Canon iPF6300 Review

4.0
August 30, 2010 | Jon Canfield | Printer Reviews |

One of the features mentioned earlier is the larger color gamut of the new x300 printers. Obviously 20% is a large increase in gamut, but part of the equation is the quality of reproduction - being able to output a huge range of color isn't going to do you much good if the quality isn't there. In this area Canon excels. The prints from the iPF6300 are the equal to, and in many cases the best I've ever seen from any inkjet printer. Particularly in the more saturated blues and deeper purples the iPF6300 holds detail extremely well, and does better than the other printers in deep shadow details. I think Epson still has a slight edge in skin tone reproduction, in part due to the orange ink in the 7900, but for product and landscape photography, Canon has taken the lead in output quality.

Speed has always been a trademark of the imagePROGRAF line, and the x300 continues that with some of the fastest print times I've had with a printer. Epson is close behind with the x900 models, but Canon is the speed king this time around.

I printed a variety of color and black and white images using both Canon media and my preferred Moab papers - Entrada, Colorado Fiber, and Somerset Velvet. In all cases the prints reproduced color beautifully, while the black and white prints on Colorado Fiber are among the best I've ever created. The tonal gradations in the grays is stunning to see in person, and the depth of color in the saturated tones of my flower images is outstanding.

Paper feed is easy with the Canon. The roll holder supports 2" or 3" cores, while single sheets can be fed from the top or front. The new Epson roll feed is the winner on ease of use, but I encountered no problems with roll or sheet feeding paper. The smallest paper size that can be used is 8x10, borderless prints can be done in sizes from 10" to 24" in width.

Customizing the iPF6300

Canon iPF6300

As I mentioned earlier, the interface on the previous printer left quite a bit to be desired. Paper names didn't match up between printer and profiles, and there were a number of settings that were either cumbersome to use, or were poorly documented. With the x300, you can now easily customize the paper list to display only those papers that you use, and the new Custom section lets you add your own papers to the list via the included Media Configuration Tool. It takes about 10 minutes to add a paper type to the printer, including some test prints to set the head levels and ink density, but after that the paper will show up on your printer and in the list of papers available from the Print dialog.

Canon iPF6300

Canon iPF6300

Canon also includes a Light Source Measure Tool that enables you to customize the white point for your prints based on the lighting they will be displayed in. The tool requires the use of one of the i1 spectrophotometers to use (the ColorMunki, i1 Display, and DataColor Spyder products are not supported). If you're planning a gallery showing, this might be a useful tool for you.

Conclusion

Canon has made some significant improvements to their large format lineup with the iPF6300, 6350, and 8300 printers. Always a leader in speed, the new printers retain that feature and add a much larger color gamut that puts them back in the front of the pack. Along with this larger gamut, the printers are easier to use than before, and still among the most economical to own and operate. Print quality has improved with excellent color, no visible bronzing, and beautiful black and white prints.

With a retail price of $3695, and usually available for under $3,000, the iPF6300 isn't an inexpensive printer, but does come in at the low side of the available options for this price range. Ink runs about $79 per cartridge, and lasts a surprising long time.

While the user interface is still the weakest point of this printer, Canon has made good progress in making this easier to use, and the average user will not have a problem getting the printer up and running. And, once you've seen the prints from the iPF6300, you'll forget all about the learning curve.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Value for money 4

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#1 CA Model and Talent

Just unpacked and set up the 6300.  Took about an hour. Canon makes it easy. Very little if zero calibration required - plug and play basically -pro results. Been printing all morning.  Awesome printer -easy to use and very sophisticated.

10:43 pm - Sunday, March 20, 2011

#2 Arnold

Is this printer good for a starting printing company. How many sheets of paper can it produce for a good business solution

3:52 pm - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

#3 Sam

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11:56 pm - Saturday, September 10, 2011

#4 harun

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3:27 pm - Monday, November 14, 2011

#5 Sherry

I’ve just recently purchased the 6300 and I’m impressed with the images I am printing. I’m using a Mac and Photoshop. The problem I am having though is setting a border for my image. I find I am wasting a lot of paper. I am doing gallery wraps so I always have a canvas size. I thought I had fixed my problem when I ticked off the no space between top and bottom but that cut off my canvas and printed right from the image…
Sherry

2:24 pm - Thursday, November 17, 2011

#6 Sandy

Sherry - It crops it because the program just sees the white. If you have a thin border around the other white border (wrap) it will be fine.

I’ve had my printer for over a year and a few months ago I started getting this strange continuous thin ink line on the reverse of the paper, about 1cm form the side. I presume its from the vacuum, but i cant stop it.  Anyone know anything about this.

3:52 pm - Friday, December 2, 2011

#7 Sherry Hensley / Frames Adrift

Thank you so much Sandy..!!! :-)

4:49 pm - Friday, December 2, 2011

#8 Andrew Dickinson

For anyone who has bought or is looking to purchase the Canon iPF6300 we offer free technical support and advise on profiling for this large format printer. visit us at http://www.ipfstore.co.uk

5:03 pm - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

#9 Sherry Hensley / Frames Adrift

I have a question for someone…Sandy are you out there? So my question is this. When I’m setting up to print my canvas on my Canon 6300 I set it to print with no room at top or bottom so I’m not wasting canvas on my roll. Then I to to color management and I set that up and I save. It seems when I go from one setting to another the printer doesn’t retain the information because when I print it hasn’t retained the setting for no room at top or bottom. Any advice?
Thanks Sherry :-)

7:08 pm - Tuesday, March 6, 2012

#10 Ken Ness

I purchased a iPF6300 in March 2011. So far it has been installed for 523 days and has printed a total area of 166 sq/m (nothing really is it?). It started to fail about 2 months ago and I hpoed that it was a glitch that might sort itself, but it just got worse. I have contacted Canon who do there usual and ignore you (I’ve had experience of them before), Velmex have not yet come back to me and the people who sold it want £1180+Vat (sorry - out of warrenty!) to repair it. So I plan to scrap it, I’m a retired printer who wanted to use it for my photography and one or two little jobs. Look out for it on eBay. By the way, I wish I’d bought the HP Z3200, brilliant machine except for rear loading.

4:21 pm - Monday, September 24, 2012

#11 Xyl

Conc. guarantee or not, in the Netherlands it is like this: even if you only get one or two years guarantee you are not lost after this period, the law here takes the lifetime of the printer into consideration, that is if the expected lifetime of an ipf6300 is (at least) 10 yrs, this means that after 2 years 20% is used up, meaning that the seller has to pay for 80% of the repair costs, you only 20%.  I suppose it could be similar in the UK, so try to get advice from consumers adviser etc.

7:14 pm - Thursday, December 20, 2012

#12 will

We have the ipf 6300 and the ipf 6400. They still print soft edges. the images as a soft look to them. the printouts are not sharp. Canon should stick to making cameras :(

6:29 pm - Saturday, May 10, 2014