Canon announces new All-in-one unit: The SmartBase MP390

PRESS RELEASE: Canon, leader in photographic and imaging technology, is pleased to announce the launch of its new multifunctional SmartBase MP390, unifying four essential home?office product features in a single unit:

Photo and document printer (4800x1200 dpi, 18ppm mono/12ppm colour)
Fax (Super G3, UHQ, 200-page1 memory)
Digital Copier (Colour/Mono)
Flat bed colour CCD scanner (1200x2400 dpi)
Camera and Memory Card direct printing - PictBridge compliant

In keeping with Canon's ability to bring great design to the world of home-office products, the SmartBase MP390 has been given the same stylish contours, bold glassy finish and appealing new ‘Z' design as its sister products the SmartBase MP360 and SmartBase MP370. With only one cable, one power source, one driver installation and one investment required, the compact, multifunctional SmartBase MP390 is designed to save time, space, money and frustration.
"People want their office and home-office environment interiors to reflect a sense of beauty", said Malcolm Hills, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging in the UK and Ireland. "The SmartBase MP390 has styling to seduce and specifications to convince”.

High-speed photo quality prints
With the world's smallest droplet size (2pl), highest nozzle density (up to seven times that of competing brands) and longest print head, the SmartBase MP390 is one of the fastest multifunctionals in its class. It boasts 18ppm mono and 12ppm colour print speeds and utilises a high speed USB 2.0 connection. Borderless photo prints are available on a variety of media in 4”x6”, 5”x7” and A4 sizes. A practical Auto Print Tray automatically opens when a print, copy or fax job is submitted.

Super G3 fax
The SmartBase MP390 can be used as either a stand-alone or PC-connected fax with its Super G3 fax modem delivering fax transmissions at three seconds per page1. A generous 200 page memory allows faxes to be received even if there is insufficient paper available. Canon's unique UHQ (Ultra High Quality) technology ensures high transmission quality is maintained even when faxing graphics and photographs.

Colour and mono copy functions
High print speeds also translate directly to 18cpm mono and 12cpm colour copies. Mono copying automatically utilises 600x600 dpi, while colour copying takes advantage of full 1200x1200 dpi resolution to maximise colour copy quality. Borderless copies and ‘fit to page' formats are supported.

High-end scanning
Documents, cards, photos and books can all be scanned on the flatbed CCD colour scanner at 1200x2400 dpi resolution and 9600x9600 dpi is achievable with software enhancement. The time saving Multi?Photo Mode creates individual files from multiple photographs scanned in a single pass. The clever Z-lid improves scan and copy quality of thick books and magazines by applying even pressure across the entire document.

Photo prints - no PC required
The SmartBase MP390 features a host of extra direct photo printing features. The vendor-independent PictBridge standard is supported, allowing Direct Print from any brand of compatible digital camera or camcorder via a USB cable. A 6-in-1 slot allows Direct Print from all popular memory card types, including CompactFlash™ Type I and II, (including Microdrive), SmartMedia, Multimedia Card, SD, Memory Stick and xD-Picture Cards* and Microdrive. The 'Tick-a-box' Photo Index Sheet simplifies photo and media selection when printing straight from the memory card.

Taking digital to the limits
Photo Noise Reduction limits the effect of image noise generated by CCD sensors in some digital cameras. Vivid Photo Technology automatically allows the printer to produce colours beyond those that can be displayed on computer monitors. Photo Optimizer PRO and Image Optimizer options analyse hues and brightness of digital images, automatically correcting colour hue, exposure and saturation in order to more faithfully reproduce colours. For images captured on Exif 2.2 compliant cameras, Exif print uses additional information taken at the time of image capture to improve print quality and deliver more natural, life-like photographs.

Software
Easy-WebPrint simplifies the printing of Internet pages by scaling the output so the entire page is printed even when it extends over multiple screens. In order to help new users get up and running immediately with optimum quality print output, Print Advisor has been included. This package assists with making the right setting choices for the image/document type being printed.
*Compact Flash adaptor required for xD-Picture Card

Pricing, availability and reader enquiries
The SmartBase MP390 will be available from February 2004 for around £199 inc VAT.


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