Canon will be announcing new product next week in the lead up to Photokina. A few people have received invites to various press conferences around the globe.
So what can we expect to be announced?
At least two new “pro” Pixma printers. These will be direct replacements for the Pixma 9000 Mark II & Pixma 9500 Mark II. They’ll be be a smaller Pixma Pro-1, one with dye and the other with pigment.
There will be no 17″ Pixma printer announced this go around, but there are murmurs we will finally see one in the near future.
More PowerShot announcements are expected, a G12 replacement I’m told is likely, as well as a new fast lens PowerShot.
There is next to no talk about a new EOS body for Photokina. The next camera will be a smaller full frame camera, when is still the question.
There has been talk of a new 400 f/5.6L being announced and not much else. I’ve had one other suggestion that a new couple of lenses for the EOS-M system could also be announced. A macro maybe?
The review will have to wait, as my Pixma Pro-1 is broken. Something is wrong with the paper feed as I am getting scraping down various kinds of paper. 285, 310 & 325 GSM paper are all showing the issue. The obvious cleaning and maintenance has been performed, and the issue is not improving. I have also attempted manual feed and rear feed, and that isn’t changing the outcome either.
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review Sneak Peek
I have finally received my Canon Pixma Pro-1 A3+ printer, and an extra ink set. I’m very excited to get some printing done with it this weekend. This is a bit of a sneak peak, as I’ll work on the full review as I work with it this weekend.
Bring a friend to the store if you’re going to pick one up. The box is huge and it must weigh 80lbs. It’s probably the largest and heaviest A3+ printer ever made.
The printer itself is quite nice to look at it, very clean and looks extremely well built. Could a printer be beautiful? This one may be.
The box is packed nice and tidy and it was easy to get out and onto a table, or desk. The initial setup was a breeze, and the printer appears to be relatively quiet. The ink cartridges are pretty large for an A3+ printer and are very well built. I paid $400 for a set of 12 ink cartridges, I have no idea if that’s good until we get into how much ink the printer will use. I always found the Pixma 9500 Mark II to be ink hungry, or the cartridges too small. I always had to have lots of backups if I got into a weekend print session.
I will spend the next couple of days playing around and will have a full review ready to go Sunday night (pressure or what?).
The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is in stock at B&H for $999
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Box
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Goodies
Canon Pixma Pro-1
Canon will be announcing the Pixma PRO-1 for the PDN show in New York City at the end of October.
- A3+ Printer (13″ Wide)
- 12 Cartridges
- A Gloss Enhancement Cartridge (unsure if it’s addition to the 12 cartridges or included)
- Better built than the Pixma 9500
- Small well built cartridges
- Unknown retail price
A series called “Pixma Pro 1″ printers are apparently to be launched sometime in the next 6 weeks. There may have been something lost in translation on the “series” of printers, it could just be one called Pixma Pro 1.
- Clean lines in design
- No LCD screen
- 12 Cartridges
- A new type of coating cartridge? I didn’t understand exactly what was meant.
- Announcement within 6-7 weeks
I’ve been hearing about 12 cartridge printers for a while now, we’ll see. The source is good on this one.
There was another printer that was supposed to be announced last spring and never was.
The printer that was supposed to be launched last spring was code named ‘Renoir’ and was basically a 9500 (pigment ink), but it has a unique design.
The ink is in the base, so it doesn’t add weight to the print head. The ink then goes via tubes to the print head. Since the head is not weighted down, the ‘Renoir’ can print at extremely high speed.
No word whether or not this printer or technology will reach market.
Starting July 29, 2011.
The Pixma 9000 Mark II and Pixma 9500 Mark II will receive additional rebate amounts when purchased with a Canon DSLR. Both printers have mail in rebates if bought on their own. The rebates will become official tomorrow. I hear you’re basically going to get a free A3+ printer with the purchase of any Canon DSLR.
New Printers Coming?
Yes, we’ll see new A3+ printers announced in the coming weeks. I’ve been told there will be a 12 ink solution.
February 9, 2011
A few people have suggested Canon will announce more products on February 9, 2011. The opening day of CP+.
If they do, I expect some printers. No word on any more cameras.
This is third party hearsay.