Epson ( has released the PictureMate Charm, a
new entry in its photo printer line. It’s compact and portable and
can print 4 x 6 inch photos with true-to-life skin tones, detail and
sharpness in as fast as 37 seconds, according to Stacey Tieu,
associate product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America.

The true-to-life prints last up to four times longer than
traditional, film-processed photos, resisting fading up to 96 years
under glass and over 200 years in dark album storage, he adds. The
PictureMate Charm offers one-touch printing with or without a
computer. It features a 2.5-inch LCD screen to view, crop and print
photos, as well as remove red eye and select photo layouts and color
tones such as black and white, sepia or color.

PictureMate Charm also prints from memory cards with built-in card
slots, and prints wirelessly from PDAs and digital camera cell phones
with an optional Bluetooth adapter. It prints on glossy and matte
paper with Epson’s PictureMate Print Packs, which include ink and
either 150 sheets of 4 x6 inch glossy paper or 100 sheets of 4 x 6
inch matte paper.

In addition, an optional, rechargeable battery is available for
portability to print photos outdoors or on the road. The PictureMate
Charm will be available on Oct. 20 for US$149.99.