Release Issued by Canon:
Canon introduces the 1 picolitre PIXMA MP500 photo centreAmstelveen, The Netherlands, 22 August 2005
. Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, today announces the release of the PIXMA MP500 3-In-1 photo centre for the advanced home user with a 1 picolitre 9600 x 2400 dpi FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head.
Incorporating renowned PIXMA design, the MP500 is a complete mini photolab for the home user. It features:
Approx. 51 second photolab quality 10 x 15cm borderless photo prints
96002 x 2400 dpi, 1 picolitre1, 5 ink photo printing
Extensive connectivity including memory card slot, PictBridge, IrDA and optional Bluetooth for printing from compatible mobile phones
Large 6.3cm colour LCD for image preview, enhancement and cropping
1200 x 2400 dpi high resolution flatbed scanner
High speed document copier: 29cpm (mono) and 19cpm (colour)
DVD/CD printing, auto duplex printing, dual paper tray
For long lasting fade-resistant prints, the MP500 features the new ChromaLife100 system. When used in conjunction with genuine Canon media, ChromaLife100 produces prints that resist fading for 100 years when stored in an album. Prints exposed unframed to the effects of the air resist fading for 10 years if printed on Photo Paper Pro (PR-101).
With 1 picolitre quality and its extensive functionality, the MP500 represents excellent value at this price point, said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe.
FINE for speed and quality
Canon's patented FINE semi-conductor manufacturing technique creates extraordinary print speeds by producing exceptionally long print heads with exceptionally high nozzle numbers and density. This gets more ink on the page in less time than is possible with traditional ink jet technology, delivering fast borderless photo prints up to A4 size.
FINE also achieves virtually grain free photolab quality by delivering millions of microscopic 1 picolitre1 droplets each second with extremely high consistency and accuracy from 9 m diameter Micro-Nozzles.
ContrastPLUS technology - a system that includes a dye-based black ink for sharper contrast - works in concert with FINE to generate exceptionally crisp, high contrast results. Document text results are sharpened with the addition of improved, high optical density pigment black ink.
A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface eliminates data transfer bottlenecks to keep performance at maximum capacity.
To support direct printing without a computer, the MP500s large 6.3cm colour LCD screen can be used to
Preview images and page layouts
Preview image trimming or cropping
With direct printing possible from popular memory cards, PictBridge compliant digital cameras and digital video camera, as well as mobile phones via Bluetooth or IrDA, the MP500 is equipped with a range of built-in image enhancement features, so photographs can be improved without resorting to the PC. Red-eye Correction automatically detects and corrects red eyes caused by flash reflection, while the Face Brightener can distinguish and increase the brightness of faces when they are in shadow. Prints of low-resolution images, such as those taken on a camera phone, are optimised with the Smoothing function softening jagged outlines and reducing JPEG block noise.
Wireless printing from Bluetooth compatible camera phones and PDAs is available with the optional new super compact BU-20 Bluetooth adapter, which plugs into the printers PictBridge port.
Quality that lasts
For improved fade resistance, the printer supports Canon's new ChromaLife100: a system of genuine Canon dye-based inks, which deliver exceptionally broad colour gamut, and specialised photo paper designed to work together with FINE print heads. This technology triangle of nozzle design, ink and media produces prints that rival silver halide quality and longevity. Prints resist fading for 100 years when album-stored, 30 years when displayed under glass and 10 years when exposed to the effects of the air3.
The MP500 provides the user with 1200 dpi scanning. It features Multi Scan, which can scan up to 10 photos as multiple single images at a time, and automatically corrects tilted images. Scan to PDF creates PDFs from original documents without use of conversion software. PDF file pages are easily ordered and can be readily inserted into previously created PDF files. Featuring automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition), text is embedded into the PDF file for convenient editing and searching.
As well as the meeting the speed expected from any excellent copier, the MP500 features Auto Exposure (AE) copying, where the document is pre-scanned to give optimum results for text, photos and background. With 4-on-1 copying, four original documents can be copied onto one page.
Advanced media handling
The MP500 incorporates Canon's Advanced Media Handling system, with dual paper trays so the printer can be loaded with plain paper and photo media simultaneously as well as auto duplex printing and integrated DVD/CD printing.
The printers' individual ink tanks ensure that only those inks which run out need to be replaced. They feature LEDs that only light when the tanks are installed correctly. To provide ink level monitoring information during stand-alone use that would normally be displayed on the computer screen, LEDs flash slowly to warn when the tank runs low, and more rapidly to indicate when the cartridge is empty.
Canon's competitive advantage in printer hardware technology is fully realised when genuine Canon photo grade media and inks are used. The diverse and growing range of Canon media - including the new affordable Glossy Photo Paper Everyday Use (GP-501) - is developed specifically to work in combination with Canon's FINE ink jet print technology. Photo papers and media are available in a wide range of sizes (from credit card to A4), formats (including mini stickers) and finishes (from matt to semi-gloss to super-high gloss). They include double-sided photo paper (PP-101D 13x18cm and PP-101D A4) and the flagship Photo Paper Pro (PR-101) for the highest grade, ultimate durability professional results.
MP500 software as standard includes:
MP Navigator 2.0
helps users get immediate optimum results with minimum fuss. Users simply select the required process and desired output. Version 2.0 features: improved PDF functionality; improved zoom window for scanned images; additional buttons and controls for greater usability; and options to scan from colour magazines or film.
provides three easy steps to printing photos, assisting with media selection, scaling and photo effects.
Easy-WebPrint (Windows only)
sits on the Internet Explorer toolbar to simplify web page printing.
- Simplifies printing directly onto print-ready CD-R and DVDs
- Optical Character Recognition application that converts scanned text into characters for editing or storage as a searchable text file.
- image-editing program featuring automatic colour and tone enhancement, cloning, animated 3D text and over 40 special effects.
The MP500 is compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, and Mac OSX v10.2.4 or later.