i9900 Photo Inkjet Printer (4800x2400 DPI, Color, 80KB, PC/Mac) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 8580A001
Printer Type: Color Inkjet|Photo
Average User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 19

Reviewed by: Wade1 on Dec 29, 2004


Strengths: Better priced than Epson 2200, and Canon's engineers found a way for the printer to know how to handle differant paper without changing inks. Epsons roll paper 2200 stays curled forever.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: Canon have done a lot of research in coming up with a printer that does not cheat on ink. It uses each cartridge until it's bone dry, and they are not ashamed to show the level. The printer will work until a cart is dry, then when replaced, keeps on printing with no marks to show here it stopped. A real workhorse, with exceptional detail with the extra red and green colours. It uses very little of those two colours, but when needed really makes a differance compared to it's closet competitor Epson.

Reviewed by: bcbmde from CA on Feb 26, 2005

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Color / multi-ink cartiridges, Speed, Large format, Borderless photo prints

Weaknesses: Size...you already knew that. Documentation

Summary: No more one-hour photo wait. Super B paper size is great for desktop publishing. If you run out of ink, you only replace the specific color that's out. RGB, CMYK, B Replacing an ink cartridge doesn't require removing the printer nozzle...no realigning test pages.

This thing lacks documentation. There are four ways to attach a device to this printer. USB pict bridge / Canon Bubble Jet Direct camera printing, one Firewire, one 2.0 USB, one 'old' USB. I have a x86 / Mac setup so I found a 2.0 USB switch to print from one or the other. I don't know if you can hook one computer to the 'old' USB and another one to the 2.0 USB. The only reference to multiple computers is lacking. Regarding Macs "It is recommended that you connect only one computer to this printer when using FireWire for connection." Oh yeah...x86 support for firewire doesn't exist apparently, and several functions are not supported under Mac OS X v10.2.1 to 10.3

With the multiple ways to hook computers up to this printer, I'm glad Canon didn't charge me for all the USB and Firewire cables being prebundled that I wouldn't use and would be forced to pay for.

Knock your socks off speed and quality. Clear your desk for this printer, it's worth it. Ohhhh...Ahhhh

Reviewed by: anderson1 from LA on May 24, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: seems well made and durable, outstanding picture quality, takes bci-6 ink tanks which are easily available and are used in many other models. 8 individual color tanks are somewhat more economical

Weaknesses: on my computer usb printer connection caused my digital camera usb connection to not work when both are connected

Summary: (Edited May 25th by anderson1) This printer is expensive but oh does it deliver if u love large photographs to put on your wall! So far I have printed a 11" x 17" and with the 4800 x 2400 printhead with the 8 seperate ink colors and am amazed by the clarity of the photo. It has a 3d effect which has to be seen! I cant wait to try out a 13" x 19" size. If u are in the market for a top of the line large format printer go check out a print at a store that carries this model.

Reviewed by: bethakeith from AL on Jun 7, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Beautiful, fantastic, and fast printing, especially color photos. text is crisp and clear. Printer is VERY quiet. 8 ink cartridges reduce wate and save money.

Weaknesses: Cost, color fastness of photos over time.

Summary: I was ready to order a Canon i9100 when I read that the i9900 would be available within 5 weeks. Since I had already waited several months to purchase a new printer, a few more weeks did not matter. In fact, the printer was available before the published release date. The cost was actually just slightly more than the i9100 at the time on some websites. I had been using a five-year-old HP All-in-one machine(one of the first produced), so most any new printer would be an improvement. However, I was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY when I printed my first photo on the i9900! I had to put my ear near the printer to make sure it was printing- it was so quiet. I didn't wait long to see the vibrant details of the day lily I had photographed earlier in the day with my Canon G3. You can print directly from the (Canon)camera without downloading the photos to a computer. I didn't want to waste photo paper on my first few "test" photos, so I printed them on coated ink jet paper. The results were super on the coated paper, so when I finally printed some 4"x6" boarderless pics on the Canon Photo paper, they were AMAZING!
The printer comes with all 8 ink cartridges, which are very easy to install. You have to install the print head first without touching the print head nozzles or electrical contacts. The print head has a labeled slot for each ink cartridge, so it's fairly idiot-proof. The "Easy Set-Up Instructions" make the initial set-up a breeze. Everything but the USB cable is provided in the box (you'd think it costs so much, Canon could supply at least a basic USB cable). In addition to the regular USB port, the printer is also equipped with a 2.0 Hi-Speed USB port, if your computer has one. Five 4"x6" sheets of Canon Photo Pro paper are also provided, so you can print a few photos immediately.
The software is easy to install and allows you to align the print heads and perform other maintenance tasks from your computer screen. I also like the Canon "Easy Web Print" feature, which allows you to print website information from a task bar located above the web page, without having to go through "File-Print." Other task bar options are: High-Speed Print, Print Preview, Options, and View Print List.
When the paper output tray is completely extended, the i9900 takes up quite a bit of room. The actual printer body is about 23" long and approximately 27" wide with the paper rest and output tray fully extended, so make sure you have the space for it.
I am just thrilled with my new printer and hope to print some large 13"x19" photos soon. The only draw-back I can tell is that the Canon ink is not permanent (like the Epson 2200) and photos may fade over time. I haven't tested the color fastness of the pics I've printed, so I can't tell you how quickly they may fade in direct sunlight or over time. I'll just have to wait and see. I'm still happy I waited and bought the i9900! If you want a super, fantastic photo printer that will give you professional looking photos and crisp text, this is the one for you!

Reviewed by: 1shaman on Mar 30, 2005

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Very fast with photos. Beautiful output.

Weaknesses: After a few months of use, a serious banding problem developed.

Summary: Increasingly discussed on the Internet is the tendency for this printer to develop a banding problem in its color print output after a few months. It can be temporarily resolved with sequential "deep cleanings" at high ink cost. Before considering this printer one should go on the Internet and look for discussions of this i9900 problem. Now my printer has to be driven 50 miles to a Canon repair center under warranty to see what they'll do about it. Beware of reviews only showing a few days experience with the i9900.

Reviewed by: prucol from NY on Jun 6, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: capable of large format printing (up to 13 by 19 inch) very fast, beautiful photgraphic quality

Weaknesses: cost of paper, printer and size of printer.

Summary: This is my third canon (prior models s900, i960). I've also owned the epson 820. While it would take the epson more than 25 minutes at highest quality to do a 8.5 x 11 photo, it takes the 9900 less than 5minutes to do a 13 x 19, with unbelievable results. additionally the separate tanks save you from tossing a 5 color cartidge just because 1 color is out. I have the status monitor set which shows you each individual ink level and gaves a low ink warning when necessary. it is a quiet printer also. Right now if you want a wide format printer it is the only one to chose.

Reviewed by: rickpixelworks from VA on Aug 12, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: speed, color, overall quality

Weaknesses: none!

Summary: I have to say that I'm simply blown away by this printer.

As a photo printer, the i9900 is amazing. I compared samples from the Canon to samples from various HP and Epson inkjets and there is definitely a difference in quality. Shadow detail is better, sharpness is better, skintones are dead on.

What surprised me, though, is how fast and color-accurate the i990 is with page layout printing. Printing from InDesign is flat-out fantastic. I printed 11x17 proofs of pretty complex InDesign layouts (lots of shadows, transparency effects, big photos, etc.) and not only was it fast, but the color is just about dead on here as well and it handled all the effects perfectly. I wouldn't hesitate at all showing proofs from the i990 to a client.

It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I'm confident that I made the right decision and that I'll get my money's worth.

Reviewed by: q4077 from AZ on Dec 4, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Killer Look - Excellent Speed - Perfect Photos

Weaknesses: Too #%&@!% Big (The footprint is 8" wider than the bigest paper you could use).

Summary: Had to deep clean the heads before it would print the first time. But this thing is the Michael Jordan of printers! I'm Amazed. And you can get the ink dirt cheap (looks as good as the canon ink).

Reviewed by: rmunde from CA on Dec 22, 2004

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: Beautiful photographic prints. Text is fine, but a waste of this printer's talents.

Weaknesses: Expensive and large. It costs > $100 to replace all the ink cartridges.

Summary: I have owned many inkjet printers and this is far and away the best. Photos (on Canon Pro paper) are perfect. I really love the output on this baby. To mitigate my comment about cartridge cost, having 8 cartridges is a plus not a minus since you only replace what is depleted.

Reviewed by: billpodbo from TN on Jan 3, 2005

Experience: 45 Days

Strengths: great photos

Weaknesses: only rated for 17 to 28 pound non-Canon paper

Summary: It prints beautiful photos but if you want to do desktop publishing, the paper weight limitations preclude most projects. I emailed Canon for further info but they only repeated what was in the manual. Had this info been in their published specifications, I would not have bought product!

Reviewed by: DavidGiles from OR on Jul 4, 2004

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Beautiful prints, quiet, fast prints, separate cartridges for each of its eight colors.

Weaknesses: Haven't found any yet.

Summary: Previously owned an Epson Stylus Photo EX printer. Have been happy with it for over 3-years. Still have it and it is still going strong, but I didn't know what I was missing until I purchased the Canon i9900. What a great printer. Love all the print options and the gorgeous prints it produces while being so quiet as it does it. And boy is it fast, especially compares to my old printer. And being able to change one color cartridge when it is empty vice a single color cartridge is going to save money in time. I have the Status Monitor running so I can see when a cartridge is empty. It identifies the empty cartridge, so there is no guess work as to which one ran out of ink!

If you want a quick, simple, and large format home printer, that prints film quality pictures - the Canon i9900 is the printer for you. As you can tell, I Love it!

Reviewed by: rleltzroth from CO on Aug 7, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Extremely fast, excellent quality photo prints, very quiet, borderless prints

Weaknesses: Quick Start Guide (user manual) and online guide not really thorough enough, paper feed almost too fast

Summary: My 4 year old Epson Photo 1200 could no longer produce quality prints as it originally could so I had to find a replacement. Epson's wide 2200 with pigment ink was a good possibility but I didn't get it for these reasons: much slower, more expensive, and couldn't use all my old Epson and Red River papers. My new Canon i9900 is a very good replacement. It's speed is incredible compared to my old Epson. It swallows paper like it's starving to death which is sort of scary because I'm afraid the paper is going to get jammed. The print quality of photographs is excellent (although it's not THAT much better than my old Epson when it was new) and I really like the borderless capability. I've tried the old Epson and Red River papers (matte, semi-glossy, and glossy) and they all look great. Canon's warning not to use thick (greater than 28 lb.) non-Canon paper seems unnecessary since I've tried thicker without probems. Apparently there must not be a standard for paper weight since English/metric weights and thicknesses between different paper manufacturers aren't always the same. Overall the Canon i9900 is a great performer.

Reviewed by: JSeinfield from CA on Jul 12, 2004


Strengths: Fast and beautiful output

Weaknesses: Huge, prepare to eat some desk space

Summary: I just had to respond because Leslie here said she burned through ink in an afternoon and said there was no external indicator. Duh. It's in the print driver. The print driver alerts you well before you run out of ink that you are low on a certain color and even better, if you run out in the middle of the print you can simply pop in a replacement cartridge and it continues with the print job. You don't have to throw anything away or waste any ink. In fact, it's better, because you use every last drop in the ink cart. These are all things any actual owner of this printer would know. I have my doubts about people who don't know these simple facts. It's as though they don't even own the printer.

Reviewed by: membernamai from NC on Jul 14, 2004

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: high speed, high quality, relatively inexpensive

Weaknesses: Wilhelm rates printing on glossy Photo pro paper at 38 years while things like the epson 2200 is rated 50 years.

Summary: Very high resolution. Prints with such speed to be amazing (13" x 19" in under 3 minutes). Colors can be bold and saturated, or subtle as needed.

Reviewed by: cyberbill1948 from WI on Sep 9, 2004


Strengths: Excellent color and contrast. Very fast. Quiet. Economical use of individual ink tanks. Better resolution(4880x2440) than previous wide-format printers.

Weaknesses: Relatively expensive. Best results seen only on Canon Photo Paper Pro, but this is nothing new for most photo printers. The same holds true for Epson.

Summary: Among the wide-format photo printers, this is easily the fastest printer currently available. Color, contrast, and resolution are all outstanding. Very difficult to tell the difference between results from this printer and the results from a good photo lab. Highly recommended for those of you who are serious about wide-format printing.

Reviewed by: joelkirzner from MO on Jul 20, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Awesome, truly awesome

Weaknesses: None

Summary: I purchased this printer as soon as it was released as I had high hopes from reading reviews beforehand. Boy, am I impressed. The first thing I noticed when I yanked this puppy from the box was that it is simply elegant. This is not a printer to shove in the corner on the floor; display it well and keep in mind that it is fairly large--13 x 19" capability will do that to a printer.
Anywhoooo, I yanked my tired looking epson 890 from the shelf and livened up the area with the 9900. Setup was quick and easy, unless you're tremendously naive when it comes to computers...but even then, the instructions seem pretty dummy proof. I immediately printed out a borderless 4 x 6 print. Holy mother of g-d, this printer is fast! Compared to my old epson, it's a mile down the raceway while the epson is just starting the ignition. Vroom vroom. I think the print took less than 40 seconds. Ya can't beat that...anywhere; likewise, a borderless 13 x 19 took something like 2 1/2 minutes. Once again, it smokes the competition. The prints looked excellent and I wasn't even using Canon paper, it was epson. I would recommend, as canon says, to use their goods with their goods.

Well, let's see...what else...ah yes, ink. 8 ink cartriges reside within the printer, an addition of 2 from last years model. The more the better is what I say. Of course, more cartdridges=more money, but from the looks of it, canon inks and paper remain relatively affordable compared to other brands.
Look at the price of the printer for pete's sake! Retails for $500 bucks? The epson 2200 which has similar capabilities is $700...nuff said.

If you're looking for a fast, affordable and georgeous piece of technology, you can't go wrong.

Happy Printing.

Reviewed by: Quynhle84 from CA on Aug 20, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: print fast

Weaknesses: havent found yet

Summary: excellent printer . I have never seen a special printer like that . I like it very much. It gives me perfect printing papers . All the colors are very beautiful. All in all , a perfect printer.

Reviewed by: christycollett from CA on Dec 1, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Print Quality, ease of use and covers close it up when not in use.

Weaknesses: none

Summary: Up and printing great 13x19 prints 1/2 hour out of the box. When coupled with the newer 6MP cameras large size prints are beautiful and it looks great on your desk.

Reviewed by: LesleyO on Jun 2, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: High-quality image; quiet; large-format printing.

Weaknesses: Small ink cartridges with no automated low-ink signal system.

Summary: If you can stand constantly purchasing inks, and NEVER knowing when one of the 8 (yes, 8) cartridges is going to bottom out on you, this is a great printer. But in only about four hours of testing the output of this printer, with relatively small images on several paper stocks, I've already run out of at least one ink--one of the three "reds". This printer uses two magenta and one red C6-type cartidges, and has no built-in indicator as to which one is the culprit. You can pull the cartridges and examine them visually, but that's not something you want to do on a regular basis.

So I'm printing a 13" x 19" image and halfway through, this can happen? Not a very nice situation, wasting considerable ink from all of the cartridges.

Although I am quite impressed by the image quality, I'm not sure I'm going to keep the i9900. It may be less hassle in the long run to use a pro lab for large prints.

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