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The following is an unedited press release, shown as received from the company represented. We've elected to present selected releases without editorial comment, as a way to provide our readers more information without further overtaxing our limited editorial resources. To avoid any possible confusion or conflict of interest, the Imaging Resource will always clearly distinguish between company-provided press releases and our own editorial views and content.

Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. PRESS RELEASE: Print Wi-Fi, Print Canon: the imaging leader announces two all-in-one photo printers for today's home user

New PIXMA MP980 All-In-One Printer is the Ultimate Feature-Rich Photo Printer with Gray Ink for Black and White Photos and Wireless Connection1

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new Wi-Fi inkjet multifunction devices1, the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Both the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo AIO printers offer aspiring photographers the features and quality of a personal digital darkroom and office productivity machine in one inkjet device. The PIXMA MP980 is the first AIO printer to include a separate gray and photo black ink, for truly neutral black-and-white photo printing, a key demand for an SLR camera user. The flagships of the Canon AIO printer line, both models have a sleek modern styling, smaller footprint and curved exterior to fit the decor of any home or office.

"Canon customers are busy and look for devices that fit their lifestyles both personally and professionally," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A." These two new all-in-one devices from Canon work to fit these fast, hardworking lifestyles with Wi-Fi connectivity, fast print speeds, and the tools to help make their lives a little easier and more fun."

The PIXMA MP980 and the MP620 Photo All-In-One printers feature Canon's Auto Photo Fix, which help to reduce the steps necessary to print a beautiful photo. Auto Photo Fix, detects the type of photo being printed -- portrait or scenery -- and will help to correct red eye, enhance facial tones, optimize brightness and contrast while improving color saturation to provide better looking photo output without manual photo editing. For added convenience, both new printers will automatically switch modes with the insertion of a memory card or PictBridge connection, routing users to the photo menus to preview images and print.

Both models also feature Canon's new Auto Scan Mode, reducing the steps necessary to scan and save a file from eight to two. This feature helps users by detecting what type of document is being scanned --a Photo, Business Card, text Document --and automatically crops and saves files to PDF or JPEG based on the image type. These automatic software features make these devices even easier to use and generate excellent output.

The All-In-One printer for the photography enthusiast, the PIXMA MP980 Photo AIO comes packed with just about all the features an aspiring photographer could want, with the built-in convenience of Wi-Fi or ethernet enabled printing1. Equipped with Canon's six-color individual ink tanks, part of the new ChromaLife100+ system for long-lasting vibrant photos2, the MP980 Photo All-In-One printer also includes a gray and photo black ink, for true black and white photography. Photo enthusiasts have always been inspired by the grace and style of black and white images. The included Easy Photo Print Pro software helps produce true monochrome tones that rival silver halide prints. This software is also used with the Canon PIXMA Pro series printers.

Users will marvel at the MP980's Photo All-In-One's print speed, producing 4 x 6 inch photo lab quality photos in approximately 20 seconds3. Compatible with a range of fine art papers, the MP980 Photo All-In-One is ideal for the demanding photographer that may not be quite ready for a wide format printer, but still wants those high-end photo features. The MP980 Photo AIO printer is also equipped with film scanning capabilities of negatives or slides for reflectives. The use of the Canon white LED scanning system eliminates warm-up time, and therefore does not require the LEDs to remain lit in between scans, for additional energy-savings4. The PIXMA MP980 Photo All-In-One printer will have a estimated selling price of $299.995.

The successor to Canon's highly popular PIXMA MP610 model, the PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One Printer s geared for the home user that needs Wi-Fi1or ethernet connectivity in a smaller device to be shared by the family. The PIXMA MP620 photo printer features a five-color inkset, delivering a 4 x 6 inch borderless lab quality print in approximately 41-seconds3. With 9600 x 2400 maximum dpi color resolution6, and a minimum one-picoliter droplet size, users can expect outstanding detail in their photos along with laser sharp documents. With the Canon Quick Start feature, the MP620 is ready to operate virtually immediately after the power is turned on keeping it ready at a moment's notice for quick printing needs. The PIXMA MP620 model gives the user convenient AIO functions including the ability to scan to memory card or USB drive7. With the use of the Easy Scroll Wheel and the 2.5-inch LCD screen, it is very easy to navigate and choose whether to scan, print or copy. The PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One printer will have a estimated selling price of $149.995.

Canon FINE Technology and ChromaLife100+ System
Both the PIXMA MP980 and MP620 Photo All-In-One printers utilize Canon's individual inktank system with FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. The new Canon ChromaLife100+ systems dye ink, when used with genuine photo papers, help produce a wider color gamut for true color reproduction. Plus both AIO photo printers produce beautiful long-lasting lab-quality prints with enhanced fade resistance for up to 300 years when stored in an archival-quality photo album, using Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201)2.

Generation Green --Size Matters
Canon has made an effort to decrease the size of each of its new printers and packaging as part of the Generation Green initiative. While this reduction of up to 26 percent from previous models in size may go unnoticed by the average consumer, the smaller sizes allow Canon to pack more printers per pallet, allowing the Company to reduce the number of shipments required to fulfill demand, thereby reducing the carbon emissions by decreasing the number of overall shipments each year. This process abides by the guidelines established for Smart Way Transport. Generation Green is Canon U.S.A.'s initiative focusing on environmentally conscious efforts with the company's CanoScan scanners and PIXMA and imageCLASS printer products.

The New Canon Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size
Perfect for showing off pictures of the family, Canon has re-invented 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 can be customized and printed using your own images for a truly unique photo album experience. The albums print out on letter-sized perforated sheets which 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.

1Wireless printing requires a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11b/g capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
2Based 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.
3Print speed measured as soon as first page beings to feed into printer. Output speed will vary depending upon a number of factors. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.
4The time required for the light source to reach sufficient operating temperature. Film scanning excluded.
5Prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
6Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
7Compatible memory cards include SD™ Memory Card, SDHC™, MultiMediaCard® (v4.1), MultiMediaCard® Plus (v4.1), CompactFlash® Card, Microdrive®, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: miniSD™ Card, miniSDHCTM, microSD™ Card, microSDHC™, RS-MMC™ (v4.1), Memory Stick Micro, xD-Picture Card®, xD-Picture Card® (Type M), and xD-Picture Card® (Type H).
†IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008

Canon MP980
Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon MP980 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon MP620
Canon MP620 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!
Canon MP620 printer. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Zig Weidelich. Click for a bigger picture!

(First posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 01:08 EDT)

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