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Ilse Jurriën : February 22th 2006 - 14:50 CET
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CanonCanon PIXMA Pro 9000 printer : Canon today introduces an affordable, new professional photo printer: the eight color PIXMA Pro9000. The Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 is the first printer to earn the Pro designation, it produces brilliant, gallery quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of specialty media and fine art papers. Furthermore, the PIXMA Pro 9000 utilizes long-lasting, dye-based inks. "This printer is a breakthrough not simply for Canon but for the industry," stated Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA, Inc. "We have not simply reformulated inks, we have re-examined the selection of inks needed to create some of the finest, long-lasting prints possible."
Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 printerPIXMA 9000 professional photo printer
"While Canon produces the number one digital cameras of choice for photo pros and advanced amateurs, our ultimate goal is to provide the complete digital imaging solution of choice for these discerning, demanding photo-graphers, imaging professionals and enthusiasts," added Mr. Hashimoto. "As our vast selection of lenses anticipate and respond to the optical needs of photographers, so too, this new professional photo printer provides robust, digital imaging solutions for a community we value and vow to serve."

Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 photo printer - Inks
The PIXMA Pro 9000 Photo Printer uses Canon's high-performance, high-density 6,144 nozzle print head to deposit precise and constant 2-picoliter ink droplets - delivering approximately 11-million droplets per square inch - to produce impressively detailed prints with remarkable quality and speed. This eight-ink printer features a wide color space that rivals positive film and delivers vivid coloration and high glossiness. Indeed, the combination of these new individually packaged inks- Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Black, Red, and Green - and Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy stock creates beautiful finished images.

Canon-to-Canon direct connection
While the PIXMA Pro9000 printer borrows design elements from Canon's digital SLR line: curved edges reminiscent of the lines on Canon digital SLRs and 'pro-black' pebble finish, the Canon-to-Canon synergy is not limited to style, color and curves. Indeed, that connection is closest with Canon's new EOS 30D professional digital SLR. The EOS 30D Digital SLR connects directly with these two printers via a PictBridge connection powering its advanced camera direct capabilities. This feature permits manual adjustment of color or black and white images from the camera's LCD screen all without the need of a computer connection or additional image management software. Professional users can now adjust contrast, color tone, saturation, color balance, and even add shooting information directly on to their prints. The Canon-to-Canon direct connection simplifies the professional photographers' workflow.

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software
The Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Photo Printer is bundled with Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software. Easy-PhotoPrint Pro is a plug-in software program for Adobe applications Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2, and Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP) version 2.1, which permits one-click image transfer; offers simple settings for color management and allows users to configure printer settings once for images on multiple sheets. Among its myriad other features, the Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software facilitates the printing of RAW images (as a high quality TIFF or JPEG) without having to save from DPP software. The Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software also creates pattern prints that demonstrates different color balance, brightness, and contrast than the original image and prints them on a sheet of paper for easy comparison. This pattern print can present 48 possible image variations allowing users to see what their print will look like without wasting vast quantities of paper, ink, and of course, time. Users can even configure the color settings for different types of papers and adjustment values can be stored for later use.

Canon fine art printing papers
Coinciding with the debut of this new professional photo printer, Canon is adding two new fine art printing papers to the company's already extensive line of available media:
• The 100 percent cotton, Fine Art Paper "Photo RagTM" (ideal for printing photo art as well as copies of water colors, oil paintings, woodblock prints and illustrations); and
• Fine Art Paper Premium Matte (a heavy 210g/m2 paper with a smooth matte finish that conveys an artistic, gallery-grade look to photographs and other art content).
Both new papers are offered in 8 1/2 x 11-inch and 13 x 19-inch sizes.
Additionally, Canon has extended its quality media lineup with a new 8 x 10-inch size of their popular Photo Paper Pro and Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss media, as well as a new 13 x 19-inch size for its Photo Paper Plus paper, making it easier than ever to go directly from printer to frame. Canon will debut the PIXMA Pro9000 photo printer in its booth during the PMA exhibit in Orlando.

Canon ChromoLife 100 system & Lucia pigment-based inks
"Wilhelm Imaging Research is currently testing the ChromaLife100 system and Lucia pigment-based inks," said Henry Wilhelm, president of Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. "A review of preliminary test data indicates that prints made with the Lucia pigmented inks and select Canon photo and fine art papers will have WIR Display Permanence Ratings in excess of 100 years for color images and significantly beyond that for monochrome. The pigmented inks also provide excellent short term color drift behavior which is critically important for color managed workflows and for proofing applications."

About Canon USA
Canon USA, Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the US in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion.

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