Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer Review

by Mark Burnsworth

I recently upgraded to the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer after my old Canon 9900 started to leave streaks of ink on the backside of all of my photos. This was a huge problem because I was using them to produce art brochures and prints for exhibitions. I hated to retire our old 9900 despite the ink problem because it was a real workhorse for us over the years, but after using the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 for the past few months, it’s clear that this new model is superior in many ways. Below I’ll go over the features for this printer in detail as well as our experiences with it so far.

Overview of the Canon PIXMA Pro9000

The Canon PIXMA Pro9000 uses an 8-color dye-based ink system to deliver professional quality borderless prints in many sizes including 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8.5” x 11” and even 13” x 19”, with a max color DPI of 4800 x 1200. The 8-color dye-based inks include Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta as well as Red, which gives your photos an incredible range of colors. It has two different feeder paths including a front loader for when you’re using heavyweight fine art paper.

This model also features automatic ambient light and color correction technology, which analyzes the image, categorizes it (snapshot with night scenery, snapshot with scenery, night scenery, scenery or portrait) and then automatically applies corrections as needed, such as adjusting color cast for more accurate skin tones. It also supports PictBridge, which allows you to print directly from digital cameras, DV camcorders and camera phones.

Our Experience with the Canon PIXMA Pro9000

After our old 9900 developed the ink problem, I thought we’d have to go back to ordering prints from the lab but fortunately the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 came to the rescue. When I first set it up in our studio and ran some test prints, we both did a double take because they looked even better than what was on our high resolution LCD monitor.

And they blew away prints from our old 9900 (which we thought were good at the time). The colors were bolder, brighter and more vivid. The printing speed is exceptional and it uses a surprisingly small amount of ink given the high quality of the prints. We’ve only had it about three months now and it’s already paid for itself several times over. Best of all, all of our clients have expressed disbelief when told that we print all of our own pictures, so the results really do speak for themselves.

PROS

  • Very fast — This model prints very fast, even the largest prints (13” x 19”) only take around 3 minutes.
  • Very quiet — Makes a little noise while the printer head moves initially, but once it starts printing its whisper quiet.
  • Not limited to Canon paper — I love that I’m not limited to expensive Canon paper. This model prints equally well on other cheaper brands like Ilford (unlike other photo printers).
  • Low Ink Usage — Uses very little ink, which really keeps costs down.

CONS

  • No USB Cable — We already had extra cables so this wasn’t a big issue, but I was kind of surprised it didn’t come with one considering the price.
  • Black and White Prints — This model produces amazing color photos, but black and white prints are only mediocre.

The Bottom Line

All in all this is a great printer, and has really been serving my needs really well. I do a lot of  prints in the house, which saves a ton on processing costs and it’s much more convenient because we have complete control over the photos from start to finish. I would definitely feel comfortable recommending the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 to anyone that needs a high quality, low cost photo printer for small business or personal uses.

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