First ever test comparing 24" Canon imagePROGRAF W6200 with 24" Epson Stylus Pro 7600.

Canon imagePROGRAF 6200 PMA 2004 test
This is the CANON imagePROGRAF W6200 at PMA 04 being studied.

Comparisons of the wider 44" Canon imagePROGRAF W8200 in the FLAAR lab at BGSU document it is faster than an Epson or HP printer, and the Canon has lower ink costs also. Now that the 24" Canon imagePROGRAF W6400 is available in Japan and Australia, we are considering benchmarking its performance against the 24" Epson 7600 and with the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 when it is shipping in September (HP has no pigmented ink in any 24" printer).

It takes several months for the university lab to carry out the benchmarking, so in the meantime you might like to see our first-look comments based on scrutinizing the Canon 6200 at PMA trade show.

We mention the Canon printers in the newest FLAAR Report, "Quick Peek 2005 " and also in an even more recent FLAAR Report, "Printers at PMA Trade Show 2004". These are readily available in easy PDF format just by filling out the Request-Survey Form on any FLAAR web site. Be sure to ask for these two reports by name (while you are at it, you can request additional reports, available from our university at no cost).

If you wish still more documentation, we have over 97 titles on scanners, digital cameras, and wide format inkjet printers. FLAAR is the de-facto standard for pithy, direct-to-the-point reviews on all digital imaging hardware and software.

If you have questions about any brand or model of water-based printers, Lexjet is a place I have visited on two occasions. They know all three brands of water-based printers so they can answer your questions. Contacts are Dustin Stroth or Carey Masera, toll free in US, 800 453-9538.

Every several years there is either a new Canon iPF printer or a new Epson or a new HP water-based printer. It is hard to keep track of the advances in inks and color management features. FLAAR is keeping track by visiting printshops around the world that have these various brands. Each brand has its good points and a few issues and an occasional deficiency.             

If you are looking for a place that is not a box-pusher (meaning you want a place that provides service after the sale), then one place we know for many years is Parrot Digigraphic. Their telephone is 978.670.7766.


Most recently updated Dec. 15, 2008.
Updated AUgust 3, 1005, May 20, 2005. First posted Feb. 18, 2004, after PMA trade show.