CES: Canon offers new scanner, printers

Canon U.S.A. Inc. also used this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to showcase a new scanner and two new printers that are Mac-compatible. The LiDE 500F scanner features a three-way design and 35mm film scanning support; the PIXMA iP90 printer is designed for mobile use; and the SELPHY CP-400, a dedicated photo printer.

The CanoScan LiDE 500F features a double-hinge expansion top that can open in portrait or landscape orientations up to 110 degrees, and can rise one inch above the scanning surface to help scan bulky objects. It also has a "180-degree" feature that lets the top go completely open for scanning oversized objects, and can rest upright at a 40 degree angle for drop-in scanning. An included film guide accepts 35mm film strips up to six frames in length, and the film adapter unit uses an infrared light source in addition to white light for dust and scratch removal. Grain and fading correction and backlight correction also help compensate. It's powered through the USB 2.0 port and features four buttons that can be programmed to copy, scan, scan to PDF and e-mail. The LiDE 500F costs US$129.99 and is compatible with Mac OS X v10.2 or higher.

The $249.99 PIXMA iP90 is designed for laptop and PDA users who need to print out content when they're on the road. The mobile inkjet printer also offers an optional $79.99 Bluetooth adapter for wireless printing. It features a Save Black Ink mode that yields up to 66 percent more ink, and a Use Composite Black Ink mode lets users switch to a black formulated by mixing the cyan, magenta and yellow inks together, if the black ink tank runs dry. The iP90 outputs at up to 4800 x 1200 dots per inch resolution and can output 16 pages per minute in black and up to 12 pages per minute in color. It also features PictBridge for direct output of digital photos from supported cameras. The iP90 runs on AC power but can also work on batteries using the $99.99 LK-51B Portable Kit. It's compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.1 or higher (Bluetooth support requires Mac OS X v10.3 or higher).

The SELPHY CP-400 is a dedicated photo printer designed for users who want to output digital images. It can output up to 4x8-inch paper and creates 300 dot per inch photographs, either connecting to a computer through USB or direct from a PictBridge-compatible camera. Features include N-Up Printing, which lets users create more than one smaller version of the same image on a sheet; and Fixed Size Printing, which allows you to select a dimension for the print even if it's different from the paper that's loaded (outputting a 3x5 photo on 4x6 paper, for example). Some Canon PowerShot digital camera users gain additional features like ID Photo Print and the ability to output thumbnail sequences. Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) v1.1 is also supported. The CP-400 ships this month for $149.99 and requires Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher.

Canon's Web site had not been updated with information about the new products as MacCentral posted this article.

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