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HP Designjet Z3100

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Friday 29th, September 2006
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

At the professional corner of the HP booth HP showed their solution for the professional photographer; the HP Designjet Z3100 photo printer. According to the spokesman of HP the company has listened to what professional photographers really want with these large format printers. The new HP Z3100 printer features a 12 ink solution, including 4 black inks for the highest possible quality. The 12 inks have been engineered to meet the needs of the most demanding professional photographers. Thanks to the HP Gloss Enhancer the HP Designjet Z3100 photo printer delivers excellent gloss uniformity across the whole tonal range, eliminating bronzing and enabling true black-and-white printing performed with 4 black inks to avoid metamerism.

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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000

Posted by: Mark Peters Tuesday 26th, September 2006

Canon USA, a provider of office imaging systems, inkjet technology and digital photography equipment, today unveiled the new 12-color imagePROGRAF iPF8000 pigment ink large format printer. Designed to produce stunning color for professional quality giclee prints and photographs, the iPF8000 utilizes Canon’s proprietary LUCIA pigment inks to print borderless images up to 42-inches wide, with a maximum paper width of 44-inches at amazing production speeds with outstanding archival image quality. The iPF8000 debuts at SGIA 2006 Las Vegas. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000 printer will be available through authorized Canon USA dealers in October 2006 with a suggested retail price of $5,995.

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The market for printers faces a lot of competition. For those consumers who love to printer there are several print solutions available. The home and small office printers are popular but expensive in printing bulks of prints. Online print services and print kiosks in and outside retail channels offer also a perfect solution to get a print instantly or days later by mail. The print prices for online printing are very low and the ease-of-use of the - free - editing, photo book, and print software makes is very accessible for the average consumer. The Photokina show in Germany will showcase the latest developments in printers and print services. We will not forget about the large format printers, but also report on the compact home printers for 4-6” prints. Today’s amateur photographer with a cell phone, compact camera or DSLR / system camera, will not automatically print, but he will store the picture and share it via other channels with friends and family. Will the Photokina 2010 show learn us about new print solutions?