Canon catches up with Epson by offering a high-resolution 24” printer for fine art giclee, the Canon imagePROGRAF W6200
The above heading was valid in 2004 and early 2005, but the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 offers 8 colors and thereby may offer better quality than other earlier printers. The Canon printhead is much faster than any piezo, so faster than all Epson printers. But some artists need color gamut or a special dithering pattern, and be willing to sacrifice speed for quality.
Canon ink costs less. But if you are an artist, it is the color gamut that counts.
The Canon printers are better designed and stronger in construction. This statement is probably still valid, even in 2005.
Canon printer, since it uses thermal (bubblejet) printheads, can take a wider range of paper, further lowering production costs.
The picture at left is the Canon imagePROGRAF W6200 large format printer at PMA 2004 trade show. The Canon imagePROGRAF W6400 has been announced several months ago for Japan and then for Australia. Every US trade magazine has announced the Canon imagePROGRAF W6400 too. We are curious to see the differences between the W6200 (a printer that was already advanced for its day) and the still unknown W6400. Epson has managed to generate their Epson Stylus Pro 7800 publicity precisely during the time the Canon W6400 has not yet been introduced outside Japan or Australia.
Every several years there is either a new Canon iPF printer or a new Epson or a new HP water-based printer that is made for giclee, decor, or fine art photography. It is hard to keep track of the advances in improved inks and color management features. FLAAR is keeping track by visiting giclee ateliers around the world that have these various brands. Each brand has its good points and a few issues and an occasional deficiency.
Since FLAAR itself does not sell printers, for you to find out information on prices and availability of each model that can print fine art giclee well, we suggest you contact a company that offers all three brands: Canon, HP, and Epson. This way they are not going to push just one brand because they offer all three. Plus you need a company that has plenty of experience with fine art photographs, photo labs, and giclee atelier.
If you are looking for a place that is not a box-pusher (meaning you want a place that provides service after the sale), then one place we know for many years is Parrot Digigraphic. Their telephone is 978.670.7766.
First posted Sept. 26, 2006.
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