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Canon iP4600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. announces two new photo printers with improved ink for stunning prints


The PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 Deliver Canon-Quality Photos and Performance

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Consumers looking to produce beautiful photos at home, or quickly print out a term paper need to look no further than the new PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging. Easy, efficient and economical are the guiding principles behind Canon's new printers, with simple-to-use software, individual ink tanks, and faster print speeds to deliver high-quality photo prints, and fast documents. The enhanced ChromaLife100+ enabled ink set and Easy-PhotoPrint EX software bundled with the new printers helps even the novice user produce stunning, long lasting photos.1

The newest formulation of genuine Canon inks, found in both the PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 printers, not only improves how long photos can last but helps to create vivid prints time and time again. The new system expands color reproduction, especially in red areas, and produces a more neutral black to improve contrasts. The Canon software that comes with both the PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 models gives customers the tools to make a good photo truly great. The Canon Auto Photo Fix, which is incorporated into the Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, helps to reduce the steps necessary to print a beautiful photo. Auto Photo Fix detects the type of photo being printed -- portrait or scenery -- and when activated will help correct red eye, enhance facial tones, optimize brightness and contrast and improve color saturation to provide better looking photo output without manual photo editing. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers will produce a 4 x 6 inch lab quality, borderless photo in approximately 20 and 41 seconds, respectively.2

"Giving customers the choice of these two new single function printers as well as the current line of business and home photo AIO products provides a variety of options for different needs and price-points," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

CANON PIXMA iP4600 PHOTO PRINTER
The combination of Canon FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printhead technology, ChromaLife100+ system, Genuine Canon Photo Papers, and Easy-PhotoPrint EX software make the PIXMA iP4600 printer a real value to the whole family. Parents and grandparents will enjoy the premium photo quality and enhanced fade resistance, while students will be able to print out their work quickly and efficiently. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 printer features a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi for its highest quality photo prints.3 High print speeds and exceptional quality are achieved by using the Canon FINE print head technology to deliver consistent droplets, as small as one picoliter, accurately onto the paper. For the parents and students printing text, the print speeds of up to 26 pages per minute (ppm) for black, and up to 21 ppm for color, are sure to get the job done quickly.2 The printer features two paper trays that can hold a total of 300 pages and a built-in automatic duplexer for printing double-sided documents without having to manually turn the paper. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 Photo Printer will be available with a estimated selling price of $99.99.4

PIXMA iP3600 PHOTO PRINTER
For the budget-minded consumer, the Canon PIXMA iP3600 printer will fit the bill with a estimated selling price of just $79.994 while still delivering quality output at a maximum of 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution.3 The iP3600 printer also features Smart LED equipped individual ink tanks and the Canon-exclusive FINE print head. Also equipped with dual paper paths for ease-of-use and convenience when switching between paper types or sizes, the iP3600 really helps increase efficiency in the home office. Printing speeds are up to 26 ppm in black and up to 17 ppm in color.2

Canon FINE Technology and ChromaLife100+System
The PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 printers utilize Canon's 5-color, individual ink tank system with FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. With a minimum one-picoliter droplet size and up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color resolution.3 The new Canon ChromaLife 100+ system, a combination of the latest select genuine Canon ink, select genuine Canon Photo Papers and FINE print technology, produces beautiful long-lasting lab-quality prints with enhanced fade resistance for up to 300 years when printed on genuine Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) and stored in an archival-quality photo album.1

Canon's New Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size
Perfect for showing off pictures of the family, Canon has transformed the wallet-sized photo with the new Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size. The ultimate stocking stuffer or personalized party favor, the small pocket-sized album holds 12 different photos, as well as a custom wraparound photo hardcover. The hardcover wrapping is customizable using your own images for a truly unique photo album experience. The albums print out on letter-sized perforated sheets that can be folded and assembled into the 3x3 inch album in just minutes, without glue or scissors. Twelve pictures help tell the complete story of the family vacation, or give grandparents a great pocket-sized brag book.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.

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Specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for additional details.
2 Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending upon a number of factors. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.
3 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
4 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

Canon iP4600
Canon iP4600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon iP4600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
 
Canon iP3600
Canon iP3600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon iP3600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
 


(First posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 01:15 EDT)

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