updated 10:10 am EDT, Mon July 11, 2005
New PIXMA inkjet printers
Canon today introduced two new printers in its PIXMA line of printers. The new PIXMA iP4200 photo-printer (pictured at right) delivers advanced features, while the iP1600 brings a new more robust, entry-level product to the printer line. The consumer-oriented printers utilize Canon's ChromaLife100 system, which can produce prints on select genuine Canon photo papers that resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. Canon said that the iP4200 printer, which replaces the iP3000 and iP4000 models, is one of the first consumer-level photo printers to offer one-picoliter ink droplets at up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color resolution.
The delivers borderless photo lab quality 4x6-inch photos in approximately 51 seconds using five individual ChromaLife100 ink tanks along with the Canon FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head system as well as ContrastPLUS technology, a system that includes a dye-based black ink for sharper contrast and works together with FINE to produce crisp, high-contrast results. Document text results are sharpened with the addition of improved, high-optical density pigment black ink.
The iP4200 printer's futuristic cubic design incorporates built-in dual paper trays for the Canon exclusive two-way feeding and automatic duplex printing for two-sided text and photo prints. The duplex printing can be used in conjunction with Canon Photo Album kits that allow customers to print and showcase their photos on both sides of the paper in easy to assemble kits. The kits are available in both 5x7-inch and 8.5x11-inch sizes.
The printer offers one-touch printing from PictBridge-compatible cameras via its USB 2.0 port. It is available for $130.
Canon's entry-level PIXMA iP1600
The new PIXMA iP1600 printer replaces the iP1500 unit. It offers 4800 x 1200 color dpi resolution and inkjet droplets sizes as small as two picoliters. "As one of the lowest priced photo printers around, the PIXMA iP1600 model is a four-color printer that uses the new Canon FINE Cartridge System for faster speeds and greater ease of use. In the new FINE Cartridge System, more nozzles improve print speed from its predecessor with the PIXMA iP1600 printer clocking in at approximately 70 seconds for a photo lab quality 4 x 6-inch borderless photo."
The iP1600 model boasts a new slanted low profile design that takes up less room on the desktop. The new slanted design improves visibility and usability from its predecessors. The PIXMA iP1600 also utilizes a new pigment-based black ink, which offers improved text printing with less bleeding on nearly all media types as well as improved highlighter stability on plain paper and improved optical density with blacker blacks. It is available for $50.