We’re told Canon will soon be announcing 3 new Pixma Pro printers. The three printers are most likely replacement models for the Pixma Pro-1, Pixma Pro-10 and the Pixma Pro-100.
There were no mention of what new features would be present in the “Mark II” versions of these printers.
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is set to expand its imagePROGRAF large format S-Series printers, adding the 44-inch iPF8400S and 24-inch iPF6400S printers, which will offer enhanced print management and color control capabilities, versus the previous models. The new printers are designed to aid graphic arts providers in maximizing productivity while printing their jobs, helping to ensure output is consistent and accurate. In addition, the new imagePROGRAF models boast features with the ability to help ensure color consistency of an entire fleet of iPFX400 series printers across multiple office locations and environments. With the ability to execute high-volume, reliable output, it is well-suited for print service providers and in-plant operations that receive frequent, large-quantity requests from clients with high-standards for color consistency.
“The color calibration capabilities of our newest imagePROGRAF models arm providers with an advantage in today’s highly competitive production printing market,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “These machines are designed to excel in demanding industry segments, and we are confident that our customers will be impressed with their efficient, accurate and consistent management of high-volume print jobs enabled by the calibration capabilities and print management features included in these models.”
Color Management and Control
Maintaining consistent, reliable output is an important control requirement of industry service providers. The 44-inch iPF8400S and 24-inch iPF6400S printers feature an enhanced color calibration system that can help ensure consistency while offering flexibility.
- Multi-Sensor: The iPFX400S printers are equipped with an upgraded multi-sensor versus the prior model, using a three-color LED and recently developed condenser lens to help improve recalibration and maintain an average printer-to-printer color difference of ΔE00 ≤ 2.0. In addition, this process can be performed using lightweight paper, reducing the amount of ink used and time needed for drying versus the prior models.
- SU-21 Spectrophotometer: An option for the 24-inch iPF6400S printer, the spectrophotometer can be used to drive the calibration of an entire network of iPFX400S printers, helping significantly reduce the amount of time spent configuring a fleet and helping maximize the productivity of each device. Since only one spectrophotometer is needed, this is also an efficient and cost-effective approach to managing color.
Fleet-Wide Printer Management
As industry providers increase in size and capabilities, so does the demand for streamlined administration of print fleets both large and small. The Canon iPFX400S printer lineup is designed to meet these needs with a set of features, including the Color Calibration Management Console (CCMC), remote functionality and scheduled color check features, that once networked help improve access and general operation of an iPFX400S printer fleet versus the prior models, whether printers are in close proximity, reside in nearby rooms or even exist in separate buildings.
- Color Calibration Management Console (CCMC): This software application provides system-wide color management control, from a single PC, helping streamline the distribution of color measurement data across a fleet of iPFX400S printers.
- Remote Functionality: Administrators are notified in real-time when tasks are finished or if an error occurs.
- Scheduled Color Check: Users can save time and expedite printing processes as this feature can automatically perform regular color checks on dates and times scheduled by the user.
Enhanced Productivity Features
With intuitive software programs and the CCMC, the new devices can help streamline print jobs and ensure resources are used efficiently. These features further expand the capabilities of each printer and can help providers manage a diverse range of client requests, including the ability to print from one machine or a fleet of printers.
- High-Capacity Ink System: The iPF6400S printer now has the ability to use 300ml ink tanks, while the iPF8400S can accommodate 330ml and 700ml ink tanks. In addition, Canon’s unique sub-ink tank system in both models allows ink to be replaced while prints are in-progress helping ensure jobs can be completed virtually seamlessly.
- Efficient Printing Capabilities: Each of the new imagePROGRAF printers also features a unique print-head configuration that enables high-quality printing with fewer total passes from its previous model. With a built-in 250GB hard drive, data can be stored and retrieved directly from the printer so frequently placed jobs can be completed without needing to resend documents.
- Included Software Solutions: Canon’s new imagePROGRAF S-Series printers are equipped with tools that help foster productivity, monitor costs and expand the range of output options. For example, the Accounting Manager Feature tracks customer consumable costs, while a variety of plug-ins support different data files and output. With the Direct Print & Share cloud-based portal solution*, file-sharing is enhanced so printing and processing documents is easier and more streamlined than with prior models.
Device Details & Availability
Canon’s new imagePROGRAF iPFX400S models – the iPF8400S and iPF6400S printers – are expected to be available in mid-September 2013 through Authorized Canon Dealers and Premier Partner Resellers and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,995 and $2,995 respectively. For more information, and additional details on each device, visit www.usa.canon.com
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 8, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced it will present new Premium Pigment Inks at PRINT 13, held September 8-12, 2013 at McCormick Place South, Chicago, Illinois.
Visitors to Canon booth #502 will have the opportunity to see output of the Premium Pigment Inks on papers from partners that include Cascades, Domtar, Glatfelter, Mondi, Mitsubishi, and Resolute. These inks – developed by improving the Magenta and Black pigment inks – are the first of their kind to come from Canon.
“The new Premium Pigment Inks are a game changer for Canon,” said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Canon Solutions America, Inc., which will offer these inks exclusively. “These inks allow customers to print on uncoated and untreated sheets, enabling them to distinguish themselves in the book, transactional, direct mail, and commercial print markets.”
New Level of Color Intensity
Each of the inks brings significant benefits to Canon customers. The human eye perceives an image to be sharper and of higher quality when the image has a high contrast ratio. The Premium Pigment Black Ink offers improved image sharpness, a deeper black, and an all-around outstanding image quality due to the increased contrast levels in the image areas using black. In instances where a project doesn’t require such dramatic results, customers can dial down the amount of black, taking advantage of cost savings by using less ink.
Compared with previous pigment inks offered by Canon, the New Pigment Magenta ink helps customers achieve a more intense red and deliver an improved color gamut. Whether on uncoated standard inkjet media or inkjet coated media, the new ink delivers output that is much closer to the respective ISO offset uncoated and coated media color gamut range. As a result of Canon’s enhanced Magenta ink, print providers in the graphic arts market can distinguish themselves by delivering superb output with a more brilliant red necessary for company logos and other applications requiring the highest quality.
“With the enhancements to the ink, we are able to penetrate new markets that tailor to the lifestyle demographic,” said Dave Johannes, vice president, Digital Print and Mailing Operations, IWCO Direct. “Our customers are also benefiting by increased direct mail response rates due to the darker reds, variable text and images.”
Canon’s new Premium Pigment Inks will be sold exclusively by Canon Solutions America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. For more information, customers may call 1-800-815-4000.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, September 17, 2012 – Canon Canada Inc, a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the newest additions to the PIXMA PRO-series of 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100. Built with the same quality of output and design as the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer, these two models produce excellent black-and-white and colour prints to help ensure what was captured through a camera lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper. Canon has also worked to improve the printing workflow for end-users with the new Print Studio Pro plug-in software, wireless connectivity and faster printing speeds.
Canon will be announcing new product next week in the lead up to Photokina. A few people have received invites to various press conferences around the globe.
So what can we expect to be announced?
At least two new “pro” Pixma printers. These will be direct replacements for the Pixma 9000 Mark II & Pixma 9500 Mark II. They’ll be be a smaller Pixma Pro-1, one with dye and the other with pigment.
There will be no 17″ Pixma printer announced this go around, but there are murmurs we will finally see one in the near future.
More PowerShot announcements are expected, a G12 replacement I’m told is likely, as well as a new fast lens PowerShot.
There is next to no talk about a new EOS body for Photokina. The next camera will be a smaller full frame camera, when is still the question.
There has been talk of a new 400 f/5.6L being announced and not much else. I’ve had one other suggestion that a new couple of lenses for the EOS-M system could also be announced. A macro maybe?