Canon is launching second generation versions of its A3+ inkjet printers, the Pixma Pro 9000 and Pixma Pro 9000 , which will be available from June 2009.
The Pixma Pro 9000 Mk II is aimed at serious photographers wishing to produce professional quality prints and comes with a range of improvements over the Pro 9000. Mono printing speeds are three times faster than the old Pro 9000, while the Mk II also supports a wider range of media and incorporates the new Ambient Light Correction feature.
Accurate colour reproduction is achieved with Canon’s 8-colour ChromaLife100 system and the addition of 16-bits per channel print capability means there are 276 trillion colours available.
Photographers will have an extensive range of media to choose from including gloss, semi-gloss, matte photo papers well as fine art paper and canvas; the Pixma Pro 9000 Mk II’s straight paper path will allow printing on media up to 1.2mm thick.
Canon’s Easy-Photoprint Pro software, which plugs into Adobe Photoshop and Canon Digital Photo Professional, allows photographers to print in batches from both programs by giving access to all the required print settings on one screen and enables users to print direct from RAW files or convert RAW files ready for printing.
The Ambient Light Correction feature means that users can select the lighting under which the light will be displayed and adjust the colours in the final print so that image appears exactly the way the photographer intended.
The Pixma Pro 9500 Mk II is intended for professional photographers who need to produce gallery-quality images for exhibition or sale. It uses a 10 ink system which includes matte and photo blacks for printing on matte or gloss media without swapping ink tanks.
In addition to the wide range of media supported by the Pixma Pro 9000, the Pro 9500 also allows users to create custom ICC profiles when using Canon’s Colour Management Pro 2 tool in conjunction with selected colour spectrophotometers.
Dedicated monochrome inks allow for reproduction of a smoother range of grayscale and neutral tones in addition to the 276 trillion colours available. The Pro 9500 also uses the Ambient Light Correction feature and LUCIA pigment inks, which are specifically designed to produce long lasting prints.
The Pro 9500 utilises the same software as the Pro 9000 to deliver the same flexibility while the sturdy construction is designed to cope with heavy usage while maintaining reliability and consistent performance.
by Anthony Morgan