Canon has announced the i990 Bubble Jet printer, the first Canon inkjet to feature seven inks. The 4,800-x-2,400 dpi A4 photo printer will be available from February, priced at around £255 plus VAT. Borderless printing is possible on A4, 5-x-7 inch and 4-x-6 inch media.

Canon claims that the new ChromaPLUS technology, which adds a red ink to the usual six, will significantly expand the colour gamut of the printer in the area of yellow to red, and that saturation will be increased up to 60 per cent, bringing it closer to positive photographic film. Each ink is stored in an individually replaceable tank.

Canon claims that the printer is capable of printing mono documents at 16ppm and colour documents at 12ppm, due to the highest nozzle-density head of any printer, sporting 5,376 nozzles. The printer has a permanent 2pl droplet size, according to the company.

The printer is compatible with Windows and Mac PCs, via a USB 2.0 connection, and supports ICC profiles for colour management. PictBridge and Canon's Bubble Jet Direct technologies allow direct printing from cameras. The Canon Easy-ToolBox software suite is provided for image scaling, image management, photo, and Web printing.