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Canon Pixma iP8500

Canon Pixma iP8500
alaScore 81

88 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 reviews of Canon Pixma iP8500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Views about the reliability and noise are generally positive. The design and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the price.

performance, usability, design, noise, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Canon Pixma iP8500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Canon Pixma iP8500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the noise. The performance is also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reliability and price.

usability, performance, noise

price, reliability

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Jeff Dorgay (

Canon Pixma iP8500


Fast ; Full duplex printing ; Great color ; Updated design looks cool and protects the printer when it's not in use ; Quiet

No option for fine-art papers ; No FireWire port ; Dye-based inks lack long-range archival permanence ; Black-and-white prints have a sepia cast

Prints photos quickly and has a duplexer; ink and paper costs are below average. Direct-print features are limited.

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: (

Canon PIXMA iP8500


The PIXMA iP8500 photo printer is Canon's first ChromaPLUS eight-color ink letter-sized format photo printer, designed for photographers and consumers seeking vivid color and precision with the highest level of photo printing quality. Canon's...

The iP8500 is a very fast printer, here's some average print times using the same 4-megapixel JPEG image and Canon Photo Paper Pro glossy media (except where noted):

Nov, 2004

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Expert review by: (

Canon Pixma iP8500 Photo Printer


At 6.7 by 17.8 by 11.5 inches (HWD), the iP8500 is a little larger than most ink jets, but not by much. As with the i9900, you'll find a PictBridge connector for cameras on the front, a separate cartridge for each ink inside, and a total of eight ink...

Impressively fast, high-quality photos. Separate cartridge for each ink color. Prints directly from PictBridge cameras

No memory card slots. Text/graphics quality and speed are good but not in the same league as photo quality and speed

The Canon Pixma iP8500 Photo Printer is designed for photos. Eight ink colors yield a wide color gamut, and 6,144 nozzles let it print photos at high speed. It's not designed with business applications in mind, but it's still fast enough for use as an...

Expert review by: Peter K. Burian (

Canonâ-'s PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer; Top Of The Line Model In PIXMA Printer Offerings


When compared to earlier six-color Canon printers, the PIXMA iP8500 generates images with even richer tones, particularly in the red and green spectrum.

Jul, 2005

Expert review by: Jeff Dorgay (

Canon Ink-Jet Photo Printers


The printer you should purchase depends on your workflow, desk real estate, and budget, as well as the printer's image quality and image longevity. Of these two models, I prefer the i9900 for its ability to produce much bigger prints and for its FireWire

Great color ; full duplex printing ; fast ; quiet ; updated design looks cool and protects the printer when it's not in use

Dye-based inks lack long-range archival permanence ; no FireWire port ; no option for fine-art papers ; black-and-white prints have a sepia cast

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: (

Digital Camera: Canon Pixma iP8500 Printer


Canon has never been a company to sit back on their laurels when they have a really great product. So I was interested when I heard that they had upgraded their line of inkjet photo printers and now offered eight-color printing on some models. Since I...

In addition to printing from a computer, the iP8500 also has a PictBridge port on the front for direct connection to cameras. This allows you to print directly from cameras, both still and digital video, that support the PictBridge feature, without the...

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Canon Pixma iP8500


As Canon printers go, this is the undisputed king of the A4 jungle. There are eight inks to provide a wide colour gamut: Canon's ChromaPLUS system introduces two extra colours to the regular five-colour set-upwith vivid green and red cartridges

Rich colours, Good profiles, Built-in CD tray, Dual paper trays, Wide gamut

Lightfast issues

Superb colour quality, luxuriant glossy media and every feature you could want

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (

Canon PIXMA IP8500


During our tests the Canon PIXMA IP8500 printed great-looking photos and very attractive borderless snapshots, but it costs a good deal more than some...

High speed, low running costs

Lack of flash media slots

The IP8500 prints photos very quickly, has a duplexer, and has cheaper-than-averages ink and paper costs. However, its limited direct-print features make it best suited for use hooked up to a PC.

Apr, 2005


Expert review by: Simon Williams (

Canon Pixma iP 8500 - Photo Printer


The Pixma iP 8500 is a stunning photo printer, but as always, you get what you pay for.

The Pixma iP 8500 is intended for printing digital photographs and at this it is supremely good. Whether printing on A4, 10 x 15 or on CDs, photos come out superbly natural and detailed. It’s also quick when printing photos, but don’t duplex plain...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Brian Haverty (

Canon PIXMA iP8500 Bubble Jet Printer


The iP8500 is the flagship model of Canon's latest release of nine new PIXMA bubble jet printers. The print quality is superb, it has nice touches like the ability to print directly onto the surface of a CD and DVD, and it's quite stylish to boot.

Outlook: With the PIXMA iP8500, serious home printing enthusiasts can now more rapidly print out lab-quality images. Canon has also paid attention to the design, and although you wouldn't probably want to put it in your lounge as they claim you could,...

Sep, 2004

Product Specifications

The PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer features the Canon 8-color ChromaPLUS ink system for richer, more true-to-life color reproduction that will satisfy even the most demanding photographer. Its addition of red and green ink tanks expands the color spectrum to a level achieved only by professional printers and the difference is vividly clear. Plus, Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance print head with an amazing 6, 144 nozzles, ejecting precise, consistent droplets as small as 2 picoliters. The result? Richer images with improved brilliancy rivaling that of positive film. Your images will come to life as never before. This feature-rich printer even lets you print without a computer: simply connect any PictBridge compatible digital camera or DV camcorder, and print! You can also produce edge-to-edge true borderless photos in 4" x 6", 5" x 7" and 8.5" x 11" in. sizes, with the look and feel of traditional photographs. How fast? Thanks to those 6, 144 nozzles, a 4" x 6" borderless print takes approximately 21 seconds.1 Plus its USB Hi-Speed interface enables fast data transfers from your computer, 2 reducing total print time. This unique system, with its eight individual ink tanks, lets you replace only the color that runs out, rather than an entire cartridge containing unused ink. Plus, a unique low-ink sensor alerts you when ink levels are low, so you are prepared to just drop in a new tank as needed. Bottom line: more efficient printing with lower costs. With a dual paper path, you can print 2 sided or just keep photo paper stored in one tray and plain paper in another. You're always ready to print - no paper switching required.

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Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PIXMA


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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Max H-Resolution B/W:4800dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:4800dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):16ppm/17ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):12ppm/15ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Media Type:Compact Disc / Envelopes / Glossy photo paper / High resolution paper / Matte photo paper / Photo paper / Photo stickers / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided photo paper/Envelopes / Glossy photo paper / High resolution paper / Matte photo paper / Photo paper / Photo stickers / Plain paper / Semi-gloss photo paper / Transparencies / Two-sided photo paper
Output Type:Color
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Photo printer


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System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP