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Canon Intros Five New Printers

New models sport 4,800 x 1,200 DPI print engines By Dave Nagel
Canon has introduced five new models in its line of desktop inkjet printers, ranging for lower-priced four-color photo printers to six-color models designed for graphics professionals. Two of the models are available now, with the rest expected to roll out through October.

The two models available now are the i475D and i455, each offering print resolutions of 4,800 x 1,200 DPI and featuring a four-color ink system. They offer MicroFine Droplet Technology with ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters; print speeds of up to 18 PPM in black and 12 PPM in color; border-free printing at a variety of paper sizes, including 8.5" x 11"; and PictBridge compatibility for printing directly from still and video cameras. The i475D also includes built-in media slots for direct printing from SmartMedia, MicroDrive, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick and other media. The i475D and i455 sell for $129.99 and $79.99, respectively.

The i860, expected to ship in mid-September, offers 4,800 x 1,200 DPI print resolution with a five-color ink system that prints at speeds of up to 23 PPm in black and 16 PPM in color. The successor to the i850, the i860 offers ContrastPlus technology, using a dye-based photo-grade black ink tank for improved contrast and sharpness. It also includes a pigment-based black ink for text printing. Other features include border-free printing at a variety of paper sizes, including 8.5" x 11"; PictBridge compatibility; optional auto-duplex unit; photo paper tray that can act as a second paper feed; and MicroFine Droplet Technology with ink droplets of 2 picoliters and 5 picoliters. It will sell for $149.99.

On the higher end, Canon has also introduced the i900D and i960 photo printers. They offer Canon's six-ink Think Tank System, which includes six individual tanks and an ink management system designed to minimize waste. Other features include 4,800 x 1,200 DPI printing; border-free printing at a variety of paper sizes; PictBridge compatibility; a photo paper tray set into the main auto sheet feeder; and MicroFine Droplet Technology with ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters. The i900D also includes a 2-inch LCD display and an onboard media slot for printing from various media, such as SMartMedia, CompactFlash and others. The i900D and i960 are expected to be available in October for $249.99 and $199.99, respectively.

All of the new printers are compatible with Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows and include a software productivity suite for enhancing images, printing border-free photos and handling Internet printing. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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