updated 05:30 pm EDT, Thu August 24, 2006
Canon debuts new printers
Canon today unveiled four new all-in-one printers (site not updated) and two compact printers, expanding its offering of printing solutions for students, home users and small business owners. New models include the PIXMA iP4300 Photo printer, MP510 Photo all-in-one multi-function, PIXMA MP810 all-in-one multi-function, PIXMA MP600 all-in-one multi-function, PIXMA mini260 inkjet photo printer, SELPHY CP730 compact dye sublimation photo printer, and SELPHY CP720 compact dye sublimation photo printer. Canon's new lineup of printers are expected to ship for $150 (PIXMA MP510) $100 (PIXMA iP4300), $300 (PIXMA MP810 Photo), $200 (PIXMA MP600), $200 (PIXMA mini260), $150 (SELPHY CP730), and $100 (SELPHY CP720).
The Canon PIXMA MP510 copies, scans, and produces photo quality prints without consuming large amounts of space. A 1.9-inch color LCD display folds down to form a flush surface, and two built-in paper trays increase paper capacity or house different types of paper. Card slots on the front of the device offer direct photo printing from supported memory cards, while a PictBridge port supports compatible digital cameras and DV camcorders.
Canon's PIXMA MP510 Photo printer can produce a borderless 4 x 6-inch photo in as little as 47 seconds, offering a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 color dots per-inch (dpi). All new PIXMA products support 8 x 10-inch photo paper and semi-gloss specialty papers, which Canon will debut this fall.
The Pixma MP510 includes dual color gamut processing technology to improve color accuracy by independently controlling brightness, hue, and other elements to ensure there are minimal differences between the original document and the copy. Text and Image Separation technology differentiates text from images, making black text and fine lines darker when printed with pigment black ink.
The PIXMA iP4300 features four dye-based ink tanks, as well as a pigment black ink tank. The front panel includes a PictBridge port, allowing users to directly connect supported digital cameras or DV camcorders to the device for transferring and printing photos without the need for a computer. The print head utilizes the Canon FINE (full-photolithography inkjet nozzle engineering) technology with 3,584 precision nozzles that produce a 9600 x 2400-color dpi maximum resolution, with droplets as small as one picoliter.
Canon's PIXMA iP4300 can print "lab quality" borderless 4 x 6-inch photos in as little as 36 seconds, and boasts print speeds of up to 30 pages per-minute (ppm) for black and white documents, or up to 24ppm for full color items.
PIXMA MP810, MP600 Photo
Canon's PIXMA MP810 and MP600 Photo all-in-one printers support photographic printing as well as scanning and copying with an "Easy-Scroll Wheel" interface to quickly access device functions. The new scroll technology allows users to keep their eyes on the screen while selecting and executing functions, and can access the new "Home" and "Navi" buttons to ease navigation of the on-screen menus.
The PIXMA MP810 Photo features a maximum resolution of 9600 x 2400 color dpi, and can produce a "photo-lab" quality 4 x 6-inch borderless photo in approximately 21 seconds. The printer can produce ink droplets as small as one picoliter with virtually no visible grain, according to the company, and printed pictures are comparable to photo-lab results. Individual ink tanks feature Smart LED lights to alert users to low ink levels and help with troubleshooting ink related installation issues.
The MP600 Photo delivers photo-lab quality prints at up to 9600 x 2400-color dpi, producing a 4 x 6-inch borderless print in about 28 seconds. The MP600 model also features the "Easy-Scroll Wheel" interface to easily access device functions, and includes a 2.5-inch color TFT screen. Five individual ink tanks features Canon Smart LED technology and produce ink droplets as small as one picoliter. The PIXMA MP600 Photo supports auto-duplex printing for two sided documents or photos, and stores up to 300 sheets of plain paper in the two included paper trays.
Canon's introduced its PIXMA mini260 compact photo printer features the afore mentioned "Easy-Scroll-Wheel" interface for easy navigation of printer functions, as well as the new "Home" and "Navi" buttons. The PIXMA mini260 features a TFT LCD screen which is viewable at a 170-degree angle, and uses Canon's ChromaLife100 system to produce prints on a wide range of photo papers that resist fading for up to 100 years, according to the company. The device offers resolutions of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi with color ink droplets as small as one picoliter. A four-color ink tank includes the Smart LED notification system, and the printer can produce borderless 4 x 6-inch color photos in approximately 59 seconds when using a built-in PictBridge connection.
SELPHY CP730, CP720 Photo
The SELPHY CP730 and CP720 compact photo printers offer dye-sublimation printing based on a compact, rectangular shape. Prints produced by the CP730 and CP720 boast true continuous tone as well as photographic quality, and are laminated with a clear overcoat to guard against moisture and fingerprints. The SELPHY CP730 features a 2-inch color LCD screen, as well as a new trimming option enabling users to trim or crop an image on the device prior to printing. The SELPHY CP720 includes a 1.5-inch color LCD that allows users to switch from normal to full screen viewing. Both printers also feature retractable USB cables for convenient connection to PictBridge-compliant digital cameras or camcorders, and both feature card slots for most memory card formats.