Excerpt: The Canon Pixma PRO-1 is Canon’s new flagship A3+ photo printer, capable of producing high-quality prints at up to 13 by 19 inches. It is a step up from the Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II, employing more and larger ink tanks and clocking faster photo-printing speeds.
Conclusion: The Pixma Pro-1 is a very impressive performer and a stylish looking printer to boot. This 12-ink pigment-based inkjet model is capable of producing rich, detailed and color-accurate prints that are among the finest we've seen from a desktop printer. Black and white output is equally impressive, with the printer utilizing 5 shades of black ink when printing on glossy media.
Pros: Outstanding print quality for color and black and white, Large capacity ink cartridges, Three gray ink dilutions for smooth transitions in monochrome output, Chroma optimizer eliminates gloss differential and reduces bronzing, Direct support for third party papers, High build quality, Fast print speeds at maximum quality, Relatively quiet operation, Printer driver integration with Photoshop reduces chances of user error, Impressive profiling software included, Etherne...
Cons: Most expensive A3+ printer on the market, Large footprint for an A3+ printer, Accurate shadow detail requires a custom profile, Reduced printable area on some fine art media, Print plug-in offers no precise control over image size
Canon PIXMA PRO-1: A New 12 Pigment-Ink, 13x19” Printer
1 April 2006
Excerpt: First, some specs. The PIXMA PRO-1 has a completely new ink system with 11 inks and one “conditioner” (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray, and Light Gray, plus their Chroma Optimizer). This might seem like overkill, but note the abundance of black and gray inks, something that pays great dividends when making monochrome images.
Excerpt: The first thing you're going to notice is that you're not dealing with a typical 13x19 size printer here. The box is huge! Side by side with the Epson 3880 (a 17” printer), you'd be hard pressed to say which has a bigger capacity. Much of this size is due to the new 12 ink system that uses significantly larger cartridges (36ml vs the 9500's 12ml).
Excerpt: In the field of A3+ inkjet printers it would seem the bar has already been set to a remarkable height, but now along comes the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 and the bar goes up again. What’s more, it goes up by more than just a notch or two. Canon’s new flagship A3+ printer is similar in styling to the previous PIXMA 9500 Mark II model, but is slightly larger and considerably heavier.
Conclusion: I guess this is what it comes down to … you have to spend some time getting to know your printer because it is going to be with you for a long time. When a printer like the Pixma Pro-1 comes along and makes it easy to produce the kinds of prints you dream about with consistency and without too much effort, you will fall in love. Canon’s new Pixma Pro-1 is now definitely my favourite.
Pros: Fantastic print quality, Large ink cartridges, Impressive monochrome prints, Third-party paper support, Fast
Excerpt: This A3+ pigment printer is a considerable step-up from the company’s 9500. It uses 12 large ink cartridges, including three densities of grey for smooth black and white transitions. With glossy paper there are five ink shades used for black and white. There is a clear “Chroma optimiser” layer that minimises the nasty bronzing effect that pigment prints are prone to. The ink cartridges are static and not part of the moving head mechanism.