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It's All Digital At PMA 2004

The Olympus True Print is available in two models, TP-100, a countertop model, at $11,000 and the TP-210, $14,500, which includes a stand and scanner. Both are equipped with the CP-8000, 4x6 dye-sub printer, and now come with a new 8x10 printer, model P-440, that will output both glossy and matte finish. The kiosks have the software for connectivity to any wide-format inkjet.

As for camera phone images, Joe Leo said, “My position is: it’s a little early.”

The Sony Picture Station will be sporting a new look, higher speed, new software and a setup for receiving wireless images from a camera phone.

SONY: PictureStation Goes Wireless; Ganged Printers Offer 12-Second Output

The Sony PictureStation will be sporting a new look, higher speed, new software and a setup for receiving wireless images from a camera phone.

According to Dave Johnson, senior marketing manager, the new PictureStation will have a “sleeker” look and new screen software to make the system more attractive to the growing number of women customers. He said the upgraded software includes more seasonal borders, will edit out red-eye and can add text to the image.

By incorporating two 4x6 output Sony printers, Dave said the first print will be finished in 22 seconds with each following print dropping at the rate of 12 seconds each.

Dave indicated that the new Picture-Station will be equipped with Bluetooth and infrared technology to accept images from cell phones that can capture images.

The PictureStation will be sold with either a high-end or basic package, though the system is modular and components can be added. A complete package would include two UPDR-100 printers (one possible setup: one for 6-inch paper, one for 5-inch; another, both 6-inch) and a UPD-70A, 8x10 printer, a flatbed scanner, touch screen monitor and receipt printer for about $14,000. The basic, at $7,000 would include the touch screen and a single printer.

Sony made a big splash at last year’s PMA by announcing at the show that Kinkos would be replacing 800 Kodak Picture Makers with its PictureStation kiosks. According to Dave there are now about 1,100 Kinkos installations with some stores needing a second unit. “They are selling prints for 59-cents each and going like gang busters,” he said. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, there will be from the recent purchase of Kinkos by Fedex.

Canon’s new 24-inch wide-format printer, the W-6200, is being aimed at the on-site market.

CANON: New 24-inch Wide-Format Printer Using Pigment Ink; Offers 17 Media Options

As on-site operators search for new profit niches to offset shrinking roll counts, wide-format printing is becoming a bigger player in the minilab scheme of things. Canon hopes to serve this market with a new, 24-inch wide inkjet printer, using pigment ink, that will be the smallest wide-format in its line with a countertop measurement of about 47x22 inches.

Called the W-6200 imagePROGRAF, the price is not firm as of this writing but will probably hit about $3,000 according to David Hampson, Canon’s product marketing manager for printers.

David said that using pigment based ink will mean that the print will have a longevity of up to 80 years which, he claims, compares to about 25 years for a dye-based ink print. Incidentally, Canon makes printers for both dye and pigment ink. It’s W-8200, a 44-inch wide printer introduced last Fall, can use either ink.

The 6200 can be set to operate at one of three quality settings: standard, high and highest. For a 2x3 poster print (A1 size), the standard setting will output in 4-1/2 minutes at a resolution of 600x1,200; seven minutes for a 1,200x1,200 print; and 11 minutes for a 1,200x1,200 with 10 passes, compared to eight.

Canon is offering 17 different media surfaces, all instant dry, for use on the 6200. Some are: white glossy, premium super gloss, canvas, transparency and banner media. The glossy surfaces come in 100-ft. lengths; others less, depending on their thickness.