updated 08:35 pm EDT, Tue April 17, 2001
Epson today announced its new Stylus Photo 785EPX ink jet printer, designed for digital camera interoperability with BorderFree photo printing, compatibility with popular digital media storage media, as well as PRINT Image Matching for color accuracy.
The USB-based, six-color printer features up to 2880 x 720 dpi resolution printing, four-picoliter droplets for virtually continuous tone quality, and a built-in PC card slot for compatibility with CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and SmartMedia through the use of standard PC-card adapters. The drive can also be can also be used a (mountable) storage device when connected to a computer. The printer ships standard with a CompactFlash Type I adapter that can be exchanged through Epson for either a Memory Stick or SmartMedia adapter.
The 785EPX is the first Epson printer to feature PRINT Image Matching technology, which uses manufacturer data to set image-specific parameters for printing, such as gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow point, highlight point and color balance. Epson says that PRINT Image Matching digital cameras will be available in the spring/summer of 2001 from a variety of digital camera manufacturers.
It also features a built-in control panel that which can make selections for paper type, paper size and number of copies without having to use a computer. The control panel also offer access to brightness and sharpness, as well as monochrome and sepia tones settings directly from the printer. An optional 1.6" color Preview Monitor that attaches to the printer for previewing images is $100 and includes a screen saver, a brightness adjustment knob and a tilt mechanism.
The new Stylus inkjet prints a 4" x 6" image at photo quality in under a minute and an 8" x 10" in less than two minutes as well as black text memo at 8ppm. The $250 printer, due in June, will ship with Software Film Factory for photo management and ArcSoft PhotoImpression, a project-based image editing application.