Canon USA recently launched a new waterbased printer, the imagePROGRAF 6000 especially designed to print fine art photography.
Although the company’s website already features a similar printer called the imagePROGRAF 6000S, one of the main differences between the existing and the newer model is the number of ink colors.
The imagePROGRAF 6000S comes with 8 ink channels, whereas the new imagePROGRAF 6000 comes with 12.
Canon ImagePROGRAF and its competitors in the 60”+ category
Because this printer handles media up to 60” (1.52 m), some sources claim the Canon imagePROGRAF 6000 is one of the largest printers for fine art photography in the market.
But the HP DesignJet Z6800 also handles media up to 60”, and the Epson SureColor P20000 handles media up to 64”.
The difference between these models however is on the number of ink colors.
The following chart describes some of the main differences between these models
As I’m writing this, the new model does not yet have its own webpage, and therefore, there are no public specs.
We hope the official information is available soon, to complete the list of 12 inks.
As you can see, the name of inks is not standardized. The ideal way of evaluating the color gamut is to have the three printers print the same photography, on the same paper.
Unlike the UV-curing printer industry, all three companies, Canon, Epson and HP, list the prices for their printers.
Canon starts shipping orders for this upgraded model on August 2017, with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of US$11,995, which is the same price as the Epson SureColor P20000, but US$2,000 lower than the HP DesignJet model.
Interesting media handling
Another interesting difference between this and previous models, is the media handling system.
A multifunction roll system comes standard with this 60-inch model. This system enables users to load and print two rolls of different media at a time.
You can load a roll of glossy media, and a roll of matte media, and the printer will switch print configuration according to the detected type of media.
It is not clear however whether the printer is capable of printing two rolls simultaneously.
We hope to see this printer in action in a future trade show or at a demo room, to have a full evaluation.