Canon has released new PGI-5 and CLI-8 cartridges for the Canon Pixma iP4200. These cartridges have a special chip in them which tells the printer how much ink is left in the cartridge. The cartridge numbers are:

PGI-5BK – Black pigment ink
CLI-8BK – Black dye based ink
CLI-8C – Cyan dye based ink
CLI-8M – Magenta dye based ink
CLI-8Y – Yellow dye based ink

Unlike traditional dye based inks, these inks from Canon are highly resistant to fading from light and gases in the air. Canon claim a 100 year life from these Chromalife inks.

These cartridges are also suitable for Pixma iP5200, iP5200r printers, MP500, MP800 and MP950 multifunctions

Compatibles are not yet available for the PGI5 or CLI8 inks probably for 2 reasons:

1. The ink formulations are quite complex – refill ink manufacturers need to make sure their inks will perform equivalent to the original Canon inks; and
2. The on-board chip has a patent from Canon on it so compatible manufacturers will have to be very careful not to infringe that patent, which could leave them open to litigation.

At the moment it is best to buy genuine Canon cartridges.

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