Epson has announced a new A3+ desktop pigment-ink inkjet printer aimed at the professional and semi-professional photographer that it claims is capable of producing a maximum black density of 2.8. According to Epson this beats all competitors’ A3+ machines that use 6 or more inks. The SureColor SC-P600 is part of Epson’s plan to introduce ten new professional printers to the market under the ‘Sure’ brand by 2016, and is the first SureColor model to be aimed at the photo market. A source at Epson told DP Review that we should expect the Stylus Pro name to be gradually phased out as new products are launched, but was keen to stress that existing Stylus Pro models are not about to be replaced.

Significantly, the Sure models, including the SC-P600 use Epson’s new PrecisionCore print head technology, which the company says brings additional control over ink droplet size, placement and shape, and with the potential to work faster than current desktop technology. The SC-P600 is said to produce an 11x14-inch photo print in around 153 seconds.

The UltraChrome HD nine-colour inkset includes Vivid Magenta Photo disc printing is offered via the dedicated CD tray

The 2.8DMax and a claimed wider colour gamut are produced via Epson’s new nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset, which includes the new Vivid Magenta ink and, in this machine, 25.9ml cartridges.
Dual media paths allow a variety of thick art papers and canvas to be used, while a paper roll holder expands the options for panoramic printing.

The machine can be operated wirelessly via Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as via the Epson Connect remote printing service, and a new 2.7-inch colour touch screen allows set-up and printing without a PC.

Pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

A slightly long-winded white paper on PrecisionCore technology is available as a PDF download

A paper roll handler allows panoramic printing on continuous sheets so larger and longer images can be produced The 2.7-inch touch screen for set-up, control and previewing means the printer can be used without a PC

Press release:

Epson launches SureColor SC-P600 A3+ photo printer 

Global debut at Photokina 2014: Top-of-the-range Epson A3 photo printer with new UltraChrome HD ink delivers excellent quality prints  

3rd September 2014 – Epson announces the launch of the SureColor SC-P600, a fast, flexible and easy-to-use printer which produces professional high-quality photo prints in sizes up to A3+.

The SureColor SC-P600 is Epson’s top-of-the-range A3 photo printer and combines superb quality, high productivity and superior wireless connectivity in a compact and affordable package. The SureColor SC-P600 features Epson’s new UltraChrome HD and Vivid Magenta ink to produce excellent quality prints. The new nine-colour UltraChrome HD inkset can reproduce a very wide colour gamut and with a 2.84 DMax – the industry’s highest black density1 — produce deep, rich blacks and ultra-smooth tonal gradations.

Ideal for amateur and semi-professional photographers, the SureColor SC-P600 will also appeal to businesses, such as architects, real-estate agents and advertising/design agencies, that have a regular requirement for high-quality colour presentations.

The new printer provides exceptional Wi-Fi Direct® wireless printing connectivity from smartphones, tablets and PCs. For the first time on a single-function Epson A3+ photo printer, Epson Connect is supported. Google Cloud Print is also supported.

Designed for medium-volume production, the SureColor SC-P600 outputs an 11 x 14 inch print in only 153 seconds. Twin paper paths enable A3+ printing on a wide variety of photo and fine art papers, canvas and thick media, while the machine’s roll-paper capability is perfect for high-impact panoramic images.  The 2.7 inch, colour touch panel interface, unique to the SureColor SC-P600 in the A3+ sector2, makes it simple to set up and manage, even without a PC.

The SureColor SC-P600 printer will be shown for the first time in Europe at Photokina (Stand B11, Hall 2.2, 16th-21st September 2014, Koelnmesse, Cologne).

Key features:

  • New nine-colour UltraChrome HD and Vivid Magenta ink technology
  • Exceptionally wide colour gamut and Epson’s highest  black density (2.84 DMax on PGPP)
  • Supports Epson Connect with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print
  • Wi-Fi Direct for direct wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and PCs
  • High print speed of 153 seconds for 11x14 inch @ A3+
  • Large 2.7 inch colour touch panel for simple set-up and management
  • Generous 25.9 ml ink cartridge size
  • Compact footprint — 616 x 369 x 228mm