The What’s Happening November 2019 edition is all about printers, and printer manufacturers. We cover the recent rebranding of Océ. We also flesh out new Epson wide-format printers for pro photographers. In addition, we look at the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link smartphone photo printer.
What’s Happening November 2019
Canon Rebrands Océ as Canon Production Printing
Canon Inc. and Océ Holding B.V. announced the official corporate name change of the Canon Group company Océ to Canon Production Printing. The change of the company name comes into effect as of January 1, 2020. Minoru Asada remains president and chief executive officer.
After joining the Canon Group in 2010, Océ continued to develop and manufacture its printing products under the Océ brand.
“By renaming Océ to Canon Production Printing and integrating the Océ products under the Canon brand, we will create brand unity across all areas of our printing business; improve synergies across our portfolio; and establish a clear end-to-end, go-to-market approach,” Canon announced. Since its establishment in 1877, Océ has introduced a number of unique copying and printing technologies. Through further integration with the Canon Group, Océ will continue to develop its core technologies and grow its market share as Canon Production Printing.
Océ develops and manufactures high-tech printing products and workflow software for the commercial printing market. Product offerings include continuous-feed and cut-sheet printers for high-volume printing and publishing, as well as large-format printers.
Epson SureColor P-Series Wide-Format Printers for Pro Photography & Proofing
Epsonn announced the reengineered SureColor P-series printers: the 24-inch SureColor P7570 and 44-inch SureColor P9570. The printers now better cater to the full spectrum of creative needs, including professional photography, fine art printing, proofing and graphic design.
The two printers leverage all-new UltraChrome Pro12 twelve-color pigment ink to deliver an wider color gamut. This also employ the new 2.6-inch PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead technology with dedicated nozzles for both matte and photo black ink. Moreover, the printers achieve speeds up to 2.4 times faster than the previous generation.
“Almost 20 years ago, Epson announced the Epson Stylus Pro 9000, our first 44-inch wide-format printer; since then, we’ve been working to perfect wide-format printing technology while simultaneously incorporating customer feedback to deliver the best equipment to our customers,” said Reed Hecht, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc.
“The SureColor P7570 and P9570 are Epson’s most advanced printers to date. In addition to incorporating customer feedback, Epson also integrated the latest printhead and ink technologies to deliver a printer that will far exceed expectations and could possibly create the highest quality digital inkjet prints to date.”
Epson SureColor P-Series Additional Features
Other upgrades include a new print mode, black enhanced overcoat. This mode delivers improved D-Max for a wider contrast ratio and better black density, clarity and sharpness. It also reduces gloss differential on glossy and metallic media.
Additional features include a sealed roll media door for improved dust control and an integrated LED light to view projects while printing. Media handling supports both roll and cut-sheet media. In addition, it uses a new top-loading cut-sheet feeder door and an internal rotary cutter for smoothly cutting most photographic and fine art roll-media types.
Furthermore, a new customizable user interface with a 4.3-inch color touch-screen control panel and redesigned, retractable catch basket help simplify printing.
The Epson SureColor P7570 and P9570 Standard editions will ship in December with prices of $4,695 and $6,595, respectfully. They come with a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty; the one-year program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Photo Printer
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Link is a smartphone photo printer with functions to make on-the-go Instax instant printing easier. The device creates Instax prints from the user’s smartphone camera roll by connected the free Mini Link app with the printer via Bluetooth.
The handheld smartphone printer transfers a print in about 12 seconds. It supports continuous printing and prints about 100 prints per charge. Moreover, with its video print function, users can scroll through smartphone video frames to select a moment of their choosing to print.
In addition, its party print function creates a single picture with photos sent from multiple users. This function connects up to five smartphones to the app; it combines a selected picture from each device into one Instax collage print. And an option within this function, surprise mode, will not reveal the collage until the images appear on the print.
The app also contains frames that users overlay onto images. They can also enhance smartphone images with filters or change the image’s brightness, contrast and saturation. Another feature is the ability to combine up to eight pictures into a single print collage. The app also allows the printer to remotely control the smartphone: users zoom in by facing the printer down; zoom out by facing it up; and release the shutter by pressing the power button. They can also print multiple copies by holding the printer upside down and pressing the power button.
The printer also can receive picture data from Fujifilm’s X series and GFX system digital cameras using the Camera Remote app to produce prints. $99.95.