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Canon's BJ-S9000 bubble jet printer. Courtesy of Canon. Canon announces A3 photo printer!
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(Thursday, January 3, 2002 - 23:40 EST)

New S9000 inkjet features 2400 dpi resolution and fast print speeds...

Canon UK has announced the latest addition to its inkjet printer lineup, the Bubble Jet S9000 printer, which has an optical resolution of 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) and prints on paper sizes up to A3. Canon claims print speeds of "up to three times faster than its nearest competitor", with an A3 print taking about 2 minutes, and an A4 print taking about a minute.

The print speeds hail from the S9000's 3072 print nozzles, which can eject 73.7 million droplets per secons. A droplet size as small as 4 picoliters in 6 different ink colors offers a possible 49 color shades per pixel, and individual ink tanks for each color allow inks to be replaced separately as they run out.

The S9000 also features sensors to detect when ink is low or has run out altogether, edge-to-edge borderless printing (claimed to be five times as fast as from competitors' printers), and print lifetimes of 25 years using Canon inks and Photo Paper Pro.

The Bubble Jet S9000 uses USB connectivity compatible with 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Mac OS, and includes Canon PhotoRecord, ZoomBrowser EX and PhotoStitch software. It will reach the UK market in February at a cost of £459 including value added tax (US$562). US availability has not been announced at this time.

Source: Canon UK Ltd.
Thanks to Adri de Groot for this item!

Original Source Press Release:

CANON LAUNCHES THE BUBBLE JET S9000 THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTO PRINTER FOR A3+ PRINTING

With the Bubble Jet S9000 Canon brings its award-winning photo printing technology to the A3+ market for the first time. The S9000 provides the same stunning 2400x1200dpi quality as the S800, while printing photographs up to three times faster than its nearest competitor.

"We expect the Graphic Industry to be very interested in the S9000," says Mark Robinson, UK Marketing Manager, Canon Consumer Imaging. "Consumers expect Canon to be a technology innovator and this printer really rivals traditional film in both image quality and speed."

The S9000 is twice as fast as the S800, (voted as the world's best photo printer by both EISA and TIPA in 2001), and yet delivers the same award winning photo quality. The S9000 is capable of printing a full A3 photo on Canon's Photo Paper Pro in just over two minutes, and a full A4 photo print in just over one minute.

"Doubling the speed capabilities of what was already the world's leading photo printer, was a big challenge," says Robinson. "The S9000 has an unprecedented 3072 nozzles, twice as many as the S800 and 10 times as many ink nozzles as its closest competitor. Additionally, through increased head frequency, the S9000 can eject an astonishing 73.7 million droplets per second."

The S9000 includes Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™ to give the highest control of ink in terms of accurate dot placement, dot shape and dot density. It has a 6-colour ink system that uses the world's lightest density inks, and when combined with 2400x1200dpi resolution and the ultra small 4pl drop size, the S9000 gives grain-free photographs with up to 49 colour shades per pixel for enhanced image depth.

Incorporating Canon's highly praised Single Ink technology, the Bubble Jet S9000 offers individually replaceable ink tanks designed to eliminate waste and save consumers money, as well as an accurate ink-low and ink-out detection system to ensure that no print jobs are wasted. The S9000 also announces the arrival of fast borderless photo printing allowing the production of images that are indistinguishable from traditional photographs. The S9000 makes borderless printing realistic for everyday use, as it prints edge-to-edge photos up to five times faster than its competitors.

Canon's High Colour inks offer more than 25 years' light fastness (subject to storage or display conditions)1, especially important when thinking of displaying prints produced on the S9000. Internal tests indicate a photo lifespan in excess 25 years when printed on Photo Paper Pro (PR-101) using Canon inks.

The S9000 also offers a comprehensive range of photo software. This includes Canon PhotoRecord, which allows easy multi-layout, and auto-scaling of images to different paper sizes; Canon ZoomBrowser EX for archiving, retouching and composing slide shows; and Canon PhotoStitch for combining digital images to create a large panoramic image.

The S9000 is fitted with a USB interface giving compatibility with Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Mac OS.

All Bubble Jet models come with a one year on-site warranty.

The S9000 will be available from February 2002 for around 459 Inc VAT.

Customers requiring further information should call 0800 252 223 or visit www.canon.co.uk/bubblejet

Canon
Canon is an industry leader in imaging products and services for the digital home and digital office environments. The company's comprehensive product line of office equipment includes digital imaging devices, digital and analogue copiers (colour and black and white), document management systems, printers and fax machines. For the home environment Canon's range extends to Bubble Jet printers, scanners, digital, APS and 35mm cameras, multimedia LCD projectors, video cameras and binoculars.

Canon (UK) Ltd is the UK marketing and sales operation for the US$ 24 billion global company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. In the UK Canon employs over 3,000 people in various locations including Ireland and achieved sales of 495m in 2000.

1Precautions on Storing Printed Images: The 25 years of light-fastness may not be achieved depending on storage conditions. The expressed number of years is the result of simulated tests conducted by Canon Inc. and is not guaranteed. This number of years does not apply for paper fading or durability. After printing allow the ink to dry completely. Store your images in albums, clear plastic folders, or glass frames in order to avoid exposing them to the open air. Never store printed images in locations subject to high temperatures, high humidity or direct sunlight. Store them at normal room temperature. (Do not use albums with self-adhesive pages to store your images since you will not be able to remove them later on.)
Tested on Photo Paper Pro under the following conditions; Temperature: 24°C, Humidity: 60%, Light source: White fluorescent light 70,000lux, Layer of air and 2mm thick glass on the sample, Presumed conditions: Assuming one day's illumination as 500lux x 10 hours. In-house Evaluation criteria (Based on ISO) - Single colour/Composite colour: A colour change has occurred if the density is under 70% (OD: 1.0->0.7). Process Black: The fading ratio between each colour is within 15%, and A colour change has occurred if the density is under 70% (OD: 1.0->0.7)
Canon® is a registered trademark and BJ and MicroFine Droplet Technology are trademarks of Canon Inc. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. All other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

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