Here's a little fact we didn't know previously, the Nikon Coolpix 995 will support the EPSON driven innovation of Print Image Matching. This detail has been recently added to the Japanese 'Nikon Image' website. Print Image Matching works by recording additional information about the camera and scene in the JPEG header which is used later by a PIM compatible printer (or application) to produce more accurate, reliable colour.

Examples of new printers which support PIM are the Epson Stlyus Photo 785EPX and Stylus Photo 895. We attended the PIM launch at PMA 2001 and Nikon weren't here, nor were they mentioned in the list of partners involved in PIM development (Casio, Epson, Konica, Kyocera, Minolta, Olympus, Ricoh, Sony and Toshiba).

Click here for our previous (brief) coverage of Print Image Matching

Other Print Image Matching digital cameras:

  • Casio QV-3500EX, QV-2900UX, QV-2400UZ
  • Kyocera Finecam S3
  • Sony DSC-S75, DSC-P50, DSC-P30
  • Sony MVC-CD300, MVC-CD200
  • Ricoh RDC-i500
  • Epson PhotoPC 3100Z

Print Image Matching press release (because we've not published it previously)

EPSON PARTNERS WITH LEADING CAMERA MANUFACTURERS TO INTRODUCE PRINT IMAGE MATCHING, A BREAKTHROUGH IN CONSUMER DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Konica Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Minolta Co. Ltd., Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation Join Epson to Deliver Unsurpassed Image Quality and Ease of Use with New Technology Linking Digital Cameras and Photo Printers

PMA, ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12, 2001 - Epson America Inc. today unveiled its revolutionary PRINT Image Matching technology that ensures digital cameras and printers work together perfectly to produce photographs that print truer-to-life than ever before. Several leading digital camera manufacturers -- Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Konica Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Minolta Co. Ltd., Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation -- have partnered with Epson to incorporate PRINT Image Matching technology in their upcoming digital camera models. Epson will include PRINT Image Matching in all future photo printers.

Until now, it has been challenging to get the most accurate prints on a consistent basis when printing the same digital camera image from different software programs. This has occurred because software programs set their own unique print commands. Furthermore, while digital cameras can capture images in a wider color space, printers haven't been able to access the data because the digital camera image files were optimized for the limited computer monitor color space. Now, PRINT Image Matching-compatible printers seamlessly utilize the precise print quality instructions and color space embedded in the digital camera file, resulting in a printed image that accurately reflects the image captured through the camera lens.

"PRINT Image Matching will undoubtedly revolutionize the consumer photographic market by making it more enticing for average households to use digital as an alternative to traditional film," said Keith Kratzberg, director of photo imaging, Epson. "This technology makes it easier to get consistent digital photographic prints of incredible quality. Because the technology works by putting more control of the photographic process in the camera than ever before, PRINT Image Matching creates new opportunities for both digital camera developers and photographers."

With a growing number of people printing out their digital photos from their home printers, there is a greater demand for an easy way to optimize digital camera prints. PRINT Image Matching technology allows digital camera customers to easily and consistently produce the best quality prints. It provides a new level of control for the photographer, from the moment an image is captured to the final print. PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital cameras can control the printing conditions to ensure that the printers accurately deliver the image captured.

"PRINT Image Matching technology provides a printing solution between digital cameras and printers, providing customers with optimum image output results," said Michelle Lampmann, market research analyst, InfoTrends Research Group, Boston, Mass. "InfoTrends' digital camera user studies show that image quality and print quality are the two most important digital camera features. With the photographers intentions being captured correctly in the printed image, Epson's technology will contribute to meeting customers' expectations for quality digital photo printing."

About PRINT Image Matching

With PRINT Image Matching technology, the digital camera manufacturer can set critical image specific parameters for printing, such as gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow point, highlight point, and color balance, to ensure optimum results for each digital camera model. The camera saves this ideal print information in each image data file. PRINT Image Matching-compatible printers then use this information when printing the image to ensure that they most accurately reproduce the image created by the camera. Utilizing a PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital camera, the photographer simply points and shoots in automatic mode or selects an image type like portrait, landscape, macro, scenery, or sport and snaps a picture. The print commands for photos taken in macro mode may emphasize sharpness and clarity, for example, while those taken in portrait mode could highlight soft focusing and subtle flesh tones. Additionally, the gamma setting data will reflect the original brightness of the image, while the a wider color space setting of the digital camera will provide access to previously unavailable color data resulting in truer colors overall. The photographer's original intentions are automatically reflected in the printed image. PRINT Image Matching will deliver new levels of image consistency and produce unsurpassed photo quality.

Availability

PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital cameras and EPSON Stylus Photo printers will be available by Spring 2001.