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Canon Expands Its Digital Imaging Solutions

13 Aug, 2001

Canon Expands Its Digital Imaging Solutions

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ - news) announced 10 new products today -- five printer models, two new MFP devices and three scanners -- which broaden the company's digital imaging solution options for home users, small office workers and students.

According to industry analyst firm Infotrends Research Group (Boston), digital camera sales in 2001 will grow 55 percent over 2000, and this growth has greatly increased the need for high-quality printers and MFPs that can produce stunning photos without sacrificing speed -- an area where Canon's camera and imaging heritage is an advantage.

In addition, Infotrends reports that scanner sales have grown 42 percent since 1998, a segment where Canon is one of the top brand names and the number-two marketshare leader.

``All of our new printer, MFP and scanner products offer not only great performance but unique features which set us apart from our competitors and ensure our leadership in digital imaging solutions whether you're at home, at the office or in the dorm room,'' said Ryoichi Bamba, senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Home and Personal Systems Division of Canon U.S.A.

``Our unique technology includes Bubble Jet printers and MFP devices with individual ink tanks that give you improved cost performance; ink and paper combination which create photos that last longer; or scanners with one-button operation for copying, scanning or e-mailing your photos. Canon technology is technology that makes sense for our customers.''

Four of the new Bubble Jet printers -- the S300, S500 and S630 printers (which also comes as a derivative model with network capability) are based on Canon's Advanced Microfine Droplet Technology, a technology which debuted on the S600 printer in April. High-resolution printing without sacrificing speed is another hallmark of these Canon printers.

In addition, all the new printers, including the entry-level S200 printer, use the same improved inks as the S600 printer which create photo prints that will last for approximately 25 years when printed on Canon's Photo Paper Pro paper(a). The S500 and S630 printers feature Canon's unique individual ink tank system which help eliminate waste and improve cost of ownership for end-users.

Both the S200 and S300 printers represent Canon's entry-level sub-$100 printer models attractive for students and for families as a second printer in the home, which deliver high-quality photo printing.

Canon debuts two flatbed multifunction devices which take advantage of Canon's latest printer technology and expertise in copier technology -- perfect for the small office/home office environment.

The MultiPASS F30 and F50 use the new S630 printer engine technology to offer fast, high-quality photo printing, copying and scanning as well as improved cost of ownership with Canon's individual ink tank system.

Canon's award-winning CanoScan ``N'' series of color flatbed scanners just got better with three new models -- the CanoScan N670U, the N676U and the N1240U -- which feature new improvements such as an Advanced Z-Lid expansion top, a unique way for end-users to scan books, magazines or thick items which Canon debuted on its original ``N'' series scanners.

The improved Z-lid hinge on these new scanners allow for even thicker items to be scanned easily.

In addition, Canon has added to its ease-of-use for these scanners with three buttons for quick scanning, copying or e-mailing of images; a new feature called Multi-Photo Mode automatically straightens multiple photos during a scan which may have been placed at a skew on the glass; and CD archiving of photos -- all packaged in the slim, modern styling for which Canon scanners are known.

Canon Bubble Jet Printers

Advanced Microfine Droplet Technology and Improved Inks for Long Lasting Photos -- Canon focused a lot of attention on the launch of the S600 printer in April because the technology and features of that product would be migrating to several new printers to offer a full line of Bubble Jet printers with similar technology.

Four of the new printers, the S300, S500, S630 and S630 Network Printer, feature Advanced Microfine Droplet Technology defined as 2400x1200 dpi color resolution and a five picoliter drop. In addition, each of the new printers, including the S200 printer, use the improved ink formulations which debuted on the S600 printer earlier this year.

These new inks, pigment-based for black and dye-based for CMY (cyan, magenta and yellow) create sharper text, vibrant, rich colors and when printed on Canon's Photo Paper Pro, photos will last approximately 25 years.(a)

PhotoRecord Software for Creating Professional Looking Photos -- The S300, S500, S630 and S630 Networked Printer ship with Canon's PhotoRecord software which helps end-users easily create 4x6-inch photos and automatically balances color tables between images taken with a Canon digital camera and then printed on a Canon Bubble Jet printer.

This is a distinct advantage for end-users who are not experienced with professional photo finishing techniques -- it allows their final photo prints to look like they were done in a professional lab.

Canon ThinkTank System of Individual Ink Tanks -- The S500 and S630 printers include Canon's hallmark feature of individual ink tanks. This is a unique technology that Canon invented, which offers users a cost performance advantage, especially when printing photos. End-users only replace the individual color ink tank they have depleted which eliminates ink waste.

In addition, the Canon ThinkTank System also includes an on-screen warning so that users are alerted when the ink has run low. To give Canon customers a helping hand when printing digital photos, the S500, S630 and S630 Network Printer ship with a sample pack of Canon's 4x6-inch Photo Paper Pro specialty paper.

The S630 Bubble Jet printer joins the Canon line between the current S600 and S800 printers at a $199(b) estimated street price and will ship in mid-September. The S630 printer produces the same stunning photo prints as the S600 printer but at faster speeds of up to 17 pages per minute in monochrome (ppm) and 12 ppm in color and creates 4x6-inch prints in under 45 seconds.

The S630 printer also comes in a networked version using the Pricom-5100 JCI Print Server which features the Fast 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX networking for an estimated street price of $349.(b)

The S500 printer has speeds of up to 12ppm black and 8ppm color for an estimated street price of $149(b) and is scheduled to ship in October.

For those budget customers who want great performance at a sub-$100 price, and occasionally print high-quality photo snapshots, the new S300 printer is the perfect solution at only a $99(b) estimated street price. Featuring Advanced Microfine Technology, new inks and PhotoRecord software in the box, the S300 printer achieves speeds of up to 11ppm in black and 7.5ppm in color.

Using a tri-color cartridge and separate black cartridge, the S300 printer ships in mid-September. The S200 printer is a perfect choice for families needing a second printer in the home or for the budget-conscious student.

At an estimated street price of $79(b), the S200 delivers up to 2880x720 dpi color resolution at speeds of up to 5ppm in monochrome and 3ppm in color and will ship in November.

MultiPASS F30 and F50 Multifunction Devices

Building on the success of its sheetfed MFPs, Canon enters the fastest growing MFP market segment with the launch of two new flatbed MFP products. The MultiPASS F30 offers printing scanning and copying functionality while the MultiPASS F50 is a color flatbed all-in-one device. Both products, featuring the exclusive Canon ThinkTank System, promise to increase Canon's MFP marketshare.

Further solidifying its position as the leading provider of color digital imaging solutions, the MultiPASS F30 and MultiPASS F50 offer color print resolution of 2400x1200 dpi, color optical scanning resolution of 600x1200 dpi, color copying resolution of 1200x1200 dpi and in the MultiPASS F50, color faxing capabilities with a Super G3 modem (33.6 kbps)(c).

Faxes can be sent and received directly from the desktop, using the MultiPASS Suite application -- or sent from the device, using one-touch dialing and the automatic document feeder.

Both products are based on the new S630 printer engine, offering print speeds of up to 17ppm/black and 12ppm/color and copy speeds of up to 17cpm/monochrome and 10cpm/color. The MultiPASS F50's Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) has a 30-page paper capacity, which allows for copying on a variety of paper sizes -- including letter, legal and even envelopes.

By offering the ability to print and copy on a variety of media, ranging from glossy photo paper and transparencies to magnet sheets and t-shirt transfers, users get both versatility and superior results.

Canon's Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology ensures high-quality resolution printing and a small five picoliter droplet for precision and detail while the Canon ThinkTank System offers an intelligent ink-management system and four separate ink tanks, which helps eliminate ink waste.

With the introduction of the MultiPASS F30 and MultiPASS F50, which combine the flexibility of printing, scanning, copying, and with the MultiPASS F50, faxing, Canon brings a new level of ease and functionality to the SOHO market. With the addition of these products in its lineup, Canon strengthens its already strong position in the MFP market.

CanoScan Color Flatbed Scanners: N670U, N676U and N1240U

As the world's leading digital imaging solutions company, Canon continues to improve its offerings in the color flatbed scanner market. These three new CanoScan scanners, which replace the N650U, N656U and N1220U models respectively, are Canon's fourth generation Contact Image Sensor (CIS)-based scanners.

All three new scanners feature improved ease of operation with three button options for either copying, scanning or e-mailing images. The new models also feature Canon's LIDE (LED InDirect Exposure) technology which creates higher color fidelity and lower power consumption and because there are fewer moving parts, allows Canon to achieve its award-winning small, sleek, thin size.

The CanoScan ``N'' series scanners also achieve 48-bit scanning for more than 281 trillion possible colors.

An Advanced Z-Lid feature allows users to scan thick items such as books or magazines -- the new Z-lid allows for items to be approximately 1/2-inch thicker and new CanoScan models hide the expansion hinge in the design. As with the previous ``N'' series, the CanoScan N670U, N676U and N1240U use only one cable for both USB and power.

Besides the new three-button one-operation capability, other new features on these models include CD archiving which allows users to scan-to-CD-R using Arcsoft PhotoBase and a Multi-Photo Mode found on the ScanSoft software which automatically straightens multiple images on the glass if they have become skewed before scannning begins for perfect scans each time.

The CanoScan N670U replaces the N650U model with a resolution of 600x1200 dpi and a stylish blue lid at an estimated street price of $99(b) and will ship in August. The CanoScan N676U will also ship in August with 600x1200 dpi resolution, sleek titanium lid and an estimated street price of $129.(b)

The CanoScan N1240U features 1200x2400 dpi resolution, a titanium silver lid and ships in August for an estimated street price of $199.(b) Since Canon debuted its first CanoScan model in 1997, the company has gone from zero to number two in marketshare in the personal color flatbed scanner marketplace according to Infotrends Research Group.

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