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Canon refreshes digital printer lineup

Canon refreshes digital printer lineup

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With print quality topped out, new emphasis is on features and extras

By Adorama News Writer

August 20, 2009

The latest printers offer intuitive operation, wireless networking, on-board image correction, touch-screen control and even voice recognition.

 

Canon has just launched its fall printer lineup, with an emphasis on both practical and gee-wiz features. Let's get the Gee-wiz out of the way first: The latest Selphy compact portable printer, the ES40, has a voice guidance system that provides step-by-step instructions for novice users. The Pixma iX7000 is a stand-alone printer for small office use, while the Pixma MP990 (shown) and MP640 All-In-Ones offer wireless networking and photo quality prints. An Easy-Scroll Wheel lets you navigate the control menus, which show up on 3.8 or 3-inch monitors, respectively. All of the printers are compatible with Windows 7.

For details, read the Canon USA press release:

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES THREE NEW FEATURE-PACKED PIXMA PRINTERS AND A VOICE-GUIDED SELPHY COMPACT PHOTO PRINTER


Lake Success, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new PIXMA Wireless1 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers, one new PIXMA Inkjet Business Printer with PgR technology and a SELPHY Compact Photo Printer with a new voice guidance system. The versatility of these machines provides users with many options, whether working in the home office to print business documents or putting together an album of the latest family vacation.

Developed with the idea of making photo printing easier, the new Canon SELPHY and PIXMA products have several innovative features. The SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer includes a voice guidance system which provides step-by-step instructions for printing and adding graphics to images without having to rely on a manual. The PIXMA MP990 and PIXMA MP640 Wireless1 Photo AIO printers utilize the Auto Photo Fix II feature to help users get the most out of photos and help to correct many common photo errors, such as underexposed images. To enhance those near perfect memorable photos from either a sunny beach wedding or a child's graduation taking place in a dark auditorium, Auto Photo Fix II can assist with features such as Multi-Zone Exposure Correction, improvements in overall face detection, scene analysis, plus brightness and saturation correction.

With PgR technology on the Canon PIXMA iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer, business owners will be able to produce professional-looking documents in-house while also reducing overall printing costs by printing documents on plain paper. Small businesses will be able to print high-quality color business and marketing documents on low-cost plain paper as large as 11" x 17" or 13" x 19" without having to leave the office. Using a clear ink working in tandem with five LUCIA pigment inks when printing on plain paper, consumers will no longer need to worry about oversaturated and wrinkled documents.

"In today's economy, consumers are searching for versatile and easy-to-use products at a reasonable price without sacrificing overall quality," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "The addition of these new PIXMA and SELPHY printers will provide consumers and businesses with many different choices when making a decision and can be confident that they will receive a high-quality, durable product."

Canon PIXMA iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer
For business owners seeking an in-house solution for their overall printing needs, Canon's PIXMA iX7000 Inkjet Business Printer has a wealth of advanced features to help streamline productivity. With advanced paper handling, such as Auto Duplex Printing, a three-way paper feed, an extra large paper cassette and the use of PgR technology, business materials can be produced on plain paper to help reduce overall production costs. Added features of this printer include built-in Ethernet connectivity making this the perfect shared device for a small office.

For the first time, Canon will be providing special solution templates designed for use exclusively with this printer through Canon Inc.'s Creative Park Web site, where business owners will be able to find templates to print menus, sales offerings and other office-related signs from the comfort of the office without having to take a trip to the local print shop. The PIXMA iX7000 will deliver high-quality documents at approximately 10.2 ipm for black-and-white and approximately 8.1 ipm for color2. The estimated retail price of the PIXMA iX7000 printer is $399.993.

Canon PIXMA Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers
With the introduction of the Canon PIXMA MP990 and MP640 Wireless1 Photo AIO printers, Canon has once again taken high-quality and ease-of-use to a whole new level. These stylish printers, with built-in Wi-Fi1 capabilities, are designed for use almost anywhere without sacrificing the overall décor of the home or home office. To print vibrant and long-lasting photos with superior quality, both printers use the ChromaLife 100+ ink system plus have a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi4. For the advanced amateur ready to take their hobby to the next level, the inclusion of a gray ink tank on the PIXMA MP990 helps produce superb black-and-white prints in addition to vibrant color prints. The PIXMA MP990 can also scan both film and slides, allowing users to reproduce and preserve memorable moments from the past. The integrated Easy-Scroll Wheel, for easy navigation through menus and images, is further enhanced by a large 3.8-inch LCD screen on the PIXMA MP990 and a 3.0- inch LCD screen on the PIXMA MP640.

In order to improve the users overall printing experience, both printers feature advanced paper handling, Auto Scan Mode5, and the Easy-WebPrint EX6 software. The easy-to-use Auto Scan Mode helps to simplify the scanning process by identifying, scanning and saving an original in the correct format with the touch of one button. Advanced paper handling features include Auto Duplex printing, to help consumers save their paper supply by up-to-50 percent, and a two-way paper feed which makes it fast and easy to change paper types and sizes. The Easy-WebPrint EX software can help make printing documents from the Web a simple operation. The software comes with an Auto Clip feature where users can select a specific part of a Web page to print rather than having to print the whole page, helping to conserve paper supply. The PIXMA MP990 will create a 4" x 6" photo in approximately 21 seconds7, and has an estimated retail price of $299.993, while the PIXMA MP640 will create a 4" x 6" photo in approximately 20 seconds7 , with an estimated retail price of $219.993.

Canon SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer
The Canon SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer is the latest addition to the SELPHY line which has become synonymous for producing high-quality photos, being portable and easy-to-use. The SELPHY ES40 is ideal for printing images of a child's first birthday or a loved one's retirement party which can be distributed to attendees for a keepsake as they leave. The voice guidance system, large 3.5-inch LCD screen and Easy Scroll Wheel allows for printing and navigating through menus and images to be more intuitive than in previous models. Users will now have more opportunities to personalize their photos with new frames and clip art available under the Creative Print function as well. The estimated retail price of the SELPHY ES40 Compact Photo Printer is $149.993.

Windows 7 Operating System
Canon is pleased to announce that its PIXMA inkjet printer products will be compatible with Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system. According to Microsoft, this operating system has new features to make everyday tasks easier and faster. Please stay tuned for updates regarding driver downloads and a full list of compatible Canon products.

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