Canon's CES announcement handles not one of those 20 new digital cameras everyone is talking about but is a new all-round desktop photo printer for home, small-office and home office users. This new printer prints photos, text and web pages to scans of images, copies and faxes. The MultiPASS MP390 printer has very fast printing speeds with up to 18 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 12 ppm in colour. The MultiPASS MP390 printer delivers high-quality photos by using a print head that incorporates both 5 picoliter nozzles for fast printing speeds and microscopic 2 picoliter nozzles that significantly reduce the size of the dots on the page. Combining the small droplet size and printing at a maximum resolution of up to 4800x1200 colour dpi allows users to create photo prints that rival standard minilab prints.
To achieve the fast printing speeds of photos and documents, the MultiPASS MP390 printer incorporates 1,088 total nozzles into its print head and benefits from Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology, which ejects consistent prescribed-volume ink droplets for smooth gradations, accurate skin tones and rich, vibrant colours. To match the look of minilab prints, the MultiPASS MP390 printer supports edge-to-edge borderless printing in 4x6, 5x7 and 8.5x11 inch sizes.
Photo printing is a snap for the whole family with or without using the computer thanks to the new PictBridge technology featured on the new MultiPASS MP390 printer as well as onboard media card slots. PictBridge technology is a new industry standard for digital printers, digital cameras and digital camcorders that allows the direct printing of images from PictBridge compatible digital cameras and camcorders to a PictBridge compatible printer, regardless of brand or manufacturer, without the use of a computer. Onboard media slots permit direct printing from a wide variety of digital camera memory cards including CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick (excluding PRO) SD Card and Multimedia Card. Memory Stick Duo, xD Picture Card and mini SD Card can be used with the addition of a special adaptor sold separately. The onboard media slots are enclosed behind a smoke-grey dust cover.
Scanning on the MultiPASS MP390 flatbed scanner is accomplished using a high-resolution 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) optical sensor for a hardware resolution of up to 1200 x 2400 dpi allowing for high-definition scans from documents, photographs, receipts or virtually anything that fits on the platen. Combining the high-resolution with a 48-bit processor that is capable of recognizing more than 281-trillion possible colours consumers can complete a variety of scanning tasks easily and with high-quality results. Additional advantages include the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed† connection and the Z-Lid™ expansion top. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed can deliver preview scans in less than 10 seconds by using fast transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. Canon's exclusive Z-Lid expansion top lifts approximately one inch and stays flat for scanning thick books and magazines.
Sending and receiving faxes on the MultiPASS MP390 fax is fast and efficient thanks to a Super G3 fax modem that is capable of sending a black and white fax in as little as three seconds a page or a colour fax in approximately one minute per page. For the serious businessperson, the MultiPASS MP390 fax can receive up to approximately 200 pages in memory to help make sure crucial faxes make it to you even if the 100-page automatic document feeder is out of paper. Aiding home users without a dedicated fax line, the MultiPASS MP390 fax allows users to switch from a fax only receive mode to automatically detect if the incoming call is a fax transmission or a telephone call.
The MultiPASS MP390 copier can perform stand-alone copying of black and white or colour documents at speeds up to 18 copies per minutes (cpm) in black and white or 12 cpm in colour. The reduction and enlargement feature allows for copying documents at any magnification from 25% to 400% in 1% increments. Additionally, since borderless printing is supported, the MP390 copier can also perform borderless copies in 4x6 inch, 5x7 inch, and letter sizes.