Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced Monday three new products at the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow including a Bubble Jet printer and two color flatbed scanners.
At 2400×1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, the S800 Bubble Jet printer has 38 percent higher resolution than most competitive printers, the company said. An 8×10-inch photo image prints in approximately two minutes through Canon’s improved technology of firing the printer’s 1,536 nozzles 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, the BJC-8200 printer.
The S800 printer uses Canon’s Advanced Microfine Droplet Technology, which creates a 4-picoliter size droplet on the page. This printing technology ensures that the drop placed on the page is center-weighted so that when the ink bonds with the paper there is no bleeding or feathering as the drop settles.
Canon has included a Type I and Type II CompactFlash card reader with the S800, allowing users instant printing of digital prints. The USB-ready S800 will ship in late March with Macintosh drivers at a retail price of US$299.
Two new flatbed scanners have also been added to the Canon scanner family — the CanoScan D1230UF and CanoScan D2400UF.
The 48-bit scanners use a new Galileo-class Lens system developed by Canon that creates brighter illumination, up to 2.7 times brighter, than other scanners. This Canon lens technology allows more light to the CCD for faster, higher quality scanning.
Both scanners have a built-in large format film adapter that allows users to scan 35mm, medium format and 4×5-inch slides, transparencies and negatives.
While both new CanoScan models have built-in USB capability, Canon has created a new Data Compression Transfer (DCT) technology that allows for scanning times that are 30 percent faster than previous CanoScan scanner models. After the scanner digitizes the scanned image, the DCT technology automatically compresses the data in the scanner and then completely restores it when the file is opened on the user’s system.
The CanoScan D2400UF offers 2400×4800 dpi up to 9600×9600 dpi resolution to create a color gamut of more than 281 trillion possible colors — “the most colors for any scanner,” a company statement read.
The CanoScan D1230UF offers 1200×2400 dpi resolution with a 48-bit internal and 42-bit external scanning capability.
Both scanners will ship in April with estimated street prices of $499 for the D2400UF and $299 for the D1230UF.