Canon U.S.A. Inc. today announced three new models of inkjet printers designed for consumers and professionals. The new products include the i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer, the i470D Photo Printer, and the i9100 Photo Printer. What’s more, Canon has also introduced a new scanner for Mac professionals.
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The i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and the i470D Photo Printer both provide printing times of up to 18 pages per minute (PPM) in black and 12 PPM in color, with resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dots per inch (DPI). The printers support 5-picoliter and 2-picoliter droplet sizes, to produce smooth gradations in color.
Both printers also support borderless photo printing, and can work directly with a digital camera or camcorder without needing to be connected to the computer, as long as the cameras support Canon’s Bubble Jet Direct technology. They also support the Exif 2.2 standard for optimal digital photo output — Exif-compatible cameras embed settings and shooting info into the image file, which the printer can use to optimize the appearance of the image.
The i470D also features a built-in print operation panel and built-in slots for removable flash memory cards, including CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD Card and MultimediaCard. The operation panel enables you to select images, size, and paper, date stamp and number of prints without needing to use a computer. the i470D also tells you how much ink is remaining in its tanks.
Both printers use USB and are compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.2.1 or later. They ship with Mac and Windows-compatible utility software. The i450 Bubble Jet Printer costs US$99.00, while the i470D costs $149.99. Both are expected to ship beginning in April.
Printing for pros
Canon’s new i9100 Photo Printer replaces its S9000 model. It’s the new flagship photo printer in Canon’s line, and uses a high-density multi-nozzle printhead. It can print borderless 4 x 6 inch photos in about 37 seconds; one minute for an 8 x 10, and four minutes for a 13 x 19. The i9100 supports borderless printing on 5 x 7 and 13 x 19 photos, a new feature for this model line.
Like the new consumer printers, the i9100 has 4800 x 1200 DPI output — twice the resolution as the S9000. It also uses individual ink tanks with six different colors, to reduce wasted ink. Canon rates the output from the printer as lightfast for 25 years.
Also USB-compatible, the i9100 is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.2.1 or higher. It ships with Mac- and Windows-compatible software, and will be available starting in April for a suggested retail price of $499.99.
New pro scanner is Mac-compatible
In related news, Canon has introduced two new flatbed scanners, although only one is billed as Macintosh-compatible: Canon’s new flagship CanoScan 9900F model.
The 9900F sports a resolution of 3200 x 6400 DPI with 48-bit color depth. The dual-format scanner supports both FireWire and USB 2.0. The 9900F features a new generation of Canon’s Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement (FARE) technology — v2.0. FARE removes damage from film like dust and scratch artifacts from film, and FARE 2.0 adds support for grain correction and fading correction. The 9900F also includes film guides to support batch scanning of up to 24 negatives or eight mounted slides. The scanner supports medium-format and 4×5 film, too.
The new CanoScan 9900F has four buttons on the front that can automatically activate commonly used features like scan, copy, e-mail or file. A multi-scan mode enables the scanner to scan several images at once to a single PDF file — useful for consolidating business cards and multi-page scans, for example.
The scanner includes Canon-made utilities for Mac, as well as Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, ArcSoft PhotoBase and OmniPage SE OCR. It’s compatible with Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS X 10.1 in Classic mode, and Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher in Native mode, according to Canon. The 9900F will ship in March for a suggested retail price of $399.99.