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Monday, March 21, 2011

Canon U.S.A Expands Into The Production Photographic Printing Market With The Introduction Of DreamLabo 5000

New High-Speed Inkjet Printer Offers a Combination of High Photo Quality, High Text Quality and High Productivity

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the Company's inaugural entry into the production photo printing market with the launch of the DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer.i This new printer debuts at AIIM On Demand Exposition and Conference on March 22 – 24, at the Canon U.S.A., booth (#1901). The DreamLabo 5000 delivers a new level of performance for Canon products that combines exceptional photo and text quality together with high productivity. This technology offers the retail photo printing and the high-end print-on-demand (POD) markets a new alternative to traditional silver halide processing technology.
Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology makes it possible to simultaneously achieve both high image quality and high productivity. The system achieves color representation rivaling that of conventional silver halide processing, delivering high-speed printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of value-added output, from premium photo albums, photo calendars, photo collages and other merchandise to high-quality POD (Print on Demand) offerings.
"Utilizing our company's 70-year heritage in the photo industry with expertise in inkjet technology, DreamLabo 5000 is a natural progression of our business, delivering exceptional levels of image quality and productivity necessary for the photo and production print industries to flourish," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "We are excited about the debut of Canon's DreamLabo 5000 and the expansion of our business into this rapidly growing printing market."
The Canon DreamLabo 5000 features a newly developed high-density FINE print head enabling the printing of output up to 12 inches wide. The new FINE print head additionally delivers high-speed One-Pass Printing, requiring only a single pass of the printing paper while the print-head remains in a fixed position. When used in combination with the time-saving automatic double-sided printing function, a standard feature included in the printer, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing the contents of a 20-page A4-size (8.27" x 11.69") Photo Album in just 72 seconds.ii The system also realizes high productivity by enabling paper and ink tank replacement during printing, supporting the extended, uninterrupted operation times required for production printers.

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