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Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Thursday 24th, August 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Canon focuses in on ease-of-use, style and image quality with its Canon PIXMA mini260 inkjet photo printer. Offering a range of solutions that meet virtually every picture-taker’s needs, Canon’s PIXMA mini260 lets people print wedding photos while at the wedding or prom night fun at the prom. The Canon PIXMA mini260 photo printer will be available this fall for estimated selling prices of $199.99. “Whether people capture photos from a digital camera, camcorder, cell phone, or even a PDA, Canon’s new compact photo printers make it easy to quickly print beautiful photographs from nearly anywhere.” said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the imaging group at Canon USA.

Canon PIXMA mini260

Canon mini260 printer - Home printing
“These printers provide consumers with portable digital imaging solutions that yield brilliant photographs.” According to a recent Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) study of consumer buying habits, women influence about 88 percent of consumer electronics purchases. The study further revealed that women are motivated to purchase products that emphasize form factor. Based on this data, Canon optimized the new printers’ product design and ease-of-use, while maintaining interest to all potential customers through image quality and performance.

Canon PIXMA mini260 photo printer - Inkjet
The inkjet based Canon PIXMA mini260 Compact Photo Printer allows consumers to generate high quality photographs with or without a computer from almost any location. Using the optional rechargeable battery pack (LK-61 model, estimated selling price $79.99), people can print photos from compatible memory cards digital cameras or DV camcorders, Bluetooth devices, or camera phones, whether they are in the backyard, kitchen, or living room.

Canon mini 260 - Operation
Canon‘s new Canon PIXMA mini260 model is the world’s first compact photo printer to incorporate the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface. Canon designed this interface for rapid access to all printer functions. Consumers can utilize available printer options by simply rotating the wheel to the desired feature and pressing the “OK” button. People can now keep their eyes on the screen while selecting and executing functions, giving them full control at their fingertips. Canon has also added the “HOME” and “NAVI” buttons to the device’s operational panel. The NAVI button displays context-sensitive how-to explanations for often-used printer functions. For maximum simplicity, the HOME button instantly returns users to the main menu.

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PIXMA mini260 photo printer - LCD screen
In addition to the Easy-Scroll Wheel interface, Canon has also included a large, high definition TFT 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 images displayed, rather than just the person sitting directly in front of the screen.

Canon PIXMA mini260 printer - Photo paper and FINE technology
For beautiful and long lasting photos, the Canon mini260 printer uses Canon’s exclusive ChromaLife100 system. This system can produce prints on a wide range Canon photo papers that resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album5. The Canon PIXMA mini260 model is also equipped with the latest generation of Canon’s FINE (Full Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print head, which produces the highest resolution in its class at up to 9600 x 2400 dpi, with color ink droplets as small as one picoliter for exceptionally smooth tonal gradation. Its Smart LED equipped 4-color ink tank easily snaps in, producing high-impact, high-intensity colors which are further enhanced with the addition of a true photo black. The PIXMA mini260 model prints out beautiful, borderless 4 x 6 inch color photos in approximately 59 seconds when using the built-in PictBridge connection.

Canon mini260 PIXMA - Consumer price
Not only does the PIXMA mini260 model deliver exceptional photo quality and performance, but Canon has designed it to accept interchangeable color panels for fashion conscious consumers interested in personalizing their own compact photo printer. Out of the box, the PIXMA mini260 printer comes equipped with “Blue Steel” colored panels. This fall, consumers who purchase the mini260 compatible genuine CLI-36 ink and paper combo pack (estimated selling price of $29.991) will find that Canon has included pink “Berry Frost” panels inside the ink and paper packaging. Next spring, Canon will release new panel colors, so consumers should stay tuned.

Canon PIXMA mini260

Wireless Photo Printing
Canon’s new compact photo printer, the Canon PIXMA mini260, is compatible with Canon’s BU-20 Bluetooth Adapter. Available as an optional accessory, this petite adaptor allows consumers to print photos wirelessly from a variety of nearby Bluetooth enabled devices, like mobile phones and PDAs3. Please check the Canon USA website for additional information.

ChromaLife100 System
The new PIXMA photo AIO uses 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. 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. 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.

Canon Creative Park
Looking to extend creativity beyond just photos and documents? Consumers can now try Canon's new Creative Park website at canon.com/c-park. The site offers 3-D paper craft projects, scrapbooking templates and embellishments, novel greeting cards, educational materials and the opportunity to learn more about digital photography.

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