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i900D Color Bubble Jet
Photo Printer

Review posted 9/28/03

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Canon i900D - Professional Quality Photo Printing

The Canon i900D Photo Printer is the successor to the S830D Photo Printer and is designed for today's digital photographers that need fast, high-quality prints at home or work - with or without the use of a computer. The i900d features 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution thanks to its microscopic, 2-picoliter ink droplet size that sets new standards for professional photo printing. With the i900D you can print without a computer. Remove your flash memory card from your digicam and put it in the printer's front-mounted card slots. Select the desired image(s) to print on the large 2-inch color LCD and press the PRINT button. Or connect any Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder to the convenient front-panel Direct Print Port, and print!

You can choose standard 4" x 6" prints or enlarge your favorite photos to either 5" x 7" or 8.5" x 11" - perfect for framing. The included 4" x 6" photo paper tray attaches to the auto sheet feeder, so you'll always have your choice of paper ready for printing. The Canon i900D features photo printing speeds of approximately 75 seconds for a 4" x 6" borderless photo and approximately 3 minutes for an 8.5" x 11" borderless photo (using Canon Photo Paper Pro and High quality color setting.) The i900d supports borderless photo printing in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and letter sizes all without the need to trim the borders or tear off perforations.

Individual Ink Tanks -- The i900d employs Canon's hallmark Canon Think Tank System. This unique technology that Canon invented, offers users a cost performance advantage, especially when printing photos. End-users only replace the individual color ink tank they have depleted which helps to eliminate ink waste. In addition, the Canon Think Tank System has an optical ink sensor that triggers an on-screen warning so that users are alerted when the ink has run low.

Shipping with the i900d printer is the latest version of Easy PhotoPrint and Easy- PhotoPrint Plus, a web-printing application called Easy-WebPrint, PhotoRecord, PhotoStitch, ZoomBrowser and ImageBrowser. This version of Easy-PhotoPrint Plus has borderless photo printing for 4"x6", 5"x7" and 8.5" x 11" paper sizes. The printer driver features a Photo Noise Reduction function that helps reduce speckle noise often found in blue areas such as the sky. To further enhance your photos, Canon has developed additional software technology designed to reduce red-eye problems and smooth out facial imperfections. Easy-PhotoPrint also includes Exif technology and is available for Windows and Mac.

Canon i900D Features:

  • Built-in 2" color LCD for viewing, editing, printing

  • Direct print from digital cameras & memory cards

  • Separate 4x6" paper tray attaches to the auto sheet feeder

  • MicroFine Droplet Technology with 4800 x 1200 dpi resolution using 2-picoliter size ink droplets

  • Borderless printing in 4 x 6", 5 x 7" and 8.5 x 11"

  • 6 individually replaceable ink tanks lowers the "per print" cost

  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface

  • Exif 2.2 compatible with included Canon Easy Photo Print program

Mechanics & Performance

The i900d is a compact and stylish looking, gray and silver colored printer that will easily fit into your computer workspace. Setup is straight forward and can be accomplished by following the steps outlined on the included big page of directions. You first install the removable print head assembly and then unwrap and install the six ink tanks (more on this on the next page), install the software and then connect the USB cable and turn on the printer. Windows finishes loading the drivers and within a minute or two you're up and printing. In actual use the i900d is so quiet that you almost don't even know that it's working.

The i900d supports the new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard for Windows PCs and the slower USB 1.1 standard which is compatible with older Windows systems and Mac OS 8.6-9.X and OS X v 10.1 or later. This is no parallel port connection, only USB.

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Included with the i900d is this handy 4x6" paper tray that attaches over the top of the existing sheet feeder. It doesn't block the sheet feeder so you can have both letter size and 4x6" media in the printer at the same time. You simply rotate the knob and the 4x6" tray is lowered into feed position. When you want to print on letter size media rotate the knob again to raise the 4x6" paper tray.

Print from Memory Cards

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

A veritable stand-alone print shop, the i900D features a built-in two-inch LCD display for easy viewing, editing and printing without the need for a computer.

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

You can preview your pictures on the color LCD and then set the desired printing options with easy-to-follow onscreen menus. Then select the # of prints you want and press the PRINT button, that's it.

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The onboard card slots that permit direct printing from a wide variety of popular media including CompactFlash, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick (excluding PRO) SD Card and Multimedia Card.

Memory Stick Duo, xD PictureCard and mini SD Card can be used with the addition of a optional adaptor sold separately.

You can also use the printer's card slots to transfer image data to the host computer when connected via the USB port. No need for a separate card reader, use Windows Explorer to copy your images to your hard drive - fast and simple.

PictBridge Compatibility

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

PictBridge compatibility means you can plug many of the latest digital cameras directly into the front-mounted USB connector and make photo prints without the need of a computer. Shown here we have the Powershot SD10 connected and ready to make prints. You can also connect any of the Canon Bubblejet Direct compatible digital cameras to this connector too.

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

After connecting your camera you will see a "SET" icon in the upper left corner of your playback image on the camera's LCD screen. Scroll to the photo you want to print and then press the SET button to access the PictBridge menu.

Canon i900D Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The PictBridge menu lets you select borderless, bordered, time/date stamp, # of copies, paper size, and you can adjust the trim of the image to fit the 3:2 aspect ratio of 4x6" print media.

Select your options and then hit the SET button to print - that's it, quick and simple, "no-computer needed" printing of your digicam images.

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i960 Photo Printer Specifications

Print Speed (up to)4x6 Color Photo : Borderless: approximately 75 seconds****
8x10 Color Photo : Approximately 3 minutes****
Number of Nozzles1,536 nozzles (256 x 6 colors)
Print Resolution (up to)4800 x 1200 color dpi*** in Black
4800 x 1200 color dpi*** in Color
OS CompatibilityWindows® XP, Windows 2000/Me/98, Mac® OS (8.6 to 9.x) and Mac OS X v 10.2.1 to 10.2.x†††
Ink CompatibilityBCI-6Bk Black ink tank, BCI-6PC Photo Cyan ink tank, BCI-6PM Photo Magenta ink tank, BCI-6C Cyan ink tank, BCI-6M Magenta ink tank, BCI-6Y Yellow ink tank
Standard InterfacesUSB 2.0, Direct Print Port (cables not included)
Paper SizesLetter, legal, A4, A5, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", U.S. #10 or European envelopes
Paper HandlingBuilt-in sheet feeder - 150 sheets @ paper weight 17 lb.
Glossy Photo Cards (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Glossy Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
High Resolution Paper (8.5" x 11") - 80 sheets
Envelopes - 10
Matte Photo Paper (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Photo Paper Plus Glossy For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Photo Paper Plus Glossy (5" x 7") - 10 sheets
Photo Paper Plus Glossy (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Photo Paper Pro (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Photo Paper Pro For Borderless Printing (4" x 6") - 20 sheets
Photo Paper Pro (8.5" x 11") - 10 sheets
Transparencies (8.5" x 11") - 30 sheets
Noise Level (Approx.)37 dB(A) in best quality mode
Physical Dimensions17.0" W x 11.9" D x 7.6" H
Weight10.6 lbs.
Power Source120V AC, 60Hz
Warranty1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program; 1- year telephone support (90 day toll free from the time of first call); Subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See for details.
Software IncludedCD-ROM†††† including: Printer Driver, Setup Software and User's Guide, Quick Start Guide, PictBridge Instruction Sheet, Electronic User's Guide, Photo Application Guide, e-registration, Easy-PhotoPrint 2.0 and Easy-PhotoPrint Plus (Windows/Mac), PhotoRecord™ (Windows), ZoomBrowser EX (Windows), ImageBrowser (Mac), PhotoStitch (Windows/Mac), Easy-WebPrint (Windows, requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0 recommended)
† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
* Compatible memory cards include Compact Flash®, Micro Drive™, SmartMedia™, Memory Stick® (excluding PRO™), SD Card™ and MultimediaCard™. xD-Picture Card™, Memory Stick Duo™ and mini-SD Card™ can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately.
** For a listing of select Canon digital cameras and camcorders featuring BubbleJet Direct or PictBridge direct printing technology visit To determine if a non-Canon brand camera or camcorder is PictBridge-compatible please consult the manufacturer.
*** Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Ink droplets can be placed with a minimum pitch of 1/4800 inch.
**** 4" x 6" photo print speed based on default printer driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro. 8" x 10" photo print speed is based on default mode driver setting printing an 8" x 10" image on 8.5" x 11" Canon Photo Paper Pro. Print speed will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.
†† Will vary based on composition of images/documents printed.
††† Easy-PhotoPrint 2.0 and Easy-PhotoPrint Plus, ImageBrowser and PhotoStitch are not supported on Mac OS 8.6, Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0. Easy-WebPrint, Easy-PhotoPrint and PhotoStitch are compatible with Windows XP and Windows 2000/Me/98 only. Easy-WebPrint requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0 recommended. See for updated compatibility.
†††† System requirements vary by application.

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