CLONED: Spittin' Images at CES
Imaging Retail: All Aboard
Though most imaging industry manufacturers are waiting a couple more months to make their major product announcements around PMA (both Canon and Nikon have a full line-up of point-and-shoots coming with shooting modes that make a human operator nearly irrelevant), Noritsu was at CES this year exhibiting a product they hope will attract all sorts of retailers to printing revenue.
The new D502 Duplex Printer is about the size of a typical copy machine, but, at $35,000, is actually an entire photo printing solution, able to produce double-sided, high-res products such as photobooks, calendars, posters, signs, scrapbooks, cards and banners.
Gregory Joe, Noritsu America's marketing manager, says the D502 is aimed at retailers who might not have been in the photo business before, from independent CE operations to gift shop or bookstore owners. "This is a workhorse printer," said Joe. "And it plays well with others, [from kiosks to binding machines]." Joe says the Noritsu D502 will be available in the U.S. in the second half of 2009.