Canon PIXMA MP600 Press Release
The Easy-Scroll Wheel and TFT Screen add to ease of use
Canon introduce the world’s first multi-function printers with the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface. Consumers can access document operations at a glance, including the copy, scan, or print functions by simply rotating the wheel to the desired feature and pressing the “OK” button. Users can now keep their eyes on the screen while selecting and executing functions, to give them full control at their fingertips. What’s more, Canon added the “HOME” and “NAVI” buttons to this device’s operational panel. When consumers push the NAVI button, it displays the machines on screen guide, which includes how-to recommendations for the most common functions. The HOME button allows users to return to the main menu, regardless of where they are in the sub-menus, assuring users that home is always just a click away. By adding the Easy-Scroll Wheel, HOME and NAVI buttons, Canon has been able to reduce the number of total buttons by approximately half compared to competing multifunction models.
The Easy-Scroll Wheel also includes a large, bright and colorful TFT-type LCD screen, which consumers can use to preview images before printing and photo editing. The screen is viewable at a 170-degree angle, so everyone around the unit can enjoy what is displayed, rather than just the person sitting directly in front of the AIO.
The PIXMA MP600 Photo All-In-One: An Easy Way to get to the Photo-Lab
The Canon PIXMA MP600 AIO brings the photo lab to the home at an affordable estimated selling price of $199.99(6). It delivers stunning photo-lab quality prints at up to 9600 x 2400-color dpi(1) and can produce a 4 x 6 inch borderless print in approximately 28 seconds(2) with the look and feel of a traditional photo. The Easy-Scroll Wheel interface makes it simple for users to access the copy, scan and print functions quickly plus navigate and preview their photos on the 2.5-inch color TFT screen. Five individual ink tanks equipped with the Canon Smart LED technology can produce ink droplets as small as one picoliter for laser-sharp documents and virtually grain-free photos. The PIXMA MP600 Photo All-In-One supports auto-duplex printing for two sided documents or photos while users can also store up to 300 sheets of plain paper in the two included paper trays. Consumers can also scan images at a maximum of 2400 x 4800 dpi, while automatically performing reductions, corrections, and enlargements of their documents and photos.
When used with a supported Canon digital SLR, these new photo all-in-ones support the user-friendly Canon-to-Canon Direct Advantage. Connected via the PictBridge port, the Canon-to-Canon connection allows users to brighten faces, print shooting information on a print, or even print a contact sheet with up to 35 images - all directly from the camera controls without a PC. The Canon-to-Canon workflow allows consumers to take advantage of added convenience and power to produce outstanding image quality directly from the camera to the printer without the need for a PC.
Improved Copy Technology
All new additions to the Canon AIO line-up employ advanced copy technology to help give the user amazing reproductions of original images and documents. Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology improves color accuracy by independently controlling brightness, hue, and other elements to make sure that there are minimal differences between the original and the copy. Users can now avoid the frustrations that come with poor quality when making a copy of a copy. With Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology, documents remain sharp and photos look like they came from your neighborhood photo mini-lab. In addition, with Text and Image Separation Technology, the system can actually differentiate text from an image, making black text and fine lines dark and sharp when printing with pigmented black ink. Now when black text appears over an image, the text on the following generations of copies can be virtually as clear as the first. These technologies plus hardware improvements in scanning and printing can help make a copy almost indistinguishable from the original.
These new PIXMA photo AIO’s use the Canon ChromaLife100 system, including the FINE print head technology for great photo printing. When using select genuine Canon photo papers and inks, prints can resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album(3). The up to 100-year-lifespan rivals that of many traditional film based photos, long considered by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence. Prints produced on Canon Photo Paper Pro with ChromaLife100-compatible inks have an up to ten-year gas fastness when exposed to open air(3). Prints created with the ChromaLife100 system, comprised of genuine Canon ink and photo paper, like Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, have up to 30-year lightfastness when displayed under glass(3).
(1)Resolutions may vary based on printer driver settings. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
(2)PPM print speeds are based on the highest speed printer driver mode using black and white and color text patterns. Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. CPM copy speeds are based on fast mode setting using plain paper. Copy speeds will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional information.
(3)Based on accelerated testing by Canon under controlled temperature, humidity, and gas conditions. For the 100 year figure, Canon simulated storage in an album with plastic sleeves. For the 30 year lightfastness figure, Canon simulated display of a photo in a glass frame in an indoor location without direct sunlight or other high intensity light. The 10 year gas fastness figure is based on a testing ratio of gases typical to an indoor air composition (O3::NOx:SOx=3:19:1) with 100 times concentration in order to accelerate color fading. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See www.consumer.usa.canon.com/ChromaLife100 for additional details.
(4)Bluetooth v1.2 with optional Canon Bluetooth Unit BU-20. Bluetooth operation depends on the devices and software version used. Operating distance is approximately 10 meters but may vary due to obstacles, radio signals, locations where radio interference occurs, magnetic fields from microwave ovens, device sensitivity and/or antenna performance.
(5)Compatible memory cards include Compact Flash, Micro drive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO , SD Card, and Multimedia card v.3.31. xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo. Memory Stick PRO Duo, RS-MMC v.3..31 and minSD card requires an additional adaptor, which must be purchased separately.
(6)Pricing and availability are subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
Canon Pixma MP600 Reviews
PCMag reviews the Canon Pixma MP600 and writes, “As good-looking as the MP600’s output is, its performance is what really stands out. … The MP600’s photo speed is also among the best I’ve seen for an ink jet AIO, averaging 51 seconds for a 4-by-6 and 1:49 for an 8-by-10. When I reviewed the MP500 last year, I said that it offered the strongest combination of speed, quality, and features in its price range. That statement applies just as well today to the Canon Pixma MP600, and that’s enough to make it our new Editors’ Choice for a home and home office AIO.”
PCWorld reviews the Canon MP600 and writes, “The printer uses a dye-based ink on photo paper, but a pigment-based ink gives stronger and sharper darks on more-absorbent plain paper. In our print-quality tests, we saw very sharp and well-formed characters for an inkjet. Our line-art sample was also quite sharp, though we noticed some wide horizontal banding and diagonal interference patterns in closely spaced blocks of lines. Our photo samples on plain paper also looked good compared to the output of most inkjet printers, with smooth tones and decent contrast, but many of the colors were too bright. On photo paper, the MP600 excelled, producing beautifully sharp prints with smooth gradations–though skin tones looked a little artificially bronzed. As with most inkjet MFPs we’ve tested recently, the MP600 produced good-quality scans, but our judges failed to award it their highest marks.”