Sometimes, Direct Printing Makes Sense
There are many situations in which a computer can be a big help in producing quality pictures. For example, you can use powerful photo-editing software to fine-tune your photos until they contain exactly the right color balance, contrast, and brightness. Or, you can upload your photos to online photo albums for sharing, and then order the prints you want.
However, there are also many times when it makes more sense to print your photos directly from your camera—without transferring them to your computer. If you’re enjoying time with friends and family and want to send them home with an instant souvenir of your time together, a speedy photo printout is just the thing. If you have an older computer that takes a long time to boot up, printing from your camera can be a big time-saver—and energy-saver. If you’re going on the road and don’t have a laptop computer, taking a compact printer with you enables you to make printouts of your best photos on the fly.
Seeking to provide these benefits to photographers who like to hold and display the instant results of their work, Canon has built many of its cameras with Direct Print Mode, which enables users to connect directly to several of its photo printers. Getting started is simple. You simply connect your camera to your printer using a single USB cable, and then control all printing options from your camera’s LCD screen. Using the buttons on your camera, you can select print quality, crop photos, and specify bordered or borderless prints.In minutes, you’ll have brilliantly-detailed prints.
PictBridge Standard Helps Devices Interact
What’s the technology behind Direct Print Mode? PictBridge—a worldwide Direct Print Standard developed through collaboration among several high-tech industry leaders, including Canon, Fuji, HP, Olympus, Seiko/Epson, and Sony. The technology allows digital cameras, camcorders, and other image capture devices to connect and print directly to photo printers without using a computer.
Thanks to PictBridge, brand names don’t matter when it’s time to print pictures. You can simply connect any PictBridge compatible digital camera to any PictBridge compatible printer, and begin printing. PictBridge also allows vendors to use industry-standard technologies such as USB, making it easy for consumers to connect devices using widely available cords.
Enjoy Greater Flexibility
The PictBridge standard is designed to make products easy to use together. Once two devices are connected, PictBridge determines which features—such as cropping, paper size selection, and time stamping—are supported by both devices and only allows the user to select these features. If both connected devices are from the same vendor, they can take advantage of vendor-specific features for photo enhancement.
Photographers who have used Canon products for years can benefit from the backwards compatibility of PictBridge to previous Canon proprietary standards. And if you’re using a non-Canon digital camera that is PictBridge compatible, you can connect to any Canon PictBridge compatible printer.
PictBridge technology even enables you to print from a mobile phone. All you need is an infrared-enabled mobile camera phone equipped with PictBridge technology to print wirelessly. You can also print directly through a USB cable.
Pop a Memory Card Into Your Computer
You may find that rather than connecting your camera to your printer with a USB cord, it’s just as easy to pop out your memory card and stick it into a card slot on the printer. Canon’s line of PIXMA photo printers includes several models that let you print directly from select memory cards. Compatible card types include such industry standards as CompactFlash®, Microdrive®, SmartMedia®, Memory Stick® (excluding PRO™), Secure Digital™ and MultiMediaCard™. And with the help of an adapter, you can print directly from an xD-Picture Card™, Memory Stick Duo™, and miniSD Card™.
By letting you print directly from your camera or memory card, Canon PIXMA printers can give you all the advantages of the old instant photo systems, but with better image quality and much greater flexibility.