Press Release: Canon PIXMA iP4200 photo printer

High quality and great value go hand in hand with the latest entry in the Canon PIXMA photo printer line - the new PIXMA iP4200 printer. At estimated selling prices of $129.99, the printer fits a range of budgets while expanding the top quality photo printing capabilities the PIXMA line is known for. "The new Canon PIXMA iP4200 photo printer are designed for anyone who wants to make great inkjet prints without making a huge investment," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA. "While the printer offers outstanding value, it also offer exceptional performance in speed and print quality which is what printing photos is all about."

The new ChromaLife100 system
The new Canon PIXMA photo printer uses the breakthrough new Canon ChromaLife100 system. This system can produce prints on select genuine Canon photo papers that 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. Unlike some competitors that only test for ozone degradation, Canon has tested the ChromaLife100 system against three types of gases to simulate realistic conditions - ozone, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with the other elements of the ChromaLife100 system had an up to ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints, when created on Canon Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, had up to 30-yearlight fastness when displayed under glass.

Canon PIXMA iP4200 printer - Features
The Canon PIXMA iP4200 is an advanced machine with impressive performance, the Canon PIXMA iP4200 photo printer is priced at a level that will not break the bank. The iP4200 printer is the first photo printer at this price point to feature as small as one picoliter ink droplets and up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color resolution. Replacing the popular iP3000 and iP4000 models, the iP4200 model produces borderless photo lab quality 4x6-inch photos in approximately 51 seconds. The printer uses five individual ChromaLife100 ink tanks along with the Canon FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head system. ContrastPLUS technology - a system that includes a dye-based black ink for sharper contrast - works together with FINE to produce crisp, high-contrast results. Document text results are sharpened with the addition of improved, high optical density pigment black ink.

Canon printer - Ink status detection system
On new PIXMA photo printers equipped with individual ink tanks, such as the iP4200 model, the Canon ink status detection system is used to alert customers to low ink levels and to ensure that the ink tanks are installed and working correctly. Under the system, if an ink tank is accidentally placed in the incorrect slot on the print head, a light on the individual tank will begin to flash. If the customer does not fully seat an ink tank in its slot, the light will not illuminate, indicating that it has not been correctly installed. If an ink tank is running low, the light on the ink will begin to flash. When the ink runs out completely, it will flash at a higher rate.

Canon iP4200 printer - Printing
Users can print directly via most contemporary digital cameras and digital video cameras, thanks to the printer's PictBridge port. With Canon camera owners who use the Print/Share button, producing a 4x6-inch print is as simple as one touch. The PIXMA iP4200 printer also supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed access. The iP4200 printer's futuristic cubic design incorporates built-in dual paper trays for the Canon exclusive two-way feeding and automatic duplex printing for two-sided text and photo prints. This special feature can be used in conjunction with Canon Photo Album kits that allow customers to print and showcase their photos on both sides of the paper in easy to assemble kits. The kits come in 5x7-inch and 8.5x11-inch sizes.

About Canon USA
Canon USA Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of $33.3 billion.

Posted: Mon - July 11, 2005 at 01:03 PM