Canon color photo printer PIXMA iP3000 - Security Camera User Rating
 
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9316A001
Printer Type: Color Inkjet
: Number of User Reviews: 34

Reviewed by: zepper from NY on Oct 11, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Not too big, pretty fast, high print quality, low price for printer and ink ($11. shipped for a set of fine compatible tanks), features never before seen in a $100. printer.

Weaknesses: Bigger and heavier than most ink jet printers in this price range.

Summary: (Edited November 03rd by zepper) . My actual rating is 9/10 or 4.5 stars...
. Why "9" - because nothing is perfect and there is still no direct driver support from Canon for Linux - until there is, NO Canon will earn a 10 from me...
. Well, what can I say other than, Canon has done it again. Did you ever expect to see auto-duplex printing and two paper bins/paths that can be software or manually selected for under $100.00? Neither did I, but here it is...
. Most of the basic printing functions closely mirror its i560 predecessor. Since the i560 is near the top of PC World's Top-10 General Purpose InkJet Printer List, then print quality hardly needs to be discussed. I'll just say that photo prints are a bit darker than those from my i450 largely due to the pigmented black that is used by the iP3000, while the i450 uses a dye based black. That should be easy to compensate for.
. The appearance of the Pixmas that I've seen is pretty sedate - if I didn't have a sharp eye, I'd have missed them when they hit the shelves at my nearest Staples. The color scheme is battleship gray with a muted silver trim. It is a low oblong box that could be mistaken for a bread box when all trays and guides are folded up. Open all the various gizmos and the thing can take up considerable desk space. Luckily you seldom need everything open. If you use this like you did the i-series, then it won't take up much more space - but who would want to do that?
. Now I must mention the phrase "paper cassette". Have you ever seen that phrase in the same paragraph with an under $100. ink jet printer? Well, neither have I. But all that has changed. This new Canon sits atop a 150-sheet paper cassette which also has an internal arrangement for smaller photo paper sizes. This cassette and more clever mechanicals, allow for automatic duplex printing.
. To a tech-freak such as I, this is an entertaining process to watch. First one side of the paper prints, but the printer doesn't entirely let go of the sheet. It stops, draws the paper back in, and then prints the other side. This also works in the "booklet printing" mode. However, auto-duplex is quite a bit slower than manual duplexing. That's right, you can choose between manual and auto-duplexing. For manual duplexing, you let one side print from the cassette or top bin, then pick the stack up and put it into the top feeder bin and let it run back through. Yup, this baby still has the top-feeder bin too. Both bins can be kept stocked with either different paper types or the same type - and yes again, when one runs out, it can be set to automatically switch to the other bin. You will have to take the output stack away several times during a full 300 sheet max run as the output tray can only handle about 50 sheets...
. I don't think I've run out of finding interesting tricks my new toy can do (like standard Pictbridge printing from compatible digital cameras, etc.).
. Since I wrote the preceding part of the review, I've done more different types of printing on several types of paper (including the thickest stuff I've ever seen for inkjet printers, the 12 mil, glossy photo paper from Legacy which is no longer made but pops up occasionally on eBay) and the iP3k handled it all with aplomb. You just need to be sure the thick stuff is as flat as you can make it before running it through - one sheet at a time via the top feeder. I did a chart from Lotus 123 on a sheet of HP Premium Presentation paper and it was as crisp as you might want. The diagonal crosshatching in the bars was perfect! I've also printed some downloaded jpegs on that HP paper with excellent results. And shipping labels from the USPS Shipping Assistant software (.pdf) are just dandy - as long as you use the plain paper setting as expanded on below.
. I did do one printout on the HP paper where the iP3k dumped a lot more black ink than I expected - wasting a 10 cent sheet!.. Experimenting with paper settings is critical with this printer as settings that one would think appropriate can turn out to be very wrong. In the preceding paragraph, I was trying settings that had worked very well with the i450 that I had before (and would seem intuitively correct) - well NO WAY JOSE! This one must be used with settings similar to the i560. So those excellent matte coated presentation papers from Kodak and HP must be printed on the PLAIN PAPER settings.
. Kodak has info on their web site for appropriate settings for their papers for many popular printers. If you use their recommendations for the i560 with the iP3k, you will be well along in achieving the best possible print quality. The Kodak recommended settings should work well with similar papers from other manufacturers. But always experiment before comitting to a large batch of printing.
N.B. - There already are updated printer drivers on the User Supplied Web Link web site for both Win9x/Me (v.841) and 2k/XP (v.180a). I recommend checking the site often - driver updates may come fast and furious.

Reviewed by: gavinldc on Dec 9, 2004
Rating:

Experience:

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: After realizing that I'd need to spend about $60 to buy ink jet cartridges to get my old HP610C running again, I thought I'd look at new printers. I've always bought HP, but was swayed by the good recommendations everyone had for the Canon PIXMA ip3000.

This printer really has it all. It produces beautiful borderless prints that look and feel like they were developed from negatives. It also does a decent job on text and resumes. And it is very fast. Plus, it comes with a full supply of ink! I'm not sure how fast the ink wears out, but I can tell you it is very cheap to replace. No more $35 cartridges from HP!

Thank you to everyone who reviewed this product. I never would have considered a Canon printer without you.

Reviewed by: MaxBoostNYC from NJ on Mar 31, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Reasonably priced, great print quality, good print speed

Weaknesses: No USB cable, large foodprint

Summary: The quality of the prints from this unit is pretty amazing. I use it to print photos and find the prints to come out just as good as if it was developed from a fotomat. Price was reasonable and the print cartridges were inexpensive too.

My only complaint is that there isn't a USB cable (all printers should come with one INCLUDED).

I highly recommend this unit to anyone who seeks great photo printing ability with solid black & white laser-like quality.

Reviewed by: joshlocker from IL on Oct 20, 2004
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Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: Great quality text and color, speed, low noise, reduced noise mode, easy to set up, paper cassette plus tray, duplex (double sided) and borderless printing, 3 color ink tanks, replaceable print head

Weaknesses: a bit wide, too many strengths to fit into the strengths box

Summary: The best printer I have ever owned; considering every printer I have ever owned has been either Epson or Lexmark, this isn't saying much, but I have used other Canon printers and this is the best one in my experience. After less than 10 minutes of setup (from opening the box to a test print) I printed about 30 borderless 4x6 prints which surpassed any other consumer-level inkjet printer I have seen. With 3 color ink tanks I don't have to worry about throwing away unused ink. The paper cassette lets me leave letter size paper in the printer which is only 7" high this way. Opening the tray on top raises that to about 10" for small paper and 13" for letter size paper. I also printed up a bunch of double sided text prints which is fun to watch; the paper comes out almost all the way, then gets sucked back in for another run. All in all I have only one complaint: the wideness of the printer, which at 16.5" is smaller than my Lexmark Z53, but it seems like it should be less, maybe because of the lack of height. I'm glad I found this printer and I would buy it again when mine expires, were it not for the fact that it will probably be outdated years before that happens.

One more thing: there is a tray in the front of the printer when the output tray is down, which has the Canon logo on it. I thought it was some sort of smaller output tray, but it turns out it is just a piece you flip down when opening the top for easier access to the ink.

Reviewed by: kkoltunf from PA on Aug 30, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: Very fast, easy to set up and configure. Dual trays, great color prints, and good price.

Weaknesses: Front panel is a bit flimsy.

Summary: For the money, I believe this is a great printer for photos and texts. The 4x6 prints that I have produced are gorgeous, and they come out fast. The printer is easy to configure and set up with the computer, and I like the software that comes with it. The dual trays are great - I can leave my text paper in the bottom try and then load the photo paper on the top without removing the paper. With fast print out, great color prints, ease of use, dual trays and cheap ink replacement, this is a great product. My only concern is the front panel - you press on it to open the front part of the printer, and sometimes it gets stuck. Not a big deal, more of a slight annoyance, but one I am happy to live with.

Reviewed by: arboldt_1098808763 on Nov 29, 2004
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Experience: 12 Days

Strengths: Excellent value, ease of Installation, print quality, paper handling, quiet.

Weaknesses: Some banding in large black areas or photo printing

Summary: The Pixma has a much smaller footprint than my older Canon BJ6000.

I installed the printer in less than 30 minutes C it took me longer to read the installation guide than to actually install it. When I installed it at first, I still had the internal covers open, and received an error message for that. When I shut the covers, the error message was resolved, but the installation did not continue with auto-aligning the print heads, which would have been nice if it did. I had to go back to the prior step, then back to Print Head Alignment. This was the only glitch in installation.

I also like the feature to turn the printer on when a data stream is sent to it, and turn it off after a period of time with no activity.

The printer is much quieter than my older Canon.

Print quality appears to be excellent. Paper handling is excellent. I particularly like having both a paper cassette and an Auto Sheet Feeder. I plan to keep standard paper in the cassette for normal use, and use the top feeder for envelopes, photo paper, or other.

I printed a photo of a lake sunset on standard paper, and it came out very nice. Tree leaves in shadow that dusk gave the photo a lot of black, and banding was quite evident in the large black area only, not in the color portions of the photo. Ive printed several photos on regular paper and they were very good. I could tell they were not photo-lab quality, but Im positive they would be if I used photo-lab quality paper.

After a couple of weeks I continue to be very pleased with print quality and paper-handling (one of the big problems with my older Canon BJ6000). After I hadnt used it in several days, the first page printed had a couple lines only partially printed; re-printing that page showed no problems, so I assume something partially dried out when not used.

All in all, I consider this printer an excellent value, and would definitely buy it again.

Reviewed by: jd3086 from OH on Nov 30, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Duplex printing for a very low price, fast printing, excellent photo and text quality. Has a bottom feed paper tray.

Weaknesses: Larger than some printers. Front door pops open easily when bumped.

Summary: This printer has 2 different places for paper to be fed in from, one being a tray that slides into the bottom of the printer. Excellent quality and speed with duplex capabilities. Excellent deal for the money.

Reviewed by: docvenzon from IL on Nov 28, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Good value for price. Fast printing speed. Low cost ink. Duplex printing....too many to mention

Weaknesses: Relatively big footprint. Requires Canon brand paper to get really good prints.

Summary: I bought this unit November 2004 on sale for sub-$100. It has performed flawlessly thus far. Text printing is very crisp and fast, rated at 22ppm. Photo print quality is very good, although using Canon brand paper is recommended. It appears the Canon paper was specifically designed for the Canon ink. It is capapble of directly printing from digital cameras, although I still print photos from my PC since I prefer to edit the photos a bit. I look forward to using this printer for a long time. The fact the it has separate ink cartridges for black and colors means that when its time to change the ink, it won't cost an arm and a leg.

Reviewed by: joeroyhud from CO on May 1, 2005
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Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Economical, quiet, fast. The Easy WebPrint software comes in handy quite often. The two-sided printing also is a nice plus.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have the two different black cartridges that Canon's better photo printers have.

Summary: I'm so happy to have finally gotten rid of my ink-guzzling Epson. For the price (around $50 after rebate), the ip3000 is is a good, fast, quiet, versatile printer. Compatible ink cartridges from inkgrabber.com work fine on this machine, so the cost remains low in the long term. You'll probably want a higher-end printer if you print a lot of photos.

Reviewed by: yudansha18 from NJ on Nov 30, 2004
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Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Hooks up with my camcorder and digital camera with wonderful printing.

Weaknesses: None to be found yet.

Summary: I would definitely recommend this printer. It was a great deal at the price I got it for. What i'll do with my 9th printer I don't know. But i just love the printer so what else is there to say?

Reviewed by: lingie from CA on Jan 3, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Quiet, Fast, Wonderful print quality, Easy to install, many convenient features. Beautiful colors.

Weaknesses: A little big and boxy, but I'll get used to that look. It is very steady.

Summary: I love this printer. This is a replacement of my Canon S330 which i used a WHOLE lot for nearly 2 years. The PIXMA IP3000 is so quiet and prints very fast. Photos have come out as they look on my pc screen.

It is easy to install and everything worked accordingly within the hour.

I have always stuck to Canon and I've been happy.

Reviewed by: mike54703 from WI on Dec 21, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Excellent photo prints, fast printer, good value for the dollar. Individual ink tanks are the only way to go! Duplex printing too!

Weaknesses: Front door is a bit flimsy, sticks sometimes when trying to open it.

Summary: I bought this printer to replace an i850 that was need of a new printhead. The new print head was $52, this printer was $80.

I'd say this is a model for model replacement for the i850. Its a four color printer - uses ink tanks for each color so you only replace the one that is running low - saves big $$$.

The duplex printer actually works - its pretty nice for printer webpages that go on and on.

Photo prints are excellent - I use canon brand paper.

There is a standard sheet feeder that I use for the 8.5x11 paper, then a cassette feeder as well. If you want 8.5x11 paper in the cassette it will stick out in the front a bit, but I keep 4x6 photo paper in it so can close up. Its really nice to not switch paper when to do a photo.

Software is good - the Easy Photo Print works slick.

For $80 you can't go wrong on this general purpose photo printer for home use. Ink tanks are about $11 each, but I use generics for $2.50 (some may say this leads to printhead failure but thats up for debate).

Reviewed by: goosie from TX on Dec 8, 2004
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Experience: 6 Days

Strengths: quiet, low price, quality of print, can plug camera in to print, easy install

Weaknesses: big, that's about it.

Summary: For the quality and price you can't go wrong with this printer. Hook-up is very easy. The print quality is excellent compare to my old printer. You can also hook up to your camera to print pictures. It is very quiet and fast.

Reviewed by: natehulse from UT on Nov 30, 2004
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Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: You name it... price, print quality, duration of ink cartridges, options, features, looks... it has it all

Weaknesses: A little heavy (but then again, my table holds it up, not me)

Summary: I love this printer! There are so many features, the ink lasts forever. The ink cartridges are separate, so you can replace the individual cartridges as they run out. I love how it looks, how it runs.. it's so fast. I can't believe I lumped along with an Epson for 3 years before getting this! No regrets!

Reviewed by: ilew from GA on Jan 25, 2005
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Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Fast printing, excellent quality, lots of options, good design

Weaknesses: Front panel can open a little too easily

Summary: The iP3000 is a fantastic printer and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I bought it mainly for printing text and the occasional photo, but it has truly surpassed my expectations.

First, the text quality is quite good. After looking at the output from other printers, I realized just how nice my text looks-- almost laserlike. Just make sure you get good paper, not recycled, as it will smear the ink. This printer is also very fast! It's great to be able to print out a few pages in a matter of seconds. For photo prints, I was very impressed. I used Canon's Photo Paper Plus Glossy and I would say to stick with this paper. It rocks! Great colors and quality.

Another thing that makes this printer great are the features. It has two input trays, can print on both sides of a sheet without the user having to do anything, and has a silent mode that makes it print quietly when you want it too (such as late at night). You can also plug in your camera directly to the printer, but I like to use my editing software first. Also, with separate ink tanks it is great to be able to only replace the color that is running low and not wasting the other ink. Finally, this printer displays nicely and looks classy.

I would highly recommend this printer for anyone! Canon definitely made a solid product.

Reviewed by: Krym from CA on Jan 4, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Fast, relatively silent, EXCELLENT quality

Weaknesses: Heavy/kind of big

Summary: I've owned several photo printers in the past and I can easily say this is one of the better ones. The quality is excellent. This model has 3 individual ink cartridges for color, so you don't throw away unused ink when, let's say, your red runs out. This model is also quieter than my other HP printer. Now instead of being forced to buy $30+ HP ink cartridges, I can buy ink for this printer at a cheaper price.

There's also a camera port, which hooks up well to my Canon A400. Pretty convenient way of printing digital camera pictures.

Reviewed by: Bebepatch from CA on Nov 29, 2004
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Experience:

Strengths: Fast printing for photos and general applications. Direct printing from PictBridge cameras.Two input paper trays. Duplex printing.

Weaknesses: No memory card slots.

Summary: The Canon PIXMA iP3000 is less than $100 printer and combines high speed, high quality and quietness. It's truly great printer for its price possibly one of the best printer buys of this year.

Reviewed by: rgpai from NY on Dec 20, 2004
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Experience:

Strengths: fast print..fine quality

Weaknesses: none

Summary: The best printer I have ever owned; considering every printer I have ever owned has been either Epson or Lexmark, this isn't saying much, but I have used other Canon printers and this is the best one in my experience. After less than 10 minutes of setup (from opening the box to a test print) I printed about 30 borderless 4x6 prints which surpassed any other consumer-level inkjet printer I have seen. With 3 color ink tanks I don't have to worry about throwing away unused ink. The paper cassette lets me leave letter size paper in the printer which is only 7" high this way. Opening the tray on top raises that to about 10" for small paper and 13" for letter size paper. I also printed up a bunch of double sided text prints which is fun to watch; the paper comes out almost all the way, then gets sucked back in for another run. All in all I have only one complaint: the wideness of the printer, which at 16.5" is smaller than my Lexmark Z53, but it seems like it should be less, maybe because of the lack of height. I'm glad I found this printer and I would buy it again when mine expires, were it not for the fact that it will probably be outdated years before that happens.

One more thing: there is a tray in the front of the printer when the output tray is down, which has the Canon logo on it. I thought it was some sort of smaller output tray, but it turns out it is just a piece you flip down when opening the top for easier access to the ink.

Reviewed by: rishia from CT on Jan 8, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Price, quality of photo prints, double sided printing

Weaknesses: Size, no USB cable

Summary: Got one for $69, at that price it looks like a great buy, the speed of printing coupled with quality is an asset to the printer, although I'd like it a wee bit slimmer to make it portable. The cost of printing a 4x6 i'm told is 5 cents which is terrific. All in all a good buy, I would have given a higher rating if it was 4-5 inches smaller in size.

Reviewed by: zhengtli from PA on Dec 26, 2004
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Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: High performance and relatively low price.

Weaknesses: Maybe a litter heavy. No usb cable like most of the printers.

Summary: The IP3000 is low cost printer and the ink is not so high as HP is. It has great text printing quality and excellent photo printing. The speed is fast and you can print double sided (duplex) pages. Separate paper feed trays are good for different papers.
No major shotcomings.

Reviewed by: nwu from HI on Nov 29, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 9 Days

Strengths: Excellent Quality; Small footprint; Prints full (borderless) pages; Duplex printing; Low cost printer; Low cost ink; Quite, fast and slick

Weaknesses: Comes with no USB cable (alas they all do...) It's a no-brainer - Canon rocks!

Summary: I bought this printer few weeks ago to replace my old HP OfficeJet that was slow and expensive on ink. At the time I had already known that Canon makes nice inkjets with excellent print quality and low cost ink. But the ip3000 exceeded my (already high) expectations.

Reviewed by: kspong from MN on Dec 20, 2004
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Paper Tray, 2 sided printing, Bang for the Buck, Better build quality than the older i560, FAST PHOTO PRINTING

Weaknesses: A little less quality on photo's than the more expensive Canon's

Summary: I have had experience with the Canon: i560, i960, and now this ip3000. It is about the same price as the older model i560.

The build quality is very good - better than the older i560 and folds up into a shoebox size.

The paper tray is a GREAT - most cheap printers dont have one. (basically a tray like a laser printer) to keep letter paper in ..or photo paper too.

I compared the speed of direct printing from a Canon camera (using PictBridge USB slot on the front) to the ip3000 and the $100 more expensive i960 and the ip3000 seem quicker by about 15 seconds in 4x6!

Quality is not as good as the more expensive printer you can see a little drop off in the sharpness of the prints...but still very good for the price...and the fact this uses 4 tanks not 6.

Overall if you want a good bang for buck printer that is great at text (with that paper tray! and 2 sided printing!) and do a little photo printing as well... this is a great deal.

Reviewed by: sigmat4 from CA on Feb 25, 2005
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Good photo prints. Quiet and quick.

Weaknesses: The Easy-PhotoPrint software doesn't support TIF images.

Summary: I purchased the Canon PIXMA iP3000 after experiencing uncorrectablely dark prints with both an Epson C82 and a C84. The Canon photo printing provides color- and exposure-faithful prints when compared to the original prints from film. The originals were scanned with a Canon N1220U and printed via Photoshop Elements.

The prints appear quickly and far more quietly compared to the Epsons.

The little text that I've printed so far looks good.

Reviewed by: chriscam86 from SC on Jan 21, 2005
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Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Excellent print quality and speed, automatic duplex printing (not seen on many inkjet printers, photo printing, individual inking systems (CMYK), the option to either store your paper in the tray or s

Weaknesses: No weaknesses that I have seen so far!!!

Summary: After a long decision on which printer to get I choose this particular model after reading some excellent reviews along with reading the specification sheet on the Canon website. This bad boy has automatic duplex printing, meaning before it drops the printed sheet, it sucks it back in and prints on the other side so there is no need to do it manually. That is probably my favorite feature considering I print a lot of long documents. Another great feature is the separate inking systems, this is much better than the standard color and B&W cartridges because when you run out of one color you don't have to throw out all of the cartridge when you may have had plenty of ink in the others.

Reviewed by: vdonof from VA on Jan 9, 2005
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Experience: 45 Days

Strengths: Compact footprint with out of the way paper storage tray, separate ink tanks help to conserve ink costs, friendly and helpful technical support are available through a toll free number.

Weaknesses: Had conflict with my faxing software. I had to remove the fax software before the printer driver would function. Photos print slightly off center.

Summary: I really like the ip3000 despite my software conflict problem. I would have given higher marks if I could have avoided the software conflict issue. I like the fact that the paper storage and paper output tray fold away leaving a tidy looking printer when not in use. I was a bit perturbed to find that outside of the US this printer comes with an accessory that allows printing directly to CDs. Unfortunately, due to patent conflicts this printer cannot accommodate the feature. I would have been happy to pay additional dollars for the ability to upgrade the printer to support CD printing.

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