This article will compare the Canon iPF8000S to the newly announced iPF8300S.
In October of 2007, Canon released the 44″ wide iPF8000S. While this has been a great production printer for many wide-format printing businesses, on February 22, 2011 Canon announced the next generation of the iPF8000S with the introduction of the iPF8300S.
There are many features of the 8300S that are very similar or the same as its predecessor. However, many improvements and enhancements were made that will benefit wide format graphics producers like exhibit houses, sign shops, in-house and government print shops, and fine art print makers.
Print Heads and Ink
Like the iPF8000S, the iPF8300S has two print heads. The main difference is the cost to replace a print head has been reduced by about 30%. The print heads in the iPF8300S have the same number of nozzles, nozzle pitch, and also have the same nozzle recovery system as the iPF8300S.
The new Lucia EX ink set is a significant change that has, among other things, improved color gamut, ink adhesion, and reduced bronzing. There are a total of 8 inks used in this printer with an ink tank size of either 330 mL or 700 mL per color.
The iPF8300S can print to the same types of media as the iPF8000S. The same roll and sheet sizes can be used and borderless printing options are virtually the same. Canon added one more additional borderless roll paper size – 44″. This allows users to print borderless up to the full width of the printer. Previously, 42″ was the maximum borderless printing width.
Like the iPF8000S, the iPF8300S comes standard with the imagePROGRAF Print Plug-in for Photoshop. For those individuals not printing from Photoshop, Canon also provides an extensive print driver.
The biggest software change is the addition of the new imagePROGRAF Media Configuration Tool. This allows users to import pre-made or create custom media types. This will help to further improve overall image quality.
Another important software addition is the Accounting Manager software. This allows users to track long-term printing costs on a job by job basis. You no longer have to make an educated guess as to how much ink was used on a print job to help determine your final cost.
Weight and Dimensions
There is almost no change to the weight and dimensions between the iPF8000S and the iPF8300S. The dimensions are identical – 45″ (H) x 74.5″ (W) x 38.4″ (D) and the iPF8300S weighs only 3 pounds more than the iPF8000S at 316 pounds. This should be good news for iPF8000S owners who plan on upgrading as the iPF83000S will take up no more space.
The iPF8300S is a great option for any business looking to add a production wide format inkjet printer or upgrade from an older model. For those businesses that could benefit from this type of printer, but not the size, a 24″ model is also available – the iPF6300S.