This model continues Canon's impressive entry into the large-format inkjet printer market, filling in the space between last year's 17-inch iPF5000 and the 60-inch iPF9000. Using the same pigment-based Lucia inks, which last much longer than the dye-based inks of other Canon inkjet models yet deliver a comparable color range, it produces fine-art-quality prints up to 44 inches in width, borderless if you like. And like other Canon models, it delivers that quality at breathless speed, producing a massive 44x66-inch print at 1,200dpi (more than you really need) in about 15 minutes.
The iPF8000 achieves its remarkable color fidelity with 12 separate ink cartridges, including red, green, blue, gray, and photo gray in addition to the usual CMYK, photo cyan, photo magenta, and matte black. All that dedicated black and gray also produces lustrous monochrome results. And having the option of a 700ml cartridge in addition to the standard 330ml size means you could have printed all night.
Other features make the iPF8000 one serious workhorse. It loads roll paper from the front, so when you run out you don't have to move the printer to get behind it. It tracks paper usage in square inches and ink usage to a tenth of a milliliter. And it has automatic clog detection, compensating on the fly by rerouting ink to other nozzles. Fortunately, this powerful printer has nozzles to spare: Its dual head contains more than 30,000.