Canon’s first ever inkjet production photo printer for album printing rivalling the conventional silver halide prints

DreamLabo 5000

Canon’s first ever inkjet production photo printer uses its new FINE high-density print head technology to significantly expand the potential of photo print quality. The system realizes color representation rivaling that of conventional silver halide processing, delivering high speed printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of value-added output, from photo merchandise to high-quality POD (Print on Demand) offerings.

  • Seven Dye Based Inks – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta and Gray
  • Print Resolution of 2400 dpi in a single pass
  • Speed of 1 180 copies per hour of size 203.2 x 254.0mm (8.0 x 10.0in)
  • Automated Double Side Printing
  • Auto calibration after every print
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FINE Print Head Technology:

FINE high-density print head technology combines high resolution and high printing speed.This feat was accomplished by merging high precision jets with ink-spray technology that delivers the ink consistently with high precision, onto the media.

Seven Dye-Based Inks:

In addition to CMYK*(*C-Cyan, M-Magenta, Y-Yellow, K-Black), DreamLabo 5000 employs photo cyan, photo magenta and gray dye-based inks to reproduce wider ranging shades and achieve more precise color control. These seven dye-based inks deliver color and B&W photos with extra smooth gradations. Thanks to gray ink, stable color reproduction and less color cast can be realized

Vivid Color Expression Achieved Through a Combination of Genuine Canon Paper and Ink:

The genuine Canon paper recommended for DreamLabo 5000 absorbs ink more quickly and less deeply than regular photo paper. This quick, shallow ink fixation results in higher ink density and more vivid color expression that can maintain its quality for about 300 years*.

* The image permanence data are estimated based on test methods and criteria written in “Digital Color Photo Print Stability Evaluation”. (JEITA CP-3901) standard issued by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).Based on accelerated testing, assuming the image is stored in an album at 23°C/50% RH

High-Speed Printing with a Single Pass:

In its quest for greater speed and efficiency compared to traditional inkjet printing, Canon developed accelerated one-pass photo printing. This feature uses seven fixed line print heads and 2 400dpi high-density jets that rapidly eject large quantities of ink to print in a single pass. Remarkably, it can produce 203.2 x 254.0mm (8.0 x 10.0in) photos at a rate of 1 180 copies per hour.

Standard Double-Sided Printing Eliminates Manual Process:

The DreamLabo 5000 Printer features automatic double-sided printing, which is especially convenient when printing photo albums and on-demand two-sided documents. It requires about 72s to print a 20- page 210.05 x 296.92mm (8.27 x 11.69in) photo album or one hour to print 50 such photo albums. In addition, accurate print position control is realized by reading the registration mark with the built-in high resolution scanner.

Double Paper Magazines Enable Paper Changes While Printing:

The DreamLabo 5000 automatically feeds paper from a second roll when the first roll is used up. The empty roll can be replaced during printing without interrupting the print job or workflow. Roll paper of widths between 127.0mm (5.0in) and 304.8mm (12.0in) are supported. An optional paper deck may be added giving an additional two paper magazines, bringing the total to four. This will give you longer printing sessions up to 934.72m (3 066.67ft) length or printing of up to four different sizes without changing rolls.

Double Auto Cutting Eliminates Manual Cutting Process:

A standard double automatic cutter automatically cuts both sides of every photo with speed and precision during the printing process. The manual cutting process can therefore be skipped for greater convenience and efficiency.

Double Ink Tank System:

The unique double ink tank system helps prevent downtime by allowing ink tanks to be changed even while printing. The ink is piped from the main ink tank to a buffer tank, then into the printhead. Printing can continue even when the main ink tank is empty and can be changed without interrupting the print job or workflow.

Double Sorting Allows Sorting by Order or Paper Size:

Double sorting system enhances work efficiency by allowing output to be sorted by job order or paper size. For example, print jobs using paper less than 152.4mm (6.0in) wide can automatically be output to the smaller 10-bin sorter, while larger paper is output to the larger 10-bin sorter.

Designed for Lengthy Continuous Operation, Minimal Maintenance, with Inkjet Photo Imaging Technology:

The DreamLabo 5000 incorporates an easy-maintenance design that enables users to perform periodic maintenance procedures, such as the user replacement of expendable parts.* Accordingly, the system minimizes printing down-time. The DreamLabo 5000 ink jet process eliminates the need to dispose of processing chemistries or come in direct contact with chemicals. Moreover, the inks in the system have no irritating odor, which contributes to a comfortable operating environment.

*Requires Canon service training and certification (separate fee).

Digital Photo Image Enhancement System (Optional):

Various image enhancement functions automatically analyze the image and make suitable adjustments depending on the type of scene. This dramatically reduces the time and effort required to manually adjust brightness in specific areas; correct a color cast, face complexion or red eye; optimally adjust the image based on type of scene, etc. Upon request, Canon can customize color output to match that of another printer or meet other specific customer requirements

Print technologyInkjet technology
InputRGB (sRGB / Adobe RGB)
Print Resolution2 400 x 1 200dpi
Print Size89mm x 89mm ~ 305mm x 635mm (3.5in x 3.5in ~ 12.0in x 25.0in)
Productivity297mm x 210mm (11.69in x 8.27in) Double-sided1 000 pages per hour
297mm x 210mm (11.69in x 8.27in) Single-sided1 140 pages per hour
305mm x 635mm (12.0in x 25.0in) Single-sided380 pages per hour
305mm x 457mm (12.0in x 18.0in) Single-sided525 pages per hour
102mm x 152mm (6.0in x 4.0in) Single-sided2 330 pages per hour
InkSeven dye-based inksBlack, cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, gray
Paper SupplyTwo rolls loadable
Four rolls loadable (With optional paper deck)
SorterLarge-size10 bins
Small-size10 bins
Width: 6 292mm x Depth: 3 829mm x Height: 2 090mm
Width: 6 987mm x Depth: 3 829mm x Height: 2 090mm (With optional paper deck)

Note: The values of productivity are estimated by using canon’s measurement method.

Dimensions and Weight

DimensionsWidth: 3 630mm x Depth: 1 600mm x Height: 1 540mm
Width: 4 325mm x Depth: 1 600mm x Height: 1 540mm (With optional paper deck)
Weight[Max weight] 2 640Kg
[Max weight] 2 900Kg (With optional paper deck)

Note: Max Weights include following components : 7 ink tanks, 7 print heads, 2 or 4 rolls of paper, the back side printer, a wirehead, an ink ribbon, waste ink, humidifying water, and coolant. ( Floor plates are not included )


Operating Environments (Temperature/Humidity)15℃-27℃ / 30%-70%
Power RequirementsSingapore, IndiaThree-phase 380/400/415V 30A 50Hz x 2
Single-phase 220 – 230V 30A 50Hz x 1
Power ConsumptionWhen Printing5 500Wh
Operating noise levelMax. 70dB(A)
  1. This product is intended for print-use only. For photo album production, a book binding process
    would be necessary with other equipment.
  2. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.