Canon has introduced two new printers for professional and advanced photographers, the ten-colour Pixma Pro9500 Mark II and the eight-colour Pixma Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printers.

The Pixma Pro9500 Mark II printer uses Canon's professional Lucia brand pigment-based inks for long-lasting, professional-quality prints. The Pixma Pro9000 Mark II printer uses the Company's dye-based inks to produce 'gallery-quality' prints up to 13-x-19 inches on a variety of fine art papers and glossy media.

Pixma Pro9500 Mark II

The new PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Photo Printer features ten pigment-based ink colours: photo black, matte black and gray as well as cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, red and green, allowing users the benefit of a wide colour gamut for prints, as well as three levels of black for black-and-white photographs.

Employing the Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology along with a sophisticated 7,680-nozzle print-head structure, the company says that the Mark II model provides significantly faster production times, delivering approximately 1.5 times faster colour print speeds on a 13-x-19-inch-bordered print than the previous model.

Canon says that the printer's matte black, photo black and gray inks reduce metamerism and provide high-density blacks and truly neutral monochrome prints. Metamerism is an effect in some printed 'black-and-white' images where composite gray inks (achieved with combinations of cyan, magenta and yellow ink) make image areas appear a different color hue under different lighting conditions (such as sunlight, fluorescent light and incandescent light). This aberration is due to the differences in spectral reflectance properties of each of the composite colors.

The Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II Photo Printer is scheduled to be available in the US in May for an estimated selling price of $849.99 (around £620). UK pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

The eight-color Pixma Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printer – cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, photo black, red, and green – delivers an even glossiness and vivid color experience rivalling that of positive film for photographers. The Pro9000 Mark II's uses Canon FINE print head technology coupled with the company's high-performance, high-density 6,144-nozzle print head. The company says that thanks in part to an enhanced double encoder system for media control, the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II achieves three times faster print speeds over its predecessor, producing a bordered 13" x 19" size black and white photographic print in approximately 1 minute, 23 seconds.

The Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Printer is scheduled to be available in May for an estimated selling price of $499.99 (£365). Again UK pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

Canon has also announced a new version of its Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software, adding Canon's Ambient Light Correction technology which helps reduce the perceived color difference caused by different light conditions between printing and viewing or display environments. Compatible with Windows Vista only, Ambient Light Correction allows users to optimize print colour for the lighting conditions where the final print will be shown. Through the software, users can adjust colour to various levels of lighting conditions from daylight at 6500K to a warm white fluorescent lamp at 3000K for optimal viewing.