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Newsletter 03-17-06

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New printers from Canon and HP using color pigment inks

New printers from Canon and HP using color pigment inks

Canon recently announced the release of their new Pixma Pro9500 photo printer which will be offered on the market at a price of app. 700 Euro in autumn this year.

This printer is the first printer from Canon using color pigment inks. Ten individual tanks of Canon´s 'Lucia' branded pigment inks, Canon´s 7.680 nozzle printhead and Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology are at the core of this photo printer. These 'Lucia' inks - photo black (PGI-9 PBK), matte black (PGI-9 MBK), gray (PGI-9 GR), cyan (PGI-9 C), magenta (PGI-9 M), yellow (PGI-9 Y), photo cyan (PGI-9 PC), photo magenta (PGI-9 PM), red (PGI-9 R) and green (PGI-9 G) - are placed by the Pixma Pro9500 in 3 picoliter droplets (min.) on the print media. The maximum printing resolution is 4.800 x 2.400 dpi.

The Pixma Pro9500 is said to print up to 9 B/Wpages and 8 color pages per minute. The main target groups for this printer are pro photographers and imaging professionals that wish to present the highest possible quality portfolios of their work as well as those who generate gallery-standard prints for sale, Canon says.

The HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer is an 8 colour, A3+ printer that uses Vivera pigment inks for waterproof photos that resist fading for more than 200 years, says HP. The HP B9180 will be available from May/June 2006 at an estimated street price of $699 (US).

HP Vivera pigment ink technology, combined with the printer's professional colors, enables accurate and consistent color reproduction at a maximum resolution of 4.800 x 1.200 dpi. HP's third-generation gray ink is more neutral than before, allowing for exceptionally smooth transitions and detail. Eight individual high-capacity ink cartridges enable high volume printing with efficient printing speeds up to 27 pages B/Wand up to 25 color pages per minute. The target group for this printer are professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Users can print photos on digital fine art media including canvas, photo rag, watercolor, stiff prematte and film up to 1.5-mmthick, as well as improved HP Advanced Photo Paper.

An electrostatic drop weight detection systemautomatically compensates for a nozzle not working, alerting you when the printhead needs cleaning or in the unlikely event of it needing to be replaced.

The new HP Vivera ink catridges are - HP 38 matte black, HP 38 photo black, HP 38 light grey, HP 38 cyan, HP 38 magenta, HP 38 yellow, HP 38 light cyan and HP 38 light magenta. The print heads are - HP 70 Matte Black/Cyan, HP 70 light cyan / light magenta, HP 70 magenta / yellow and HP 70 photo black / light grey.

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