Press Release: Canon PIXMA MP800 printer

Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, announces the Canon PIXMA MP800, the premium PIXMA multifunctional photo centre. Offering PC-less printing from virtually any source or device, the sleek designer unit integrates PictBridge, IrDA, optional Bluetooth and memory card connectivity, plus a Film Adapter Unit for direct scan-to-print from 35mm film. With its FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head, the CanonMP800 printer uses significantly more colour nozzles than the equivalent top model of any other brand to produce 10 x 15cm lab-quality photo prints in approx 36 seconds. Canon unveiled a wide range of new printers that could shake up the printer market!

Canon MP800 features
It incorporates approx. 36 second 10 x 15cm borderless photolab quality prints, 9600x2400 dpi, 1 picolitre, 5 ink photo printing, extensive connectivity including memory card slot, PictBridge, IrDA and Bluetooth for printing from compatible mobile phones/PDAs, large 8.9cm colour LCD for image preview, enhancement and cropping, film Adapter Unit for 35mm film/transparency scanning, 2400x4800 dpi high resolution flatbed scanner, High speed document copier: 30cpm (mono) and 24cpm (colour), DVD/CD printing, auto duplex printing, dual paper tray.

ChromaLife100 - Resist fading
For long lasting fade-resistant prints, the MP800 features 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 Photo Paper Pro (Canon PR-101). “As the flagship of the PIXMA multifunctional range, the Canon PIXMA MP800 brings together the finest of Canon‘s colour imaging, photo printing, document handling, scanning and copying technologies,” says Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe.

Canon MP800 - Simply the fastest
The super fast Canon MP800 incorporates the same FINE print engine as Canon’s premium iP5200 photo printer. It produces microscopic 1 picolitre2 droplets from over 3500 individual 9m diameter Micro-Nozzles. This gets more ink on the page with great accuracy in less time, producing virtually grain-free photolab quality borderless prints up to A4 size at unrivalled speed. “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.” A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface eliminates data transfer bottlenecks to keep performance at maximum capacity.

Canon PIXMA MP800 - Direct printing
To support direct printing without a computer, the Canon MP800’s large 8.9cm colour LCD screen can be used to preview images and page layouts, print directly to DVD/CDs and preview image trimming or cropping. The Canon PIXMA MP800 is equipped with a range of built-in image enhancement features, so photographs can be improved using the PC. Red-eye Correction automatically detects and corrects red eyes, while Face Brightener can distinguish and increase the brightness of faces when they are in shadow. Prints of low-resolution images, such as those taken on a camera phone, are optimised with the image optimiser function, softening jagged outlines and reducing JPEG block noises. Also, a PHOTO/FILM button exclusively for photo reprints has been added to the operation panel. With this button, reprints of photo prints and 35mm film can now be easily made without using a computer. It is also possible to apply image editing like Fading Correction and Face Brightener as well as trimming the image and copying onto the label of a DVD/CD. Wireless printing from Bluetooth compatible camera phones and PDAs is available with the optional new super compact BU-20 Bluetooth adapter, which plugs into the printers’ PictBridge port.

Canon Photo paper - Advanced media handling
The MP800 also incorporates Canon’s Advanced Media Handling system, with dual paper trays – so the printer can be loaded with plain paper and photo media simultaneously, as well as auto duplex printing and integrated DVD/CD printing. Canon’s competitive advantage in printer hardware technology is fully realised when genuine Canon photo grade media and inks are used. The diverse and growing range of Canon media, including the new affordable Glossy Photo Paper Everyday Use Canon GP-501, is developed specifically to work in combination with Canon’s FINE ink jet print technology. Photo papers and media are available in a wide range of sizes (from credit card to A4), formats (including mini stickers) and finishes (from matt to semi-gloss to full gloss). They include double-sided photo paper (Canon PP-101D 5 x 7cm and Canon PP-101D A4) and the flagship Photo Paper Pro (Canon PR-101) for the highest grade, ultimate durability professional results.

Canon MP800 printer - Scanning and Copying
As well as scanning from film with the Film Adapter Unit, the Canon PIXMA MP800 provides the user with advanced 2400x4800 dpi scanning. It features Multi Scan, which can scan up to 10 photos as multiple single images at a time, and automatically corrects tilted images. With push scanning, users can send film or photos to PC using only the control panel, while a scan to PDF function creates PDFs from original documents without use of conversion software. PDF file pages can be easily added into previously created PDF files with MP Navigator. Featuring automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition), text is embedded into the PDF file for convenient searching. As well as the speed expected from any excellent copier, the Canon MP800 features Auto Exposure (AE) copying, where the document is pre-scanned to give optimum results for text, photos and background. With 4-on-1 copying, four original documents can be copied onto one page, and a new feature allows PIXMA MP800 to copy direct onto DVD and CD.

PIXMA MP800 - Ink efficiency
The printers’ individual 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 without the use of the computer screen, as the LEDs flash slowly to warn when the tank runs low, and more rapidly to indicate when the cartridge is empty.

Canon PIXMA software - MP Navigator 2.0 and Easy-PhotoPrint
MP Navigator 2.0 helps users get immediate optimum results with minimum fuss. Users simply select the required process and desired output. Version 2.0 features: improved PDF functionality; improved zoom window for scanned images; additional buttons and controls for greater usability; and options to scan from colour magazines or film. Easy-PhotoPrint provides three easy steps to printing photos, assisting with media selection, scaling and photo effects.

PIXMA printer - Software included
Easy-WebPrint (Windows only) sits on the Internet Explorer toolbar to simplify web page printing. ScanSoft OmniPage SE is an Optical Character Recognition application that converts scanned text into characters for editing or storage as a searchable text file. Arcsoft PhotoStudio is an image-editing program featuring automatic colour and toneenhancement, cloning, animated 3D text and over 40 special effects. CD-LabelPrint simplifies printing directly onto print-ready CD-R and DVDs. The Canon PIXMA MP800 is compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, and Mac OS X v10.2.4 or later.

Posted: Mon - August 22, 2005 at 08:58 AM