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Canon Pixma Pro9000

Review posted 11/19/2006

The Canon i9900 has been updated by two new professional photo printers: the ten-color PIXMA Pro9500 and the eight color PIXMA Pro9000. They are the first PIXMA printers to earn the Pro designation. Both the PIXMA Pro9500 – which utilizes long-lasting, pigment-based inks – and the PIXMA Pro9000 – which uses long-lasting, dye-based inks – produce brilliant, gallery quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of specialty media and fine art papers.

The Pro9000 uses Canon’s high-performance Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology print head to deposit precise and constant 2-picoliter ink droplets to produce impressively detailed prints with remarkable quality and speed. This eight-ink printer features a wide color space that rivals positive film and delivers vivid coloration and high glossiness. Indeed, the combination of these new individually packaged inks– Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Black, Red, and Green – and Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy stock creates beautiful finished images.

Both the Pro9500 and Pro9000 printers are bundled with Canon's Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software. Easy-PhotoPrint Pro is a plug-in software program for Adobe Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2, and Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP) version 2.1, which permits one-click image transfer; offers simple settings for color management and allows users to configure printer settings once for images on multiple sheets. Among its myriad other features, the Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software facilitates the printing of RAW images (as a high quality TIFF or JPEG) without having to save from DPP software.

Canon is adding two new fine art printing papers to the company’s already extensive line of available media: The 100 percent cotton, Fine Art Paper “Photo Rag” (ideal for printing photo art as well as copies of water colors, oil paintings, woodblock prints and illustrations); and Fine Art Paper Premium Matte (a heavy 210g/m2 paper with a smooth matte finish that conveys an artistic, gallery-grade look to photographs and other art content). Both new papers are offered in 8½ x 11-inch and 13 x 19-inch sizes.

Additionally, Canon has extended its quality media lineup with a new 8 x 10–inch size of their popular Photo Paper Pro and Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss media, as well as a new 13 x 19-inch size for its Photo Paper Plus paper, making it easier than ever to go directly from printer to frame.

Pixma Pro9000 Features:

  • 8-color photo ink system, individually replaceable tanks for economy

  • Canon's ChromaLife100 inks can resist fading for up to 100 years

  • Top sheet feeder and a straight-through path for heavyweight media

  • Photo lab quality 11 x 14" color print in approx. 83 seconds

  • 2-picoliter MicroFine ink drops with 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution

  • Support for fine art paper up to 13 x 19" sizes

  • Professional Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in for Photoshop CS/CS2

  • USB 2.0 high-speed interface (Windows XP, 2000 or Mac OS X)

  • PictBridge Direct USB printing from most modern digicams

Mechanics & Performance

The Pro9000 is a stylish looking gray and silver colored printer that will turn your workspace into a high-performance photo lab. This is a large printer that requires about 30" W x 36" D of area to operate. The 36" of depth is required when using the front-loading paper path as the back paper support when extended needs another 17" of clearance. When using only the top auto sheet feeder, the printer may be as close as 6" to the wall. There are wheels on the back of the printer to make it easier to move it around when using the front paper path.

Setup is straight forward and can be accomplished by following the steps outlined on the included big page of directions. You first install the print head assembly, unwrap and install the ink tanks, install the driver software, connect the USB cable (not supplied), turn on the printer and run the auto head aligment procedure. Installation on my Windows XP machine went without a hitch even connected through a USB hub. It took about fifteen minutes to unpack, setup and be ready to make the first print.

The Pro9000 has two paper sources; a top-mounted auto sheet loader for regular paper and the Premium Glossy and Semi-gloss Photo Paper and a front-loading, straight through paper path for the heavyweight Fine Art media up to 1.2mm thick.

Most of the printer's functions are handled via the software drivers. There are front panel controls for Power, Paper Feed and the Front Paper Feed.

The EOS 30D Digital SLR connects directly with the Pro9000 (and Pro9500) via the PictBridge/USB port and enables its advanced camera direct capabilities. Users can manually adjust color or black and white images from the 30D’s LCD screen without a computer or image management software. Adjust the contrast, color tone, saturation, color balance, and even add shooting information directly on to their prints. The Canon-to-Canon direct connection simplifies the professional photographers’ workflow.

The PictBridge USB port also allows for direct printing from most modern digital cameras and video camcorders too. Users with a PictBridge-enabled digital camera connect to the printer using their standard USB download cable.

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.

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PIXMA Pro9000 Printer Specifications

Print Speed (up to)
4" x 6" borderless: approximately 30 seconds1
8" x 10" borderless: approximately 51 seconds1
11" x 14": approximately 1 minute 23 seconds1
Number of Nozzles
Nozzle Text: 768 x 8 colors (Photo Bk, C, M, Y, PC, PM, R, G)
Total: 6,144
Print Resolution (up to)
Black: 4800 x 2400 dpi2
Color: 4800 x 2400 dpi2
OS Compatibility
Windows® XP/2000/Me/98 and Mac OS X v.10.2.8 to 10.4.x3
Standard Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed4 and Direct Print Port (cables not included)
Ink Droplet Size
2 picoliters
Paper Sizes
Letter, Legal, 4"x 6", 4"x 8", 5"x 7", 8"x 10", 13"x 19", U.S. #10 Envelopes
Paper Handling
Paper Handling text: Top Feeding (ASF); Front Feeding (Single sheet up to 1.2mm paper thickness)
Noise Level (Approx.)
37 dB(A) in the best quality mode
Physical Dimensions
26.0"(W) x 7.6"(H) x 14.0"(D)
30.8 lbs.
Power Source
120V AC, 60Hz
Toll-free technical phone support plus 1-year limited warranty4
Software Included
CD-ROM including Printer Driver, Setup Software and User's Guide, Electronic Photo Application Guide, Electronic User's Guide, e-registration, Easy-PhotoPrint(Windows/Mac), Easy-PhotoPrint Pro (Windows/Mac), PhotoRecord® (Windows),Easy-WebPrint (Windows only, requires Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 5.5, version 6.0 recommended)5
Specifications are subject to change without notice. All viewscreen and printer output images are simulated.
1PPM print speeds are based on the highest printer driver mode. Photo print speeds based on default mode driver settings printing an 11" x 14" photo using Canon 13" x 19" Photo Paper Pro. Print speed will vary based on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage
2Resolution may vary based on driver setting. Maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi used at the bottom edge of the page. Ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
3USB 2.0 Hi-Speed requires Windows XP, 2000 or Mac OS X operating systems. For Windows 98, Me and Mac OS X v.10.2 to 10.2.6 operating systems, the printer will operate at USB 1.1 specifications.
4System requirements vary by application.
5Warranty programs are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See www.canontechsupport.com for details.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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