Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24" Large Format Printer, 2400x1200dpi Resolution, USB 2.0

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The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24" Large Format Printer was designed for professionals in the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets that seek the highest possible standards for quality-control and image reproduction. An incredibly large color spectrum is produced by the 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set, which also provides better scratch resistance and smoother gradations. The new Multi-sensor included with this printer provides improved color density detection and allows for a full calibration to be completed within 15 minutes, with the ability to use non-Canon branded media.

A new Color Calibration Management System allows for color calibration targets to be created using the iPF6450 with optional spectrophotometer and shared across all new iPFX400 12-color printers and the included software allows for all printers on the network to be monitored from one central location. The printer supports ink tank sizes of 130ml and for the first time, 300ml and the new sub-ink tank keeps some ink in reserve to allow for tanks to be changed without interrupting a print. In highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast compared to previous models.

To expand printing options and capabilities, the iPF6400 printer comes bundled with a Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Digital Photo Professional and Microsoft Office. The enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop includes a new Adjustment Pattern Setting which allows for multiples of an image to be printed at once with different color values implemented and displayed. Gallery wraps for canvas prints can now be created using the new Gallery Wrap Feature.

To improve versatility, the iPF6400 has a media configuration tool which allows customers to not only utilize existing Canon-branded media, but also with third party media. Designed for efficiency, reliability and above all quality, the iPF6400 is the professional's answer to superior quality large format prints.

The Canon iPF6400 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Frequent user among others.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to set up (3),Easy to use (3)
Best Uses:
Photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Frequent user (5)

Canon iPF6400 Features

  • Lucia Ex Ink Set: It is designed for dramatic photographic expression and detailed color reproduction for exacting proofing applications. This 12-Color ink set offers a brilliant range of vibrant colors, smooth gradations and transitions, with incredibly fine details
  • Color Calibration Management System: It is included for the centralized management of networked printers in a system from one easy to use software tool
  • New Multi-Sensor: This new printer includes an upgraded, built-in color densitometer that's designed to offer even more precise calibration and color matching
  • High Speed Printing with Fewer Passes: In highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast compared to previous models
  • New Tint and Tone Adjustments: The new tint and tone controls over the four monochromatic shades allow a user to create even more expressive blacks with smoother gradations - especially in dark areas
  • Large Ink Tank Capacity: The iPF6400 supports 130 ml ink tank sizes and offers an option for large 300 ml ink tanks. Ink tank replacement becomes less frequent and users with higher printing volumes can enjoy greater productivity
  • Sub Ink Tank System: An ink tank system designed for uninterrupted printing even during tank replacement that has already been featured on the current 44 and 60 inch models, is now available for the first time on a 24 inch, 12-Color iPF printer
  • Gigabit Ethernet Support: Fast data transfer will help exceptionally high measures of productivity
  • Enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop: This export module allows 16-bit image processing, preserving the expanded color spectrum and high gradation of the file
  • Gallery Wrap: This new creative tool can be accessed via Adobe Photoshop and allows users to easily create gallery wrap prints for framing, as well as creative options that will expand output possibilities
  • Accounting Manager: Tracks how much ink and media is being consumed when printing. Costs can be assigned to ink and paper to determine expenses based on "Cost of Goods". The user can also input a variable cost that will be added to the total of the print cost
  • Print Plug in for Microsoft Office: This utility makes it easy to print large-format documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. The Plug-in appears in a tool bar inside the Microsoft application and has an easy-to-follow "Wizard"
  • PosterArtist Lite: It gives users the ability to quickly and easily create professional large format prints. Users simply follow the program's four (4) easy steps to create posters that can be used in applications such as Office presentation, Trade shows, Retail Signage and much, much more

Canon iPF6400 Specifications

Printer Type
12-Color 24-inch Printer
Number of Nozzles
Total: 30,720
All Colors: 2,560 nozzles each
Nozzle Pitch
1,200 dpi
Nozzle Recovery System
Non-firing nozzle detection and compensation
Print Resolution (Up to)
2,400 x 1,200 dpi (Max)
OS Compatibility
Windows (XP/Vista 32/64bit/Windows 7 32/64bit)
Macintosh (OSX)
Standard Interfaces
USB 2.0 High-Speed
10/100/1000 Base-T/TX
Ink Droplet Size
4 picoliter
LUCIA EX Ink (Pigment based)
Ink Capacity
330ml per color2 (Optional 300ml)
Color Set
Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Red, Green. Blue, Gray, Photo Gray
Buffer Ram
384 MB
Media Width
Cut Sheet: 8" - 24"
Media Thickness
Top Loading Manual Feed: 0.07 - 0.8mm (3.2 - 31.4mil)
Front Loading Manual Feed: 0.5 - 1.5mm (19.6 - 59.0mil)
Roll: 0.07 - 0.8mm (3.2 - 31.4mil)
Maximum Roll Print Length
59 Feet (18 meters)
Maximum Media Roll Diameter
5.9" (150mm)
Borderless Printing Width
10" (254 mm), B4 (257 mm), A3+ (329 mm), 14" (356 mm), 16" (407 mm), A2 (420 mm), A2+/17" (432 mm), B2 (515 mm), A1 (594 mm), 24" (610 mm)
Paper Feed Method
Roll Feed: One Roll, front output
Top Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output
Front Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output
Languages
GARO (Canon Proprietary)
Noise Level
Operation: 47 dB (A) or less
Acoustic Power: Approx. 6.4 Bels or less
Power Source
AC-100-240V (50-60Hz)
Power Consumption
Maximum: 100W or less
Standby: 6W or less
Power Off: .5W or less (Compliant with Executive Order)
Operating Environment
Temperature: 59deg.-86deg. F (15deg.-30deg. C)
Relative Humidity - 10-80% (No Condensation)
User-replaceable items
Print Head (PF-05)
Maintenance Cartridge (MC-16)
Ink Tanks (PFI-106, PFI-206)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
39.4" x 48.3" x 34.3" / 1000.76 x 1226.82 x 871.22 mm
Weight
154 lbs / 69.85 kg (with stand)

Canon iPF6400 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.2

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

After looking at the rest it was best

If there were more options in rating I would give it 4 1/2 or 4 3/4 stars. I moved up from an iPF5000, which was a very good printer. Everything on the iPF6400 is improved by a two or three notches. The ink in particular has improved gamut and much less gloss differential. I have read that Epson ink is more damage resistant but I don't see that, but maybe that was the older ink. I took a print (that I have other copies of) to the kitchen sink, ran hot water over it and rubbed an area 2-3 inc...

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If there were more options in rating I would give it 4 1/2 or 4 3/4 stars. I moved up from an iPF5000, which was a very good printer. Everything on the iPF6400 is improved by a two or three notches. The ink in particular has improved gamut and much less gloss differential. I have read that Epson ink is more damage resistant but I don't see that, but maybe that was the older ink. I took a print (that I have other copies of) to the kitchen sink, ran hot water over it and rubbed an area 2-3 inches square with quite high pressure for about a minute. when the print was dry I couldn't tell the difference. Bottom line -- the ink is great and is available in both 130ml and 300ml cartridges. The interface is also much improved, but could still use a color display and larger. The Photoshop print plugin is great. After trying it on the old iPF5000 I never used the windows print driver, and the new one is even better. Just try it, there is too much to be able to explain in a just few words. Long term operating cost from everything I could find appears to be better than Epson printers. Everything from user replaceable heads on the Canon (vs. head replacement by a technician at a cost approximately equal to a new printer with the Epson), and using less ink in printing as well as head cleaning compared to Epson. By the way, it also has a print plugin for MS Word & Excel.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beware!!!!

A few months after purchase printer began printing wet ink line across BACK of all prints. Called Canon and they went thru a series of steps from having us clean rollers to head and vacuum adjustments to no avail. Canon sent a tech out and he verified something was wrong. They were here 5 times and changed pads,two separate fans and finally the main controller board all with no improvement. Canon sent out their own engineer out of New Jersey and he also tried for the better part of a whole da...

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A few months after purchase printer began printing wet ink line across BACK of all prints. Called Canon and they went thru a series of steps from having us clean rollers to head and vacuum adjustments to no avail. Canon sent a tech out and he verified something was wrong. They were here 5 times and changed pads,two separate fans and finally the main controller board all with no improvement. Canon sent out their own engineer out of New Jersey and he also tried for the better part of a whole day to find and fix the problem again to no avail. Canon finally "decided" that there was nothing more they could do and when we mentioned that the machine was still under warranty they moved the case to different supervisors, the last of which told us the printer "was operating within the specifications" and there was nothing else they were going to do!!! CANON WARRANTY COMPLETELY WORTHLESS. Research before buying and you will find this is a common problem with this printer.

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
1.0

Beware!!!!

By

from Mass  -  Frequent User

A few months after purchase printer began printing wet ink line across BACK of all prints. Called Canon and they went thru a series of steps from having us clean rollers to head and vacuum adjustments to no avail. Canon sent a tech out and he verified something was wrong. They were here 5 times and changed pads,two separate fans and finally the main controller board all with no improvement. Canon sent out their own engineer out of New Jersey and he also tried for the better part of a whole day to find and fix the problem again to no avail. Canon finally "decided" that there was nothing more they could do and when we mentioned that the machine was still under warranty they moved the case to different supervisors, the last of which told us the printer "was operating within the specifications" and there was nothing else they were going to do!!! CANON WARRANTY COMPLETELY WORTHLESS. Research before buying and you will find this is a common problem with this printer.

 
5.0

Great Printer

By

from Denver, CO  -  Frequent User

This printer prints amazing photo's. I had a Epson 7900 and after the warranty expired it developed head clogging issues and I was quoted $2679.59 to repair it. After lots of research I learned that Epson owners were having all sorts of head clogging problems and Canon owners were not so I threw away my Epson and replaced it with this Canon for less than the Epson repair costs.

 
1.0

Poor service

By

from Florida  -  Frequent User

The canon ipf6400 was purchased 10 days ago, it has yet to work. Canon has been out 5 times including the Canon specialist to no avail. Their approach is to just throw parts at it and hope sonething sticks.. I have asked, begged and pleaded to come and replace it since it has never worked. Even the specialist said it should be replaced. Hard to give a good review under these conditions. It might be a great machine but, I wouldn't know.

 
5.0

This is the one!

By

from Richmond  -  Frequent User

Get this Canon Printer! I love it. Do not buy an Epson 4900, 7900, 9900. They print great when they print, but they have terrible head clogging issues. Shortly after the warranty ran out, several of the heads on my 4900 clogged up. If this had happoned with an Epson warranty, I would have had to pack it up and send it back to Epson. Without a warranty, I was looking at a $1,500 minimum service call. Luckly, I bought a on site warranty from a 3rd party and got my money back. This Canon prints just as well as my Epson, has user replaceable heads, and huge dealer/repair network.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

After looking at the rest it was best

By

from Vancouver, Washington, USA  -  Frequent User

If there were more options in rating I would give it 4 1/2 or 4 3/4 stars. I moved up from an iPF5000, which was a very good printer. Everything on the iPF6400 is improved by a two or three notches. The ink in particular has improved gamut and much less gloss differential. I have read that Epson ink is more damage resistant but I don't see that, but maybe that was the older ink. I took a print (that I have other copies of) to the kitchen sink, ran hot water over it and rubbed an area 2-3 inches square with quite high pressure for about a minute. when the print was dry I couldn't tell the difference. Bottom line -- the ink is great and is available in both 130ml and 300ml cartridges. The interface is also much improved, but could still use a color display and larger. The Photoshop print plugin is great. After trying it on the old iPF5000 I never used the windows print driver, and the new one is even better. Just try it, there is too much to be able to explain in a just few words. Long term operating cost from everything I could find appears to be better than Epson printers. Everything from user replaceable heads on the Canon (vs. head replacement by a technician at a cost approximately equal to a new printer with the Epson), and using less ink in printing as well as head cleaning compared to Epson. By the way, it also has a print plugin for MS Word & Excel.

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