updated 12:35 pm EST, Thu February 22, 2007
Canon PIXMA photo printers
Important photographs still need to be printed, and for that Canon has introduced three new PIXMA printers. Professionals will likely prefer the portable iP90v, which has a maximum color resolution of 4800x1200dpi, and a speed of up to 12 color pages per minute (ppm) -- though a lab-quality 4x6" photo should take about 81 seconds. The printer also has a built-in infrared port, and can print directly from cameras using PictBridge, or any Bluetooth device using an optional kit. Other kits exist to extend battery life or charge the printer in a car. The iP90v will cost $250 and ship in April.
Conversely, the iP1800 and iP3300 are cheaper and have similar or better performance, but are meant to stay on a computer desk. The 3300 can print a 4x6 in 47 seconds; meanwhile, the 1800 will print the same in 70 seconds, with a top color speed of 16ppm. Both printers will arrive in March, priced at $80 for the 3300 and $50 for the 1800.