Canon announced their entry into the production photo printing market with the introduction of the DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer at a private first look event on the even of the AIIM On Demand Expo and Conference in Washington D.C.
Joe Adachi, President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., introduced the DreamLabo 5000, a "major strategic project" targeted at the retail photo printing and high-end print-on-demand markets. The new offering features Canon's Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) print-head technology, the same technology found in Pixma and imagePROGRAF printers and a new alternative to the traditional silver halide processing technology.
The Canon DreamLabo 5000 can print on media up to 12 inches wide, produce up to 40 photographic prints (4x6) in one minute with One-Pass Printing or print a 20-page A4 photo album in 72 seconds with automatic duplexing functionality.
The DreamLabo 5000 uses a seven-color dye-based ink system with double tanks for ink cartridge replacement during printing, avoiding work stoppage. The DreamLabo 5000 uses the basic CYMK along with a photo cyan, photo magenta and gray and offers a print resolution of 2400 dpi.
Need to replace paper? The DreamLabo 5000 also employs a Double Paper Magazine System that automatically supplies paper from a separate magazine when a paper roll runs out. Take it a step further with the optional paper deck and have the support of four paper rolls.
The DreamLabo 5000 is environmentally conscious with no direct contact with harmful chemicals.
Canon is still waiting for authorization from the FCC so the DreamLabo 5000 isn't expected to hit the market until early next year.
Mr. Adachi also spoke briefly about the tsunami in Japan, thanking the U.S. for their support in diaster relief.
For more information about the DreamLabo 5000 and other Canon news, stay tuned to our AIIM On Demand Expo and Conference coverage! Otherwise, check out our photo slideshow from the Canon event on Monday afternoon!
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