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Canon i9950 A3+ Printer
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100% of reviewers £350.00 9.0
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Description: Features


Wide-format photo printing
8-ink ChromaPLUS photo system
Up to 4800 x 2400 dpi* resolution
Micro-Nozzles with permanent 2pl drop size
Print an A3 photo in approx. 65 seconds
Single Ink technology
USB2.0 Hi-Speed interface
Windows & Mac compatible



Wide format, A3+ photo printer for professionals




A3/A3+ printing perfection
Print on A3 and A3+ formats to give your photos added impact and bring out every detail beautifully. With the i9950, you benefit from true full bleed perfection for all your photographic work - whether on A3+, A3, A4, 5" x 7" or 4" x 6".

8-ink ChromaPLUS: for a far wider colour range
Canon's exclusive 8-ink ChromaPLUS photo system ensures far fresher, warmer colours for all your work, capturing hues that conventional 6-colour printers cannot match. Additional red and green inks expand the colour spectrum significantly - strengthening saturation in the red, orange and green areas and achieving a colour range comparable to positive film. Also Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™ ensures superior clarity and accuracy. Micro- Nozzles eject a permanent 2 pl drop size with extraordinary precision - resulting in a 4800 x 2400 dpi* resolution for flawless, pinpoint perfection.

Time-saving speed
The i9950 is ultra fast – printing a full A3 photo in approximately 65 seconds. Canon's high-density print head with a remarkable 6,144 nozzles enables high resolution printing over a wide area in a single pass, thus saving time. Also with advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™ more drops are ejected in a shorter space of time, accelerating print speed even further.

PictBridge ready plus complete creative control
Print directly from any PictBridge or Bubble Jet Direct compatible digital camera or camcorder and enjoy fast, efficient and easy photo printing, without the need for a PC. A comprehensive suite of photo imaging software includes ZoomBrowser and PhotoRecord to make storing and printing digital photos a simple, seamless process. Plus you can print directly on CD-R/DVD disks.

Waste-free single inks
Canon's intelligent Single Ink technology, with individually replaceable ink tanks for all colours, ensures all ink is used. And, if there is insufficient ink, accurate ink level detection stops a page being printed. This eliminates waste and reduces your costs.

Handle large image files easily
The i9950 features USB2.0 Hi-Speed and FireWire interfaces, enabling you to print even the largest image files in the shortest possible time.

Windows & Mac compatible
The i9950 printer is compatible with all popular Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
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Rob Barron
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Poole, Dorset
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Review Date: Fri November 10, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £350.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Top quality, A3+, Fast, Quiet, CD printing
Cons: No roll paper adaptor

going to tell you everything that you can read in the blurb, just what I as a user of the i9950 for a year have found it to be: top quality.

This printer delivers stunning quality and vibrant images that are easily comparable to chemically printed photos. It can print right up to A3+ which is 19" x 13" and can do it borderless. I personally don't recommend borderless at that size as it tends to be less quality in the last inch of the print. It's fine on smaller prints though. I print non-borderless which only leaves half a centimetre all the way around. If I want a borderless print, I then trim the white off with my A3 guillotine. Most of the time I leave the white border on as it looks better.

Try going down to Jessops to get an 18" x 12" print done. It will cost you about £10 per print. So how does this compare? Well in quality it is easily as good. I interpolate high res shots up to 4750 x 3250 pixels which I then print at 250 pixels per inch. Yes, 300 is the best for smaller printers but you won't see the difference at this size I assure you. You don't hold A3+ posters 12 inches from your face to look at them like you might a 6" x 4" print, hence the difference.

The paper I use most is Ilford Galleria Smooth Pearl A3+ which costs me £18 for £25 sheets so 72p per sheet. Even if you add a way over the top £1.28 for the ink, that is £2, a fifth of what you would pay at a professional processor and you will have a picture that is equal or better in quality.

The colours give an excellent gamut (colour range) and although the branded cartridges are generally considered the ideal, I rarely now use them as they are too expensive. At a general price of £8.99 per cartridge, that is a whopping £71.92 for a set. Instead I have tried various generic cartridges and have found a set that I feel is absolutely up there with the Canon ones: and the manufacturer concerned guarantees that! The colour is the same, the fluidity is the same, the quantity per cartridge is the same. The price however is not. I get them from printerinks.com where they sell 3 for the price of 2. That works out at £2.63 each and a set for just over £21. At that price I don't worry how much ink I am using.

The extra colours give superb skin tones, wonderful variations in foliage and natural greens, punchy reds, beautiful variations in sky blues, etc. Shadows with some cheap inks end up as black blobs, not so here. If you can see detail on the screen, you will see detail in the print.

Speed is exceptional as is the quietness with which it provides a full A3 print in about 2.5 minutes in full colour. I used to sit in the living room and listen for the noise in the printing room to stop. I can't do that anymore as there isn't any noise to hear. Fortunately, because of the speed, I don't need to go off and have a cup of tea while I am waiting!

CDs/DVDs are easily printed direct using the supplied adaptor. Buy the DVDs with a printable surface or just put a CD label on and then print direct. Perfectly centred DVD prints every time.

If you have a Pictbridge compatible camera, you can connect direct to the printer without even having the computer turned on at all. Useful if I need a quick 6"x4" print run off. On my 20D, I am restricted to 6" x 4" but I can crop the picture in camera first. However, I believe with the 30D and upwards you can print larger prints as well.

I think that's as much as I need to say, this is a top quality printer and is now available at good prices for this type of thing. When it first came out, it was about £500 but now you can get them on the internet for £300 which makes it an excellent price IF you think you will use the size above A4 to a reasonable extent. Most photographers at times want to print at least 12" x 8" which is marginally too big for A4. The great thing is, A3+ is a touch bigger than A3 so you can fit two 12" x 8" shots onto one sheet and they will be the full size you need to fit a pre-sized frame.

If you are on the look out for a reliable printer that takes you right up to the level of professional quality shots, this could be the answer to your needs. It will cost you at least £100 less than the Pro 9000 but you won't be disappointed with the results.

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