2008 Photo Marketing Association Tradeshow
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Canon's Pixma iP2600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: New Canon U.S.A. Pixma iP2600 Inkjet Photo Printer Offers Style And Quality At A Value Price Point


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 23, 2008 – Aimed at the user looking to produce high-quality output from vacation photos to school projects, the new PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., features photo-lab-quality printing, fast output speeds and a stylish design to capture the attention and satisfy the needs of consumers. Continuing to build on its single function printer line, Canon delivers increased printing speeds, adds Auto Image Fix technology and a sleek design.

“The PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer delivers exceptional photo print quality and speed at an affordable price,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Whether you’re printing family photos or directions from a Web site, this new model presents a stylish addition to the home office for a wide variety of users.”

The PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer features Canon FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head technology. Delivering microscopic ink droplets as small as two picoliters, at up to 4800x1200 dpi color resolution,1 this printer does not sacrifice quality at its affordable price point.

Another beneficial technology on this printer is Auto Image Fix, a feature that automatically analyzes and categorizes the scenes in photographs and optimizes print output for each individual scene in accordance with the scene type, such as Portrait, Scenery, Snapshot, etc. Now consumers can enjoy one of the great benefits of a high-end Canon PIXMA Photo All-in-One printer at an entry-level price.

The PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer
With an attractive piano black design with rounded edges, many technology features and a value price point, this desktop printer departs from the traditional to stand out among its competition in this class. Canon brings high-end features into this category with blazing speeds and microscopic ink droplets being placed as small as two picoliters. The Canon PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer can deliver photo-lab-quality borderless 4” x 6” photos in approximately 55 seconds.2 The PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer is an easy-to-use model capable of printing borderless photos from wallet size straight through letter size. Unlike many previous sub-$50 printers, the iP2600 Photo Printer even includes a paper output tray to neatly hold all printed photos and documents. As an attractive addition to the home office or a student’s desktop, printing from 1,472 nozzles helps to ensure speedy printing of documents, presentations and Web pages at speeds up to 22 pages/minute (ppm) for monochrome, and up to 17 ppm for color. 3 With only two FINE cartridges for consumers to concern themselves with, ink management is fast and easy. Included with the four-color PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer is a pigment-based black ink cartridge and a tri-color dye based cartridge, allowing for improved sharp text printing with pigment black ink, plus vibrant photo quality.

ChromaLife100 System
The PIXMA iP2600 Photo Printer employs the Canon ChromaLife100 system for long-lasting photo prints. When using the FINE print head, select genuine Canon photo papers, and select genuine Canon dye inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film-based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with ChromaLife100 have up to a ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints, when created using Canon Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, have up to a 30-year light fastness when displayed under glass.3

Photo Paper Plus Glossy II
The new Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II offers vivid color with a high-quality finish to consumers who are looking for a professional look in their prints at a reasonable price. As a five-star paper with an average cost as low as $0.10 per sheet, this paper has the look and feel of high-quality photo paper fresh from the printer. During the printing process, the dye is fixed to the surface of the paper producing a deeper black and a clearer overall photographic finish. The color reproduction is stabilized faster than ever before enabling consumers to enjoy their memories right away.

The new PIXMA iP2600 printer has an estimated retail price of $49.994.

Generation Green
Canon’s commitment to the environment and helping to make it more sustainable is an inherent part of the Company’s Kyosei philosophy and subsequent product offerings. From Energy Star® compliance, to duplex printing and significant changes to product packaging, the Generation Green initiative is designed to provide partner companies, enterprise customers and consumers a way to identify and learn about the various environmentally friendly product features and solutions Canon printers offer. For more information on Generation Green, and the many eco-friendly aspects of Canon inkjet and laser printers, please visit www.usa.canon.com/green.

Canon Creative Park
Looking to extend creativity beyond just photos and documents? Consumers can now try Canon's Creative Park Web site at www.canon.com/c-park. The site offers free 3-D paper craft projects, scrapbooking templates and embellishments, novel greeting cards, educational materials and the opportunity to learn more about digital photography.

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, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $34.9 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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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Specifications subject to change without notice.

  1. Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
  2. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer. Copy speed is measured after the first page is ejected. Output speed will vary depending upon a number of factors. see www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.
  3. Results based on accelerated testing by Canon under controlled temperature, humidity, and gas conditions. For the 100-year figure, Canon simulated storage in an album with plastic sleeves. For the 30-year lightfastness figure, Canon simulated display of a photo in a glass frame in an indoor location without direct sunlight or other high intensity light. The 10-year gastfastness figure is based on a testing ratio of gases typical to indoor air composition (O3: NOx:SOx--3:19:1) with 100 times concentration in order to accelerate color fading. 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/CHROMALIFE100 for additional details.
  4. Prices are estimated retail prices. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.

† IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

Canon's Pixma iP2600 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!


(First posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 23:01 EST)

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