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i9900 Color Bubble Jet
Photo Printer

Review posted 5/8/04

Canon i9900 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Fast, Professional, Wide Format Photo Printing

Canon's wide-carriage 13 x 19-inch inkjet i9900 Photo Printer features fast, borderless printing, new red and green ink cartridges for rich, accurate color rendition, industry leading 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, microscopic 2 picoliter ink droplets, PictBridge direct printing and both USB 2.0 Hi-speed and Firewire interfaces. The i9900 will be available starting in May 2004 for a suggested list price $499.99.

The i9900 is the first in its class to offer eight individual ink tanks. Canon's exclusive ChromaPLUS 8-color ink system adds individual red and green ink tanks to the cyan, magenta, yellow, black, photo cyan and photo magenta inks that are commonly found on six-color printers. The red ink tank allows for an approximately 60% increase in the orange/red gamut over six-color printing and provides for previously unobtainable orange hues and well as richer reds. The green ink adds about 30% increase in green gamut as compared to six-color printing and creates more accurate and deeper greens in grass and foliage. Canon's dye inks produce higher levels of glossiness, more vivid colors, reduced graininess and better contrast photo quality when compared with traditional pigment-based inks used in conventional printers.

Canon has increased the printer's photo quality by doubling the maximum color resolution to 4800 x 2400 dpi from the earlier generation i9100 photo printer. To match the look of mini lab prints, the i9900 photo printer supports edge-to-edge borderless printing in 4x6, 5x7, 8.5x11 and 13x19 inch sizes. Photo printing speeds on the i9900 printer remain significantly faster than the competition. Users can print a 4 x 6" borderless photo in about 38 seconds, a 5 x 7" borderless photo in approximately 47 seconds, an 8.5 x 11" borderless photo in about 84 seconds and a full 13 x 19" borderless photograph in under three minutes.

Direct photo printing is made possible without a computer thanks to the front-mounted PictBridge USB port on the i9900 photo printer. PictBridge is an industry standard for digital printers, digital cameras and digital camcorders that allows the direct printing of images from PictBridge compatible digital cameras and camcorders to a PictBridge compatible printer, regardless of brand or manufacturer, without need of a computer.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms (Windows XP, Windows 2000/Millennium Edition/98 and Mac OS (8.6 to 9.x) and Mac OSX v 10.2.1 to 10.3.x.), the i9900 photo printer also includes the Zoom Browser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac) image management software, and PhotoStitch (for Windows and Mac) that makes composite images from shots taken separately.

Canon i9900 Major Features:

  • New ChromaPLUS 8-color ink system adds red and green inks to extend the range of the orange/red and green color gamuts

  • Fast printing: 4 x 6" borderless in about 38 seconds

  • 6,144 nozzles for exceptional speed and quality

  • 2-picoliter MicroFine Droplet Technology with 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution

  • Borderless printing in 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8.5 x 11" and 13 x 19" sizes

  • Individually replaceable ink tanks lowers your printing costs

  • Computer-less PictBridge and Bubble Jet Direct USB printing

  • High-speed USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces

Mechanics & Performance

The i9900 is a stylish looking, dark gray and silver colored printer that will turn your computer workspace into a digital photo lab. This is not a small printer, it requires an open space of about 2 x 3 x 2 ft.(WxDxH) when printing. 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, unwrap and install the eight ink tanks, install the driver software, connect the input cable and turn on the printer. Installation on my Windows XP machine went without a hitch even connected through an 8-port USB 2.0 hub. It took a total of about fifteen minutes to unpack, setup and be ready to make the first print.

The i9900 only has one paper path, the top auto sheet loader. Its media choices and paper handling is not as flexible as the Epson 2200. Canon only claims compatibility with their own brand photo papers whereas the Epson can print on its own photo papers and non-Epson art papers of varying thicknesses because of a rear, straight-through paper path. What it lacks in media flexibility the i9900 more than makes up for with its blazing print speeds. Its predecessor, the i9100, was the fastest printer in its class cranking out a borderless 13 x 19" print in less than five minutes. The i9900 now makes that same print in a blistering two minutes and forty seconds!

Canon i9900 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

The i9900 features an array of input ports on the back including USB 2.0, IEEE1394 FireWire (Mac OS only) and USB 1.1.

Note that all three ports can be connected to different computers simultaneously.

It's compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms (Windows XP, Windows 2000/Millennium Edition/98 and Mac OS (8.6 to 9.x) and Mac OSX v 10.2.1 to 10.3.x.)

Canon i9900 Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer

Located on the front is the PictBridge USB port for direct printing from many of today's digital cameras and video camcorders.

Users with a PictBridge- enabled digital camera connect to the printer using their standard USB download cable. Compatible digital cameras are now available from Canon, Casio, Fuji, HP, Konica, Kyocera, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung and Sanyo.

Sony DPP-EX50 Picture Station Photo Printer

When the camera and printer are connected, the camera's color LCD is used to select the image(s) you want and what options to print them with. Usually it's as simple as select the photo and press the camera's OK button. (Shown here are the PictBridge menu screens on a Canon Digital Rebel SLR).

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US visitors BCI-6 KIT SET OF 6 INK f/i9900/iP8500

$ 75.49 at STAPLES
$ 79.99 at OfficeMax
$ 63.54 at PC Connection
$ 54.40 at EtronicsOutlet
$ 54.99 at J&R
$ 55.99 at
$ 56.99 at

UK visitors BCI-6 KIT SET OF 6 INK f/i9900/iP8500

£ 75.49 at STAPLES
£ 79.99 at OfficeMax
£ 63.54 at PC Connection
£ 54.40 at EtronicsOutlet
£ 54.99 at J&R
£ 55.99 at
£ 56.99 at

i9900 Photo Printer Specifications

Print Speed (up to)4x6 Color Photo : Borderless - approximately 38 seconds*
 8x10 Color Photo : Approximately 50 seconds*
Number of Nozzles6,144 nozzles (768 x 8 colors - C, M, Y, Bk, PC, PM, R, G)
Print Resolution (up to)4800 x 2400 dpi*** in Color
OS CompatibilityWindows XP/Me/2000/98 and Mac OS (8.6 to 9.x), Mac OS X version 10.2.1 to 10.3.x. See for updated compatibility.
Ink CompatibilityBCI-6Bk Black ink tank, BCI-6C Cyan ink tank, BCI-6M Magenta ink tank, BCI-6Y Yellow ink tank, BCI-6PC Photo Cyan ink tank, BCI-6PM Photo Magenta ink tank, BCI-6R Red ink rank, BCI-6G Green ink tank
Standard InterfacesUSB 2.0, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed,
IEEE1394 Firewire (Mac OS only)
Direct Print Port (Bubble Jet Direct and PictBridge compatible)†
Paper SizesLetter, Legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 11" x 17", 13" x 19", U.S. #10 envelopes
Paper CompatibilityPlain paper, Envelopes, Canon Specialty Papers - High Resolution Paper, Matte Photo Paper, Photo Paper plus Glossy, Photo Paper Pro, Transparencies
Paper HandlingBuilt-in sheet feeder - 100 sheets @ paper weight 17 lb.
 Envelopes - 10
 High Resolution Paper (8.5" x 11") - 80 sheets
 High Resolution Paper (11" x 17," 13" x 19") - 20 sheets
 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 quiet mode
Power Source120V AC, 60Hz
Warranty1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program. 1-year toll-free technical phone support. (Warranty programs are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See for details.)
Software IncludedCD-ROM††† including Printer Driver, Setup Software and User's Guide, Electronic User's Guide, Photo Application Guide, e-registration, Easy-PhotoPrint 2.0/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)
* Photo print speed based on default printer driver mode using Canon Photo Paper Pro. Print speeds will vary depending on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.
** For a listing of select Canon digital cameras and DV camcorders featuring Bubble Jet 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. Maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi used at the bottom edge of the page.
† FireWire compatible with Mac OS only. USB Interface supports both Mac and Windows OS. Built-in USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface requires Windows XP (Service Pack 1), Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Mac OS X v 10.2.7 to 10.3.x. See for updated compatibility.
†† Will vary based on composition of images/documents printed.
††† System requirements vary by application. ImageBrowser, Easy-PhotoPrint 2.0/Easy-PhotoPrint Plus and PhotoStitch are not supported on Mac OS 8.6.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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