The Canon Pixma iP6700D is an affordable photo inkjet printer that's capable of printing superior-quality photos comparable to those developed in a photo lab.

In addition to producing photos with great shadow detail and accurate colors, the Canon Pixma iP6700D offers a multitude of customisation options such as noise reduction, face brightening and colour adjustment.

Equipped with two input trays, six ink cartridges and a user-friendly control panel, the Canon Pixma iP6700D can help create a smooth production process that won't leave veteran photographers missing the time they previously spent in a darkroom.

Design and usability

The Canon Pixma iP6700D's two input trays should keep your photo papers organised. An automatic sheet feeder holds larger media and a cassette drawer holds smaller papers. The cassette drawer, located under the printer's output tray, conceals smaller photo papers and protects them from dust. Before printing, you can easily choose the input tray from which to print by pressing the Feed Switch button on the control panel.

If you're an avid digital photographer, you'll appreciate the fact that the Canon Pixma iP6700D's picture-card reader accepts several formats: CompactFlash, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card and MultiMediaCard v.3.31. These picture-card slots are found behind a removable cover on the front of the printer. However, while I was unpacking the Canon Pixma iP6700D, this cover snapped off; even whenwe managed to get the cover back on, it would fall off very easily.

Printing from a picture card is very easy with the Canon Pixma iP6700D's control panel. A bright, large (3.5in) colour LCD screen displays a variety of menus that are easy to navigate with the four directional arrows. After inserting your picture card and selecting a photo, you can push the Settings button to change paper size or choose from advanced settings. In the advanced settings, you can change brightness, contrast, colour hue, noise reduction and tweak other details. After you've tailored the photo to your liking, press the Print button, which will bring you to a print dialog screen.

Quality and speed

The Canon Pixma iP6700D's photo print quality is excellent: in our tests, colours were very accurate, images were very clear and not oversharpened, and shadows were detailed. When printing 4x6in photos, we noticed very faint scratches on some of the prints - probably made by the printer's roller. However, you can see these scratches only when you look very closely in bright light, so this isn't much of an issue. We gave the iP6700D's photo printing a superior rating.

The Canon Pixma iP6700D's colour-document printing is also impressive. In our testing, curved and thin lines were very well preserved, with few breaks in the lines - atypical compared with most inkjets we've tested in the past. Our jury gave the Canon Pixma iP6700D's colour-document printing a very good rating. Grayscale text prints were smooth and clean, but the black ink looked a little light; the jury gave this printer's text quality a good rating.

In terms of speed, the Canon Pixma iP6700D prints at moderate rates. In our testing, it took 1 minute and 36 seconds to print a 22MB Photoshop image, 2 minutes and 52 seconds to print a four-page PDF, 24 seconds to print a one-page Word document, and 3 minutes and 14 seconds to print a 10-page Word document.

Canon Pixma iP6700D: Specs

  • Inkjet printer
  • maximum print size, A4
  • 6 separate ink tanks (CLI-8BK, CLI-8C, CLI-PC, CLI-8M, CLI-8PM, CLI-8Y)
  • 150-sheet paper tray
  • PictBridge compatible
  • up to 9,600x2,400 dpi
  • 1pl micro-nozzles
  • quoted print speed approximately 47 seconds for a borderless A4 print
  • quoted mono print speed up to 18ppm (max), 6.5ppm (standard)
  • colour print speed, text & graphics: up to 17ppm (max), 4.9ppm (standard)
  • direct print from CompactFlash, Microdrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard (V3.31)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD or DVD printing as standard
  • 429x304x183mm
  • 7.5kg
  • 3.5in (8.9cm) colour LCD with 76,800 pixels
  • IrDA 1.2 (JPEG only)
  • Inkjet printer
  • maximum print size, A4
  • 6 separate ink tanks (CLI-8BK, CLI-8C, CLI-PC, CLI-8M, CLI-8PM, CLI-8Y)
  • 150-sheet paper tray
  • PictBridge compatible
  • up to 9,600x2,400 dpi
  • 1pl micro-nozzles
  • quoted print speed approximately 47 seconds for a borderless A4 print
  • quoted mono print speed up to 18ppm (max), 6.5ppm (standard)
  • colour print speed, text & graphics: up to 17ppm (max), 4.9ppm (standard)
  • direct print from CompactFlash, Microdrive, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard (V3.31)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD or DVD printing as standard
  • 429x304x183mm
  • 7.5kg
  • 3.5in (8.9cm) colour LCD with 76,800 pixels
  • IrDA 1.2 (JPEG only)

OUR VERDICT

The Canon Pixma iP6700D printed some of the best photos we've seen out of all the midrange inkjet printers we've tested. This printer's flexibility, ease of use, affordability and excellent photo-print quality make it a no-brainer purchase for photographers of every skill level.

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