Printers with a wide heart. A quick guide to Canon wide format printing devices

Perhaps you did not even think about it, but large format printing firmly entered our lives. Packaging of goods, movie posters, advertising banners, large format photos - this type of printing is in demand in many areas of both small and large businesses.

Today the market offers many models in different price and technical segments. Therefore, you may experience some difficulties when choosing a wide format printer that meets the requirements of your business.

If you consider Canon devices for your organization, we decided to simplify your task a bit and wrote a short guide on our devices for large format printing.

Immediately make a reservation that this guide is not an ultimatum, since most models of widescreen devices Canon can perform a variety of tasks. We just want to recommend the best options for your type of activity.

Photography and art print

If you want to create or update a fleet of printers in a photo studio, an art lab, or a photo studio, you will most likely need printers with a wide range of color and monochrome printers. In this case, we recommend to pay attention to the imagePROGRAF PRO line of wide-format roll-up printers.

In a nutshell, these printers are not only high-performance, easy to maintain, but boast a pleasant appearance (some models were awarded the prestigious design award of the IF Design Awards). This will probably seem strange to many, but even such “semi-industrial” devices can work on the image of your business: a new client will surely have a positive opinion about your company if he sees attractive external devices.

But the main thing in these models is high quality printing. It is provided with 8- or 12-color LUCIA PRO ink systems. They make it possible to achieve a “photographic” print quality on paper from A2 to 60 ”(152 cm) thanks to the pigments (primary and secondary colors) that make up the ink, as well as special technologies for finishing image processing.

Comparison of the new printhead with the previous model.

One of these technologies - Chroma Optimizer - allows you to achieve a uniform glossy finish when printing on glossy paper. Chroma Optimizer aligns the angle of reflection on the surface of the print and provides a display of natural colors. As a result, we have rich and deep shades of black, as well as eliminate unwanted bronzing of the print.

By the way, imagePROGRAF widescreen devices should look at not only those who have been working in professional photo printing for a long time, but also people who are professionally involved in photography and design. Acceptable cost of printing equipment (relative to the cost of professional design and photographic equipment) will allow individual entrepreneurs and small organizations to expand the scope of their business and discover new markets. And when we talk about cost, we mean not only the relatively compact imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer, but also the flagship solutions - imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and PRO-6000S.

A little about the characteristics. The younger model in the family, Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, can be called a desktop option for professional photo printing. The compact dimensions of the device (~ 723 x 435 x 285 mm) and support for wireless connectivity make it easy not to worry about where to place it. The printer prints images on various types of paper up to A2 size. Like many older models, it is equipped with a 12-color ink system and ink droplet technology for high-precision printing.

The PRO line models inherited the distinctive design style of the Canon EOS series of cameras and camcorders. This continuity speaks of high quality standards and modern technologies that are appreciated by enthusiasts and photography professionals around the world.

The imagePROGRAF iPF PRO-6000S flagship solution is capable of making “borderless” prints up to 60 ”(1524 mm) in size. In turn, the 44 ”iPF PRO-4000 model is distinguished by the progressive pigment ink system LUCIA PRO. It provides not only high quality printing (with full transfer of all colors of the rainbow on color photographs and expressive black and white prints), but also cost effectiveness. This is made possible by the innovative incorporation of RGB and CMY inks.

An important factor for future owners will be increased reliability of devices. For example, the Canon printhead uses a unique system for compensating faulty nozzles, which allows you to maintain print quality with increased device life. But perhaps the trump card and the news of recent days is a two-year warranty, which Canon began to provide absolutely free of charge for graphic wide-format printers. Special conditions apply to PRO models: imagePROGRAF PRO-2000, imagePROGRAF PRO-4000s, imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-6000s.

These printers are optimized to work with popular graphic editors and most operating systems. Among the distinctive features of the model is also worth mentioning the built-in hard disk with a capacity of 320 GB and the possibility of hot-swappable ink tanks (without stopping the printing process).


The requirements of CAD / GIS companies for printing devices are quite diverse, but they can still be classified.

If your business is somehow related to design and / or you often have to work with large-format graphics (for example, plans, drawings and diagrams), but the tasks do not require full-color printing, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Océ PlotWave 360, 500, 750 and 900

Designed for working with technical documentation, these large-format printers have repeatedly been awarded awards for their characteristics, including printing speed (up to 10 A0 documents per minute). All Océ PlotWave models are easy to maintain and have proven themselves to be fast and high-quality printing devices, which is a sound investment in terms of organization of the printing process. Devices support printing on media up to 36 ”.

To work with more advanced technical documentation, which includes not only black and white, but also color graphics (for example, three-dimensional plans, visualization, etc.), printers from the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF510, 6XX, 7XX, 8XX series. Also: imagePROGRAF iPF6400SE, imagePROGRAF iPF8400SE.

Models provide users with all the advantages of monochrome analogs, but also allow you to work with color documents. 5- and 6-color ink systems and support for various paper sizes (from A2 to 44 ") indicate that the field of activity of these devices lies far beyond CAD / GIS.

However, if the area of ​​your work also includes the processing of technical documentation, real widescreen "combines" - multifunction devices with support for scanning and copying will come to the rescue. The Canon model lineup includes such devices as an entry-level and mid-level MFP imagePROGRAF iPF670 MFP L24 and imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36, complete imagePROGRAF MFP M40 Solution and imagePROGRAF iPF8400SE MFP Solution, as well as high-performance Océ PlotWave devices, a model, a model, a model, a model, a model, a model, a model, a model iPF8400SE MFP Solution. 550), as well as ColorWave 700.

Promotional Products

The choice of printing devices for the advertising industry is truly great. For printing advertising posters, signs or graphic exhibition materials in the range of 24 "- 64" (60.96 - 162.56 cm), the above-mentioned color printers from the imagePROGRAF iPF and imagePROGRAF PRO lines are suitable.

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Special and industrial printing

Océ Arizona flat-screen UV printers in a large and small format, thanks to their technological features and wide customization capabilities, allow us to solve problems of a different nature: from the production of signs to unique and individual printing on your company's products. In this case, printing can be done in the highest resolution at speeds up to 34.2 m² per hour.

In this material we have tried to make a brief overview of all the technology for large format printing produced by Canon. However, as you understand, in order to tell in all the technical details about each ruler, an article the size of a small Wikipedia section would be required. Nevertheless, we will definitely return to the topic of large format printing in the future and will try to tell you in more detail about the most technically interesting models, families and solutions.

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