Casio Japan rolls out photo printer with keyboard and 7-inch touchscreen

Today Casio announced the PCP-1200 [JP], a photo printer tailor-made for printing personalized post cards. It will be available in Japan on September 12th for $500. The device is Nippon-only at this point.

The printer comes with two unusual features: a 7-inch touchscreen (480×234 resolution/32,768 colors) and a full keyboard. Text can be added to post cards (or photos similar in size, maximum 2,400x1200dpi resolution) by using either a Stylus pen or the keyboard.

The PCP-1200 is compatible with CF, Memory Stick/PRO/Duo/PRO Duo, xD-Picture cards and SDHC/SD memory cards. An extra adaper is needed for support of  miniSDHC/SD/microSDHC/SD memory cards.

Up to 1,000 different addresses can be stored in the printer. 294 different templates for post cards are available. The photos can also be easily primped with pre-installed effects such as hearts, stars, cute animals etc. (typically Japanese).

Casio will produce 40,000 units monthly and also plans to offer a trimmed down version of the printer, the PCP-250 with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, for $365.