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Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Swift and accurate A3 inkjet

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The print-quality design aims for this machine have been well realised. By adding in the red and green inks, Canon has produced a machine that gives very natural colouring for both landscapes and portraits. There is little noticeable hue shift in any of the prints we produced, compared with the original colours.

Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Big and square and bordering on ugly

Detail levels are very good and the machine succeeds in reproducing detail from shadows well. In some printers these dark shades veer to black, giving muddy detail and reducing the overall fidelity. The one problem we did notice was on one of our A3 prints, where there was a hint of banding in a particularly blue area of the sky.

With eight inks to keep topped up, you’d perhaps expect this to be an expensive printer to run. However the photo colours and red and green are used primarily to tweak the main tints and should yield thousands of pages each. Even so, using Canon's yield figures for 15 x 10cm photos, produced a cost of 20p per print, which is on the high side, even when compared with other Canon printers.

Verdict

If you need to print photos larger than A4, the choice comes down to Canon, Epson or HP. Their A3 and A3+ models produce good, multiple-ink colour images, but the accurate colours and fast print speeds of the Pixma Pro9000 Mk II must put it well up the shortlist. ®

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Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

A versatile, eight-ink, A3+ photo printer that should satisfy enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers alike
Price: £499 RRP

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