Epson today announced Panasonic as its newest PRINT Image Matching partner. The company also announced that several of Nikon’s Coolpix digital cameras also feature the technology.
Epson’s PRINT Image Matching technology has been developed to provide consistent color between digital cameras and printers without the need for any complicated calibration on the part of the user. The camera maker sets image-specific parameters for printing like gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation and other details, to obtain the best results. The first Epson printer to feature the technology is the Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX model, which can function either with or without a computer.
Epson did not specify what future Panasonic digital cameras will feature PRINT Image Matching functionality. Epson did say that camera maker Nikon is now supporting the technology on three Coolpix digital camera models. The Nikon Coolpix 5000, 885 and 775 models are all PRINT Image Matching-ready.
Epson product manager Lisa Graham noted that PRINT Image Matching is now found on about two-dozen different digital cameras from various manufacturers. More details on PRINT Image Matching are available from
the official Web site.
Other companies to endorse the technology include Asahi Optical, Konica, Kyocera, Minolta, Casio, Olympus, Ricoh, Sanyo, Sony and Toshiba.
Users of the Epson Stylus Photo 780, 890 and 1280 inkjet printers can also upgrade their printer with a new driver and a new version of the Epson Software Film Factory, with PRINT Image Matching support. The software and drivers are available free of charge on CD-ROM — call 562.276.7296 for details.