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Canon Intros Imaging Devices

10 new models coming in fall By Dave Nagel
Canon USA has introduced 10 new imaging products that are expected to ship in the fall. These include five printers, three scanners and two multi-function devices. All of the products are designed for SOHO users, according to Canon.

New printers
The five printers include the S200, S300, S500, S630 and the S630 network version. The last four are based on Canon's Advanced Microfine Droplet Technology that went into the S600, which came out in April. This technology includes 2,400 x 1,200 DPI color resolution and a five picoliter droplet size.

All of them use Canon's new inks, which are designed for a 25-year life on Canon's photo paper. With these new inks, the black is pigment-based, while the C, M and Y are dye-based. The S500 and S630 printers also feature Canon's individual ink tank system.

The S500 has speeds of up to 12 PPM black and 8 PPM color. The S630 printer produces output at 17 pages per minute in monochrome (maximum) and 12 PPM in color. The S630 networked version includes the Pricom-5100 JCI Print Server, which features 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX.

The S200 and S300 are entry-level, sub-$100 models. The S630 Bubble Jet printer joins the Canon line between the current S600 and S800 printers at a $199 estimated street price. The S630 networked version will sell for $349. The S500 printer will sell for $149.

Multi-function devices
In the multi-function category, Canon introduced the MultiPASS F30 and F50, which use the new S630 printer engine technology and individual ink tanks.

The MultiPASS F30 and MultiPASS F50 offer color print resolution of 2,400 x 1,200 DPI; optical scanning resolution of 600 x 1,200 DPI; color copying resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 DPI; and color faxing capabilities (F50 only) with a Super G3 modem.

New scanners
Finally, the three new scanner models are the CanoScan N670U, N676U and N1240U. The new models, according to Canon, feature an improved Z-Lid expansion top. The Z-Lid top is designed for scanning thick items, such as books. The improved design allows for thicker items to be scanned than previous N-series models.

Canon has also added three buttons for quick scanning, copying or e-mailing of images; a new feature called Multi-Photo Mode, which automatically straightens multiple photos during a scan; and CD archiving of photos.

The scanners are 48-bit models offering scan resolutions of 600 x 1,200 DPI and, in the case of the N1240U, 1,200 x 2,400 DPI. All of the models are USB-based and require no external power.

The CanoScan N670U replaces the N650U model and will sell for $99. The CanoScan N676U will sell for $129. The N1240U will sell for $199.

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