Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer Review

Canon Pixma Pro-100 review
The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 printer is an outstanding model, providing high-end image quality for photographs. Canon

If you have been wanting to start making some large photo prints at home, but the print quality of most multifunction printers isn't good enough to meet your needs, Canon has an answer for you. My Canon PIXMA Pro-100 printer review shows a unit that Canon designed solely as a photo printer, and it does an excellent job with a printer that has a reasonable price point.

The PIXMA Pro-100 can handle paper sizes up to 13 by 19 inches, which is very impressive, and its print quality is among the best you're going to find on the market at this price point. This model isn't quite a professional level photo printer, but for consumer use and for intermediate photographers, it excels. 

You'll control this printer through a computer, rather than through a display screen on the printer, which will disappoint some people. And if you're expecting to make the occasional copy or scan using this model, the PIXMA Pro-100 doesn't have these capabilities. It's just a photo printer ... ​a really good photo printer.


  • Print Resolution: Color 4800x2400 dpi; Black 4800x2400 dpi
  • Ink System: 8-color
  • Nozzles: 6,144
  • Print Speed: 8x10 inch photo with border, 51 seconds (approximately)
  • Paper Sizes: 4x6 inches, 5x7, 8x10, letter, legal, 11x17, 13x19
  • LCD: None
  • Dimensions: 27.2 x 15.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Weight: 43.2 pounds
  • Paper Tray Capacity: 150 sheets plain paper (auto feeder); 1 sheet photo paper, all sizes, (manual feeder)
  • Interfaces: USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Memory Card Slots: None


  • Great image quality, perfect for printing photos at large sizes
  • Can make prints of sizes up to 13-by-19 inches
  • Printer offers two extra gray ink cartridges for excellent black and white prints
  • Offers connectivity through Ethernet, USB, or Wi-Fi network
  • Reasonable price considering its outstanding image quality


  • Printer is very heavy and large
  • Lacks many control buttons for on-printer control
  • No SD memory card slot or LCD screen to preview photos
  • No ability to scan or copy documents

Print Quality

If you're just looking at the specification list for the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 printer, you may feel like this model will lag behind some others on the market, as the Pro-100 has a maximum dpi resolution of 4800x2400 dpi. However, this number doesn't tell the whole story, as the Canon PIXMA Pro-100's print quality is outstanding. As long as you're using photo paper, you'll be very impressed with the photo print quality of this printer. Even printing images at the maximum print size this model can handle -- 13 by 19 inches -- will result in great print quality.

One area where this model really excels is when printing true black and white photos. Canon gave the PIXMA Pro-100 eight different ink cartridges, including two extra gray ink cartridges that most high-end consumer printers don't have. 

Documents also will look very good when you print them using the Canon PIXMA Pro-100, although it almost seems a shame to use ink for documents when the photo prints for this model look so vibrant.  


The print speeds for the PIXMA Pro-100 are pretty good if you're using standard quality print settings and plain paper, where you can print a text document in about 30 seconds and a color photo of 8 by 10 inches in about 51 seconds. 

Once you move to the highest quality of prints and use photo paper, this model slows considerably. The same color photo of 8 by 10 inches requires about 3 minutes at the highest quality setting on photo paper. And a color photo of 13 by 19 inches will need about 8 minutes.


The PIXMA Pro-100's design may seem a little odd to those who are used to multifunction printers that can copy, scan, and print while offering multiple memory card slots, numerous control buttons, and an LCD screen on which to preview photos. Instead, Canon gave the PIXMA just three buttons (including a power button), and there's no memory card slot or display screen. You'll control this printer entirely from a computer, either through an Ethernet, USB, or Wi-Fi connection. There's no option to print directly from a camera.

The Canon Pro-100 is a huge printer, which may make drive away some potential users. It weighs more than 43 pounds, and it has a footprint of about 27 by 15 inches. To operate the Canon PIXMA Pro-100, you'll have to extend paper guides, including opening the compartment on the front of the printer, which means you'll need several inches of clearance to use the printer.