Pros Small footprint. Incredible seamless gradations.
Cons Loud. Feels a little like a toy printer.
Summary What I wanted to know before I bought the printer – that I didn’t see reported here – was this: How does it print on 24 lb text stock? Can I use use this as a traditional printer as well as for photos?
The answer is this. As for paper handling, it’s about as good as most good low-cost, ink-jets on the market. And we had no complaints about the speed. But the print quality gets lost on a paper with some absorption. We tried printing on various mediums and compared the output to other ink-jets in our office. Although the final output was better on the i9900, the difference was not compelling. Most folks won’t see much difference on text paper. Not so for photo paper.
We needed the large format and output quality for press proofs. On photo paper, the output quality was breathtaking. I’ve never really bothered to print a photo on an office printer because we work with professional photo processors in New York, or mail to Kodak. This printer changed everything. If you’ve spent time in the dark room burning and dodging then this printer will still not be up to snuff. However if you are happy to send your photos off to Kodak (not Wal-Mart where they melt them to speed up the development so all latitude is destroyed and so that shots end up looking polarized) you can toss out your Kodak mailers now. Try a duotone. The gradation will blow you away.
Pros FAST! Large prints.
Cons I have had a lot of problems with yellowing of color and B&W prints when I print on anything other that Canon Paper a few days after printing. If I had known that when I purchased it, I would have NEVER had bought it or even considered it. Canon onl
Pros Fantastic quality (on photo paper pro, photo paper plus glossy), incredible print speed, usb2.0 and firewire capable.
Cons enormous footprintpaper tray only accepts one size at a time (the best pixma supports two types of paper at once)
Summary ***To get the best pictures out of this machine, I recommend getting at least a 6 megapixel digital camera. If you used anything lower, just save your money and buy a canon pixma.
This printer prints 4x6, 5x7, 8.5x11 (NOT 8x10), and 13/19. All the sizes print at speeds as canon declares them to be. Canon also advised to only used canon photo paper. Thier photo paper pro is as close to the photo lab as you can get. I DO NOT RECOMMEND thier matte paper...you might as well use regular copy paper. I paired this printer with the Epson 4990 PHOTO scanner and was blown away by the enlarged pictures I made from old prints of my parents (which were taken in the 1950s and 60s). If you plan to use this to enlarge some of your older pics, it is imperative that you pair this machine with a good scanner. Otherwise your printouts will not do justice to the price you pay for the printer. As far as the space it takes up, be prepared to give up a fair amount of space on your desk. Also I should note that canon's color cartridges do not have to replaced often. After 100 or so 4x6 prints, 50 or so 5x7 prints, 50 or so 8.5x11 prints and 20 13x19 prints, i only had to replace the cyan and magenta cartridge. If you look hard enough you can find this color cartridges for about $7 shipped.
Pros Fantastic color gamut and density
Cons Not very reliable
Summary After 300 prints (both color and b&w) the printing carriage shifted causing the print head to touch the paper. This is a problem that Canon is aware of; the Canon people told the local service center to look for the problem! I am pleased with the quality when the printer is working...but the service center said the printer may fail again. From here on out, its going to be stress-city worrying about failure at a critical time in producing cusotmer's prints.
Pros Professional Quality, Quick Printing, Envious Friends!
Cons Given the Quality and other alternatives out, there are NO CONS!
Summary I just purchased the Canon i9900 because CNET reviewers raved about the picture quality. Well...drum roll please...they weren't lying!!! I have spent about $2,000 on printers over the years, and I have 4 broken ones sitting in a closet accumulating dust. Their quality, including my black and white laser printer, can't even TOUCH the professional photo lab quality of the Canon i9900! And you might think the 13 x 19 prints wouldn't be as clear as the 4 x 6...think again! With my Canon EOS 20D camera and over 8 megapixels, the printing quality on the 13 x 19 Photo Paper Pro is UNREAL!!! Regardless of your camera, if your picture is good, the Canon i9900 will be fantastic! Get the right paper, and you don't have to waste time going to a photo place or pay shipping charges getting pics made online when you need them now, and you need them flawless! P.S. - Abes of Maine currently has a killer deal on the printer and you can also get another set of ink cartridges and paper for the same price you'd pay just for the printer on other web sites!