Press Release: Canon PIXMA iP1600 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 iP1600 printer. At estimated selling prices of $49.99, 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 iP1600 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 iP1600 printer - Specifications
Replacing the best-selling iP1500 unit, the Canon PIXMA iP1600 printer matches that great low price point with excellent quality - including up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi resolution and inkjet droplets sizes as small as two picoliters. As one of the lowest priced photo printers around, the PIXMA iP1600 model is a four-color printer that uses the new Canon FINE Cartridge System for faster speeds and greater ease of use. In the new FINE Cartridge System, more nozzles improve print speed from its predecessor with the PIXMA iP1600 printer clocking in at approximately 70 seconds for a photo lab quality 4 x 6-inch borderless photo.

Canon iP1600 printer - Cartridge system
Because it's a cartridge system, replacing inks on the iP1600 printer is very simple. Since the new FINE Cartridge System is 37mm shorter than the previous generation print head and ink tank, the iP1600 model boasts a new slanted low profile design that takes up less real estate on the desktop. The new slanted design improves visibility and usability from its predecessors. In the PIXMA iP1600 model, the new pigment based black ink offers improved text printing with less bleeding on nearly all media types. The new pigment based black ink also offers improved highlighter stability on plain paper and improved optical density with blacker blacks.

Canon printer - Photo Print Speed
As a way to explain the speed attributes of FINE technology, Canon will now convey print speeds for all new PIXMA devices based on the approximate time it takes to print a photo lab quality 4 x 6-inch borderless print using default settings on genuine Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy. "The photo-print speeds we quote for our PIXMA products will provide consumers with a reliable estimation of the time required to produce prints that match the image quality offered by traditional photo labs," said Katsuichi Shimizu, Chief Executive of Inkjet Products Operations at Canon Inc.

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 01:04 PM