Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
6 March 2015
Excerpt: The key to the PIXMA PRO-100's high performance is the Optimum Image Generating System. Canon has developed this technology to analyze each and every photograph through a range of factors like grain, tone gradation, black density and color hue to reproduce the truest image based on the photographic image you've taken. Then the PRO-100 uses eight different color inks, including three monochrome colors of black, grey and light grey, to print your photo.
Conclusion: Experts are pleasantly surprised -- and thoroughly impressed -- by the Canon Pixma Pro-100. Glossy color photos from this inkjet printer look remarkably similar to Canon's pro photo printers for less than half the price. But the Pro-100 uses small ink cartridges and dye-based inks instead of longer-lasting pigment inks. Black-and-white and matte photos don't look quite as good as step-up printers, such as the Canon Pixma Pro-1 (Est. $1,000) .
Pros: Very good photos up to 13 by 19 inches, Eight ink cartridges, including three monochrome inks, Fast, reliable printing, Dye-based inks can be more vibrant than pigment inks
Cons: Small ink cartridges aren't for high-volume printing, Dye-based inks fade faster than pigment-based inks
Conclusion: In general, stepping up from a home/consumer photo printer to one that is capable of doing justice to true photography is a large and expensive leap. The paradox is, while the Pro-100 is considerably more expensive than a consumer model, it’s actually affordable for a wide-format prosumer printer capable of turning out professional quality output.
Pros: Print size up to 13x19, Excellent output quality, Black inks generate excellent monochrome prints
Excerpt: This A3+ printer uses eight dye-ink cartridges, including three black and grey inks for better monochrome printing. Canon’s ChromaLife 100 inks have a claimed life expectancy of 100 years or more. The print resolution is 4800X2400, reproducing very fine detail. Connection is by USB, ethernet or WiFi. Apple AirPrint is provided for, as is printing from mobile devices using the Canon EPP app.
Excerpt: The Canon Pixma Pro-100 is the entry-level model in Canon's Pro range of A3+ printers, aimed at semi-professional and professional photographers and printers. It uses the same ChromaLife 100 inks as many of Canon's smaller A4 inkjet printers and MFPs, which have always done well in our photo quality assessments. The Pro-100 uses eight ink cartridges, including Grey, Light Grey, Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta in addition to the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks.
Summary: Buy this printer if: - You want a solidly-built A3+ printer that delivers excellent results on glossy media. - You're looking for an A3+ printer that supports ICC profiles. - You'd like to be able to print labels on CDs and DVDs. - You want to produce monochrome prints that are free of colour casts. Don't buy this printer if: - You require high-volume production performance. - You prefer using matte papers. - You need facilities for roll paper printing.
Pros: You want a solidly-built A3+ printer that delivers excellent results on glossy media., You're looking for an A3+ printer that supports ICC profiles., You'd like to be able to print labels on CDs and DVDs., You want to produce monochrome prints that are free of colour casts. Buy this printer if:, You want a solidly-built A3+ printer that delivers excellent results on glossy media., You're looking for an A3+ printer that supports ICC profiles., You'd like to be able to ...
Cons: You require high-volume production performance., You prefer using matte papers., You need facilities for roll paper printing., You require flawless paper handling on non-standard paper sizes. Don't buy this printer if:, You require high-volume production performance., You prefer using matte papers., You need facilities for roll paper printing., You require flawless paper handling on non-standard paper sizes.
Pros: Excellent colour and mono prints, Relatively fast, Substantial build quality, Competitive price, The accurate yet punchy print quality in colour and black and white images, coupled with the excellent build and decent printing speed, are great assets to the printer.
Cons: Uninspiring quality on matt media, Comparatively high cost of ink, Dye-based inks less resilient, Prints on matt paper don't stand up to the same scrutiny as those on glossy photo paper, plus the slightly higher cost of ink compared to the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is also disappointing.