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Press Releases - September 9, 2004



Canon’s Four New Pixma Inkjet Photo Printers Offer Brilliant Picture Quality And Ergonomic Design


Canon’s Newest PIXMA Branded Products Offer A Printer for Every Lifestyle Including Industry’s First One Picoliter Printer; Eight Color Letter Sized Format Desktop Photo Printer and 802.11g Wi-Fi Compatible Printer


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2004 – Canon’s newest line of PIXMA photo printers – iP4000R, iP5000, iP6000D, and iP8500 – all offer advanced options that provide consumers, photo enthusiasts and professional photographers with superb photo quality, increased print speeds, and even wireless capabilities, which can be found on the new PIXMA iP4000R model.

PIXMA: A Series Of Firsts

Canon’s PIXMA iP5000 model is the industry’s first printer to feature microscopic 1- picoliter ink droplets for virtually grain-free photographs. The PIXMA iP8500 photo printer is Canon’s first ChromaPLUS eight-color ink letter-sized format photo printer, designed for photographers and consumers seeking vivid color and precision with the highest level of photo printing quality. For households connected to a wireless network, Canon’s new PIXMA iP4000R photo printer combines high speed and brilliant photo quality with wireless capabilities, making it the first 802.11g Wi-Fi model available in Canon’s PIXMA line.

"Our new PIXMA-branded products deliver an impeccable combination of photo quality, advanced features and fast print speeds, which is a result of our 60-plus year heritage and enterprising spirit as a leading camera, optics, inkjet, laser printer and copier manufacturer," 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. (NYSE CAJ). "The newest additions to our line of PIXMA printers all possess exceptional qualities including the ability to deliver remarkable color with either five, six or eight color print heads, operate at impressive speeds, and is capable of allowing people to print beautiful photos and fast text with or without a computer. Our new iP4000R model even allows consumers to print their photos wirelessly."


Canon PIXMA iP4000R Photo Printer

Canon PIXMA iP4000R


At an estimated selling price of .99*, the PIXMA iP4000R Photo Printer delivers high speed, remarkable quality, with the freedom of wireless printing when connected to a wireless network. Supporting the IEEE 802.11g WiFi standard, members of the family are able to share one printer while printing from any room in the house.

Similar to the PIXMA iP4000 model, the PIXMA iP4000R desktop photo printer is Canon’s fastest consumer inkjet printer to date with print speeds of up to 25 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black** and up to 17 ppm in color**. Users are also able to create a borderless 4 x 6 inch photo in about 36 seconds**.

In addition, the PIXMA iP4000R photo printer features Canon’s unique five-color ContrastPLUS ink system, which incorporates a dye-based photo-grade black ink tank for photo printing, delivering improved image contrast and overall sharpness, particularly when used on photo paper. The PIXMA iP4000R printer also has a pigment-based black ink tank to help users achieve crisp, fast, high-quality black text.


Canon PIXMA iP5000 Photo Printer

Canon PIXMA iP5000


At an estimated selling price of .99*, the new PIXMA iP5000 photo printer demonstrates speed and performance and raises the standard of photographic detail to a new level. A specially designed 1,856-nozzle print head ejects precise, microscopic droplets as small as 1 picoliter that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. With an industry leading resolution of up to 9600x 2400 color dpi (Ink droplets can be placed with a pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum)††, the PIXMA iP5000 photo printer delivers stunning detail and tonal gradation for photos virtually unmatched by printers in the same class.

Utilizing Canon’s ContrastPLUS system, the five ink tank PIXMA iP5000 photo printer can create both exquisite photos and clean reports at high speeds. Print speeds are up to 25 ppm** in black and up to 17 ppm** in color with the ability to produce borderless 4 x 6 inch photo in approximately 36 seconds.


Canon PIXMA iP6000D Photo Printer

Canon PIXMA iP6000D


At an estimated selling price of .99* photo enthusiasts will enjoy Canon’s PIXMA iP6000D six-color photo printer. This highly versatile photo printer provides consumers with several PC-free printing options, including the ability to print JPEG images from a cell phone with infrared capabilities†. Users can also print by directly connecting any PictBridge compatible camera or digital video camcorder, or inserting a memory card into the built-in slots.

Using the large built-in 2.5" color LCD display and control panel, users can visualize the print process and fine-tune images for amazing results. Also, a new image search function provides the ability to look for specific images based on the date they were photographed. A color balance function allows for easy adjustment of the color balance of the photo.

The iP6000D model prints directly from Compact Flash, Microdrive, Smart Media , Multimedia Card (MMC), Memory Stick , Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick DUO***, Memory Stick DUO PRO***, SD Card, Mini SD Card*** and xD-Picture Card***.


Canon’s PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer

Canon PIXMA iP8500


At an estimated selling price of .99*, the new Canon PIXMA iP8500 photo printer features the Canon eight-color ChromaPLUS ink system for rich, true-to-life color reproduction to satisfy even the most demanding photographer. The addition of a red and a green ink tanks raises the quality to a level achieved on professional printers providing a brilliancy rivaling the quality of positive film. Plus, a high performance print head utilizing an impressive 6,144 nozzles can produce 4 x 6 inch borderless photos in about 21 seconds or an 8.5 x 11 inch borderless enlargement in just one minute.**

Easy-PhotoPrint and Digital Photo Professional software allow images photographed using Canon digital SLR cameras and saved in Adobe RGB mode to be printed on the PIXMA iP8500 photo printer with accurate color reproduction using the larger Adobe RGB color space.

FINE Photographs and Text

All of the new PIXMA photo printers feature Canon’s exclusive FINE high-performance print heads. FINE technology (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) delivers sub- micron level precision during the manufacturing process. FINE print heads are the only consumer-oriented print heads to achieve an actual 1,200 dpi nozzle pitch. Canon’s FINE print heads allow for high-speed printing over wide areas in a single pass.

Added Value and Convenience With Built In Accessories

All four new PIXMA models include a second front-feeding paper cassette that accommodates letter-sized media in addition to the standard auto sheet feeder located on top of the printer, which prints all sizes up to letter sized media. The dual-paper path allows the printer to be loaded with both plain paper and photo paper or different sized papers simultaneously, so both documents and photos can be printed without the need for stopping and changing paper. Users can switch easily between the two sources by simply clicking the paper feed selector located on the front of the printer. And of course users can also change the sources by printer driver.

PictBridge Technology for Direct Photo Printing

Each new Canon PIXMA photo printer also features PictBridge technology for direct photo printing. Consumers can easily print pictures at home or the office, from any PictBridge enabled digital camera or camcorder‡‡. Users simply connect the digital camera or camcorder to the printer with the USB cable that came with their camera.

Canon includes several software applications††† on the Setup Software & User’s Guide CD- ROM for each of the four new printers to make a variety of applications easier for the consumer including printing photos and web pages.

Software Simplicity

An updated version of the very popular Easy-PhotoPrint software (Windows /Mac ), allows customers to print photos quickly using simple menu choices to locate digital images, pick paper size and type, choose the layout and print. Other features that help produce realistic digital images in the Easy-PhotoPrint software include Vivid Photo to print life-like vibrant colors and Photo Noise Reduction to decrease noise from digital images. New tools added to this version include Face Sharpening for out-of-focus face correction, Face Brightener to correct for less-than perfect lighting conditions, Red Eye Correction, Blemish Remover to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections in addition to Auto Duplexing support.

Easy-WebPrint software‡ (Windows only, requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0 is recommended) provides consumers with a tool that automatically resizes web pages to fit the standard printer page so they may be printed without losing important information from the right side of the screen. PhotoRecord™ (Windows only) helps print photo albums and photos with frames.

The PIXMA iP4000R, iP5000, iP6000D, and iP8500 photo printers are compatible with Windows 98/Mellinum Edition/2000/XP and Macintosh OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.3.x. The iP5000, iP6000D and iP8500 photo printers are also compatible with Macintosh OS 9.x. A one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange is included with an option to purchase an extended limited warranty (good for up to three years) from Canon for ‡‡‡.

Canon’s new PIXMA iP4000R, iP5000, iP6000D and iP8500 desktop photo printers will be available this fall for estimated selling prices of .99*, .99*, .99*, and .99*, respectively.

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 ranked #35 on the latest 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 2003, with global revenues of .9 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.







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