Summary: The other day I introduced you to Canon’s entry-level professional photo printer, the Pixma Pro-100. The Pro-100 is entry-level, in fact, that at about $500 MSRP, it costs around half as much as the topic of review, the Pixma Pro-1. Think of the Pixma Pro-100 as a bridge between consumer-grade photo printers, such as Canon’s own or Epson’s , and the Pro-1 as a full-blown professional photo printer.
Excerpt: This printer from Canon is an upgrade from their PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II, using larger ink tanks but retaining the same gorgeous print output as the previous model. It uses 12 tanks of ink, five of which dedicated to monochrome and six color tanks, with two cyans and magentas for use with matte or photo paper.
Conclusion: Canon's Pixma Pro-1 makes it easy to produce gorgeous prints perfect for exhibition or sale, experts say. The Epson Stylus Photo R3000 (Est. $650) comes close, but owners say it can clog up, break down and leave marks on prints -- complaints rarely seen with Canon printers.
Pros: Superb photos up to 13 by 19 inches, 12 big ink tanks, Fast, automatic black ink switching, Chroma optimizer improves glossy prints, Smooth and reliable
Conclusion: Given its size and heft, and the fact that this is the top model in the Pixma Pro line, it’s surprising that Canon decided to limit the Pro-1’s media handling capabilities to 13 inches. But other than that, our only complaint is the weight. Even that isn’t much of a complaint, since pretty much all wide-format photo printers tend to be on the hefty side, so it’s somewhat unfair to ding it for that.
Pros: 12 colors of inks produce excellent output quality, Wide-format, Five black inks can generate excellent monochrome prints
Cons: Large, heavy, and pricey (if we must complain), Limited to 13-inch media.
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
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.
Canon PIXMA PRO-1: A New 12 Pigment-Ink, 13x19” Printer
1 April 2006
Excerpt: The new Canon PIXMA PRO-1 is a 13x19” pigment-ink printer that makes fine quality prints in a price range that could be considered quite fair for what you get ($999). Aimed at avid photographers and enthusiast printmakers, as well as pros choosing to do their own mid-size prints, the PIXMA PRO-1 fills a void left by HP’s abandonment of the category and directly challenges Epson.
Excerpt: Canon's Pixma Pro-1 is a large but surprisingly sleek-looking A3+ photo printer aimed squarely at the professional end of the market. At over £600, it's one of the most expensive A3+ printers around, although it's still a snip compared to A2 printers such as Epson's Stylus Pro 4900. The Pixma Pro-1 uses Canon's Lucia inks which, unlike more traditional photo printing ink systems, are pigment-based rather than dye-based.