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HP introduces industry's fastest production photo printer at Photokina 2010

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Cologne, Germany – Today at Photokina 2010, HP announced the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series with HP Vivid Photo Inks, delivering high-quality output and the highest speeds of large-format printers in its price class.(1)

Designed for photo labs, digital print shops, advertising agencies, design firms and commercial printers, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series delivers photo-quality prints with a resolution of 2,400 dots per inch (dpi) and versatility for indoor applications from line drawings to photographic output to signage. It is also 50 percent faster than its predecessor, the HP Designjet Z6100 Printer, with speeds up to 1,500 square feet per hour.

The new HP Vivid Photo Inks offer improved scratch resistance, gloss levels and gloss uniformity and a wider color gamut with deeper blacks than previous HP inks. The printer's 8-ink printing system also features HP Chromatic Red ink, which enables up to 88 percent PANTONE coverage,(2) and greater ink efficiency with the ability to print the same output using up to 44 percent less ink than preceding HP technologies.

"HP's next-generation printing technology allows our customers to quickly evolve their businesses with new product and service offerings that scale alongside their clients' changing needs," said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Designjet Large-format Printing Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "To meet those needs, the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer is a true workhorse, delivering high speed and productivity on every application, including those that demand the best quality."

Imagic uses HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer for high-quality Earhart exhibit
Imagic, a beta customer for the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer, is a leader in the design, production and installation of fleet and transit graphics with headquarters in Burbank, Calif. Using the new device, Imagic recently produced a high-visibility exhibition of 65 unpublished photographs of aviator Amelia Earhart. The photos, which were recently discovered by an archivist at Matson Navigation Co., were taken of Earhart during a two-week vacation to Hawaii in 1934, after which she became the first person to fly solo back to California, and during her last trip to Hawaii in March 1937.

"The HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer was the perfect choice for the production of the Amelia Earhart exhibit because it allowed us to produce high-quality, neutral black-and-white and sepia prints with an exceptional grayscale and high speeds," said Paul Elmi, owner, Imagic. "We were pleased with the noticeable increase in productivity provided by the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer as well as the increased control over ink limiting and saturation, which is extremely useful when producing backlit displays or prints with skin tones and shadows, like the Earhart project."

The black-and-white and sepia-toned exhibition of prints up to 60 x 80 inches is currently on display at the historic Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. In addition to the large-format canvas prints, Imagic also produced eight 30 x 40-inch boards on photo gloss paper to create a timeline of Earhart's accomplishments.

HP Designjet at Photokina 2010
HP will showcase the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series at Photokina 2010, in Cologne, Germany, Sept. 21 - 26 in the HP stand in Hall 4.1. HP will also demonstrate the new Large Format Photo Negative application produced on the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer and tagged with ARTtrust. The Large Format Photo Negative media profile is now available for download to the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer here.

The HP stand will feature the HP Designjet Z5200 PostScript Printer, a simple, affordable device for copy shops, quick-printing firms and other small commercial print businesses interested in entering the large-format market. Also on display will be the HP Designjet L25500 Printer, featuring HP Latex Printing Technologies and delivering unrivaled versatility(3) for a variety of outdoor and indoor large-format applications.

The HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series is expected to be available worldwide on Nov. 1. The price for the 42-inch model is $8,995 and for the 60-inch model is $15,995.(4)

(1)    Based on published manufacturer specifications as of June 2010.
(2)    Eighty-eight percent coverage of PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE GOE systems, based on HP internal testing (PANTONE certification of HP results pending).
(3)    The HP Designjet L25500 Printer produces an extremely broad range of both outdoor and indoor applications from a single device, which surpasses the number of different applications that traditional eco-solvent printers or water-based printers can produce.
(4)    Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.