updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon July 12, 2004
Canon PIXMA inkjets
today announced four new inkjet photo printers - PIXMA iP1500 ($50), iP2000 ($80), iP3000 ($100) and iP4000 ($150) that offer microscopic 2 picoliter ink droplets for virtually grain-free photographs. The PIXMA branded printers are part of the company's new productline designed for consumers and will bring improved photo quality and performance. They feature Canon's exclusive FINE high-performance print heads for higher resolution and higher print speeds over wide areas. Canon says the printers are due in August.
FINE technology "Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering" ensures sub-micron level precision during the manufacturing process, according to Canon: "FINE print heads are the only consumer-oriented print heads to achieve an actual 1,200 dpi nozzle pitch (600 dpi for iP2000 and iP1500). FINE print heads allow for high-speed printing over wide areas in a single pass."
- The new Canon PIXMA iP1500 Photo Printer ($50)is designed for cost-conscious consumers, offering up to 18 ppm in black and up to 13 ppm in color as well as true edge-to-edge borderless printing of 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" photos. It offers 600 dpi print resolution.
- The PIXMA iP2000 Photo Printer ($80) features PictBridge technology for direct photo printing, allowing users to easily print pictures from any PictBridge-enabled digital camera or camcorder. It offers 20 ppm print speeds in black and up to 14 ppm in color. It also adds a second front-feeding paper tray that accommodates letter-sized media in addition to the standard auto sheet feeder. It also offers 600dpi print resolution.
- The PIXMA iP3000 Photo Printer ($100) delivers up to 22 ppm in black and up to 15 ppm in color. The iP3000 printer ejects 19 million droplets of ink per second at the maximum of 4800 x 1200 dpi color resolution. The iP3000 printer also adds a second independent paper source, a front-loading paper cassette supporting 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" paper as well as letter-sized media. It features individual ink tanks and a fully functional auto-duplex unit that automatically reroutes the page for properly formatted two-sided printing.
- The PIXMA iP4000 Photo Printer ($150) replaces last year's i860 model, offering print speeds of up to 25 ppm in black and up to 17 ppm in color. In addition to the FINE print head, second paper tray and auto duplexer, the PIXMA iP4000 photo printer features Canon's unique five-color ContrastPLUS ink system that incorporates a dye-based photo-grade black ink tank for photo printing as well as pigment-based black for crisp, fast, high-quality black text.
The new printers ship with an updated version of its Easy-PhotoPrint software that allows customers to print photos quickly using simple menu choices to locate digital images, pick paper size and type, choose the layout and print. New tools include Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction, Face Brightener to correct for less-than perfect lighting conditions, Red Eye Correction, Blemish Remover to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections, and Auto Duplexing support.
All four printers are compatible with Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS X 10.2.1 and offer a one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange as well as an option to purchase an extended limited warranty (good for up to three years) from Canon for $50. They will ship in August to retail outlets across the United States.