Canon has announced a new series of inkjet printer: PIXMA. The eight new printers and all-in-one models boast bold designs and improved features. Canon claims that all PIXMA products support photo-lab-quality or better printing with FINE (Full-photolighographic Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) and 2-picolitre ink droplets. A minimalist design ethic incorporates clean lines and super-gloss finishes.

iP2000 and iP1500 inkjets

At the entry-level, PIXMA begins with two 4,800-x-1,200dpi personal photo/document printers – the 2-picolitre 20ppm PIXMA iP2000 and 18ppm iP1500, with Canon’s FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology.

Canon claims that the 4-ink iP1500 and iP2000 boast print quality until recently only available in dedicated 6-ink photo printers.

Malcolm Hills, head of Canon Consumer Imaging UK and Ireland, said: “The introduction of 2-picolitre photo-lab-quality at this price point brings a new level of performance to range-opening printers that will change consumers’ expectations of personal photo printing standards."

Both printers provide borderless printing in 4-x-6", 5-x-7" and A4 formats. The Easy-PhotoPrint application supplied with the printers assists with options such as media selection and scaling, Face Sharpening to correct out-of-focus faces, Red Eye Correction and Digital Face Smoothing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The iP2000 provides direct photo printing with the vendor independent PictBridge standard. Any compatible digital camera or camcorder can connect directly to the printer via USB cable for direct printing without the need for a PC.

The PIXMA iP2000 and iP1500 will be available from September 2004 for £69 and £49 RRP including VAT .

iP4000 and iP3000 inkjets

The PIXMA iP4000 and iP3000 are two 4,800-x-1,200dpi personal photo/document printers, with 2-picolitre droplet performance from FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. Canon claims speeds of 25ppm and 22ppm respectively.

Canon claims that PIXMA's "radical designs" reflect its recognition of "the increasing preference among customers for products that excel in both aesthetics and functionality. A lustrous high-quality grey finish completes sleek, clean lines of the integrated shells, giving the printers a futuristic look."

"PIXMA represents a clear departure from conventional desktop devices," said Hills. "With their cleverly integrated functionality and superb, striking designs, these two printers can be placed anywhere in the living or working environment and fit right in.”

PictBridge is supported for direct cable-connection photo-printing with any compatible digital camera or digital video camera, without the need for a PC. Borderless photos print in credit card, 4-x-6", 5-x-7", and A4 formats.

Both printers feature Canon’s transparent single-ink system, where each ink is stored in an individually replaceable tank to minimize waste.

The PIXMA iP3000 and PIXMA iP4000 will be available from September 2004 for £89 and £129 RRP including VAT.

MP750 and MP780 all-in-ones

Two PIXMA all-in-one devices – the PIXMA MP750 and MP780 multifunctionals – also feature a stylish "futuristic" new design. They incorporate a 25ppm mono/17ppm colour printer with 4,800-x-1,200dpi and 2-picolitre ink droplets. Both are PictBridge compatible. Both will also print to CD and DVD discs. A colour Copier (25cpm colour/17cpm mono) features a 35-page automatic document feeder. The scanner has a 2,400-x-4,800dpi resolution with USB 2.0 interface.

"These PIXMA multifunction devices close the door on beige, bland and boring. In a new era of designer technology, the MP750 and MP780 greatly improve the look of office products," said Hills.

With only one cable, one power source, and one driver installation required, Canon says the compact all-in-ones are designed to save time, space and complication. A duplex unit provides automatic double-sided printing and copying, and dual-paper paths allow switching from plain paper to special photo media without having to change paper. Both units support printing directly onto compatible CD-R and DVDs.

The MP750 and MP780 are compatible with Win98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OSX 10.3 or later, and will be available from mid October 2004 for £219 and £259 RRP.