Edit photos as you print

Epson has added to its Stylus Photo line with the launch of a new A4 model that allows users to edit their shots before printing, even when operating independently of a PC.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 14, 2006

Epson has added to its Stylus Photo line with the launch of a new A4 model that allows users to edit their shots before printing, even when operating independently of a PC. The firm’s new Stylus Photo R340 is aimed squarely at digital photo enthusiasts and features a 2.4-inch preview LCD display that a user can use to preview, select and crop images before printing. Whether the printer is connected to a user’s PC, directly to their digital camera (via Bluetooth, USB Direct Print or PictBridge), or is picking up shots from a memory card, the R340 lets users to select from a wide choice of photo-finishing options. They can, for example, adjusting a photo’s contrast, brightness and saturation, select one of several filters and choose different print layouts. Otherwise, Epson’s ‘PhotoEnhance’ technology is included, automatically detects the type of scene in a digital image and adjusts colour reproduction accordingly. For example, when a ‘portrait’ image is detected, PhotoEnhance will make skin tones brighter and the contrast softer. Epson’s on-board ‘Micro Piezo’ system delivers a print resolution of 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi, whilst its variable-sized ‘Droplet Technology’ creates droplets as small as 3pl, which it claims leads to amazingly crisp and defined images. Speed wise, the firm claims a premium quality 10cm x 15cm photo can be printed in high-resolution default photo mode in less than a minute. Lab-style enlargements of up to A4 can also be produced via the computer or in standalone mode using Epson Ultra Glossy or Premium Glossy Photo Paper. “With people across the Middle East increasingly switching to digital photography, this cost-effective product, combining individual ink cartridges with Epson's leading photo printing technology and an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, should give them bright and vibrant photos every time," explained Khalil El-Dalu, Epson Middle East’s general manager.

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