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Press Releases - February 27, 2003



Canon Announces Two New Bubble Jet Direct Printers, And Updates The Award Winning S9000 Photo Printer

Value Priced Photo Printers with Canon Technology and New Paper Size and Borderless Capabilities in Flagship Photo Printer i9100


LAKE SUCCESS, NY February 27, 2003 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announces two new Bubble Jet Direct printers, the i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and i470D Photo Printer, and the flagship in Canon's line of photo printers, the wide format i9100 Photo Printer replacing the S9000. The i450 and i470D will bring Canon photo printing technology and quality down to less than .00 to increase the ability of the general use digital camera owner to print photos at home. The i9100 will appeal to the professional level digital photographers wanting the highest quality photo printing with exceptionally fast print speeds.

"With these new printers, Canon is driving greater functionality and value to both ends of the digital photo printer market," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Consumer Imaging Group. "The i450 and i470D, with their price points and direct connect ability will encourage more digital camera owners to print their photos at home, while the i9100 offers even more sizes and borderless photos to the professional user."

i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and i470D Photo Printer

Canon i470D Color Bubblejet Photo Printer

New to Canon's line for 2003, are the i450 Color Bubble Jet Printer and the i470D Photo Printer. Both printers will deliver beautiful photos and sharp text using Canon features and technology formerly only found on higher priced Canon printers. Printing times of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) in black* and 12 ppm in color* deliver the speed while a resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi** with both 5-picoliter and ultra-fine 2-picoliter droplets provide quality output. Photo printing is exceptional using the Canon advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™ and a newly designed print head that incorporates the 2-picoliter droplets along with the 5-picoliter droplets. The advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology ejects consistent prescribed-volume droplets in microscopic sizes for smooth, photo-quality images.

Printing photos at home is easy with Bubble Jet Direct printing and true borderless photo capabilities featured on the i450 and i470D. Bubble Jet Direct printing on both allow consumers to print photos with or without the computer by connecting select Canon digital cameras or camcorders directly to the printer and using the print functions built into the camera***. Print functions on the camera or camcorder include cropping, date stamping and selecting multiple print sizes. Edge to edge printing in 4" x 6, 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" sizes combined with Canon's Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy media deliver excellent photo quality from digital images.

Canon i450 Color Bubblejet Photo Printer


To help optimize digital photo output, the i450 and i470D both support Exif Print (Exif 2.2). When using a camera with Exif Print, vital camera settings and shooting information is stored on the jpeg image and then translated by the printer for more realistic photo prints. To make image printing easy when connected to the computer, Canon includes Easy-PhotoPrint software. Easy-PhotoPrint allows the user to simply find the image or images they want to print, choose the size of the print and paper, and then push the print button for beautiful prints sized right every time. Easy-WebPrint (Windows only) is also included with both printers and helps automatically format web pages so you are able to print full web sites in different page configurations without losing vital information.

Additionally, the i470D Photo Printer will include two features not found on the i450 - built-in print operation panel with the all-new Canon Photo Viewer software and built-in slots for removable memory cards including CompactFlash™, Memory Stick®, Microdrive™, SmartMedia™, SD Card™ and MultimediaCard™. Printing without the computer has been made easier with a redesigned LCD operation panel that includes image selection, size and paper selection, date stamp and number of prints. There will also be an ink remaining monitor on the LCD display to alert the user to replace ink tanks. The Canon Photo Viewer software is automatically installed with the printer driver and allows the user to view digital images either in standard mode or full screen mode on the computer monitor while still printing the images using the easy operation panel on the printer.

The i450 and i470D will use USB and will be compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000 and XP, and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.4 (visit www.canontechsupport.com for updated compatibility). Both printers come with Canon's one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange (see www.canontechsupport.com for details). In addition to Easy- PhotoPrint (Windows and Mac) and Easy-WebPrint (Windows only), Canon includes PhotoRecord software (Windows) allowing end-users to easily crop digital photos, create albums and print photos; PhotoStitch (Windows and Mac) allowing users to quickly format panoramic shots taken with digital cameras and ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) providing easy digital download, viewing and photo album capabilities. The i450 Bubble Jet printer will have an MSRP of .99† while the i470D Photo Printer will have an MSRP of .99†. Both will be shipping in April 2003.

i9100 Photo Printer

Canon i9100 Color Bubblejet Photo Printer

The i9100 Photo printer will replace the award winning S9000 and leads the way as Canon's flagship photo printer in the line. It incorporates the ultra high-density multi-nozzle printhead featuring 3,072 nozzles (the largest number of nozzles in its class) to achieve print speeds of approximately 37 seconds for a borderless 4" x 6" photo print, approximately one minute for 8" x 10" prints and approximately four minutes for 13" x 19" prints††. New on the i9100 will be edge-to-edge borderless printing support for both 5" x 7" and 13" x 19" in addition to the 4x6 and 8.5x11 currently available.

Quality from the i9100 is achieved by using the advanced Microfine Droplet Technology with 4800 x 1200 dpi**, twice as much as the S9000, and six-color photo printing using Canon's Individual Ink Tank system and Vivid Photo. Lightfast for approximately 25 years†††, photos printed from this printer rival professional photo developing. The i9100 can be used for Postscript proofing applications with an optional driver available at www.iproof.com.

The i9100 will use USB and will be compatible with Windows XP/2000/98/ME, and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.4 (visit www.canontechsupport.com for updated compatibility). It will come with Canon's one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange (see www.canontechsupport.com for details). In addition to Easy- PhotoPrint (Windows and Mac) and Easy-WebPrint (Windows only), Canon includes PhotoRecord software (Windows) allowing end-users to easily crop digital photos, create albums and print photos; PhotoStitch (Windows and Mac) allowing users to quickly format panoramic shots taken with digital cameras and ZoomBrowser (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) providing easy digital download, viewing and photo album capabilities. Shipping in April 2003, the i9100 will have a MSRP of .99†.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. In 2001, the Company was listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and was ranked #41 on the Business Week list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2002, with global revenues of .5 billion. Canon U.S.A. employs approximately 11,000 people at over 30 locations. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Specifications subject to change without notice. All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

* PPM print speed based on high-speed driver mode. Photo print speeds based on default driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro. Print speeds will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.

** Ink droplets can be placed with a pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

*** For a listing of compatible Canon cameras and camcorders featuring Bubble Jet Direct technology, visit www.usa.canon.com/consumer/bubblejetdirect

† Prices are MSRP at time materials were created. Prices subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

†† Photo print speed based on default driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro for borderless printing. Print speed will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.

††† Based on Canon Inc. studies using Canon Photo Paper Pro, under glass, utilizing industry standard lighting conditions and controlled temperature and humidity. Results may vary based on individual environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/consumer/lightfast for details.







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