iPF8100 and iPF9100 debut.
Canon has introduced two new printers, the 60-in. imageProGraf iPF9100 and the 44-in. imageProGraf iPF8100, which will replace the existing iPF9000 and iPF8000. The new models are virtually identical to the previous ones, with the major differences being the incorporation of an 80-GB hard drive and the addition of the newly reformulated Gray, Photo Gray, Black, and Matte Black Lucia pigment inks for enhanced monochrome prints. These reformulated inks help to reduce the occurrence of 'bronzing,' reports Canon.
Like their predecessors, the printers offer a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi and a 12-color inkset (CMYKRGB, photo cyan, photo magenta, matte black, gray, and photo gray). The printers also feature Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printhead technology, with 30,720 ink nozzles, and a dual printhead design, which includes an improved dithering pattern and produces 4-pl ink droplets.
The printers also include Canon's L-COA high-speed controller, which features a new intelligent screen dot pattern and precise ink drop control, eliminating even more visible dot graininess than the iPF9000 and iPF8000. The printers will carry the same pricepoints as their predecessors: iPF9100, $14,995; iPF8100, $5995.