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Canon Photo Printer Reviews 2016

Updated on November 9, 2015

Canon produces very high quality cameras and photo scanners, it is therefor no surprise that they also have the best photo printers on the market. Canon's photo printers are all part of the PIXMA range of printers.

These PIXMA printers can be divided into 3 categories:

  • Professional photo printers - This would be for office use as well as use by professional photographers. These printers print higher quality photos and tend to be more expensive than the printers in the other 2 categories.
  • Home photo printers - This is the cheapest option. The printouts are still of reasonably good quality.
  • All in one photo printers - They can print, fax and scan documents.

I have selected some of the best-selling models in each of the categories and briefly reviewed them in Canon photo printer reviews 2016.

You can print directly from your Canon camera
You can print directly from your Canon camera

Canon Pixma PRO9500MkII Inkjet Photo Printer

The Cannon PIXMA PRO 9500MkII Inkjet Photo Printer is 14 x 26 x 7.4 inches and weighs 33.4 pounds, it can print photos up to 13 x 19 inches. This printer is equipped with the Lucia Ink System that has ten full color pigments, including gray, black, and matte black inks. These 3 inks produce monochrome photographs of very high quality.

This printer has fantastic resolution. It has 4800 x 1200 maximum color dpi, with the help of Cannon Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering; better known as FINE. The printer can produce beautiful color photos, as well as black and white photographs. Another attribute is the Ambient Light Correction, which modifies the color in the photo to match the lighting condition of the room you are viewing the pictures in.

This printer prints your pictures without borders. Even pictures up to 13 x 19 inches will come out borderless. The PRO9500 has a feature called Auto Photo Fix that corrects the color in the photographs to produce beautiful images. This feature will categorize your photograph into one of five categories; Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery, and Snapshot with Night Scenery. The printer then automatically brightens images and corrects color if you want it to.

Another feature is that the printer has two-way paper feeding. It holds photo paper in the back, and thicker paper in the front. You can print photos from your computer, or directly from your phone, camera, or camcorder.

In my opinion the Canon Pixma PRO9500MkII prints the highest quality and does so very consistently.

It might not look like much but the Pro9000 is a powerful photo printer
It might not look like much but the Pro9000 is a powerful photo printer

Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer

The Cannon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer is 13.9 x 26 x 7.6 inches and weighs 32.4 pounds. It comes with an easy plug and play installation. It has an eight color ink system that includes; Cyan, Photo Magenta, and Red that bring your photographs to life. It prints with a wide color gamut for great color and high gloss, and has a dpi of 4800 x 1200. This printer also has the FINE technology (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering). The printer can print a photo in approximately one minute and twenty-three seconds.

The Pro9000 Mark II has the ambient light feature, which will perfect a photo's color output to match the light in the room. Another feature is that this printer prints borderless photographs up to 13 x 19 inches. It also has auto photo fix; this will categorize your photo and then automatically brighten and correct the color in the photograph. This printer has a two-way paper feed; holding photo paper in the back of the printer, and all other paper in the front. The printer can also print photos directly from your computer, digital camera, camcorder, and camera phone. So very similar to the PRO9500, only cheaper.

The best budget option
The best budget option

Canon PIXMA iP4820 Premium Inkjet Photo Printer

This Cannon PIXMA iP4820 Premium Inkjet Photo Printer is 17 x 11.7 x 6 inches and weighs 18.5 pounds. It can produce a 4 x 6 inch borderless photograph in twenty seconds. This printer is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000, and Mac OS X v10.4.11 to 10.6.x9.

This  PIXMA iP4820 has a great resolution of 9600 x 2400 maximum dpi (considering the price). It has a five color ink system, and you only have to replace the ink color that has run out, rather that an entire cartridge. This printer uses the FINE (Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) system that aids in creating beautiful borderless photographs that will last for years.

One of the great features of this printer is the Full HD Movie Print. This feature allows you to take HD movie clips and turn them into photographs! Another characteristic of this printer is the Easy Web Print EX. This feature lets you create a layout and use different pictures and information from the internet for your project. You can print up to three columns on a page and save the file as a PDF. This printer definitely has many great qualities and is a great choice as a home printer.

Canon PIXMA MP560 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Photo Printer

This Cannon PIXMA MP560 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Photo printer is 17.9 x 14.5 x 16.3 inches and weighs 17.7 pounds. It has many great attributes, and will surprise you with all of the extra features it has.

The PIXMA MP560 has a five color ink tank, and you only have to replace individual inks, rather than an entire cartridge. It has fantastic resolution producing 9600 x 2400 color dpi². It can also print a 4 x 6 photograph in 20 seconds. This printer also has a scroll wheel that lets you quickly choose the feature you would like to use for faster use.

With this printer you can print from your USB cord, camera, camcorder, and camera phone, or even print still shots from your HD digital camcorder. Other ways to print include wireless printing using your smart phone, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android phones and devices that have the iEPP Photo Printing application. You can also insert a memory card directly into the printer and print without having to use a computer.

This printer also has a 2.4 inch LCD screen that lets you view your pictures before printing. The printer also has two way printing, allowing you to print on both sides without having to turn the paper over manually. The PIXMA MP560 also comes equipped with a scanner; the scanner scans with 2400 x 4800 dpi. The scanner has an auto scan mode that recognizes the type of document or picture and saves it in the correct place. This all-in-one wireless printer is a fantastic choice for both scanning and printing pictures and documents.

I hope one of the printers in Canon photo printer reviews 2016 was suitable for your needs. You might also like to read wireless mouse and keyboard reviews 2016 and Iomega external hard drive review.


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      8 years ago

      I have a Canon 9500, when it works it produces fantastic prints, the problem is it is NOT user friendly and I waste more ink and paper than I care to mention. If I print an image from Photoshop onto my HP 100 WYSIWYG, Not with the Canon however, I have just spent three hours trying to get a hald decent image of the damn thing, and I am ready to throw it in the garbage. Usually I let PS handle the color management like I always have. Trying to find where you turn of Printer color management is a state secret, and when you do, the color you get is not even close to what you see on the screen. I would not recommend this printer to anyone and I have spoken to others with the same problem. 13 X 19 prints, yeah right, only if you use certain Canon Paper, as soon as you try to use fine art papers, then you end up wit a border around the image. What a waste of money!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I already have two Canon printers and a Canoscan 4400 and a Canon DSLR camera, so I guess I could be called a hard-core Canon fan! So far I have had excellent results from all the products.

      Thanks for this interesting review.

      Love and peace



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