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Canon PIXMA iP4950 Colour Printer 9600 x 2400 dpi (12.5 ipm Mono and 9.3 ipm Colour)

by Canon
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • High-Performance Photo printer with Auto Duplex and Direct Disc Print
  • 5 Single Ink tanks optimise ink usage
  • Superb quality photos with resolution up to 9600dpi and min. 1pl ink droplets
  • Advanced Media Handling: Auto Duplex Print, 2 way paper feed & Direct Disc Print
  • Print Photos from your HD movies with Full HD Movie Print
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BrandCanon
Item Weight6 Kg
Product Dimensions43.1 x 29.7 x 15.3 cm
Item model number5287B008AA
  
Additional Information
ASINB005I9JQWQ
Best Sellers Rank 25,669 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 Kg
Date First Available23 Aug 2011
  
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Canon PIXMA IP4950 12.5PPM/9.3PPM

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Save energy by using the Auto Power Off - set the printer to switch off when not being used for a set amount of timeTurn your movie moments into beautiful prints with Canon's unique Full HD Movie Print. New features include Merge Frames and Layout Print to create more striking images. Make your photos even more exciting by applying Fun Filter Effects with Easy-PhotoPrint EX. Use Easy-WebPrint EX to combine clips from several web pages so you only print what you need from the web. Get creative with CREATIVE


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136 of 138 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this printer to replace a Canon iP5300, 4 years old and dead as a doornail, after some pretty heavy use. I use it to print photos for display and competition, the Canon Pixma printers get excellent reviews for this (from Which?) and I concur, but this one is a step above for depth of colour and clarity of print, even compared to the 5300, the print is excellent. Printed a 10x8 inch from the Cycling tour of Britain - Rabobank team do orange and purple to give the printer a good workout, colours and definition fantastic, as is the overall "life" in the picture.

The one weakness of the 5300, for me, was that text printing tended to be a bit light compared to other printers I have used, no such problems with this one, the text is clear and a definite black, up to the office Laser printer for my money. I will always prefer a good photo printer and a good photo scanner to a reasonable all in one (but then I scan transparency and full photos, so perhaps it is me!). If you want lab-like film-like quality in your photo prints and a good solid text print this is the way to go!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canon IP4950 printer review. 28 Dec 2011
By Malcy
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This printer was easy to set up and gives excellent results. The 5 colour cartridges are easy to replace and photo prints are sharp. The IP4950 replaces my previous IP4500 which gave long and trouble free service.
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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark 7 Jan 2012
By STEVO
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For the last four or five years I have been using a (now discontinued) Canon Pixma iP4300 for full colour glossy A4 prints and printing directly onto discs. I arrived at the iP4300 after going through three awful Epsom printers within six months. It's been the best piece of kit I've ever owned. Reliable, cheap to run, superb results and proof that Canon are capable of manufacturing a little gem. Lately, after heavy use over the years it has sadly started to wear out and develop problems so I had to change it. I researched various other Canon models and settled on the iP4950 which I've been using for a week. What a disappointment.

I've deducted three stars from my rating for three very good reasons. Firstly, the ink tanks are half the capacity of the ones in the iP4300 (my benchmark printer to be clear), so, twice as much replacing and considerably more expense. Printer ink is the second most expensive liquid on the planet (after rattlesnake venom!) so to be forced into paying even more for it is a bitter pill to swallow. One star dropped.

Star two goes on account of the pinch rollers being too tight on this model, resulting in very noticible horizontal gouges on all prints to 135gsm (or above) glossy paper. Yes, it's that bad.

Third star goes due to the poor user-friendliness. On the iP4300 to print to disc you simply drop the front panel and the flap for the disc holder and off you go. On the iP4950 you have to close the flap, hit print, wait 15 seconds for the thing to sort itself out, drop the flap and then continue printing. Every single time. Time-consuming and frustrating.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ink Economy is Horrendous 2 Oct 2012
The Title says it all so I'll keep the review short & sweet.

I love (well used to) Canon printers. I arrived at this model as my trusty IP4500 finally gave up. I use my printer regularly, print lot's of photo's & A4 size posters ect. The IP4500 would print on average 70 full sheets of A4 photo quality colour before I got a message saying 'inks are running low get ready to replace' and even then they'd go on for a good while before I eventually had to change them. The IP4950 printed just 20 A4 colour pages before given me the same warning! Absolutely horrendous.

The ink cartridges are much much smaller than anything Canon has produced before, even on the most economical settings it still eats ink like there's no tomorrow, giving you no choice but to purchase compatible inks.

Canon really needs to get it's act together. I find it hard to believe that this machine even went into production given Canons excellent track record. Why release a printer that produces the same quality as earlier models but with less than half capacity cartridges!

My advice avoid at all cost. I'll be returning mine for something much more sensible.

This must be the worst move Canon ever made!

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Another really bad thing I've noticed is that when printing on photo paper, the first couple of prints will have black ink smudges on the first edges white border. It doesn't matter if you've not used the printer for a day or two or if you used it just an hour ago...everytime, the first couple of prints will have this black ink spill on the border. An absolute joke. AVOID
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By David
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I purchased the ip4950 a few weeks ago now, and to be honest, I can't say a massive amount positive about it. Ok, the print quality is still better that you would get with most other printers (Epson for example) and I expect the reliability will be also. But that's where the benefits end.

My previous printer, an iP4500, the predecessor to this printer from 4-5 years ago, finally gave up on me due to a broken printhead or some other issue. It is a shame, because compared to the iP4500, the 4950:
-Drinks ink like its going out of style
-Makes more noise from the rollers
-Takes seemingly forever to start a print job
-Does not appear to offer an increase in print quality

So, what have Canon R&D been up to the past half-decade? Any ideas?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Usual Canon performance - delivered on time
Published 28 days ago by David Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars Not reliable,
Ok for most things, but has a print overrun setting or something and after about 8 months of heavy usage it simply indicated a fault. Ink tray full or some such. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ZAM
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
If you are an occasionnal user like me this moddel is not for you after only eighteen months some of the colours have stopped working, aparently blocked and no ammount of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rosan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Fabulous printer. Easy to use and set up. prints directly to cd/dvd and colours all spot on. I would reccommend this printer to anyone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Billy's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with my printer.
I brought this to replace my venerable HP DeskJet 970CXi, after it finally failed following a good 6 years of reliable service. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary Coupe
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon Pixma Printer IP 4950
This printer is doing very good service in producing high quality prints for our Christmas cards from my wife's paintings, documentation and certificates for the Stilton Cheese... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon pixma ip4950
Excellent - takes thick card, tried to get another for mom but bought the upgraded one and passed this to mom. She loves it.
Published 12 months ago by gilleeyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon PIXMA IP4950 Colour Printer
A very good printer that not only prints well on paper but also on CDs and DVDs producing good quality images
Published 12 months ago by JohnW
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon PIXMA Colour Printer
The printer is excellent value, straight forward to instal and cartridge changes are quick and easy. I am very pleased with my choice
Published 13 months ago by Eric Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the reduced ink capacity
This is my second Canon printer, I previously had an iP4300. This one has smaller ink cartridges but as fully compatible cartridges are available, the additional expenditure is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by TBryan
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