Do people still print out their own photographs? Well, according to Canon, they do and apparently that’s why they’ve announced the release of the PIXMA MP980 all-in-one printer today tucked in behind a barrage of SLRs, compacts and other printers as well.
All-in-one in this case refers to printing, copying and scanning – didn’t that term used to cover faxing as well? – all for the fairly expensive but not at all unreasonable amount of £279.
The printing itself is taken care of by six separate ink cartridges including grey, which is to prevent graininess in the images, and it’s all laid down over 9600 x 2400dpi. If you’re using Canon cartridges and Canon photo-quality paper, then the claim is that you can printy a 10cm x 15cm picture in under 20 seconds.
On the scanning side, the white LED responsible for the work should mean almost no warm up time and the CCD sensor is meant to be Canon’s best yet picking up 4800dpi of detail.
The whole shebang comes with a 8.8cm colour TFT display to navigate all the relevant menus, it’s memory card compatible and you can connect it up via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and can even print out from CD and DVDs as well.
When they say “all-in-one”, fax aside, they do seem to be telling the truth. If you really do want a great big lump in your home that’ll cost you a fortune in ink cartridges and expensive paper, then be my guest. The Canon PIXMA MP980 is out in October and looks as good as any other. Alternatively, grab something compact and cheap and get someone else to do your photo printing for you. They’ll probably do it better and I’ll bet it costs you less.