Portable PictureMate

Epson releases the PictureMate 500 featuring a 6cm colour LCD screen and optional battery for portable printing
Press Release

Epson has released the Epson PictureMate 500 (also known as the
PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition in the US market) dedicated 4×6 photo
printer with a 6cm colour LCD (Liquid Crustal Display) viewing screen
and optional Lithium-Ion battery, designed for portable, quick and easy
photo printing.

With a high resolution (320 x 240) colour LCD screen, the PictureMate
500 allows users to confirm images before printing and gain an accurate
indication of the printed result. This feature becomes particularly
useful when printing a selection of the images stored on a memory

For totally portable photo printing, an optional Lithium-Ion battery
can be used in the PictureMate 500. This allows users to take the
PictureMate 500 with them on holidays or to special events and print
high quality photos at the touch of a button.

These new features in the PictureMate 500, build on those of the highly
popular PictureMate, which was released by Epson in 2004.

The Epson PictureMate 500 produces high quality photos using Epson’s
six colour UltraChrome Hi-Gloss[TM] pigment ink (Black, Cyan, Magenta,
Yellow, Red, and Blue). With a 5760 optimised dpi (dots per inch) and
3pl (picolitre) droplet size, prints from the PictureMate 500 are
better quality and last longer than traditional photos.

Using UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment ink means that extremely durable
photos can be produced on the PictureMate 500. With a lightfastness of
up to 104 years#, photos produced on the PictureMate 500 ensure that
memories can be preserved for future generations. UltraChrome ink is
also water resistant and less susceptible to scratching compared to
dye-based inks.

As the PictureMate 500 is PictBridge compatible, each image is
automatically optimised for colour and quality as it passes from the
digital camera to the printer and users can print photos in colour,
black and white or sepia, with or without borders, and in a range of
sizes (up to 4×6) so home printing can be creative as well as easy.

The Epson PictureMate 500 maintains a low cost per photo of less than
29 cents US or 50 cents Australian per print. The affordable and
convenient PictureMate PicturePack is designed specifically for the
PictureMate range of photo printers and includes the ink cartridge and
100 sheets of PictureMate Photo Paper.

With the PictureMate 500 users have a range of PC free printing options
from digital cameras, all popular memory cards including SD(TM) memory
card/MultiMediaCard(TM), Memory Stick Ž, Compact Flash(TM) Type I and II,
SmartMedia(TM), Secure Digital, MMC, xD and Microdrive, as well as storage
devices. An optional BlueTooth module is also available for wireless
printing from compatible mobile devices.

The Epson PictureMate 500 is priced at US$249.99 or $399 RRP including
GST  in Australia and the Epson Battery is priced at US$69.99. Check local pricing in other countries.


# Lightfastness results using Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss ink set of 104
years on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper, based on accelerated testing
of prints displayed indoors, framed under glass. See http://www.wilhelm-research.com
for test details and information on other Epson papers.  Actual
print stability will vary according to display conditions, light
intensity, humidity and atmospheric conditions.  Epson does not
guarantee longevity of prints.  For maximum print life display all
prints under glass or properly store them.

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