Canon adds photobooth effects for Pixma printers

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Canon now has two Pixma photo printers that let you add fun filters to any digital photo using Easy-PhotoPrint EX software. Both the Pixma MG8250 and MG6250 are optimised for the amateur photographer with features like built-in Wi-Fi for cordless set-up, six individual ink tanks for vivid images and cartridge conservation, and Canon's convenient Intelligent Touch control panel that only illuminates the commands necessary for each function.

Both printers also make use of Canon's HD Movie Print that lets you pull still-frame snapshots out of videos recorded with compatible Canon HD video cameras, like the Canon IXUS 1100 HS.

Finally, Canon's latest print technology, called Cloud Link, helps you pull images and documents to print from wireless devices (iOS, Android or laptop) using Google Cloud Print. There's no need to download any additional drivers to use Cloud Link, though the Google Cloud Print service will not be activated until November 2011. You can also download and print templates like calendars, to-do lists, stationery, and more — both printers offer Cloud Link printing out of the box, but you have to have a wireless network set-up to access the content.

So what's the difference between the two? The MG6250 will debut at AU$249 when it goes on sale later this year, but the AU$150 increase for the MG8250 nets you an additional Film Adapter Unit for converting older and negatives to digital format of your choice, as well as a larger 3.5-inch LCD screen, and auto-duplexing for double-sided printing. Both printers can also print on CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays.


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