News of two new Photo Quality printers from Epson has been around for a few months but today Epson officially announced them in a press release (aimed at the US market). The 870 and 1270 promise "First Real Photo Lab Solutions For Digital Printing" with "...Delivers Look, Feel and Now Longevity of Traditional Photo Lab Prints", there's alot of excitement around these printers which should (if the Photo 750 is anything to go by) revolutionize home photo quality printing. Add to this the 875DC which has a built-in PCMCIA reader for printing of images directly from flash memory cards.

Epson Stylus Photo 870
A4 - US$299
Epson Stylus Photo 1270
A3 - US$499
4 picolitre Ultra Micro Dots
1440dpi High Resolution 6 Colour Photo Printing
Borderless, Edge-to-Edge Printing on Epson Photo Paper
10-Year Lightfast Prints
Built in PC-Parallel & USB connections

Official Press Release:

Epson Delivers First Real Photo Lab Solutions For Digital Printing

New Line of Photo Printers Delivers Look, Feel and Now Longevity of Traditional Photo Lab Prints

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 2000--Since the advent of color ink jet printing, no manufacturer has been able to rival the quality and longevity of output from a professional photo lab ... until now.

Epson America Inc., creator of high-quality, award-winning imaging products, today announced the EPSON Stylus® Photo 870, EPSON Stylus Photo 875DC and EPSON Stylus Photo 1270, the first line of printers to deliver real photo lab quality for consumers and advanced imaging professionals.

For the first time, fade resistance (lightfastness) is made possible for ink jet users in a complete solution that combines new printers, papers and inks.

The new EPSON Photo Inks come standard with the printers and are used with either the breakthrough EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper or the EPSON Matte Paper-Heavyweight to achieve real photo lab quality prints with fade resistance that rivals standard photo lab prints.

``We've raised the bar in digital photo quality printing once again with these new products,'' said Fabia Ochoa, product manager, photographic reproduction printers, Epson. ``Not only do consumers have the ability to create prints that have the look and feel of images that a photo lab might produce, but also they now can create pictures that will last like standard lab prints with stunning clarity, color and even resistance to water.''

All three models also feature the world's first continuous edge-to-edge 4`` x 6'' snapshot printing system, similar to the print delivery methods used by many of today's commercial photo labs. A roll paper holder feeds the paper through the printer, producing marginless snapshots and panoramics quickly, easily and conveniently with reduced paper consumption.

Bi-directional printing increases photo print speeds up to 40 percent faster than the EPSON Stylus Photo 750 and EPSON Stylus Photo 1200 printers, making these new printers more than 60 percent faster than the next fastest competitor. A typical 4`` x 6'' print can be completed in approximately 48 seconds and an 8`` x 10'' in 1:50 minutes.

Using Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo(TM) ink jet technology, the printers take advantage of an improved six-color photo ink system for virtually continuous tone, the smoothest gradations, beautiful skin tones, sharper contrast and an ultra-wide color range designed ideally for photography. And with the reduced four-picoliter, variable-sized ``unvisible'' droplets, each model delivers up to 69 levels of tone, more than twice that of any other ink jet printer.

The combination of this printing technology with the new line of specially designed inks and papers has earned the approval of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) as an effective tool for creative professional imaging.


EPSON Stylus Photo 870 -- Best for Home and Business Imaging
Users

Designed primarily for home and business users, the EPSON Stylus Photo 870 offers the most flexible and easy-to-use solution for real photo lab quality and performance at an affordable price. With a maximum printable area of 8.26`` x 43.76,'' the printer can handle a variety of paper sizes, including: letter, legal and panoramic sizes up to 8.5`` x 44.''

The EPSON Stylus Photo 870 has an estimated street price of $299 and is both Windows and Macintosh compatible, featuring USB, parallel and optional network connectivity. Included with the printer is the EPSON Digital PhotoLab(TM) Starter Kit containing a roll paper holder, sample roll of EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper, EPSON Software Film Factory(TM) and Adobe(TM) Photo Deluxe.

EPSON Stylus Photo 875DC -- Best for Digital Camera Users

The EPSON Stylus Photo 875DC includes a built-in PCMCIA digital film reader that makes the printer compatible with virtually any digital camera by using the appropriate adapter. Compatible digital film types include CompactFlash(TM) I and II, CompactFlash USB, SmartMedia(TM) I and II and Sony Memory Stick.

Once a card is inserted, users can view, edit and print images or use pass-through file transferring to save the images directly to their computers. The EPSON Stylus Photo 875DC starter kit includes a CompactFlash Type II Adapter, a roll paper holder, roll paper sample, plus EPSON Photo Quicker(TM) and Adobe Photo Deluxe software.

This printer is Windows and Macintosh compatible with USB only, making it the first printer to offer a built-in card slot compatible for Macintosh. The EPSON Stylus Photo 875DC also has the same paper handling capabilities as the EPSON Stylus Photo 870 with an estimated street price of $399.

EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 -- Best for Professional Photographers
and Advanced Enthusiasts

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 includes a wider 13-inch carriage, offering a greater selection of print sizes frequently used by professional photographers and advanced imaging enthusiasts. The printer comes with special bonus software and upgrades that include Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE and a special full Photoshop upgrade price of $299.

An additional special discount is available to purchase Monaco EZColor 1.5 color management software for only $149 -- an ideal solution for calibrating scanners, monitors and printers together. For more information on these software products, visit http://www.monacosys.com/ and http://www.adobe.com/.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 1270 has an estimated street price of $499. Professional options include a roll paper holder accessory for panoramic images and edge-to-edge snapshot printing (sold separately for $39), an external Ethernet card and Adobe Press Ready Support.

Warranty and Support

The EPSON Stylus Photo 870, 875DC and 1270 will be sold through computer superstores and specialty retail and camera stores nationwide, as well as through mail order and the Internet. Each carries a one-year Epson Exchange Warranty, enabling customers to receive a replacement printer if a problem cannot be corrected by telephone technical support. They are also supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the company's Web site at http://www.epson.com/.