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imagePROGRAF iPF5100

Professional Photo & Fine Art

MSRP: $2095.00

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The iPF5100 printer's ink set is comprised of 12 colors: four standard process colors with Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta; plus Red, Green, and Blue; Matte Black, Gray, and Photo Gray. This unique combination creates a broad color pallet and delivers exceptional print results. The iPF5100 printer's LUCIA ink is specially formulated to reduce graininess and bronzing and resist scratching and fading.

Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray and Photo Gray optimize black ink density for exceptional monochrome photo-quality output. Based on the type of ink being used, the iPF5100 printer automatically matches the correct black ink to achieve the best print results.

The iPF5100 printer is equipped with the ability to recalibrate itself to the original optimal factory settings and apply any necessary adjustments across the printers. At the same time, this creates a more stable, predictable printing platform on which superior results can be consistently achieved. The system has built-in calibration sensors that accurately detect variation in print heads and measures the density levels of the inks and makes necessary adjustments to return calibration to the original factory settings.

Engineered for speed and advanced image production, the iPF5100 boasts Canon's dual print head system to lay down ink with unprecedented speed and accuracy. Unlike conventional printers with a single print head, the iPF5100 uses two high-precision, high density print heads with a total of 30,720 nozzles. It lays down precise 4 picoliter-size ink droplets to produce sharp detail and excellent image quality.

The superfine 4 picoliter-size droplets produce delicate color gradations and high-definition. The twin lines of nozzles on the new print heads enable the iPF5100 to minimize the number of printing passes and still maintain print quality. The two 1-inch iPF series print heads, each with 6 colors with 2,560 nozzles per color. That's a total of 30,720 nozzles. More nozzles mean more ink is ejected with every pass of the print head, no matter what print mode or media. It gives new meaning to "high-speed output".

Like other powerful Canon systems, the IPF5100 is built around the innovative L-COA (Large Format printer Common Architecture) processor. When it comes to speed and accuracy, the L-COA processor is in a league of its own. By intelligently processing print data and directing the high precision, high-density print heads to deposit ink, the system ensures image clarity and color accuracy, even for complex graphics and color-rich photographic images. Combined with Canon's dual print head design and the most ink nozzles per color in the industry, the L-COA controller helps achieve phenomenal print speeds.

These export modules allow users to directly process and print RAW image files from DPP or Adobe Photoshop. These plug-ins are export modules that bypass the operating systems dependent print driver, allowing processing of 16-bit RGB images directly, which dramatically increases gradations and as a result, overall image quality.

New added Features

  • Full screen preview
  • More print quality selections
  • Categorized paper type view
  • Roll paper layout view
  • Bi-cubic enlargement

The imagePROGRAF printer driver works with both Windows® and Macintosh® operating systems offering exceptional, high quality prints through easy usability and accurate color. The printer driver incorporates existing imagePROGRAF features along with new, easy to use functions. The monochrome photo mode produces neutral, high quality monochrome images with the primary use of the Black, Gray and Photo Gray inks. This mode helps to ensure minimal shifts in color that are commonly caused by the use of color inks in black and white prints, thus outputting neutral tones with smooth gradation. Another easy to use feature is the free layout feature, which allows for custom nesting of separate images and documents.


  • Web links (Support tab) - An html-based utility that provides access to websites through the printer driver
  • Categorized Media list - Media names are organized in a hierarchical tree structure
  • More detailed page preview --provides a more clearer and more intuitive preview
  • Scan to Copy - imageRUNNER enlargement copy
  • 14 preset document profiles (examples are Poster, CAD, Photo)
  • Automatic print quality options dependent on print application and media
  • Borderless printing
  • Saturation Adjustment
  • Easy Setting/Advanced Setting/Print Setting
  • Monochrome photo mode Support for Adobe RGB
  • Free layout feature

The Digital Photo Front-Access has been developed by Canon as a utility to import images from a camera, memory card, USB, etc and incorporate them into software applications such as PosterArtist and Photoshop.

  • Auto image retouching
  • Ability to open in PosterArtist and Photoshop
  • Support for JPEG and RAW images
  • Simple configuration of print settings by means of the printer driver

This template driven software was developed by Canon specifically to create large-format posters with complete ease. PosterArtist helps users of all levels to create professional looking posters, banners and signage in 4 easy steps. This application offers a variety of templates, hi-res royalty-free images and clipart designed to target a wide array of markets such as food service, education, offices, retail and much more.

PosterArtist allows users to use Kyuanos advanced color management system, providing a smart and simple way of managing colors under any viewing conditions. Also included in PosterArtist is the Auto Design feature in which the users can simply designate a few images to be in incorporated in a poster, and PosterArtist will automatically create professional - looking posters for immediate use. Also, the template filtering feature allows users to find and apply a template quickly and easily from hundreds of templates in the library.

  • Auto Design Feature - Template Creation Engine
  • Provides professionally designed templates to simplify poster creation
  • Over 1GB of preloaded files in a wide variety of poster designs and artwork
  • Variable Data Printing
  • Page Capture feature allows users to load desired data from other applications into a PosterArtist poster, such as Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Adobe® Acrobat®
  • Import images directly from most digital cameras

PosterArtist QuickCopy - separate application with the ability to enlarge image data scanned with a CanoScan flat bed scanner.

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Printer Type

12-Color 17-inch Printer

Number of Nozzles

Total: 30,720
All colors: 2,560 nozzles each

Nozzle Pitch

1,200 dpi

Nozzle Recovery System

Non-firing nozzle detection and compensation

Print Resolution (Up to)

2,400 x 1,200 dpi (Max)

OS Compatibility

Windows XP/Server 2003/Server 2008/Vista/7 (32/64bit), Macintosh OSX 10.3.9-10.6 (32 bit), OS X 10.5-10.6 (64 bit)

Standard Interfaces

USB 2.0 High-Speed
10/100 Base-T/TX
Optional: IEEE 1394 (Firewire®)

Ink Droplet Size

4 picoliter

Ink Capacity

130ml per color2

Ink Droplet Size

LUCIA ink (Pigment-based)

Color Set

Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Red, Green. Blue, Gray, Photo Gray

Buffer Ram

192 MB

Hard Drive


Media Width

Cut Sheet, Roll and Cassette: 8 - 17

Media Thickness

Top Loading Manual Feed: 0.08 - 0.8mm (3.2 - 31.4mil)
Front Loading Manual Feed: 0.5 - 1.5mm (19.6 - 59.0mil)
Roll: 0.08 - 0.8mm (3.2 - 31.4mil)
Cassette: 0.08 - 0.3mm (3.2 - 11.8mil)

Maximum Roll Print Length

59 Feet (19 meters)3

Maximum Media Roll Diameter

5.9 (150mm)

Borderless Printing Width

10 (254 mm), B4 (257 mm), A3+ (329 mm), 14 (356 mm), 16 (407 mm), A2 (420 mm), A2+/17 (432 mm)

Paper Feed Method

Roll Feed: One Roll, front output
Top Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output
Front Loading Manual Feed: One sheet, front output
Cassette: Up to 250 Sheets (Letter, Plain Paper), front output


GARO (Canon Proprietary)

Noise Level Approx

Operation: 51 dB or less
Standby: 35 dB or less

Physical Dimensions

13.5 (H) x 39.3 (W) x 31.9 (D)


Approximately 117 lbs

Power Source

AC-100-120V (50-60Hz)

Power Consumption

Maximum: 100W or less
Standby 6W or less
Power Off: Less than 1W (Compliant with Executive Order)

Operating Environment

Temperature: 59°-86° F (15°-30° C)
Relative Humidity: 10-80% (No Condensation)

User-replaceable items

Print Head (PF-03), Maintenance Cartridge (MC-05), Ink Tank (PFI-101/PFI-103)

Software Included

Canon Printer Driver, Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Print Plug-in for Digital Photo Professional, Digital Photo Front-Access, Printer Driver Extra Kit (Free Layout, imageRUNNER Linking Function)

What's In The Box

iPF5100 Box Contents iPF5100 2" Roll Holder with 3" Core adapters 2 Print Heads (PF-03) 1 Maintenance cartridge, (Installed) 12 Starter Ink Tanks (BK/MBK/C/M/Y/PC/PM/GY/PGY/R/G/B) Sample Cut Sheet Coated Paper (A2 size/5 sheets) Media Swatch Kit Ethernet (built-in) USB 2.0 High Speed Interface User Manual CD Quick Start Guide Reference Guide Menu Map Power Cord One Year Warranty Card Registration Card User Software CD with: >- imagePROGRAF Printer Driver 2007 - Print Plug-in for Photoshop & Digital Photo Professional - Printer Driver Extra Kit - Digital Photo Front-Access - GARO Status Monitor - Media Configuration Tool

Supplies and Accessories

Desktop Basket BU-02
Maintenance Cartridge MC-05
Print Head PF-03
Printer Stand ST-11
Roll Holder Set RH2-11
Ink Tanks
Canon Ink Tank PFI-103BK - Pigment Black Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-103MBK - Pigment Matte Black Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101C - Pigment Cyan Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101M - Pigment Magenta Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101Y - Pigment Yellow Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101PC - Pigment Photo Cyan Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101PM - Pigment Photo Magenta Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101R - Pigment Red Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101G - Pigment Green Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-101B - Pigment Blue Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-103GY - Pigment Gray Ink Tank 130ml
Canon Ink Tank PFI-103PGY - Pigment Photo Gray Ink Tank 130ml

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Fine Art Media
Fine Art Natural 230gsm 14mil
German Etching by Hahnemuhle 310gsm 18mil
Fine Art Bright White 230gsm 14mil
Fine Art Bright White 330gsm 20mil
Artistic Satin Canvas 350gsm 19mil
Artistic Matte Canvas 340gsm 21mil
Water Resistant Matte Canvas 400gsm 24mil
Fine Art Photo Rag by Hahnemuhle 188gsm 11.5mil
Fine Art Enhanced Velvet 255gsm 21mil
Premium Fine Art Bright White 305gsm  19mil
Premium Polished Rag 305gsm  17mil
Coated Papers / CAD / GIS
Economy Bond Paper 75gsm 4mil
Premium Plain Paper (2 Rolls per box) 80gsm 4mil
Universal Bond Paper 90gsm 4mil
High Resolution Coated Bond 120gsm 6mil
Heavyweight Coated Paper 140gsm 7mil
Heavyweight Coated Paper HG 145gsm 6mil
Double Matte Film 160gsm 5mil
Matte Coated Paper 90gsm 5mil
Matte Coated Paper 170gsm 8mil
Heavyweight Matte Coated Paper 230gsm 10mil
20lb Bond, 150ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Bond, 300ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Recycled Uncoated Bond, 150ft 75gsm 4mil
20lb Recycled Uncoated Bond, 300ft 75gsm 4mil
24lb Bond, 150ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Bond, 300ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Premium Coated Bond, 150ft 90gsm 4mil
24lb Premium Coated Bond, 300ft 90gsm 4mil
Photographic / Glossy Paper
Satin Photo Paper 170gsm 7mil
Satin Photo Paper 200gsm 8mil
Satin Photo Paper 240gsm 10mil
Glossy Photo Paper 170gsm 7mil
Glossy Photo Paper 200gsm 8mil
Glossy Photo Paper 240gsm 10mil
Premium RC Photo Matte 255gsm 10mil
Premium RC Photo Luster 255gsm 10mil
Premium Glossy Photographic Paper 2 280gsm 11mil
Premium Semi-Glossy Photographic Paper 2 280gsm 11mil
Sign / Banner / Display Media
Back Print Backlit Film 165gsm 5mil
Durable Matte Polypropylene Banner 130gsm 7mil
Roll-up Gloss Film 230gsm 7mil
Durable Backlit Film 250gsm 7mil
Adhesive Matte Vinyl 290gsm 11mil
Scrim Banner Vinyl 460gsm 14mil
Peel and Stick Repositionable Media 260gsm 11mil

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  1. For imagePROGRAF Printer Driver. For printing from PostScript applications such as Adobe Illustrator or QuarkXpress, please use a PostScript compatible RIP package. For a list of Canon recommended RIP packages, please consult with Canon Alliance and Industry Market list of RIP vendors.
  2. The starter ink tanks initially packaged with the printer are not the same capacity as the replacement ink tanks specified here.
  3. The maximum printable length varies depending on the application, OS, and RIP used.

† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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