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PictureMate - EPSON’s Personal Photo Lab

  • 21 May, 2004 12:07

<p>Sydney 19 May 2004: EPSON Australia has announced the release of the EPSON PictureMate[TM] personal photo lab, a new concept, portable, all-in-one photo processing centre for digital camera and compatible mobile phone users to make affordable, long lasting and high quality photographs on the run without using a PC.</p>
<p>PictureMate’s innovative one-touch technology makes 100x150mm photos directly from digital cameras at less than 50c cents per picture, and EPSON’s 6 colour UltraChrome Hi-Gloss [TM] inks and photo papers ensure photos last for many family generations – even centuries.</p>
<p>When displayed, PictureMate photos resist fading for as much as 2 to 4 times longer than the leading photo lab brands, and from 4 to 20 times longer than other dedicated 100x150mm photo printers.* PictureMate photos last approximately 200 years in a photo album and up to 100 years when displayed in a glass frame*. They are also water and smudge resistant for worry free handling.</p>
<p>One touch print options such as printing in black and white or sepia allow users to print photos to suit their personal needs and taste. The PictureMate is so resourceful it can also print proof sheets, crop photos, add classic borders and make wallet sized photos.</p>
<p>PictureMate consumables are available in EPSON’s Print Pack which includes a six colour photo ink cartridge and glossy photo paper for 100 photos (100x150mm) - all conveniently packaged together.</p>
<p>An optional Bluetooth wireless module may be used to print photos from Bluetooth capable mobile phones to meet the needs of today’s busy lifestyle.</p>
<p>Not only is making photos easy with PictureMate, but filing photo collections is too. Without a PC and with just one button, PictureMate enables users to automatically back up digital images from the camera memory card directly to externally-connected devices, including CD-R and ZIP [TM] drives.</p>
<p>PictureMate is PictBridge compatible, which means that each photo is automatically optimised for colour and quality as it passes from the digital camera to PictureMate.</p>
<p>PictureMate is compatible with most digital cameras, supporting all popular memory card formats including SD™ memory card/MultiMediaCard™, Memory Stick ®, Compact Flash™ Type I and II, SmartMedia™, Secure Digital, MMC, xD and Microdrive.</p>
<p>EPSON’s Advanced MicroPiezo (TM) printhead technology and 6-colour pigment ink ensures that photos can last for up to 100 years when cased in a glass frame or 200 years in a photo album. PictureMate also reproduces the finest detail from high resolution images, delivering up to 5760 x 1440 optimised microscopic 2.5 picolitre droplets per inch for the clearest detail and smooth colour gradations.</p>
<p>PictureMate is compatible with both Microsoft and Apple computer operating systems.</p>
<p>The EPSON PictureMate will be available in June through EPSON’s dealers for the recommended retail price of $399 including GST. The optional Bluetooth wireless module is $187 including GST. For full specifications on this and other EPSON photo printers please refer to www.epson.com.au</p>
<p>EPSON Customer Hotline: 1300 131 928</p>
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<p>For full specifications on all EPSON products please refer to www.epson.com.au.</p>
<p>* Using the PictureMate cartridge and PictureMate paper, prints can last up to 200 years in archival sleeves in album storage and up to 100 years in a glass frame in indoor display conditions. See www.wilhelm-research.com for test conditions. Actual print stability will vary according to image and storage or display conditions. EPSON does not guarantee the longevity of prints. For information on lightfastness criteria and results refer to www.epson.com.au or www.wilhelm-research.com</p>
<p>For more information, to obtain high resolution images or to arrange an evaluation unit, please contact:
Bob Pritchard
CommunEcom Strategic Communications
Phone: 02 9960 6000, 0413 825 552
Email: bob.pritchard@communecom.com.au</p>
<p>About EPSON Australia
EPSON offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. EPSON is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures]. EPSON's products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. EPSON Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the EPSON Group headquartered in Japan.</p>
<p>About The EPSON Group</p>
<p>The Epson Group increases its corporate value through its innovative and creative culture. Dedicated to providing its customers with digital image innovation, its main product lines comprise information-related equipment such as printers and projectors, electronic devices including displays, liquid crystal panels for projectors, semiconductors and quartz devices, and precision products such as watches. Epson products are known throughout the world for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency. The Epson Group is a network of 84,899 employees in 110 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., which is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Group had consolidated sales of 1,413 billion yen in fiscal 2003.</p>

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