner to come equipped with a high-luminance white LED lamp instead of a traditional fluorescent lamp. The white LED technology virtually eliminates warm-up time, said the company in a release, and allows for scanning to begin instantaneously from sleep mode, and reportedly be completed three times faster than in previous models. By improving data reading methods, the scan speed at 300 dpi is approximately seven seconds for an 8.5- by 11-inch color scan, said Canon.

It is able to scan up to 12 35mm slides and negatives at a time along with standard documents and images. The maximum optical resolution for the CanoScan 8800F is 4800 by 9600 dpi, and is equipped with Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) Level 3 technology, which is designed to aid in automatic dust, scratch, fading and graininess reduction.

Meanwhile, the Canon CanoScan LiDE90 color image scanner is hailed by Canon as one of the world’s thinnest scanners, and the smallest ever in the Canon LiDE scanner series. A stand is included, enabling the scanner to be positioned vertically, and it has a maximum optical resolution of 2400 by 4800 dpi. Additional features include such as the Quick and Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (QARE) Level 3 technology for quick, automatic removal of dust and scratches from scanned images and an Advanced Z-Lid for scanning bulkier items. The estimated selling price of the CanoScan LiDE90 is $79.99.

Also, the inclusion of seven “EZ Buttons” on the CanoScan 8800F and four on the CanoScan LiDE90 enables consumers to copy, scan, email or create a PDF file with just one push of a button.

Click here to read about Canon’s digital camera announcements.

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