Canon announced today eight new printers as part of its new PIXMA range. Four are dedicated photo inkjets while the other four are multifunction devices. The new units are being touted by Canon as innovative as much for their lifestyle looks as for their specifications. Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging UK and Ireland says, "Although technical superiority is a critical side of the equation, people also want their products to reflect a contemporary and desirable look and feel."
PIXMA Photo Inkets
Starting with the photo printers, the iP1500 and the iP2000 are entry level devices. These make up images using four inks and have a maximum resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi. Print speeds for colour pages are given as 13 and 14 pages per minute (ppm) respectively.
Each printer features new print head technology that Canon has named Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering - or FINE. This is a patented process developed from Canon's own silicon chip manufacturing technology. It uses micro nozzles to speedily eject the tiny droplets of ink that are required to make up a high quality photo realistic image.
The droplets are only two picolitres in size, which according to Hills, will bring, “a new level of performance to range-opening printers that will change consumers’ expectations of personal photo printing standards."
The entry-level printers can offer borderless prints in 4in x 6in, 5in x 7in and A4 formats. The iP2000 also supports direct photo printing so you can print directly from any compatible camera via USB without the need for a PC.
At the top end of the range are the two ‘Designer’ printers, the iP3000 and iP4000. As with the entry level printers, these offer a 2 picolitre drop size and a maximum resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi. However colour print speeds move up to 15ppm for the iP3000 and 17ppm for the iP4000.
These printers feature Canon’s single-ink technology where each ink is stored in an individual ink tank and can be replaced as it runs out, helping to lower running costs.
The iP4000 uses Canon’s ContrastPLUS technology, featuring four colour inks and a fifth for text.
All the PIXMA range of printers benefit from having two paper paths. A traditional ‘J’ pass and a ‘U’ turn path, which enables the printer to be placed in space constrained areas.
The dual trays also enable the printer to be used with both plain paper and photo paper at the same time so documents and photos can be printed without having to swap over paper.
The PIXMA iP2000 and iP1500 will be available from September 2004 for £49 and £69 RRP including VAT, while the PIXMA iP3000 and iP4000 will cost £89 and £129 including VAT.