Press Release: Canon PIXMA iP5200 printer

Canon announces the addition of a premium photo printer to its PIXMA range, the 1 picolitre, 9600x2400dpi Canon PIXMA iP5200 printer. Replacing the already super-fast PIXMA iP5000, the photo printer features upgraded FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print heads with over 3,500 individual nozzles. A 10x15 cm photolab quality borderless photo print outputs in approx 36 seconds. “In the growing photo print market, people are placing increasing importance on speed and print quality,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “The ability to achieve both simultaneously is the key competitive advantage of Canon’s FINE technology.”

PIXMA iP5200 - ChromaLife100
For long lasting fade-resistant prints, the printers feature the new ChromaLife100 system. When used in conjunction with Canon media, ChromaLife100 produces prints that resist fading for 100 years when stored in an album. Prints exposed unframed to the effects of the air resist fading for 10 years if printed on Canon Photo Paper Pro (PR-101). Canon's patented FINE semi-conductor manufacturing technique creates extraordinary print speeds for both photo as well as document printing by producing exceptionally long print heads with exceptionally high nozzle count and density.

Canon - FINE technology
These get more ink on the page in less time than is possible with traditional inkjet technology, delivering fast borderless photo prints up to A4 size. Colour nozzle numbers and print head length of both printers is twice that of previous models. FINE also achieves virtually grain free photolab quality by delivering millions of microscopic 1 picolitre1 droplets each second with extremely high consistency and accuracy from 9m diameter Micro-Nozzles. To eliminate data transfer bottlenecks and keep the print engine performing at maximum capacity, the PIXMA 5200 printer features a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface.

Canon PIXMA printer - ContrastPLUS technology
9600 x 2400 dpi, 1 picolitre droplet, 5-ink performance produces virtually grain free, high gloss, borderless, professional quality photos that rival traditional silver halide print quality. ContrastPLUS technology, a system that includes a dye-based black ink for sharper contrast, works together with FINE to generate exceptionally crisp, high contrast results. Document text results are sharpened with the addition of improved, high optical density pigment black ink. Ink efficiency The printer’s individual PGI-5BK and CLI-8 ink tanks ensure that only those inks which run out need to be replaced. They feature LEDs that only light up when the tanks are installed correctly. Users can monitor ink levels during stand-alone use, as the LEDs flash slowly to warn when the tank runs low, and more rapidly to indicate when the cartridge is empty.

ChromaLife100 - Quality that lasts
For improved fade resistance, the printer supports Canon’s new ChromaLife100: a system of genuine Canon dye-based inks, which deliver exceptionally broad colour gamut, and specialised photo paper designed to work together with FINE print heads. This technology ‘triangle’ of nozzle design, ink and media produces prints that rival silver halide quality and longevity. Prints resist fading for 100 years when album-stored, 30 years when displayed under glass and 10 years when exposed to the effects of the air.

Canon - Evolving PIXMA design
Continuing the PIXMA tradition of chic, compact design, the Canon iP5200 features an elegant black and silver two-tone body, designed to harmonize with other stylish home accessories. The printer features a dual paper tray, allowing photo and plain paper to be loaded at the same time, or for extending single media type capacity. Users can switch easily between Auto Sheet Feeder and cassette printing. Dual paper tray, auto duplex printing and CD-R/DVD printing functions are completely integrated into the sleek design. The Canon iP5200 supports the vendor independent PictBridge standard for direct cable connection photo printing with contemporary digital cameras and digital video cameras, without the need for a PC.

PIXMA - Easy-PhotoPrint and Easy-WebPrint software
Easy-PhotoPrint provides three easy steps to printing photos. Assisting with options such as media selection and scaling, it includes features such as Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction, Red Eye Correction and Digital Face Smoothing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Easy-WebPrint (Windows only) sits on the Explorer toolbar and takes the frustration out of web page printing, saving time, ink and paper by correctly scaling output to prevent the common problem of having the right-hand side of web pages cut off.

Canon PIXMA - Printer software
Other software that is included with the Canon PIXMA iP5200 printer: PhotoRecord (Windows only) guides users through printing a personalised photo album, including assistance with printing on Canon's new double-sided media. CD-LabelPrint simplifies printing directly onto print-ready CD-R and DVDs, and Easy-Print Toolbox (Windows only) Always-at-the-ready desktop menu bar used to instantly launch common applications such as PhotoRecord, Easy-Photo-Print and CD-LabelPrint. The Canon iP5200 printer is compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, Mac and OS X v10.2.1 or later.

Posted: Mon - August 22, 2005 at 08:52 AM