Canon has just launched two new all-in-one inkjet printers in the U.S., the Pixma MP560 and MP490. The MP560, which is a follow-up to the MP620, is Canon's most compact all-in-one inkjet to feature wireless connectivity and an automatic duplex. It also allows direct printing from a USB flash drive and will create borderless 6in x 4in prints in as little as 39 seconds.
The MP490, which slots in just below the MP560, is a little slower at 43 seconds and features a 1.8in LCD screen, as opposed to the MP560's 2in screen. Both printers feature Canon's Auto Photo Fix II software, which automatically adjusts and corrects photos before they are printed. The software sorts images into five different categories and then applies the optimal image and exposure correction. Faces that are under exposed or backlit are automatically adjusted for brightness and colour to produce more accurate skin tones.
The MP560 uses a five-ink system with four dye-based inks plus a pigment based black ink for crisp text and quality photos, while the MP490 uses a combined colour cartridge, which will push its running costs up.
American consumers will be able to purchase the new printers from August; there is no word yet on a U.K. launch but there are rumours of a product announcement from Canon in the near future, which means they could be available here soon.
by Anthony Morgan