Canon Debuts Four New Inkjet Printers

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced Monday a new line of inkjet photo printers dubbed PIXMA that includes four printers ranging from US$49.99 to $149.99.

The four models are the iP1500, iP2000, iP3000 and iP4000. All models will begin shipping in August, the company said.

All four offer two picoliter ink droplets and a new version of the companyis Easy-PhotoPrint storing and printing software that includes the added tools Face Sharpening, Face Brightener, Red Eye Correction and Blemish Remover.

All the printers feature Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology, which Canon said allows the printers to achieve high-speed printing over wide areas in one pass as well as support for the auto duplexing functionality found in the top two PIXMA printers. FINE print heads are the only consumer-oriented print heads to achieve an actual 1,200 dpi nozzle pitch, according to Canon.

The iP1500, at $49.99, features print speeds of 18ppm in black and 13ppm in color, with borderless printing of 4 x 6-inch, 5 x 7-inch and 8.5 x 11-inch photos.

The iP2000, at $79.99, includes PictBridge technology for printing pictures directly from a digital camera or camcorder, black and color print speeds of 20ppm and 14ppm, respectively, and a second front-feeding paper tray for letter-sized media, allowing you to load and print on plain and photo paper simultaneously.

The iP3000, at $99.99, prints 22ppm in black and 15ppm in color, with a second front-feeding paper tray for 4 x 6-inch and 5 x 7-inch paper in addition to letter-sized and an auto-duplex unit for two-sided printing.

The iP4000, at $149.99, replaces the i860 model and features print speeds up to 25ppm in black and 17ppm in color, with a second paper tray, an auto duplexer as well as the five-color ContrastPLUS ink system that uses two black ink tanks; a dye-based one for photo printing and a pigment-based one for text.

All four printers require Mac OS X v10.2.1 or higher.