Canon Launches Seven New Printers

Canon on Monday debuted seven new printers: four new PIXMA Photo All-In-One models and a pair of SELPHY compact photo printers capable of producing 4 x 6-inch prints, as well as a new SELPHY dedicated home photo printer.

The four PIXMA printers, which include the companyis ChromaLife100 system for producing lasting prints as well as its Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) print head system, include the MP800 (US$299.99), MP500 ($199.99), MP450 ($149.99) and MP170 ($129.99). Canon says that ChromaLife100 should produce prints that last for up to 100 years, assuming theyire produced on certain photo papers and stored in archival conditions.

The MP800 features a 3.5-inch LCD screen, printing at resolutions up to 9600 x 2400 dpi, direct photo printing from certain flash storage cards and PictBridge-compatible devices and wireless IrDA printing from cell phones and other capable devices. An optional Bluetooth adapter is available.

The MP500 differs by having a 2.5-inch screen and printing at a slightly slower speed. The MP450 is the same as the MP800 and MP500, except its ability to print at resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 dpi and its 1.9-inch screen; it also prints a little slower than the MP500. Finally, the MP170 is the same as the MP450, but it lacks Bluetooth.

The two SELPHY compact photo printers consist of the CP510 ($99.99) and the CP710 ($149.99); the new dedicated home photo printer is the DS810 ($149.99). The CP710 differs from the CP510 in its inclusion of a 1.5-inch LCD screen and slots that accept CF, SD, MMC and Memory Stick storage cards. The CP510 connects directly to a camera, using that LCD screen to see what image is being printed. Both printers can producer 300dpi prints in 4 x 8-inch or 2.1 x 3.4-inch dimensions.

The DS810 offers the same FINE and ChromaLife100 technologies as the new PIXMA printers, with the ability to produce prints at resolutions up to 4800 x 1200 dpi. It includes a 2.5-inch LCD screen and can print directly from an infrared-capable cell phone, a PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder or one of several different types of flash storage media. Canon sells a $79.99 Bluetooth adapter for all three compact photo printers.

The CP510 and DS810 will ship in September while the CP710 will be available in October.