Canon released the impressive i9900 Photo Printer, a high-end large-format printer that produces output to rival that of a professional photo-processing lab. The i9900 can produce edge-to-edge borderless prints, from 4" x 6" to a whopping 13" x 19" size, all with the look and feel of a traditional SLR photograph.

The i9900 features MicroFine Droplet Technology, which combines new techniques in ink-droplet size and quality with accurate ink application and composition. Its newly developed, high-density print head contains 6,144 precisely machined nozzles, delivering approximately 11 million droplets per square inch. The i9900 achieves a resolution of up to 4800 x 2400 dpi and delivers ultra-fine 2 picoliter droplets that reveal precise details in photographs.

You can print edge-to-edge borderless 4" x 6" photos in about 38 seconds, and you can print 8.5" x 11" photo enlargements in about 50 seconds. The i9900's performance is further advanced with the addition of both a FireWire and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for the fastest photo transfers possible.

The i9900 features the eight-color ChromaPLUS ink system to extend your color reproduction range significantly and reproduce colors that before now could only be printed professionally. The addition of red and green ink tanks lets you print richer images with improved brilliancy and more true-to-life colors. The Canon Think Tank System, featuring individual ink tanks combined with an intelligent ink-management system, lets you replace only the color that runs out, rather than an entire multi-ink cartridge containing unused ink. A unique low-ink sensor alerts you when ink levels are low, so you can drop in a new tank and avoid running out of ink unexpectedly.

For true printing freedom, you can even connect a Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge-compatible digital camera or DV camcorder to the i9900 printer's Direct Print Port and print photos—without a computer.

The i9900 retails for $499. We're currently playing with the i9900 in the Connected Home Media lab, and we're giddy like schoolgirls. (Watch for a forthcoming review.)