Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced a new scanner and two new desktop color bubble jet printers.
The CanoScan LiDE 50 Color Image Scanner is a slim scanner (just over an inch tall) with a four-button system for copying, scanning, and e-mailing functions. Each button comes with specific default settings, but can be customized to perform consumer-assigned tasks. The LiDE 50 scanner provides scanning with up to 1200 x 2400 dpi (dots per inch) optical resolution and 48-bit color (both input and output) for over 281 trillion possible colors.
A Multi-Scan mode can be used to scan multiple images at one time, saving each image to its own file for archiving or editing. The unit scans multi-page documents to a single PDF file. The LiDE 50 boasts Canon technology that automatically removes most dust and scratches on photos while scanning.
The Z-Lid expansion top lifts high and stays flat for scanning books and magazines. Its slim build lets you scan and store the device on its side to save desktop real estate.
The LiDE 50 is Mac and Windows compatible. Bundled Mac software includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR (optical character recognition), and ScanGear CS. The flatbed scanner is compatible with Mac OS X (10.1.3 and higher) and Mac OS 9.x. Due next month for a suggested list price of US$99, the LiDE 50 offers USB 2.0 connectivity, but will only run at USB 1.1 speeds on Macs not equipped with third-party USB 2.0 cards, as Apple doesn’t support the USB 2.0 standard.
Canon has also announced out the Canon i250 and i350 USB bubble jet printers. The US$59.99 i350 delivers color resolution of up to 4800×1200 dpi and boasts a high-density print head that offers print speeds of up to 16 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and up to 11 ppm in color. The i350 printer can produce 4×6 and 5×7 inch borderless photos. The $49.99 i250 offers up to 4800×1200 dpi color resolution and touts print speeds up to 12 ppm in black and up to 9 ppm in color.
Both come with Easy-PhotoPrint software for both Mac and Windows systems that let you print photos by using menu choices to locate digital images, pick paper size and type, choose the layout and print. The i350 and i250, both due next month, are compatible with Mac OS X (10.2.1 and higher) and Mac OS 8.6-9.x.