The PIXMA MP970 Photo All-In-One Printer is Canon's top-of-the-line multifunction photo printer. With a MSRP of $299, it lists for $100 more than the closely related MP610. All PIXMA Photo A-I-O devices provide print, copy and scan capabilities in one machine. So let's examine what you get for the extra $100.
In the MP970, Canon's Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering technology (or FINE) printhead uses 3,584 precision nozzles (4,608 nozzles in the MP610 - as Canon's literature states "More nozzles = high[er] quality") and provide up to 9600 x 2400 dpi resolution when printing color images. The microscopic 1- or 5-picoliter sized ink droplets produce detailed photos and use 7 individual ink tanks (5 inks are used in the MP610).
Canon states the MP970 can output a 4 x 6-inch photo lab quality print in as little as 35 second (21 seconds for the MP610). And it copies black & white pages at 30 copies per minute (as fast as 2 seconds per page) and color documents at 22 cpm (as fast as 2.7 seconds per page) which is nearly identical to the MP610. Both printers duplex to produce double-sided documents and both have two paper trays (a rear tray and a bottom cassette) so you won't have to change paper as often.
As for the scanner, the high resolution CCD (a Contact Image Sensor, or CIS, is used on the MP610) has an optical resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi, which can be interpolated to 19,200 x 19,200 dpi, with 48-bit internal color depth. The scanner bed accepts sources as large as 8.5" x 11.7" and the lid of the MP970 has a integrated film scanner unit.
The MP970 supports the "Canon-to-Canon connection" that allows you to perform minor edits, overlay shooting information on an image, or print a contact sheet directly from many Canon cameras - without using a computer. The MP970 also supports wireless printing from infrared (IrDA) enabled cell phones and Bluetooth-equipped devices. Using the built in card slots, you can print directly from many memory cards.
Compatible with Windows (Vista and XP/2000) and Mac platforms (Mac OS X v.10.2.8 to 10.4.x), the MP970 comes bundled with a CD-ROM of software including the printer driver, MP Navigator EX, Setup Software & User's Guide, Easy-PhotoPrint EX and ScanSoft OmniPage SE, the same software that comes with the MP610. However the MP970 has an additional software title, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, that you may want to try out.
If you have a home office or multiple computers that need to share the same printer and scanner you'll be delighted
that the MP970 also has an Ethernet port that lets you connect it to your network. Another plus is the
3.5" color LCD the provides sharp previews of your images, access to the menu system and has a 170-degree, wide angle view.
PIXMA MP970 Features:
Mechanics & Performance
With its ultra-modern black and silver finishes and smart angles the MP970 should look right at home next to your computer. Measuring 15.6" (W) x 18.5" (D) x 8.4" (H), this A-I-O device is moderate in size for a multifunction printer and only a tad larger than the MP610. It weights 26.3 pounds so it's easy to carry around. It looked handsome next to my PC and iMac.
Setup is simplified due to the big page of Easy Setup Instructions. You will install the print head
and then the 7 ink tanks.Then install the driver from CD and connect a USB cable between
your computer and the printer. Installation on an iMac machine went well - after I figured out a enigmatic
"Inner Door Open" error message. Even so, it took about fifteen minutes to unpack and setup the MP970 and another
15 minutes as the printer did it's automatic self calibration. I plugged the printer into my network hub with an 10/100 ethernet cable
(not included). The CD also installed the network printer driver
to allow me to talk to the MP970 across a wireless network bridge.
The MP970 has two paper sources; a top sheet loader and an internal tray in the bottom. The lower tray is ideal for
photo paper since it protected against dust and dirt accumulation. The table below
shows page sizes that can be used and in which tray they can be loaded.
You can load different media in each tray and select which you need with either the printer driver or the Control panel. If both the top and bottom trays are loaded with plain paper, the MP970 can automatically switch between them when one runs out.
The built-in duplexer is a big plus on a printer of this price. This feature can reduce the amount of paper you use and allows you to create your own "ready to be stapled" photo albums, newsletters, product catalogs, etc.
The 3.5-inch color LCD appears much larger than the 2.5" one on the MP610. It can be tilted to different angles so it's easy to see whether you're standing up or sitting down. The LCD helps you select the unit's main functions, change settings and browse through images on memory cards. You can preview, edit and select images with the LCD and control panel.
The MP970 has a nicely organized control panel which is identical to the MP610 except for the color - it's in much lighter tones. Looking to the upper right you see the power button, below that are the Rear Tray (top) / Cassette (bottom) indicator lights and the paper feed switch. The "double arrow" icon is the NAVI button used to display the on-screen guide. Below that is the HOME button that returns you to the main menu. The large 4-way selector helps you sort through the menus screens. The OK button in the center confirms selections. Inside the 4-way selector is the Easy-Scroll Wheel that you rotate to select the unit's main functions. To the left of the Easy-Scroll Wheel is a small Back button.
To the right of the Easy-Scroll Wheel are + & - buttons used to specify the number of copies or prints you require.
Continuing to the right the Black button (top) or Color button (bottom) are to start copying, scanning or printing.
And finally on the far right, the Stop/Reset button cancels a print job in progress.
Print from Memory Cards
Behind a door on the lower right of the printer are the memory card slots. The MP970 can read from SD Memory, SDHC, MultiMediaCard, miniSD, RS-MMC, microSD, CompactFlash and Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo and xD-Picture cards.Cards in the slots will appear as removable drives on your computer - even across your network.
Flatbed Image Scanner
Under the lid you'll find the flatbed/film scanner. The top is adjustable to accommodate anything from
a single piece of paper to a large book on the
scanner bed. Charged-Coupled Device (CCD) technology scans up to 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution with
48-bit internal color depth. The film scanner handles 35 mm film strips and slides. There is no auto document feeder on this model, it handles one sheet at a time.
Scanned documents can converted to a text file using the Scansoft
OmniPage OCR software or saved as PDF files using the 'Scan-to-PDF' function.
Located on the front below the memory card slots is the PictBridge port used for direct printing from most modern digital cameras and camcorders. This port also supports a USB connection to a computer and an optional Bluetooth adapter (BU-20).
To the right of the PictBridge port is an infrared receiver which allows the MP970 to communicate with compatible cell phones and PDAs.
When the camera and printer are connected through PictBridge, the camera's LCD is used to select the images and options for your print job. Usually it's as simple as selecting the photo and pressing the camera's OK button. (Shown here are PictBridge menu screens on a Canon Digital Rebel dSLR).
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