The iP5200 uses the Canon ChromaLife100 system which features the ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system that consists of the usual cyan, magenta and yellow inks plus a dye-based photo-grade black for photo printing which delivers improved image contrast and sharpness and a larger volume pigment-based black ink tank to produce crisp, fast, high-quality black text.
The ChromaLife100 system can produce prints on select genuine Canon photo papers that
resist fading for up to 100 years when stored in an archival quality photo album. The
100-year lifespan rivals that of many traditional film-based photos, long considered
by consumers to be the benchmark for image permanence. Canon has tested the
ChromaLife100 system against three types of gases to simulate realistic
conditions—ozone, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur oxide. Prints produced on Canon Photo
Paper Pro with the other elements of the ChromaLife100 system had an up to ten-year
gas fastness when exposed to open air. ChromaLife100 prints, when created on Canon
Photo Paper Pro or Photo Paper Plus Glossy, had up to 30-year light fastness when
displayed under glass.
The iP5200 features a PIXMA printhead which employs Canon's FINE (Full- photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology. It has a total of 3,584 nozzles for exceptional speed and quality. The long printhead shown in the picture above is used with the pigment black ink for printing high-speed black text. The printhead on the right is used for color printing. This printhead uses Canon’s exclusive advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology™, which ejects consistent prescribed-volume ink droplets (as small as 1pl) for smooth gradations, accurate skin tones and rich, vibrant colors. The width of these printheads is the key to the printer's speed, a wider head means a larger area of coverage per pass is possible.
Not only can the user replace the individual ink tanks, you can also replace the
entire print head if necessary. (Replacement print heads are available from Canon
Service after it is determined that a replacement is necessary.) Epson printers
require a trip to the service center when they encounter a print head problem.
Optical ink sensors automatically monitor all ink color levels and communicate with your computer--giving you a pop-up message indicating exactly what colors are running low. You can also check the status of the ink tanks at any time using the Status Monitor of the driver as shown above.
Canon's optical low ink detection system prevents wasted printouts by
notifying you via the Printer Status Monitor before any ink tank becomes
empty, so you'll never unexpectedly run out of ink in the middle of a job again.
A light beam shines through a prism located at the bottom of each ink tank. When there is sufficient ink, the light is detected by the sensor. When only about 20% of ink is left in any of the ink tanks, the light beam is refracted, triggering the sensor which tells the printer driver to display a low ink tank notification for that ink tank.
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