Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Printer

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Printer

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Printer

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Product Highlights

  • Print Resolution: 2400x1200dpi
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • Ink: 12-Cartridge Lucia Ex Ink System
  • On-The-Fly Ink Replacement
  • Plug-In For Photoshop, Digital Photo Pro
  • Plug-In For Microsoft Office
  • Supports Heavy Media Up To 59 Mil Thick
  • Internal Memory: 384 MB
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Canon iPF6400 overview

  • 1Description

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Large Format Printer is designed for professionals in the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets who seek professional image reproduction with consistent and reliable results. A large color spectrum is produced by the 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set, which also provides improved scratch resistance and smoother gradations. The new Multi-sensor provides improved color density detection and allows for a full calibration to be completed within 15 minutes. A new Color Calibration Management System allows for color calibration targets to be created using the iPF6450 with optional spectrophotometer and shared across all new iPFX400 12-color printers. The included software allows for all printers on the network to be monitored from one central location.

The printer supports ink tank sizes of 130 ml and 300 ml. The sub-ink tank system keeps some ink in reserve so the ink tanks can be changed without interrupting a print job. In highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes for faster printing times than previous models.

To expand printing options and capabilities, the iPF6400 printer comes bundled with a Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Digital Photo Professional, and Microsoft Office. The enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop includes a new Adjustment Pattern Setting which allows for multiples of an image to be printed at once with different color values implemented and displayed. Gallery wraps for canvas prints can now be created using the new Gallery Wrap Feature. To improve versatility, the iPF6400 has a media configuration tool which allows customers to utilize Canon as well as third party media.


Canon's LUCIA EX Ink set is designed for dramatic photographic expression and detailed color reproduction for exacting proofing applications. This 12-Color ink set offers a brilliant range of vibrant colors, smooth gradations and transitions, with incredibly fine details. This specially formulated ink also offers better scratch resistance, superb black reproduction and exceptional color stability compared to its predecessor. Combined with the printer's technologies, the LUCIA EX inks have the ability to satisfy the demanding needs of the Photographic, Fine Art, Proofing and Graphics professionals
The LUCIA EX Ink system excels in reproducing colors in the blue, red, purple, yellow and green spectral ranges, providing an exceptionally large color gamut. Vibrant, rich colors with unsurpassed detail and crisp, clean monotone images make this ink set essential for incredible photo quality output

Color Calibration Management System

The Color Calibration Management Console is included for the centralized management of networked printers in a system from one easy to use software tool. This enables color calibration targets created using the iPF6450 printer with optional spectrophotometer to be linked across the entire line of new 12-Color imagePROGRAF devices. The printer's administrator can monitor and manage each printer in a remote location. Linking color calibration targets among multiple printers allows color calibration for custom media to be performed on printers not equipped with a Spectrophotometer Unit

New Multi-Sensor

The printer includes an upgraded, built-in color densitometer that's designed to offer even more precise calibration and color matching. Using a three-color LED and a newly developed condenser lens the sensor enables accurate recalibration of the device, allowing users to maintain a low average printer-to-printer color difference. Automatic color calibration is finished quickly after a few simple steps on the printer's operation panel. A single color calibration performed with one type of media can be applied to media in all printing modes

High-Speed Printing with Fewer Passes

In the highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast as previous models. In high and standard print modes, print density within a single pass of the heads is optimized to reduce unevenness and support fewer passes as well

New Tint & Tone Adjustments

The new tint and tone controls over the four monochromatic shades allow a user to create even more expressive blacks with smoother gradations - especially in dark areas. Found in both the Printer Driver and Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, the new tone control in the monochrome photo mode includes adjustments for:
  • Soft Tone
  • Middle Tone
  • Medium Hard Tone
  • Hard Tone
  • Strong Hard Tone
A tint control has also been added to the Print Plug-in for Photoshop. This new option gives users the ability to affect the white space on an image. By adding monochromatic ink to an image's white space, the user can improve gloss control in a black and white image, allowing them greater control on how their final printed output will appear

Large Ink Tank Capacity

The iPF6400 supports 130 ml ink tank sizes, and offers an option for large 300 ml ink tanks. Ink tank replacement becomes less frequent and users with higher printing volumes can enjoy greater productivity

Sub Ink Tank System

An ink tank system designed for uninterrupted printing even during tank replacement that has already been featured on the current 44.0" and 60.0" models, is now available for the first time on a 24.0" 12-Color iPF printer. The iPF6400 keeps some ink in reserve in its sub ink tanks so that even when the tanks themselves run out of ink, printing can continue without interruption and the tanks can be replaced on the fly

Gigabit Ethernet Support

Fast data transfer will help exceptionally high measures of productivity

Enhanced Print Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop

This export module allows 16-bit image processing, preserving the expanded color spectrum and high gradation of the file. The Print Plug-in also reduces the possibility of incorrect settings, by providing an integrated interface for print settings in Photoshop and the printer driver, enabling efficient production
The new Adjustment Pattern Setting feature allows for multiples of an image to be printed with different color settings in order to choose the color that most closely matches what you need
The following new or enhanced features are provided in the Print Plug-in for Photoshop:
  • Adjustment Pattern Setting
  • Adobe CMM support
  • Proof printing support
  • Support for commercial profile creation tools

Gallery Wrap Feature

This new creative tool can be accessed via Adobe Photoshop and allows users to easily create gallery wrap prints for framing, as well as creative options that will expand output possibilities:
  • Crop Marks: These lines are a guide for folding the paper for mounting.
  • Edge Lines: The area outside these lines is the area that gets folded around to the back of the canvas (not actually displayed or printed).
  • Blue Lines: The area within these lines is the area that appears on the front surface of the canvas when mounted (not actually printed).
  • Canvas Thickness: This area becomes the sides of the canvas when mounted
  • Amount of Extension: This is the region that is printed protruding excessively in order to prevent white areas appearing on the sides of the canvas
Choose the effect for the canvas being wrapped on the frame:
  • Image: Wraps the image to the canvas sides
  • Soft Image: Performs Gaussian filtering on the image on the canvas sides
  • Reflection: Reflects the image on the canvas sides
  • Soft Reflection: Reflects the image on the canvas sides and performs Gaussian filtering
  • White, Black or Color: Makes the canvas sides white, Black or a custom color

Media Configuration Tool

Recognizing the expanding array of media options for large format printers and to further improve the versatility of these new imagePROGRAF models, Canon has developed a Media Configuration Tool, which allows customers to not only utilize Canon-branded media, but provides the ability to make adjustments to printer settings to enhance the precision and quality of output achieved with third party media
Settings that can be configured using media parameter adjustment features include:
  • Media weight and thickness
  • Ink drying
  • Automatic cutting settings
  • Borderless printing
  • Paper feed amount
  • Print-head height
  • Vacuum strength
  • Maximum ink usage

Print Plug-In For Digital Photo Professional

This export module allow users to directly process and print RAW image files from DPP. This plug-in bypasses the operating system's dependent print driver, allowing processing of 16-bit RGB images directly, which dramatically increases gradations and as a result, overall image quality
  • Full screen preview
  • More print quality selections
  • Categorized paper type view
  • Roll paper layout view
  • Bi-cubic enlargement
  • Accounting Manager

    Tracks how much ink and media is being consumed when printing. Costs can be assigned to ink and paper to determine expenses based on "Cost of Goods". The user can also input a variable cost that will be added to the total of the print cost. The data is exportable to a .csv format for Microsoft Excel so the data can be used for billing purposes
    Features include:
    • Job Cost (ink, Media and variable cost inputted by user)
    • Ink Consumed per Job*
    • Media Consumed per Job
    • Job Completion time
    *Please note that ink usage is estimated, and error tolerance is ±15%

    Print Plug-In For Microsoft Office

    This utility makes it easy to print large-format documents created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. The Plug-in appears in a tool bar inside the Microsoft application and has an easy-to-follow "Wizard". The Plug-in will bypass the printer driver to simplify the printing process. A few simple steps convert your 8.5" x 11" office document to poster size

    PosterArtist Lite

    Canon's included PosterArtist Lite poster creation software gives users the ability to quickly and easily create professional large format prints. Users simply follow the program's 4 easy steps to create posters that can be used in applications such as office presentation, trade shows, retail signage, and much, much more. The PosterArtist QuickCopy feature provides an easy solution for a CanoScan desktop scanner to be used as a copier, making letter-size flyers and documents into full-size posters with a touch of a button

    PosterArtist (Optional)

    For those with more demanding poster creation needs, Canon's optional PosterArtist can be purchased. The software includes advanced features such as Auto Design, Variable Data, and in-application image editing features, as well as additional templates, royalty-free photos, and clip art. The built-in Weblink feature in PosterArtist Lite links users directly to the PosterArtist website for useful hints and tips, and even more free contents for download
    UPC: 013803151749
    In the Box
    Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Printer
  • 12 x Introductory Ink Tanks (90 ml)
  • 2 x PF-05 Print Head wvayweazaz
  • MC-16 Maintenance Cartridge
  • Printer Stand
  • Printer Basket
  • Roll Holder (2.0") With 3.0" Core Adapters
  • Heavyweight Coated Paper Sample Roll
  • Quick Setup Guide (Poster)
  • Printer Reference Guide (Booklet)
  • User Manual CD
  • PosterArtist Lite Application CD
  • User Software CD:
    • imagePROGRAF Printer Driver
    • Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop & Digital Photo Professional
    • Media Configuration Tool
    • Accounting Manager
    • Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office
    • Printer Driver Extra Kit
    • imagePROGRAF Status Monitor
    • Gallery Wrap Feature
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon iPF6400 specs

    Printing Method
    Printing Technology 12-Color inkjet printer, non-firing nozzle detection and compensation
    Maximum Resolution 2400 x 1200 dpi
    Minimum Ink Droplet Size 4.0 pl
    Ink Type LUCIA EX pigment-based ink
    Ink Palette Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Red, Green, Blue, Gray, Photo Gray
    Ink Cartridge Configuration 12 individual cartridges
    Number of Nozzles Per Color: 2560 nozzles
    Total: 30,720
    Nozzle Pitch 1200 dpi
    Printer Language GARO
    Paper Handling
    Paper-Feed Method Roll: front output
    Sheet: top-loading/front-loading, front output
    Cutter Automatic
    Maximum Printable Area 24.0" x 59.0' (60.96 cm x 18.0 m)
    Borderless Photo Sizes Width: 10.0" (25.4 cm), 14.0" (35.56 cm), 16.0" (40.64 cm), 17.0" (43.18 cm), 24.0" (60.96 cm), B4, A3+, A2, A2+, B2, A1
    Paper Sizes Standard: B2, JIS B3, D, C, Ledger, Super B, Letter, Legal, ARCH D, ARCH C, ARCH B, ARCH A, DIN C2, DIN C3, DIN C4, 20.0 x 24.0" (50.8 x 60.96 cm), 18.0 x 22.0" 45.72 x 55.88 cm), 14.0 x 17.0" (35.56 x 43.18 cm), 12.0 x 16.0" (30.48 x 40.64 cm), 10.0 x 12.0" (25.4 x 30.48 cm), 10.0 x 15.0" (25.4 x 38.1 cm), 16.0 x 20.0" (40.64 x 50.8 cm), 20.0 x 30.0" (50.8 x 76.2 cm), 13.0 x 22.0" 33.02 x 55.88 cm), 11.81 x 35.43" (30.00 x 90.00 cm)
    Custom - Top Feed: 8.0 x 10.98 to 24.02 x 62.99" (20.32 x 27.9 to 61.0 x 160.0 cm)
    Custom - Front Feed: 9.84 x 13.78 to 24.02 x 35.98" (25.0 x 35.0 to 61.0 x 91.4 cm)
    Paper Types Glossy, Proofing, Coated, Matte, Fine Art
    Media Thickness Sheet (Top-Loading): 3.2 to 31.4 mil (0.07 to 0.8 mm)
    Sheet (Front-Loading): 19.6 to 59.0 mil (0.5 to 1.5 mm)
    Roll: 3.2 to 31.4 mil (0.07 to 0.8 mm)
    Maximum Roll Print Length 59.0' (18.0 m)
    Maximum Media Roll Diameter 5.9" (150 mm)
    Core Size 2.0 or 3.0" (5.08 or 7.62 cm)
    Computer Interface USB: High-Speed USB 2.0
    Network: 10/100/1000 Base-T/TX Ethernet
    OS Compatibility Windows: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP
    Mac: OS X
    Internal Memory 384 MB
    Control Panel LCD
    LEDs: Data, Message, Cut Sheet, Roll Media
    Buttons: Power, Stop, Navigate, 4 arrow buttons, OK, Back, Menu, Cut, Feed, Load
    Power Requirements 100 to 240 V AC, 50 to 60 Hz
    Power Consumption Maximum: ≤ 100 W
    Standby: ≤ 6 W
    Power Off: ≤ 0.5 W
    Acoustic Noise Noise Level: ≤ 47 dB(A)
    Acoustic Power: ≤ 6.4 B(A)
    Certifications International Energy Star, Eco Mark, Law On Promoting Green Purchasing, GPN, RoHS, Eco Declaration, WEEE, US Presidential Directives, ErP Directive
    Temperature / Humidity Operating Temperature: 59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C)
    Operating Humidity: 10 to 80%
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 48.3 x 34.3 x 39.4" (122.68 x 87.12 x 100.08 cm)
    Weight 154 lb (69.85) including stand
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 155.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 53.0 x 37.5 x 36.0"

    Canon iPF6400 reviews

    imagePROGRAF iPF6400 24.0" Printer is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Printer I'm a demanding portrait and fine art artist. I purchased the ipf6400 to replace my Epson Pro 7890 that was too costly to replace the not do it yourself clogged print head. I choose the 6400 over the 6450 because I'm going from my computer to the printer and did not need the extra costly hard drive for a network. This printer makes great prints on Canon paper but I have a lot of Epson stock (mainly canvas) to use up and that is a challenge. I wish this printer controls were more third party friendly. But I have only had it a short time and still experimenting. Over all I'm very pleased. It is a very fast printer with great color.
    Date published: 2015-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giant of a printer When the delivery took place, I thought the box was a huge couch being delivered. Yes the carton is gigantic !!! I wanted to use this printer at home so one can imagine my hesitation. After re arranging some furniture luckily it fit behind the bed!! Putting it together took less than an hour!! To my amazement I did it all by self. Learning to print took some reading!!! But once it printed the first print I was liking this giant!!! Roll of paper easy and beautiful prints. My HP 130 nr although a nice compact printer always had issues with papers no matter what I used. Now with the Imageprograf 6400 cannot wait to do black and white. I think this printer is a keeper.
    Date published: 2013-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the price. I haven't had the opportunity to print much with this printer yet, but what I have done has turned out very well. The Canon software for the print layout and canvas printing will not work with my Photoshop 7, and Canon couldn't help me with new or working software so I will have to find a work around for that. It prints very fast, a 16x20 in about a minute. It seems to be very frugal with ink, after about 7 or 8 16x 20 and a couple of 18x24, the start up cartridges are still showing plenty of ink. So, all in all, I am happy with this printer for now.
    Date published: 2016-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than anticipated All my fellow photographers were urging me to get the Epson 7990. I also have a 3880. The Canon fit my space better. As I put it together I was impressed with the clever level of engineering involved. The Canon got my attention due to the better, or should I say, more frugal use of ink. Canon ink is also rated higher than the competition for permanance. The prints are first class and I would recommend this unit to anyone.
    Date published: 2013-02-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware!!!! A few months after purchase, printer started to print wet ink line across BACK of all prints. We called Canon support and they had us perform some adjustments to head height, vacuum strength and roller cleaning all to no avail. Canon sent out a tech who confirmed something was wrong and tried to fix problem. After 5 visits and changing pads, two different fans, and finally the main controller board all with no improvement they sent out their own engineer out of New Jersey who spent most of a day trying to fix problem again with no improvement! Canon finally decided there was nothing else they could do. When we mentioned the machine was still under warranty they moved the case to several supervisors the last of which told us the machine is operating to specifications and there is nothing else they are going to do. CANON WARRANTY COMPLETELY WORTHLESS!!!! Do some research before buying and you will find this is a common issue with this machine. BEWARE!!
    Date published: 2015-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I've been using this printer for about 1 week, and could not be happier. Using the paper profiles supplied by Canon and printing from Lightroom, I've been able to get an almost perfect match between my calibrated monitor and the finished prints. The prints shoot out very fast, are extremely durable (I submerged one in water with no apparent damage after it dried), and are definitely of professional quality. While I am just a hobbyist with some aspiration to go semi-pro, I could definitely see this printer being used in a professional studio or print shop. I did have a hardware issue with the printer during setup, but I accept that sometimes problems can occur. I got on the phone with Canon, and they sent someone out to my apartment within 2 days to fix the problem. As fixing the problem used up some of the ink that the printer comes with, they even compensated me by sending me 6 free 130 ml ink cartridges. Now that is great customer service!
    Date published: 2014-03-13
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from do not buy this printer I bought this printer just over a year ago... It's horribly slow at setting up and expensive. the driver failed after it just passed the warranty period and after being down for a week a message now comes up to replace the maintenance cartridge... these 2 items cost close to $$for a machine that's not a year and a half old.....If you like frustration and expense this is great.
    Date published: 2015-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing hardware Pound for pound, this is quite the printer. 12 colors of ink and a 24 feed add up to a 235 lb crate. I love the color matching I can get across the huge variety of media (fancy paper, vinyl, canvas, ... really cool variety). It takes both the 130 ml and the 300 ml ink tanks, so you don't have to tie up extra money on colors you find that you don't use. Pale gray seems to go the fastest (so far). Setup: ----- It unboxes nicely (mind the instructions: 3 people to lift it onto the stand!), the stand is sturdy, and the ink cartridges press in firmly via the cover. I installed the drivers and utilities for a Mac. Once you have a working driver, you use the supplied utility to run a calibration pass on a known Canon paper type. I don't have the spectrophotometer, the reference-color LEDs worked well. The cal runs in about 5-10 minutes and you can use one of the included A2-sized sheets (metric, approx 2 x tabloid) for this step. The calibration is then applied to all the other known (mostly Canon) paper types - hooray! Driver & Utilities: -------------- I am using this printer with a mac. The driver is fully stable and has never crashed or hung. I haven't been able to get some of the finer points like job accounting & billing features working - some blogs indicate that this might be a Windows-only feature. Time will tell. At any rate, the printed results are fantastic. IMPORTANT NOTES FOR OS X 10.9 MAVERICKS: don't panic, it works fine. However, the successful workflow was hard to come by. This worked for me: (1) download the 10.8 driver by overriding the Operating System: OS X Mavericks v10.9 (Detected) drop-down and select OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 on the Canon iPF6400 downloads page. (2) Download and install the 10.8 driver (but it won't work properly), then (3) go back and download the OS X 10.9 driver update and install it on top of the 10.8 driver (i.e., don't uninstall the 10.8 driver!). Printing will work fine after that. If you don't follow this sequence or if you use the CD driver (for 10.7), the OS X 10.9 driver installer will refuse to run, with the vague error message This software is not supported on your system. That message should instead say First install the 10.8 driver and then try this one again.
    Date published: 2014-04-15
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