Canon PIXMA MP800 Review

Monday, August 14, 2006

The advanced PIXMA MP800 Photo All-In-One delivers spectacular Print Copy-Scan performance. It produces an amazing resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi, for remarkable detail and clarity. To achieve this, Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a nextgeneration 3,584-nozzle print head that ejects precise, consistent droplets as small as 1 picoliter. The result? Smoother, virtually grain-free images. Also, our ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system - four dye-based inks and a pigment-based black ink - produces true-life photos with a wide color palette, along with laser-quality text. What about speed? A 4"x 6" photo lab quality borderless photo takes approximately 36 seconds.

When copying, the AE (Auto Exposure) Copy feature automatically optimizes reproduction quality based on the type of original you're duplicating. The convenient Photo/Film buttons allow you to make reprints of your photos and 35mm film without using your computer. And now, scanning: The unit's higher-resolution CCD technology enables you to produce exceptional 2400-dpi scans, with vibrant 48-bit color depth. You can simultaneously scan up to 6 frames of 35mm film (negatives or positives), or up to 4 mounted slides. Plus, advanced paper handling features are built in - such as two paper trays and 2 sided printing.

Want to evaluate and enhance your images before printing? Just insert your compatible memory card into one of the built-in card slots, then select the images on the extra-large 3.5" LCD color viewer. As needed, images will automatically be enhanced for red eye, sharpness and brightness values. Or, you can fine tune the images yourself using the easy control panel. Then, print directly from the memory card! As an option, you can print directly from a PictBridge ready device such as a digital camera. This versatile printer is Bluetooth compatible, with our optional USB Bluetooth adapter. When using either wireless option, your images will automatically be enhanced for sharpness.

The Canon ChromaLife100 system combines the PIXMA MP800 Photo All-In-One's FINE print head technology and newly developed inks with select Canon photo papers, with results rivaling that of many conventional photos. And with the new smart LED ink tanks, your LED lamp flashes when ink is running low, and flashes even faster when nearing empty.

CNET reviewed Canon PIXMA MP800 :
The predecessor to the Canon Pixma MP800, the Canon Pixma MP760, won our Editors' Choice award. Prepare to pay a premium for this all-in-one that aims to serve artists and families itching to touch up those vacation photos gathering dust in the closet. The MP800 can scan six negatives and four slides at 2,400x4,800dpi, plus it includes a generous preview LCD, and it prints double-sided pages and photos. The price hasn't changed from that of the MP760, but the new MP800 costs $120 more than the rival Epson Stylus CX7800. Canon says its MP800 will print a lab-quality 4x6-inch photo in only 36 seconds. Return soon for a full review with scores from CNET Labs.