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Press Releases - August 22, 2005



Canon Launches New Lineup Of PIXMA Photo Printers Emphasizing Performance, Ease Of Use And Print Quality


Five New Photo Printers Join the Canon PIXMA Line Offering Variety of Features, New Canon ChromaLife100 System and Canon’s Pioneering FINE Print Head Technology





LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2005 – Canon today added five new single function models to its PIXMA photo printer line. The new models now feature large LCD screens, sleek new compact designs and one printer offers built-in wireless capability. What the five new photo printers all have in common though is the continued Canon commitment to photo quality including such technological innovations as the new Canon ChromaLife100 System for long lasting photos and Canon’s pioneering Full- photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) print head system for impressive speed and photo quality.

The latest Canon PIXMA models include the Canon PIXMA iP5200R Photo Printer, Canon PIXMA iP5200 Photo Printer, Canon PIXMA iP6600D Photo Printer, Canon PIXMA iP6220D Photo Printer and Canon PIXMA iP6210D Photo Printer.

"From Grandma to the grand kids, our new PIXMA photo printers give consumers with varying printing needs more choices, more features and a better value," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. "In addition to options, we wanted to offer all our customers the same cutting edge technological advances Canon has pioneered including the new Canon ChromaLife100 system that can help to better preserve photos over time and the Canon FINE print head system which Canon launched in 1999. With the Canon FINE print head system, customers can get borderless photo lab quality prints amazingly quickly."

The New ChromaLife100 System

All five new Canon PIXMA photo printers use the breakthrough new Canon ChromaLife100 system. This system can produce prints on select genuine Canon photo papers that resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album . The 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence.

Unlike some competitors that only test for ozone degradation, Canon has tested the ChromaLife100 system against three types of gases to simulate realistic conditions – ozone, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with the other elements of the ChromaLife100 system had an up to ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints, when created on Canon Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, had up to 30-year light fastness when displayed under glass.

Advanced Print Head Technology – A Canon Innovation

Launched globally by Canon in 1999, the Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) advanced print head technology is one of the keys to the impressive speed and high photo quality in PIXMA Photo Printers. FINE technology uses a ground-breaking high-performance multi-nozzle print head with up to 6,144 nozzles that ejects consistent and microscopic ink droplets. The results are high-resolution photos with greater detail and clarity in less time.

"Canon, long a leader in ink jet printing, was the first manufacturer with a fully- integrated photolithographic ink jet print head, and the first to offer products with the many benefits that this print head technology provides," said Charles LeCompte, president of Lyra Research, a market research firm.

New Ink Status System Lights the Way

On new PIXMA photo printers equipped with clear individual smart LED ink tanks, available on the new iP5200, iP5200R and iP6600 models, the Canon ink status detection system is used to alert customers to low ink levels and to help ensure that the ink tanks are installed and working correctly. Under the system, if the Canon ink tank is accidentally placed in the incorrect slot on the print head, a light on the individual tank will begin to flash. These smart LED individual ink tanks are the latest improvement on the Canon individual ink tank system which was first introduced in 1993.

If the customer does not fully seat the Canon ink tank in its slot, the light will not illuminate, indicating that it has not been correctly installed. If the Canon ink tank is running low, the light on the ink tank will begin to flash. When the ink runs out completely, it will flash at a higher rate.

Canon PIXMA iP5200R Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP5200R Photo Printer is a great wireless photo printer for home networking. It is both wireless (802.11b/g) and wired (Ethernet) network capable and can produce a borderless 4x6-inch photo with photo lab quality in approximately 36 seconds with the default setting in the printer driver . The printer can create photos at a maximum 9600 x 2400 color dpi with microscopic droplets as small as one picoliter. The iP5200R uses the FINE print head technology for impressive speed and quality and the ChromaLife100 system for long lasting beautiful photos. The printer has built-in two-sided printing of both text and photos and a second paper tray cassette for convenient paper selection, eliminating a common headache for customers printing photos at home – swapping paper stocks. Inkjet printers with built-in duplexing are a Canon exclusive. The iP5200R printer uses new smart LED individual ink tanks with the ContrastPLUS five-color configuration. The iP5200R model will retail for an estimated selling price of .99 .

Canon PIXMA iP5200 Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP5200 Photo Printer offers premium photo printing with high speed performance. The printer can produce a borderless 4x6-inch photo with photo lab quality in approximately 36 seconds with the default setting in the printer driver and prints at a maximum of 9600 x 2400 color dpi4 with microscopic droplets as small as 1 picoliter. It uses both the FINE print head technology and the ChromaLife100 system and has built-in duplex printing and a second paper tray cassette for convenient paper selection. It uses five individual inks and the clear smart LED tank system. The iP5200 printer will retail for an estimated selling price of .995.

Canon PIXMA iP6600D Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP6600D Photo Printer is a photo-printing powerhouse, with great quality and high-end convenience, utilizing a 3.5-inch color LCD viewer for easy photo direct printing. With the extra large LCD, the printer features built-in red eye reduction and other enhancements, including image correction, image cropping, backlight correction – all functions of a photo lab or kiosk built right into the printer, requiring no PC assistance. The iP6600D model prints at a maximum of 9600 x 2400 color dpi4 with microscopic droplets as small as 1 picoliter. The printer also, of course, takes advantage of the FINE print head as well as the ChromaLife100 system for long lasting, beautiful photos. The iP6600D photo printer can produce a borderless 4x6-inch photo with photo lab quality in approximately 46 seconds. Because the unit is capable of printing two-sided photos, customers can create cherished mini-photo albums with special Canon album kits. The kits are available in 5x7 and 8.5x11-inch sizes. Wireless printing to the PIXMA iP660D model is also possible from select devices with an optional Bluetooth adapter . In addition, it offers support for IrDA wireless printing as a standard . The printer will retail for an estimated selling price of .995.

Canon PIXMA iP6220D Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP6220D Photo Printer is a stylish personal minilab with a 2.5-inch color LCD Viewer for easy photo direct printing. With the large LCD, the printer also boasts built-in red eye reduction with image enhancement. Along with the using FINE cartridges for impressive photo quality, the iP6220D uses a six color ink tank system configuration featuring the ChromaLife100 system for long-lasting, beautiful photos. The printer also offers direct photo printing from select memory cards and PictBridge ready devices. The iP6220D model has a maximum of 4800x1200 dpi9 with microscopic droplets as small as 2 picoliters. It can create a borderless 4x6-inch photo with photo lab quality in approximately one minute3. It can also create edge- to-edge, borderless photos in sizes of 5x7 and 8.5x11 inches. Wireless printing to the PIXMA iP6600D model is also possible from select devices with an optional Bluetooth adapter6. In addition, it offers support for IrDA wireless printing as a standard. The iP6220D printer will retail for an estimated selling price of .995.

Canon PIXMA iP6210D Printer

Customers can easily print digital photos at home with the affordably priced Canon PIXMA iP6210D Photo Printer. The printer offers direct photo printing from select memory cards and PictBridge ready devices. It uses FINE cartridges for impressive photo quality and high performance photo printing with a six color ink system featuring ChromaLife100 inks for long lasting, beautiful photos. It produces a maximum 4800 x 1200 dpi with microscopic droplets as small as two picoliters and creates a borderless 4x6-inch photo with photo lab quality in approximately one minute. It can also print edge-to-edge, borderless photos in sizes of 5x7 and 8.5x11 inches. The iP6210D printer will retail for an estimated selling price of .995.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2004, with global revenues of .3 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.





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