Can you print out photos on a home printer at top quality? In the past, I would have said no – no, you couldn’t. The inkjet printers I always remember may have chugged along dutifully trying to print out full colour prints, but the end result could never quite recreate the image exactly how it looked on the screen. If you were a photographer, say, and you wanted prints of your digital photos, you would almost certainly just go to a professional developer.
Oh, how things have changed, with Canon being the one leading the charge. The top-notch line of PIXMA printers is guaranteed to reproduce images exactly how they were intended. They accomplish this by using an Optimum Image Generating System, which analyzes each part of the image in detail to determine what the best ink mixture is for an accurate print. Take the PIXMA Pro-100, for example. It relies on an 8-ink dye based ChromaLife 100+ system, so that there’s never a colour that can’t be rendered exactly. And you don’t even have to give up an arm and a leg for it – the Pro-100 is very reasonably priced.
If you want something a little higher-end, though, the PIXMA Pro-1 is where you want to be. It utilizes a 12 LUCIA pigment ink system, allowing for a ridiculous level of detail in skin tone and black levels. The ink tanks are also 2.5 times larger than the standard, so you don’t have to worry about replacing as frequently. It also has no problem printing on a wealth of different fine art and glossy photo papers and the built-in Ethernet connection means that multiple users can print from different networked computers.
In short, Canon’s PIXMA printers are a photographer’s dream.
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