Thursday, September 20, 2012
Ilford has developed new ICC profiles to maximise printing results when using its Galerie range of inkjet papers with the latest Canon printers, including the Pixma PRO-100 and PRO-10 photo printers that replace the Pixma Pro9000 Mark II and Pixma Pro9500 Mark II models, respectively; and five new imagePROGRAF models. The Ilford ICC profiles developed for printing with the new Canon products will be available free for download to coincide with the worldwide availability of the printers.
Canon U.S.A has introduced five new imagePROGRAF printers. Designed for use by photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay users, the iPF9400 (12-colour, 60-inch), iPF9400S (8-colour, 60-inch), iPF8400 (12-colour, 44-inch), iPF6450 and iPF6400 (12-colour, 24-inch) utilise Canon’s LUCIA EX pigment ink set, an enhanced multi-sensor and advanced printing technologies specifically developed to produce prints with an enhanced colour range and improved durability. The new Canon imagePROGRAF models will have an MSRP of $11,995 for the iPF9400, $9,995 for the iPF9400S, $5,995 for the iPF8400 printer, $3,695 for the iPF6450 and $2,995 for the iPF6400.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Epson has introduced two new Wi-Fi enabled “Small-in-One” printers. The flagship Expression XP-800 comes equipped with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder featuring automatic two-sided copying, scanning and faxing, a 3.5” touchscreen with gesture navigation for easy setup and operation, specialty paper support through its rear paper feed4, and an auto-extend paper output tray that automatically extends any time the user hits print from a Mac, PC or iPad. The main difference between the two printers is the scanner resolution, which is 2400dpi on the XP-600 and 4800dpi XP-800, the printing speed (XP-600: 9ppm, XP-800: 11ppm) and the built-in Ethernet networking feature, which is only offered on the XP-800. The Epson XP-600 ($149.99, pictured) and XP-800 ($279.99) will be available in late-October through major retailer stores across the USA.
Epson is showcasing its full range of LFP, pro-photo and consumer photo products at this year’s Photokina. The stand offers practical application demonstrations of Epson products in use, including the company’s new digital dry lab, the SureLab SL-D3000. Faces of Photokina will also be a core theme for Epson during the show, where professional photographers will aim to take portrait photos of 1000 visitors to the Epson booth and display them as a gallery of images, which will be signed and stamped with Epson’s Digigraphie label.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Canon has added two new models to its Pixma Pro series of 13-inch inkjet printers. Built with the same quality of output and design as the flagship Pixma Pro-1 professional inkjet printer, these two models are claimed to produce excellent black-and-white and colour prints. The Canon Pixma Pro-10 printer (pictured) utilises a 10-ink tank system with LUCIA pigment-based inks to produce a wide colour gamut and exceptional print longevity on fine art and glossy paper. The printer employs three monochrome inks, including Matte Black, to generate deep, dark blacks when using fine art paper. The eight-colour, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer utilises the ChromaLife 100+ dye-based ink system to produce vibrant, saturated colours on fine-art and glossy papers. Three monochrome inks are included to help enhance black density and produce accurate prints with smooth tonal gradations. The estimated selling price of the Pixma Pro-10 and Pixma Pro-100 Professional Inkjet Printers are $699 and $499.
Canon has announced the upcoming launch of three new additions to its Pixma range of printers. Joining Canon’s All-in-One Photo printer range are the Wi-Fi enabled MG5450 and MG6350, which feature fast print speeds, the option of cost-saving high capacity XL inks, and enhanced connectivity for printing around the home. The Pixma MG6350 additionally. features an 8.8cm colour touchscreen and a 6-ink printing system (versus the more traditional 7.5cm display and 5-ink system of the MG5450) that combines with Canon’s Intelligent Touch System for easy and intuitive, light-guided touch operation. The similarly Wi-Fi capable Pixma iP7250 single-function printer has a 5-ink system, and features direct printing from tablet and smartphone devices. The Canon Pixma iP7250, MG5450 & MG6350.will be available from November for £79/€99, £129/€159 and £169/€219, respectively.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Epson has announced the Expression Photo XP-850 and XP-750 Wi-Fi enabled A4 photo printers. Both new models use Epson’s new six-colour Claria Photo HD Ink Set (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta), which is claimed to deliver smooth tonal gradations, deep blacks and rich, vibrant colours. The Expression Photo XP-850 and XP-750 also feature a motorised control panel and output tray, which open automatically before printing so all users have to do is collect their printouts. The key differences between the two models include the scanner resolution (4,800dpi for the XP-850 and 2,400dpi for the XP-750) and duplex ADF for double-sided scanning, copying and faxing, which is only offered by the XP-850. The Expression Photo XP-850 and XP-750 are available from November, priced at £249.99 and £229.99 respectively.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Canon UK today announced the launch of four compact all-in-one Pixma printers optimised for printing documents from the internet and photo lab quality images at home. The entry-level Pixma MP230 (£44/€49) is an affordable printer with print, scan and copy functions, a stylish matte black design and compact footprint. The Pixma MG2250 (£49/€59) is a competitively priced all-in-one device featuring a seven-segment LCD display and Canon’s FastFront design. It can print 10x15cm borderless photos in approximately 44 seconds. The Pixma MG3250 (£69/€79) includes all the features of the MG2250 but offers faster print speeds, built-in Wi-Fi and a free smartphone and tablet app for printing photos and scanning. Finally, the range-topping Pixma MG4250 (£79/€89) comes with a 6.2cm colour TFT display, built-in Wi-Fi and the Pixma Cloud Link, which includes direct access to Picasa online albums, Web Template Print and Google Cloud Print.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Epson UK has launched its Expression Home range – a series of compact models that deliver both high-quality, glossy photos and crisp, clear text. The Small-in-One line-up features the Expression Home XP-400 Series, XP-300 Series, XP-205, XP-202 and XP-102, allowing users to print, copy and scan. The Expression Home range also includes the Expression Home XP-30, which is Epson’s smallest ever single-function A4 printer. These printers use Epson’s new four-colour Claria Home Ink set, a new entry-level ink formulation that combines the durability of black pigment ink with the glossy colour photo output of dye-based cyan, magenta and yellow inks. The XP-30, XP-102, XP-202, XP-305, (with extra Claria home ink set) and the XP- 405 are available from September, priced at £39.99, £49.99, £59.99, £79.99 and £89.99.
Friday, July 20, 2012
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of its new Eco-Flo ink bottle system the Epson R3000 printer. The PermaJet Eco-Flo has been specially designed with moulded cartridges that simply slot into your printer in the usual way and stay in situ permanently. Refilling is then carried out simply by topping up the external reservoir bottles therefore avoiding unnecessary wear and tear on the cartridges and microchips. The company claims that using the PermaJet Eco-Flo ink system enables users to save up to 80% off their ink costs on the Epson R3000 printer.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Canon has unveiled a new Wi-Fi enabled Compact Photo Printer called the Canon Selphy CP900. “The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity offers users the flexibility and convenience to print from a variety of situations without sacrificing the overall quality of the output,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. The Canon Selphy CP900 Compact Photo Printer can produce a high-quality 4 x 6-inch image in approximately 47 seconds. An added feature of the printer is a new 2.7-inch screen with double the overall resolution of any other similar Canon Compact Photo Printer to date. The estimated selling price of the Selphy CP900 Compact Photo Printer is $99.99.
Canon today announced three Photo All-In-One printers – the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless, PIXMA MG3220 Wireless and PIXMA MG2220. Each new printer uses the FastFront feature for easy changing of ink and paper from the front of the printer and can also produce borderless edge-to-edge 4x6-inch photos in approximately 44 seconds at a maximum colour resolution of 4800x2400 dpi. A new feature for these affordable printers is My Image Garden software combining various tools to help consumers organise memorable photos and create new photo projects. There is also a new Facebook application, Print Your Days, allowing users to easily access and customize their photos stored on the social networking site. The estimated selling price is $129.99 for the MG4220, $79.99 for the MG3220 and $69.99 for the PIXMA MG2220.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Polaroid has unveiled the Z2300 instant digital camera, featuring a 10-megapixel imager, a 3-inch LCD screen and an integrated printer with ZINK (Zero Ink) technology. The camera uses Polaroid’s patented, 2"x3” ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Additionally, your images can be automatically saved to an SD card, just like a regular digital camera. The Z2300’s on-board editing suite allows you to review and crop your pictures right on the camera without transferring them to your PC. And you can choose to automatically print every picture or wait for the perfect shot to avoid wasted prints. The Polaroid Z2300 instant digital camera has a suggested retail price of $159.99. 50-sheet packs of 2x3” Premium ZINK Paper retail for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs sell for $14.99. Both are available for pre-order via the website below.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Epson has announced the Epson Expression Home XP-400 “Small-in-One” multi-functional printer, scanner and copier. The sub-$100 wireless Small-in-One offers a 2.5” colour LCD with touch panel, built-in memory card slots for easy PC-free photo printing and instant-dry DURABrite Ultra ink. The Epson Expression Home XP-400 will be available in June through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores across the USA, and Epson’s retail website.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Epson has released three useful tips for those who want to preserve their summer memories on the form of photographic prints. “National Photo Month is a great time to remember what a true photo is all about – the printed image,” said Richard Day, product manager, Epson America. The three tips are: 1) print on real canvas (this is to promote Epson’s Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas Matte media), 2) check the paper type you choose in the printer’s driver matches the paper you are printing on and 3) let the prints dry 24 hours before framing or displaying them.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Kodak has revealed two all-in-one printers and its new Pic Flick HD iPad app. The Kodak ESP 3.2 all-in-one printer (£79) is the latest addition to the company’s inkjet printer portfolio. “With a refreshed and modern design, it is targeted to photo-centric consumers and families who want great value, quality and simplicity,” Kodak says. “It offers Kodak’s signature easy Wi-Fi set-up and a 6.1cm colour touchscreen for effortless navigation and a better ‘walk up and print’ experience.” The ESP 1.2 all-in-one printer (£69, pictured) provides consumers with an easy way to print and save. It too offers effortless Wi-Fi set up and a 3.8cm intuitive touchframe interface for quick navigation making it simple to print, copy and scan. Coming in June, the free Kodak Pic Flick HD App for iPad lets consumers create personalised photo cards, collages and prints, with the ability to add captions and speech bubbles. For photo prints, Kodak Technology identifies the colours in the photo and automatically generates matching borders for prints and collages.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
PermaJet has announced that all users of the PermaJet range of papers are automatically entitled to use the company’s new free ICC Custom Profiling Service. The remote custom profiling service is simple - once you’ve downloaded the target files and instructions you just need to print out the patch target files onto the paper that you require the profile for (with all colour management switched off in both your image software and printer driver) and mail them to PermaJet. When received, they are scanned with a high quality Gretag spectrophotometer to create a totally accurate custom ICC profile tailored to your printing environment. The profile is then e-mailed to you, usually on the same day as being received in the post.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Kodak and Samsung have formed a strategic alliance to sell consumer inkjet printers in Europe. Under this agreement, Samsung will be marketing Samsung branded all-in-one inkjet printers using Kodak’s printer and proprietary ink technology. “Through this alliance, we believe that we can benefit from Kodak’s vast experience in inkjet technology. Now we can offer additional products in a segment below our laser printer line-up, where Samsung has not been present up to now,” said Jürgen Krüger, Director of IT Solutions Printing at Samsung Electronics. The printers recently launched in Germany.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Epson has won two awards from the Technical Image Press Association. The Epson products recognised by TIPA were the Epson EH-TW9000W, named as the ‘Best Photo Projector,’ and the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W, which won ‘Best Expert Photo Printer’ (pictured). The former is a Full HD 3D projector that offers easy-to-use features, while the latter is a wireless, A3+ printer that allows fast, easy printing from laptops, desktops and the latest generation of mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads via Epson’s iPrint app.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Canon has been awarded six separate honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The award-winning Canon products include the EOS C300 (Best Professional Video Camera), the EOS 5D Mark III (Best Video DSLR), the not-yet-available EOS-1D X (Best Professional DSLR, pictured), the EF 8-15mm f4L USM Fisheye (Best Professional DSLR Lens), the Powershot G1 X (Best Expert Compact Camera) and the Pixma MG8250 (Best Multifunction Photo Printer).