Canon Pixma iP8500for more info. In a nutshell the difference is the iP4000/4000R is a 5-color speed demon (iP4000R has 802.11g wireless capability) it also has both USB and parallel port so it's Windows 95 and NT compatible, the iP5000 has 1-picoliter size ink droplets for virtually grain-free photos, the iP6000D is a 6-color printer with standalone capabilities and the iP8500 is an 8-color letter-size version of the i9900 printer. The Pixma iP8500 is Canon's "top of the line" letter-size photo printer. It uses the same ChromaPLUS 8-color inks and print head as the wide carriage i9900 printer. And as you can expect - this printer is fast, fast, fast! The built-in duplexer (two-sided printing) is great for web page or document printouts and saves lots of wasted paper. It's also great for printing professional looking photo albums, sales flyers, catalogs or whatever. The dual top and bottom paper trays are very handy. Use the auto sheet feeder on the top for plain paper and put your photo paper in the lower cassette where it's kept safe inside of the printer and away from dust, moisture and etc. The printer can be set to auto-switch trays when one goes empty when uses the same media. because it uses exactly the same Canon print head and ink tanks. As we saw with the i9900, the iP8500's prints show a visibly wider color gamut than those printed with the 6- or 5-color photo printers. Noticeably more vibrant are the reds and greens and the ability to reproduce varying shades of orange that prove difficult to impossible on other inkjet printers. The iP8500 is a very fast printer, here's some average print times using the same 4-megapixel JPEG image and Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy media (except where noted):
(All print times calculated from paper feed to paper drop in output tray so as to eliminate computer processing and data transmission delays.) The bottom line - if you are one of those people (like me) that just have to have the best then this printer is for you. The 8-color ink system yields awesome looking prints and the super-wide print head makes this the fastest letter-size inkjet photo printer on the market. Just remember that this printer uses 8 ink tanks and these ink tanks and the cost of special photo paper can certainly add up in the long run. If you only print photos every now and then it's probably a lot more cost effective to have your prints made at WalMart. However - if you're like me, to heck with it! I want to make my own prints whenever I want, I want them to be the best possible prints and I don't care what it costs. Not so many years ago I had thousands of dollars tied up in a color darkroom and it cost me a helluva lot more to make prints back then!