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Press Releases - August 26, 2008



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CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES SIX NEW PIXMA PHOTO PRINTERS


PRINT WI-FI, PRINT CANON: THE IMAGING LEADER ANNOUNCES TWO ALL-IN-ONE PHOTO PRINTERS FOR TODAY'S HOME USER

New PIXMA MP980 All-In-One Printer is the Ultimate Feature-Rich Photo Printer with Gray Ink for Black and White Photos and Wireless Connection

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new Wi-Fi inkjet multifunction devices1, the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Both the PIXMA MP980 and PIXMA MP620 Photo AIO printers offer aspiring photographers the features and quality of a personal digital darkroom and office productivity machine in one inkjet device. The PIXMA MP980 is the first AIO printer to include a separate gray and photo black ink, for truly neutral black-and-white photo printing, a key demand for an SLR camera user. The flagships of the Canon AIO printer line, both models have a sleek modern styling, smaller footprint and curved exterior to fit the décor of any home or office.

"Canon customers are busy and look for devices that fit their lifestyles both personally and professionally," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "These two new all-in-one devices from Canon work to fit these fast, hardworking lifestyles with Wi-Fi connectivity, fast print speeds, and the tools to help make their lives a little easier and more fun."

The PIXMA MP980 and the MP620 Photo All-In-One printers feature Canon's Auto Photo Fix, which help to reduce the steps necessary to print a beautiful photo. Auto Photo Fix, detects the type of photo being printed - portrait or scenery - and will help to correct red eye, enhance facial tones, optimize brightness and contrast while improving color saturation to provide better looking photo output without manual photo editing. For added convenience, both new printers will automatically switch modes with the insertion of a memory card or PictBridge connection, routing users to the photo menus to preview images and print.

Both models also feature Canon's new Auto Scan Mode, reducing the steps necessary to scan and save a file from eight to two. This feature helps users by detecting what type of document is being scanned - a Photo, Business Card, text Document - and automatically crops and saves files to PDF or JPEG based on the image type. These automatic software features make these devices even easier to use and generate excellent output.


CANON PIXMA MP980 PHOTO ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER

The All-In-One printer for the photography enthusiast, the PIXMA MP980 Photo AIO comes packed with just about all the features an aspiring photographer could want, with the built-in convenience of Wi-Fi or ethernet enabled printing1. Equipped with Canon's six-color individual ink tanks, part of the new ChromaLife100+ system for long-lasting vibrant photos2, the MP980 Photo All-In-One printer also includes a gray and photo black ink, for true black and white photography. Photo enthusiasts have always been inspired by the grace and style of black and white images. The included Easy Photo Print Pro software helps produce true monochrome tones that rival silver halide prints. This software is also used with the Canon PIXMA Pro series printers.

Users will marvel at the MP980's Photo All-In-One's print speed, producing 4 x 6 inch photo lab quality photos in approximately 20 seconds3. Compatible with a range of fine art papers, the MP980 Photo All-In-One is ideal for the demanding photographer that may not be quite ready for a wide format printer, but still wants those high-end photo features. The MP980 Photo AIO printer is also equipped with film scanning capabilities of negatives or slides for reflectives. The use of the Canon white LED scanning system eliminates warm-up time, and therefore does not require the LEDs to remain lit in between scans, for additional energy-savings4. The PIXMA MP980 Photo All-In-One printer will have a estimated selling price of .995.


CANON PIXMA MP620 PHOTO ALL-IN-ONE PRINTER

The successor to Canon's highly popular PIXMA MP610 model, the PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One Printer is geared for the home user that needs Wi-Fi1or ethernet connectivity in a smaller device to be shared by the family. The PIXMA MP620 photo printer features a five-color inkset, delivering a 4 x 6 inch borderless lab quality print in approximately 41-seconds3. With 9600 x 2400 maximum dpi color resolution6, and a minimum one-picoliter droplet size, users can expect outstanding detail in their photos along with laser sharp documents. With the Canon Quick Start feature, the MP620 is ready to operate virtually immediately after the power is turned on keeping it ready at a moment's notice for quick printing needs. The PIXMA MP620 model gives the user convenient AIO functions including the ability to scan to memory card or USB drive7. With the use of the Easy Scroll Wheel and the 2.5-inch LCD screen, it is very easy to navigate and choose whether to scan, print or copy. The PIXMA MP620 Photo All-In-One printer will have a estimated selling price of .995.

Canon FINE Technology and ChromaLife100+ System

Both the PIXMA MP980 and MP620 Photo All-In-One printers utilize Canon's individual inktank system with FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. The new Canon ChromaLife100+ systems dye ink, when used with genuine photo papers, help produce a wider color gamut for true color reproduction. Plus both AIO photo printers produce beautiful long-lasting lab-quality prints with enhanced fade resistance for up to 300 years when stored in an archival-quality photo album, using Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201)2.

Generation Green - Size Matters

Canon has made an effort to decrease the size of each of its new printers and packaging as part of the Generation Green initiative. While this reduction of up to 26 percent from previous models in size may go unnoticed by the average consumer, the smaller sizes allow Canon to pack more printers per pallet, allowing the Company to reduce the number of shipments required to fulfill demand, thereby reducing the carbon emissions by decreasing the number of overall shipments each year. This process abides by the guidelines established for Smart Way Transport. Generation Green is Canon U.S.A.'s initiative focusing on environmentally conscious efforts with the company's CanoScan scanners and PIXMA and imageCLASS printer products.

The New Canon Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size

Perfect for showing off pictures of the family, Canon has re-invented the wallet-sized photo with the new Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size. The ultimate stocking stuffer or personalized party favor, the small pocket-sized album holds 12 different photos, as well as a custom wraparound photo hardcover. The hardcover wrapping can be customized and printed using your own images for a truly unique photo album experience. The albums print out on letter-sized perforated sheets which can be folded and assembled into the 3x3 inch album in just minutes without glue or scissors. Twelve pictures help tell the complete story of the family vacation, or give grandparents a great pocket-sized brag book.

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1Wireless printing requires a working Ethernet network with wireless 802.11b/g capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

2Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for additional details.

3Print speed measured as soon as first page beings to feed into printer. Output speed will vary depending upon a number of factors. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.

4The time required for the light source to reach sufficient operating temperature. Film scanning excluded.

5Prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

6Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.

7Compatible memory cards include SD™ Memory Card, SDHC™, MultiMediaCard® (v4.1), MultiMediaCard® Plus (v4.1), CompactFlash® Card, Microdrive®, Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: miniSD™ Card, miniSDHCTM, microSD™ Card, microSDHC™, RS-MMC™ (v4.1), Memory Stick Micro, xD-Picture Card®, xD-Picture Card® (Type M), and xD-Picture Card® (Type H).



CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES TWO NEW PHOTO PRINTERS WITH IMPROVED INK FOR STUNNING PRINTS

The PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 Deliver Canon-Quality Photos and Performance

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 - Consumers looking to produce beautiful photos at home, or quickly print out a term paper need to look no further than the new PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging. Easy, efficient and economical are the guiding principles behind Canon's new printers, with simple-to-use software, individual ink tanks, and faster print speeds to deliver high-quality photo prints, and fast documents. The enhanced ChromaLife100+ enabled ink set and Easy-PhotoPrint EX software bundled with the new printers helps even the novice user produce stunning, long lasting photos.1

The newest formulation of genuine Canon inks, found in both the PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 printers, not only improves how long photos can last but helps to create vivid prints time and time again. The new system expands color reproduction, especially in red areas, and produces a more neutral black to improve contrasts. The Canon software that comes with both the PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 models gives customers the tools to make a good photo truly great. The Canon Auto Photo Fix, which is incorporated into the Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, helps to reduce the steps necessary to print a beautiful photo. Auto Photo Fix detects the type of photo being printed - portrait or scenery - and when activated will help correct red eye, enhance facial tones, optimize brightness and contrast and improve color saturation to provide better looking photo output without manual photo editing. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 and PIXMA iP3600 printers will produce a 4 x 6 inch lab quality, borderless photo in approximately 20 and 41 seconds, respectively.2

"Giving customers the choice of these two new single function printers as well as the current line of business and home photo AIO products provides a variety of options for different needs and price-points," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

CANON PIXMA iP4600 PHOTO PRINTER

The combination of Canon FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printhead technology, ChromaLife100+ system, Genuine Canon Photo Papers, and Easy-PhotoPrint EX software make the PIXMA iP4600 printer a real value to the whole family. Parents and grandparents will enjoy the premium photo quality and enhanced fade resistance, while students will be able to print out their work quickly and efficiently. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 printer features a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi for its highest quality photo prints.3 High print speeds and exceptional quality are achieved by using the Canon FINE print head technology to deliver consistent droplets, as small as one picoliter, accurately onto the paper. For the parents and students printing text, the print speeds of up to 26 pages per minute (ppm) for black, and up to 21 ppm for color, are sure to get the job done quickly.2 The printer features two paper trays that can hold a total of 300 pages and a built-in automatic duplexer for printing double-sided documents without having to manually turn the paper. The Canon PIXMA iP4600 Photo Printer will be available with a estimated selling price of .99.4

PIXMA iP3600 PHOTO PRINTER

For the budget-minded consumer, the Canon PIXMA iP3600 printer will fit the bill with a estimated selling price of just .994 while still delivering quality output at a maximum of 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution.3 The iP3600 printer also features Smart LED equipped individual ink tanks and the Canon-exclusive FINE print head. Also equipped with dual paper paths for ease-of-use and convenience when switching between paper types or sizes, the iP3600 really helps increase efficiency in the home office. Printing speeds are up to 26 ppm in black and up to 17 ppm in color.2

Canon FINE Technology and ChromaLife100+System

The PIXMA iP4600 and iP3600 printers utilize Canon's 5-color, individual ink tank system with FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. With a minimum one-picoliter droplet size and up to 9600 x 2400 dpi color resolution.3 The new Canon ChromaLife 100+ system, a combination of the latest select genuine Canon ink, select genuine Canon Photo Papers and FINE print technology, produces beautiful long-lasting lab-quality prints with enhanced fade resistance for up to 300 years when printed on genuine Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) and stored in an archival-quality photo album.1

Canon's New Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size

Perfect for showing off pictures of the family, Canon has transformed the wallet-sized photo with the new Photo Album 3"x 3" Pocket Size. The ultimate stocking stuffer or personalized party favor, the small pocket-sized album holds 12 different photos, as well as a custom wraparound photo hardcover. The hardcover wrapping is customizable using your own images for a truly unique photo album experience. The albums print out on letter-sized perforated sheets that can be folded and assembled into the 3x3 inch album in just minutes, without glue or scissors. Twelve pictures help tell the complete story of the family vacation, or give grandparents a great pocket-sized brag book.

# # # All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.usa.canon.com/chromalife100plus for additional details.

2 Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending upon a number of factors. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.

3 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.

4 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.



CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES TWO NEW SELPHY COMPACT PHOTO PRINTERS OFFERING A STYLISH DESIGN AND CREATIVE FLAIR

Creative Enhancements Allow Consumers To Personalize Those "Can't Miss" Moments

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new additions to the popular SELPHY compact photo printer line: the SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30. A first for a Canon compact photo printer, the SELPHY ES3 will now include one gigabyte of internal flash memory for storage of memorable photos. With significantly more creative options to embellish photos, digital photographers and scrapbookers will be able to customize their photos more than ever before using these new printers.

Featured in the new SELPHY ES3 Compact Photo Printer is the inclusion of internal flash memory which allows for images to be stored directly on the printer making sharing with friends and family even easier. Consumers will no longer have to worry about uploading images from a memory card each time and can print out up to 1000 memorable images on command.

Consumers will be able to choose from a variety of ways to customize and optimize their photos with significant advancements to the frame, clip art and calendar functions. A total of 47 frame templates are now included on the SELPHY ES3 and 18 on the SELPHY ES30 Compact Photo Printers. For parents who like to add clip art to their photos, there are 28 different types of colorful illustrations on the ES3 while there are 10 on the ES30, ranging from "Happy Birthday" cakes to musical notes. The number of layouts for the "Calendar" function has been increased to 12 and there are six different types of background colors as well. With the use of the Easy Scroll Wheel, setting changes can be made in the Creative Print function making it possible to preview the image with creative touches prior to printing.

"The popular SELPHY Compact Photo Printer line is known for its ease-of-use, high image quality and compact stylish design," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "The addition of these two new compact photo printers further solidifies and expands upon this with new features such as the internal memory on the SELPHY ES3 Compact Photo Printer and all of the new creative options."

A new wide-angle viewing 3.5-inch LCD monitor can be found on the Canon SELPHY ES3 while the SELPHY ES30 Compact Photo Printer comes equipped with a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor to make checking images in horizontal and vertical directions very easy to do. The Image Optimizer helps to automatically correct exposure and adjust the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the images to help ensure the images being printed come out their best.

Both the Canon SELPHY ES3 and SELPHY ES30 Compact Photo Printers have been designed with portability in mind. The newly designed carrying handle makes it easy for the printer to be carried from room to room. With the power adapter now being built into the printer's body, only the power cable needs to be connected to operate the printer. In addition to the integrated ink and paper cartridges found on previous SELPHY models, two new "Easy Photo Packs" are now available that can add a gold and/or silver effect on all your photographs. A variety of 15 types of memory cards are supported from Compact Flash to microSD cards, which can now be inserted without the use of an adaptor.1 PictBridge enabled digital cameras can be connected to these compact photo printers as well.

The estimated selling price of the SELPHY ES3 Compact Photo Printer is .99, and .992 for the SELPHY ES30 Compact Photo Printer.

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1 Compatible memory cards include CompactFlash Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD Card, miniSD Card, microSD Card, SDHC Card, miniSDHC Card, microSDHC Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card and HC MMCplus Card. xD-Picture Card, MMCmobile Card, MMCmicro Card, RS-MMC Card and Memory Stick Micro require an additional adaptor, which must be purchased separately.

2 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of .9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom.





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