Printing Innovation, the Canon Way

By: James Kara Murat

Canon has once again brought printing to another level with its two new releases for their imagePROGRAF line. The imagePROGRAF iPF9100 and imagePROGRAF iPF8100 were introduced to the world as a late 2007 release. These two top-of-the-line printers will replace the older Canon imagePROGRAF models, iPF9000 and iPF8000.

The iPF9100 and iPF8100 make use of Canon's newest twelve-color ink system which shows off the company's exclusive Canon printer inks recently redesigned for even more efficient monochrome prints. LUCIA pigment printer inks feature accurate color reproduction, better image quality, a wide color gamut, enhanced print life, and greater media compatibility. LUCIA pigment printer inks ensure less grainy images with the range of colors it offers. The iPF9100 and iPF8100 are equipped with LUCIA ink's newest monochrome inks, Gray, Photo Gray, Black and Matte Black. These inks will help lessen "bronzing" during printing, an occurrence that gives printed colors a metallic or bronze-like hue when viewed at different angles.

Canon's newest innovation with its L-COA controller is integrated in the iPF9100 and the iPF8100. L-COA has proven its worth as a controller by processing files of high resolution speedily and accurately. This is maximized in the Canon iPF9100 and Canon iPF8100 with the L-COA's new intelligent screen dot pattern coupled with precise ink drop control. Visible dot graininess problems are resolved to the fullest with Canon's latest Canon Image Series printer models.

The two Canon printers are able to provide prints with a maximum resolution of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi. This is made possible with Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology and dual print head design incorporating a total of 30,720 ink nozzles, (2,560 nozzles per color). FINE is utilized in both printers and the new print head designs are sure to be safe with the printer's automatic clogged nozzle detection.

80 gigabyte hard drives are a generous bonus to the already stunning features of the Canon iPF9100 and Canon iPF8100. Both printers also sport the new imagePROGRAF Printer Driver 2007, which ensures user-friendly interface for both Windows and Macintosh users. The Canon iPF9100 and Canon iPF8100 are ideal for photographers. Even the new Driver includes Digital Photo Front-Access, a software application for viewing and arranging images from a digital camera to a software application used for editing these images. A new Portrait Mode is also incorporated in the Canon imagePROGRAF Printer Driver 2007 which gives the user with an easy way to adjust contrast setting.

Quality always comes with a price and the imagePROGRAF iPF9100 as well as the imagePROGRAF iPF8100 are no exemption. The two Canon printer models are set to be put on the market on November at suggested introductory prices of $14,995 and $5,995 respectively. With the amazing array of features in the two models, it's well worth every penny.

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