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Canon announces the i560 Bubble Jet as successor to Australia's most popular mid-range printer, the i550 Bubble Jet

  • 22 August, 2003 17:04

<p>Canon announces the i560 Bubble Jet as successor to Australia’s most popular mid-range printer, the i550 Bubble Jet</p>
<p>An all-round affordable, high-performing Bubble Jet Printer and the first to incorporate PictBridge direct print technology</p>
<p>SYDNEY, 21 August 2003 – Canon Australia today announced the i560 Bubble Jet printer as successor to the popular i550 model. Incorporating the same outstanding technology as the higher specified i850 Bubble Jet printer, this new printer is both a high performer and extremely affordable to purchase and run thanks to the inclusion of Canon’s unique Individual Ink tank system. Additionally, the i560 is the world's first PictBridge enabled Bubble Jet printer, designed to allow consumers to print directly from any PictBridge compatible camera or digital video (DV) camera regardless of brand.</p>
<p>As one of the fastest printers in its class, the i560 delivers print speeds of up to 22 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 15 ppm in color and it is capable of delivering a staggering 19 million droplets of ink per second at up to 4800 x 1200 dpi colour resolution. Dramatic improvements in speed and quality are based on the inclusion of the Canon technology previously found in the multi-award winning Canon i850 Bubble Jet printer, including the i850’s print head and multi-motor print engine.</p>
<p>“The i560 sees the marriage of two fantastic technologies in the one printer, at an amazingly affordable price. This printer combines the high speed and quality of the i850’s two and five picolitre ink droplet system with the convenience of PictBridge digital camera direct printing. Add to this Canon’s Individual Ink Tank system and borderless photo printing capabilities and you have the ideal all-rounder for home or small office,” said Glenn Stubbs, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia.</p>
<p>With a PictBridge enabled camera or digital video camera, consumers can easily print pictures at home, or the office, to any PictBridge enabled printer. Users simply connect the digital camera or DV camera to the printer with a USB cable. The i560 is also backwards compatible with all Bubble Jet Direct compatible cameras.</p>
<p>The i560 print head uses a Canon-exclusive technology that combines ultra-fine two picolitre drops for exceptional quality and detail when printing photos, and five picolitre droplets for fast text and graphics printing.</p>
<p>The print head also features 1600 nozzles and advanced Microfine Droplet Technology to eject a precisely measured volume for each droplet, resulting in a higher quality photo print and increased print speeds. The Canon Individual Ink Tank System provides outstanding operating economy, using four individual tanks that can be replaced separately as each tank runs out.</p>
<p>To virtually eliminate colour variance and banding during high-speed printing, the i560 printer has a symmetrical print head and Advanced Precision Color Distribution Technology.</p>
<p>With a printing speed of approximately 50 seconds for beautiful borderless 4" x 6" photos and a photo lab quality edge-to-edge borderless printing of 4” x 6”, 5” x 7” and 8.5” x 11” photos, the i560 makes printing digital photos at home convenient and practical.</p>
<p>The i560 Bubble Jet printer also supports Exif Print, the worldwide standard for high quality digital photo printing. Using Exif Print enabled software such as Canon's exclusive Easy-PhotoPrint software or via PictBridge technology, the printer is able to use recorded data from Exif 2.2 equipped digital cameras and camcorders for image reproduction that is true to the original scene.</p>
<p>Software &amp; Compatibility
The i560 Bubble Jet comes with a comprehensive Canon printer software bundle, including:</p>
<p>· Easy-PhotoPrint – designed to take advantage of Exif Print compatible digital camera images, making it easy to get great looking photo prints;
· Easy-WebPrint – simplifies the printing of Internet pages by scaling output so that information is not lost from the right hand margin of the page;
· ZoomBrowser EX – Easy to use image database and thumbnail viewer application (PC);
· PhotoRecord – Australian-developed software designed for creating electronic and printable photo albums (PC);
· ImageBrowser – combines features of ZoomBrowser and PhotoRecord for Macintosh users; and
· PhotoStitch – Creates panoramic scenes with just 3 mouse clicks (PC/Mac).</p>
<p>The i560 Bubble Jet is compatible with Windows XP/2000/Me/98/95/ NT 4.0, Mac OS 8.6-9.x, Mac OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.x.</p>
<p>Pricing &amp; Availability
The i560 Bubble Jet will be available from Canon resellers on 1 September 2003 at a recommended retail price of $299 inc. GST.</p>
<p>Customers requiring further information on the i560 Bubble Jet or other Canon products should contact Canon Australia on 1800 021 167 or visit www.canon.com.au</p>
<p>-ENDS-</p>
<p>About Canon
Canon Australia (www.canon.com.au) was established in Australia in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$24.5 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with a comprehensive product line that includes: networked multifunction devices, digital and analogue copiers (colour and black &amp; white), printers, scanners, video conferencing, image filing systems, fax machines, digital video cameras, cameras and lenses. Canon Australia also operates its own lease finance serve, Canon Finance Australia, which facilitates "one stop" shopping for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment solutions. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local R&amp;D centre - CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) - based in Sydney.</p>
<p>Media contacts:
Kerri Daly
Executive
Hill &amp; Knowlton
T: 61 2 92861267
E: kdaly@hillandknowlton.com.au</p>
<p>Glenn Stubbs
Senior Product Manager
Canon Australia
T: 61 2 9805 2720
E: stubbs_glenn@canon.com.au</p>

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