Photo printer: Canon Pixma 4000 Or 5000?

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  1. Kirk macrumors regular

    Kirk

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    My old Epson printer has quietly died on me, so I need a new printer. I had decided to get a Canon Pixma 5000, but then I read that it had slower photo speed and slightly lower photo quality than the less-expensive Canon Pixma iP4000 (see link below).

    Seems strange given the 1-picoliter minimum drop size (compared with 2 picoliters for the iP4000) and its 9,600– by 2,400-dpi maximum resolution (compared with 4,800 by 1,200 dpi for the iP4000).

    Does anyone have any knowledge or experiences that can help me decide?
    :confused:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1725812,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530
     
  2. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I have a Canon i960 and it prints better than its big brother the i900 and cost less :cool: Have you seen the picture quality from both? Will you be printing up 4x6,5x7 or larger prints and how many? Now they are both 5 ink tank printers, so ink maybe used up faster by the 5000, so I would go with the lower cost unit unless you need to print like a pro(and I read the review). You might want to try Mac World and read some reviews on them there also.
    I sometimes wonder if I should have bought the i860 since it was cheaper than the other 2 as above that I had looked at. But if its for family pictures cost maybe a big factor to you then I would start with the less costly and see if you like the quality. :D
     
  3. Kirk thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the reply!

    I’m going to use it as an all-round "home-office" printer but I will print a lot of pictures too. From the reviews I have read, I think I will probably be happy with either one of them, but I always like to feel that I get the best possible value for my money(!)

    If I just didn’t read the review I would probably sit here with the 5000 now . . .
     
  4. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I know how it can be ticking at the mind as what to do. I say the 4000 because while they(reviews) are harder on the prints than the average person, you will be looking every bite as much for flaws ;)
    Yeah just take the plunge and enjoy :D
     
  5. Kirk thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I knew that Canon had a printer that could print on CDs I would have bought that one instead of my Epson that I bought. I say hell yeah get it :D
    I wonder if I could get one set to the States by mail order? Thanks for that link I'll look into that printer for myself :p
     
  7. Kirk thread starter macrumors regular

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    I’m now the proud owner of a new Canon PIXMA IP5000!

    So far I have just printed a couple of photos without any calibration, but I am very satisfied with the results. The prints are remarkably close to what I see in Photoshop. It’s also fast, quiet and pretty cool looking . . !

    :D
     
  8. nels0360 macrumors member

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    I would go with the 4000. It is very reasonably priced and produces pics nearly indentical to the 5000 for less $$$.
     

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