Photography enthusiasts keen to print large hard copies of their images might want to consider investing in the Pixma iX6550 model from Canon.

The device uses five inkjet cartridges to produce documents and pictures and is able to output pages at a maximum resolution of 9,600 dpi.

Its ability to print images in sizes up to A3 is one of the model's key selling points and Niall Magennis of Cnet UK noted the iX6550 "excels" at handling colour photographs and graphics.

"Not only is it quick, but it also produces rich, clean colours with none of the speckling or banding that you sometimes see on lesser models," he remarked.

Installing the inkjet cartridges is a "pretty straightforward" process, the reviewer continued, stating it features two black cartridges in order to boost dark contrast levels in images.

Canon claims the use of individual ink tanks also helps to keep costs to a minimum and reduce waste, as only a single cartridge has to be replaced when one colour begins to run low.

According to Reuters, the company is currently looking at the possibility of reducing the size of photography equipment by making use of mirrorless technology.