6th Feb 2008 – Canon recently unveiled their latest Pixma iP2600 photo printer. Priced at $49.99, the Pixma iP2600 claims to deliver 4’x6’ within 55 seconds, uses FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) to improve photo resolution and has Auto Image Fix option that analyzes and automatically corrects images for color, brightness and contrast.
Canon’s "piano black" printer claims to bring high-end features at a low-end price, such as a photo tray to hold printed photos and two FINE cartridges to ease ink management. The company also claims that it can print a 4’ x 6’ photograph within 55 seconds due to its increased number of ink nozzles, 1472 nozzles to be exact. For black and white documents, it claims to print 22 ppm and color documents at up to 17 ppm.
The FINE printer head technology claims to produce up to 4800x1200 dpi (dots per inch) color resolution, although this depends on the driver settings as well.
The Auto Image Fix feature analyzes and categorizes scenes depicted in photographs. It drops them into categories such as Portrait, Scenery and Snapshot and adjusts the image accordingly in attempts to improve the photographs resolution and illustration.
The iP2600 uses the ChromaLife100 System, which claims photographs may resist fading for up to 100 years when select Canon dye inks are used and the photographs are stored in an archival-quality album.
However, these results are based on testing done by Canon in a controlled environment with set temperatures, humidity levels and gas conditions. Actual longevity may vary.
The Canon Pixma iP2600 is now available for $49.99.