|New range-opening Canon PIXMA Multifunctionals|
Dennis Hissink : July 9th 2004 - 08:00 CET
Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today unveils a radical new design concept for its range-opening multi-function devices, the PIXMA MP110 and PIXMA MP130. With a gleaming white finish and clean lines, the compact, integrated units represent a daring departure from the look of traditional print devices to combine scanner, copier and a photolab printer into a single unit. 18 ppm mono / 13 ppm colour document printer, Photo printer - 4800 x 1200 dpi, 2 picolitre ink droplet size, FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering technology), Colour Copier, Flat bed scanner - Full colour, 1200 x 2400 dpi optical, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface, Card Direct Printing with Photo Index sheet (MP130 only).|
"We studied the success of our Digital IXUS cameras, which is based on the combination of technical mastery with purity of design," said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. "Although technical superiority is a critical side of the equation, people also want their products to reflect a contemporary and desirable look and feel."|
With only one cable to reduce clutter, one power source, one driver installation and one investment required, the compact Multifunctionals are designed to save time, space and complication.
A 6-in-1 slot on the MP130 provides direct photo printing from every popular memory card type. The 'Tick-a-box' Photo Index Sheets simplify photo and media selection when printing straight from the memory card - no PC is required.
MP Navigator software, an entirely new utility, is supplied to help users get immediate optimum quality results with minimum fuss. Users select the required process (e.g. scan, print image from PC, then select the desired output: photo print, PC copy, OCR, printing or save as a file or PDF).
In a special process called FINE, Canon has adapted its own silicon chip manufacturing technology to create print heads with the tolerance and precision similar to that of integrated circuits. The FINE print heads featured in these new PIXMA Multifunctionals deliver microscopic droplets with unrivalled speed, reliability, consistency and accuracy, which cannot be achieved with traditional ink jet print heads that are assembled from multiple parts. This provides for photo print quality which compares to that offered by many commercial photolabs.
Borderless 4800 x 1200 dpi lab-quality photo prints are available on a variety of stocks up to A4 (including Photo Paper Pro card stock).
Colour and mono copy functions
High print speeds also translate directly to fast copy speeds, mono copying automatically utilises 600 x 600 dpi, while colour copying takes advantage of 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution to maximise copy quality. Borderless copies and 'fit to page' formats are supported as well as 2-in-1copy feature.
Documents, cards, photos and books can all scan on the flatbed scanner at 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution. 9600 x 9600 dpi is achievable with software enhancement. Multi Photo creates individual files from multiple photographs scanned in a single pass. The advanced Z-lid improves scan and copy quality of thick books and magazines by applying even pressure across the entire document.
Both devices come with the following software:
ScanSoft OmniPage SE - a powerful Optical Character Recognition application that scans text for conversion into recognisable text characters/data for editing. Saves time and increases productivity by quickly turning PDF files and stacks of paper into word processing and spreadsheet documents.
Arcsoft PhotoStudio - an image-editing program featuring automatic colour and tone enhancement, cloning, animated 3D text and over 40 special effects.
Easy-PhotoPrint - assists with options such as media selection and scaling. It includes features such as Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction, Red Eye Correction and Digital Face Smoothing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Easy-WebPrint - sits on the Explorer toolbar and takes the frustration out of web page printing, saving time, ink and paper by correctly scaling output to print one-page-per-sheet, preventing the common problem of having the right-hand side of web pages cut off.