PIXMA iP4000 Inkjet Photo Printer (25 PPM, 1200x4800 DPI, Color, 42KB, PC/Mac) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9317A001
Printer Type: Color Inkjet
: Number of User Reviews: 31

Reviewed by: ismyshli from MA on Jan 6, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Quality, speed, built-in duplex printing, closed paper tray, auto shut-off and wake up. Seperate heads and ink tanks for photo and regular printing.

Weaknesses: Long "warm-up" time before the fisrt print.

Summary: Canon PIXMA iP4000 is a very good dual-purpose printer. It is robust, easy to use and provides high quality prints very fast.
Photo printing is surprisingly good provided the printer uses only 4 inks for photo printing. It is also very fast. Using Canon Photo Paper Pro I am getting prints which look and feel like regular photo prints from a mini lab. Color reproduction is nice and I had no problem printing via provided Canon Easy-PhotoPrint utility. It does not require any color tweaking for printing on Canon papers. I tried Canon Photo Paper Pro, Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy and Canon Matte Photo Paper. The results are excellent with brighter white on Matte and more saturated colors on Glossy. The speed of photo printing is amazing even for borderless printing.
Regular printing is also very good. The printer has a separate head and large black ink tank for regular office printing. It is fast and accurate. The cassette tray can hold a lot of paper conveniently closed from dust. When you need to print just open the front panel output tray and send your data to the printer. The built-in duplex works well and can save you a lot of paper, allowing printing both sides with no fuss. The printer also handles envelopes very well. I had no problem with 'Press-It Seal-It' envelops even though the manual says they may jam in the printer.
Auto off and auto wake up features are very convenient. Once you set them up you won't worry about turning the printer on and off at all. It's always ready for printing.
The only negative side I could found so far is that it takes pretty long time 'warming up' before the first print.
I highly recommend this printer as a universal home printer which provide you with high quality photo prints and convenient every day printing.

Reviewed by: BDillard from VA on Jan 13, 2005

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Photo print quality, Dual paper feed, Duplex printing

Weaknesses: Limited selection of Canon brand photo papers

Summary: I love the quality of photo prints & the convenience of dual paper sources (I keep the bottom tray full of letter sized copy paper & load photo paper in the top hopper as needed). I'm also impressed with the life of the ink cartridges - I printed over 50, full bleed, 8.5x11 glossy photo pages (plus other random stuff) before I got my first low ink warning.

Reviewed by: blunty from MD on Jan 1, 2005

Experience: 3 Days

Strengths: Great price, PictBridge access, separate ink tanks (5), possible refillable ink. Excellent photo printing. Duplex printing, 2 paper trays, sleek appearance.

Weaknesses: No USB Cable included in box, flimsy feel of plastic panels.

Summary: (Edited January 03rd by blunty) Been using one at my job and this printer has excellent photo printing compared to more expensive printers. I got one for myself at home to go with my Canon A95 Digital Camera. It allows for PictBridge so any PictBridge enabled camera can plug directly to the USB port located in the front of this printer w/o a computer to print your pictures. Stunning photo quality!

Reviewed by: Woz2000 from NY on Feb 18, 2005

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Speed, quality, cost.

Weaknesses: No choice for roll paper.

Summary: This is a great little printer that also happens to print great looking photos.

It is amazingly fast and quiet. The dual paper 'tray' lets you leave the standard 8.5 x 11 paper while swapping out different photo size sheets.

Separate ink tanks also save on cost, no 'chip' in the cartridge also means you are not locked into expensive OEM cartridges.

Get this printer if you want great looking photos as well as a great all around ink based printer.

Reviewed by: icus from OR on Apr 3, 2005

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: high speed and good quality printing,Duplex printing (both sides of the paper)

Weaknesses: No CD printing on this printer (American version). Takes a while to warm up

Summary: Pretty impressed by the good ink cartridges life. It has PictBridge feature so you can plug any PictBridge enabled camera directly to the USB port to print your pictures. Super nice photo quality!

Reviewed by: vikingqb7 from OH on Feb 24, 2005


Strengths: Very fast and great quality picture

Weaknesses: none

Summary: This printer is amazingly fast with fantasic picture quality. I dont know what pcworld was thinking by rating this product #6 because it definitely deserves to be #1!!

Reviewed by: philldo from MI on Oct 11, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Super fast. Prints look great. Auto power on/off is nice.

Weaknesses: CD Tray missing in North America version.

Summary: Prints look great! Couldn't imagine needing light cyan and magenta with this printer. I had a hard time making this printer show a visible dither pattern using Canon Photo Paper Plus.
Borderless printing work great. It is a shame that it only works at specified sizes. Some paper I bought was a 1/4 inch bigger than 4x 6 and I could not get the printer to print bordeless. I also wanted to print borderless legal size for some signs, but couldn't.
The covered extra media tray rocks. I love having 4x6 inch paper in the printer without having to worry about dust (even though prananioa causes me to remove the paper from the top tray and close the output tray when the printer is not in use). Actually, I have good photo paper loaded up in the covered tray and not so good paper sitting in the covered tray for an easy swap for kids projects. Great innovation.
Paper trays not made for legal sized paper (8.5x14). They fit, but hang over quite a bit. I ran into slight banding caused by a misalignment issue. My wife never noticed it. A head alignment fixed the problem.
There is a slight line across 4X6 borderless prints from the printer rollers.
I biggest complaint is the lack of direct CD printing. I was torn between this printer and one of Epson's lower end photo printers with CD printing. I bought this printer after borrowing a freind's Canon i560. The i560 quick speeds and great prints from only four colors impressed me. I wanted the CD printing found on the Epson, but higher ink cost and Epson's problem with clogged print heads (the reason I needed a new printer) led me to the Canon. So, when I opened my Canon and found a flip down tray I was puzzled. Opening the print driver, teased me with a "CD Tray" option in the media dialog box. I thought they forgot to give me a CD Tray and had a bad marketing department. After some research I quickly discovered that patent issues are to blame for my inability to print direct to CDs. Oh well. If there is a will there is a way.
Overall the printer is great! Prints look awesome and come out fast.

Reviewed by: ehaze from WA on Nov 7, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Fast Printer for every type of Job, Second PAPER TRAY for different types of paper.

Weaknesses: none


Reviewed by: tc17 from NC on Dec 31, 2004

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: FAST, QUIET, and Excellent photo quality prints. Supports Dupliex printing (both sides of the paper)

Weaknesses: No CD printing on the American version of this printer.

Summary: (Edited January 01st by tc17) This is my 2nd Canon photo printer. Canon makes the best photo printers in my opinion. They are not only (by far) the fastest photo printers, they produce excellent pictures. Someone mentioned the photos aren't as good and Epson... well I totally disagree. They are just as good, and most likely better than Epsons... In photo quality and speed. You can not tell the photo's apart from a photo lab, as long as you use good photo paper, such as Canons glossy paper. Also print them using Canons excellent "Easy Photo Print" software.

Some have said they don't like the square design of the printer, but I like it myself. Especially since it has two paper input paths, so that you can store the paper inside the printer if you like and have the entire printer closed up when your not using it... and to keep the dust out. It fits nicely on my computer desk.

The first IP4000 I received from BestBuy was defective, it made a random grinding noise with sometimes a loud click of the gears. The replacement printer I exchanged is working great. Very quiet printing.

My previous Canon S820 was a six color printer, but I can not tell the difference between this 5 color (actually 4) printer and my previous 6 color. The only difference I have noticed is for normal red text. It has more of a red color with a 6 color printer, but I haven't noticed it in my photos.

The Duplex printing I really like. Even more than I expected before I bought it. The printer will print one side, then pull the paper back into the printer automatically and print on the other side.

The ink does appear to be water resistant, as I have rubbed a damp cloth across a picture and it did not smear the ink. I'm sure if I rubbed hard enough it may.

This is a great printer, and worth its price. The American version does not come with the CD/DVD printer that other countries get. I read it has to do with Canon not wanting to pay copyright fees for the technology. But I use cd labels anyways. The Epson printers do have cd printing, but if you read the reviews on it, you will see its very slow for printing photos.

Reviewed by: varp7 from CO on Oct 11, 2004

Experience: 15 Days

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: RE--Review by Aslan---The exta black ink is not "dye" ink but "pigment". Also this cartridge is not involved with Photos but rather text only. Check your info with Canon before reviewing please. The printer is fast, colr is very good considering only three colors plus black. I have a 9900 also from Canon and it is very close in sharpness and color to it and the 9900 has eight cartridges.. I own a photo studio for thirty years and would recommend this printer for both great photos and also text.

Reviewed by: rokal from IL on Oct 26, 2004

Experience: 8 Weeks

Strengths: great color prints, 2 paper trays. I use 1 tray for photos and the other for miscellaneous.

Weaknesses: my first printer had significant roller streaks when using glossy photo paper plus. I called Canon and they sent me a new printer. The new printer is great. I wouldn't mind a media reader.

Summary: This printer replaced a Canon s750, which I thought was great. The color and clarity on this printer is superior. The printer speed is terrific using USB 2.

Reviewed by: adoram from CA on Dec 2, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Very quick, great print quality, quiet.

Weaknesses: A little too big and boxy.

Summary: I bought the Pixma 4000 after my old Epson Photo 700 ran out of ink. That beast was so slowwwww that I couldn't wait for it to print any longer. I'm not so young anymore... (the kids at the school that I donated the printer to are)
The quality of the prints, text and graphics is great, a lot of options in its control panel properties and most important, for me, very quick and quiet.
This is a great all-purpose printer!

Reviewed by: jsackett from NY on Nov 12, 2004

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: Fast, clear printing. Lots of options within the Print Properties page. Easy to setup and really quiet.

Weaknesses: Ugly as sin. A big, black, square box that takes up a ton of space.

Summary: I had an HP DeskJet 932c that went out on me and instead of shilling $80 for repairs I paid $128 this baby. The quality is fantastic (use glossy paper for near photo quality pics).

I finally jumped on the high quality scanner and printer bandwagon, so maybe I am over-excited.. but I like this thing. Plus it is the replacement for the highly regarded Canon i860, which is what led me to purchase this in the first place.

Reviewed by: Aslan777 on Sep 28, 2004

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: Indiviual ink cartridges. Extra "dye" ink black cartridge makes for better photos. Pretty fast 4x6 and 8x11 prints. Duplex!!

Weaknesses: Haven't noticed any yet.

Summary: Love the photos I'm getting from this. Many people I've shown the prints to, including a graphic design artist who works for our local newspaper, were VERY impressed with the quality. And the price at my local Future Shop (Best Buy for you Americans) was equal to that of the Canon i960. Just don't understand why the CDR tray for printing on CDs which is talked about on the Canon Website is not included or apparently even available in North America. That would have been a very nice extra and moved this up from 4 stars to 5.

Reviewed by: dzinga from NY on Sep 15, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: High quality photo prints

Weaknesses: A little on the slow side.

Summary: (Edited September 16th by dzinga) Ok, so I have only had this a couple days. Still the quality of the print is soooo much better than my last printer(which was top of the line a few years ago). Sharp crisp text and even the photo I printed on plain paper is very very good. If I put it on glossy it would easily equal the prints I could get from the developer at the drugstore down the street. Best of all I got it for only $103 including shipping from Amazon when I applied for credit($30 bonus coupon)!!!

Reviewed by: libertybell from KY on Dec 11, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Separate ink cartridges. Duplex printing. Easy Web print in browser is very nice. Paper tray.

Weaknesses: None that I've found.

Summary: I bought this printer after much research for a combo text/photo printer. During my research Canon printers came out on top for their many features and ink system. I purchased the IP4000 after reading outstanding customer reviews. Now I'm writing a review and give this printer 5 stars. I love this stylish printer with its paper path options and I am quite satisfied with my purchase.

Reviewed by: wtt1979 on Dec 16, 2004

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: NA

Weaknesses: NA

Summary: The printer is stylish and easy to set up and install. Photo quality on Canon Photo Plus paper is excellent.Almost can't tell the difference between them and the pictures developed by those photo-developing companies. Printing speed is fast if at high quality setting. Text and mixed graphics and text have excellent quality. Printing is very quiet.

Reviewed by: bschwager from NY on Dec 14, 2004


Strengths: nice sharp text, quick printing

Weaknesses: draft mode prints a little too light, but it saves ink

Summary: My previous printer was an old HP printer that served me well, but was just too slow, and ink cartridges were getting hard to find. So I began to research new printers. I had recommended a Canon i860 to a friend a couple of years ago, and he just loved it. I decided to get a Canon IP4000 to replace my old HP. The price was in the right ballpark, and I liked the individual ink tanks and the dual paper trays. I also really like the ability to do automatic duplexing to save paper.

I plugged it into my printer server, but the Canon software monitor keeps saying that the printer is not responding when I try to print. It prints anyway, just complains. Plugging it directly into a USB port is no problem.

I'm extremely pleased with this printer, and would recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed by: mtandsons on Oct 31, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Excellent quality results

Weaknesses: A bit noisy

Summary: Once again Canon produces an inexpensive quality printer. It is very fast and the results are excellent. The printer is VERY easy to use, in fact the kids showed what to do the first time I used it! For those of you who have not seen it - it is mostly black with silver/gray trim. It is box shaped with rounded corners. I would consider it average size for a home printer.

Reviewed by: vanguardusa from CA on Dec 23, 2004

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: The Canon PIXMA iP4000 is a very quiet printer--it's whisper quiet. However, the "sales clincher" for me was (1) Duplex printing capability and (2) Low cost individual ink cartridges. Wise investment!

Weaknesses: I am not thrilled with the "boxy" design of the printer housing. Another gripe: The "shiny" carcoal black surface shows the finest scratch marks (as might be caused by even an ordinary wiping cloth).

Summary: (Edited December 23rd by vanguardusa) Overall, the Canon iP4000 is excellent at what it does: Prints very good text and excellent quality photos at a reasonable price per page (compared to the competition). I would have preferred a "less fancy" gloss exterior in favor of a matte plastic surface that would not show minor surface scratch marks and dust. The printer's glossy housing will look good the 1st day you pull it out of its box. However, in the long run, this type of gloss surface will "display" every minor scratch. If you buy this overall excellent printer, be very careful what you put on top of it and how you clean it -- because the surface is "VERY scratch sensitive" (a gloss surface has its downside). I, otherwise, like the printer's overall printing quality and operation features (especially its duplexer -- a feature that makes 2-sided printing a breeze). All things considered, this is a great printer and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a printer that can handle both text and photos in a marvelous fashion!

Reviewed by: jmosesson from CA on Dec 27, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Extemely versatile, easy to use. Convenient and fast. Ink lasts a long time.

Weaknesses: Photo quality good but not equal to a good photo printer.

Summary: (Edited December 27th by jmosesson) I'm very impressed with the speed and convenience of the IP 4000. An internal paper tray in addition to the top loading paper feeder is an incredable convenience. I am able keep paper for two kinds of tasks as well as have a reserve paper supply.

The photo print speed is the fastest of any printer Iv'e ever had. The color ink lasts much longer than my previous Epson 80C printer (which broke my bank account).

The photo quality on both plain and photo paper is not quite up to par with the Epson.

I'm willing to live with a sufficient print quality however in exchange for convenience and affordability. If I want quality photos, I get them printed at Target. The processing there is supurb and cost less than photo's from a comparable ink jet printer.

A great all around printer with photo printing capabilities.

Reviewed by: ctan121 from CA on Jan 14, 2005

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Very quiet Prints great photos and text, supplied software is a snap to use and efficient. The printer is compact when the trays are folded up and printing is very quiet. easy setup and great styling

Weaknesses: USB cable should be included. The panels to open/close the tray can be more sturdy.

Summary: After reading the all the great reviews, I finally bought the ip4000 at CompUSA for $119 on sale. The printer does everything that it claims and it does it great: Prints photos and documents. Photos are equal to ones you would get from a lab and printed documents are comparable to laser quality. I used the sample Canon photo paper supplied with my purchase and DID find that the colors and picture seem to be more rich and vivid vs. the Epson Premium Gloss paper which I bought along with the camera. I also found the printer to be very quiet when printing which is very appreciated in my bedroom. You get great bang for your buck with this printer and I would recommend this highly.

Reviewed by: mjcorky from ME on Mar 12, 2005

Experience: 1 Days

Strengths: No strengths. DOA.

Weaknesses: Not plug and play with windows xp. Makes you install 3rd party software which is never good for powerusers.

Summary: After getting their drivers installed it Would not print. Always says that front cover is open when it is not. Contacted support. They just had us turn it on and off repeatedly and try over and over. Got RMA.

I work with HP printers at work all the time. This came recommended from consumer reviews. Because of this I will never buy cannon again.

Reviewed by: sellmen from OH on Apr 10, 2005

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: Fast print speeds for an inkjet. High quality photo printing. Sharp text. Double sided printing capability. Stylish appearance. Efficient with ink.

Weaknesses: None.

Summary: The PIXMA IP4000 is the replacement for the Canon i860 - it uses the same five ink tanks. There are two black ink tanks, one for text and one for photo printing, along with yellow, cyan, and magneta cartridges. Like most Canon printers, the PIXMA IP4000 is very efficient with ink, and the replacement cartridges are fairly low priced. The long term costs of this printer will be significantly lower than some other brands (HP, Lexmark).

The 25PPM black and 17PPM color that this printer is rated for seems a bit high. Still, this is one of the fastest inkjet printers available. Text quality is very good; it isn't laser sharp, but for an inkjet it does a nice job. Photo quality is stunning. Images are sharp, colors are accurate. Using quality high-gloss paper, you can print pictures that are practically indistinguishable from lab prints.

This printer has a duplex (double sided printing) capability, although it is a bit slow when using this feature. Overall, this is just a fantastic printer, and a great value if you want to print both text and photos.

Reviewed by: kevintu from MO on Mar 2, 2005

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Very fast and quiet. Dual paper feed is a plus.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: This printer is faster than my old HP 7260 photo printer. I have another laser printer so this one is for photo printing only. The quality of photo printing is as good as my HP 7260 but it's faster and quieter. Highly recommended.

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