Canon Pixma Pro-10

Review of Professional Photograph Printer

Canon Pixma Pro-10 Professional Photograph Printer


We have looked at Canon’s entry-level Pixma Pro, the Pixma Pro-100, as well as the high-end flagship model, the Pixma Pro-1. Somehow, though, we neglected to include the Japanese imaging giant’s midrange professional photo printer, the Pixma Pro-10 — until now, that is.

While there are some significant feature differences between these three machines, the primary difference is the number of ink cartridges each model uses, which, as you can imagine, can greatly affect the printer’s “color range,” or “color depth.” The more colors you have available to combine, the wider the palette of colors you can create​ — the more realistic your photos become. In this case, our Pixma Pro-10 review unit deploys 10 ink cartridges, while its siblings, the Pixma Pro-100 and Pixma Pro-1 use 8 and 12 ink tanks, respectively.

Performance, Print Quality, Paper Handling

Usually, in this section, we talk about how fast a printer is, how well it prints, and its paper handling options, but, since print quality is what this Pixma is all about, in this case, print speed is all-but-irrelevant. It’s fast enough for what it does, and what it does is print gorgeous photos and artwork in sizes ranging from 4x6 inches up to 13x19 inches, although we wouldn’t recommend it as a snapshot printer — Canon and other folks, such as Epson and its Expression Photo XP-860 Color Inkjet Small-in-One Printer, can do that for a lot less money.

The bottom line on this and the other professional photo printers is that, if you bring quality images or artwork to any of them, chances are quite good that it will do them justice — and then some. The Pixma Pro models also excel at black-and-white, or grayscale, images, primarily because their ink palettes contain additional black and gray inks.

In this case, there are photo black, gray, and light gray. Furthermore, this and the other two Pixma Pro models seal and protect your creations by applying a clear coat via a chroma optimizer, which you can turn on or off, but you’d probably want it on, in most cases. The ink color palette is matte black, photo black, gray, light gray; yellow, magenta, photo magenta, cyan; photo cyan, and red.

The Pixma Pro-10 has two paper paths, an auto-feeder, and a single-sheet feeder just beneath that. The auto-feeder, or main paper tray, can hold up to 150 sheets of plain paper (which you would seldom, if ever, use), or, depending on the media size, between 1 and 20 sheets of photo paper. (It holds one sheet of 13x19-inch paper, for example.) The single-sheet feeder also allows you to use thick card-stock-like media up to .6mm. And, like the other two Pixma Pro models, this one supports not only most of the Canon inkjet specialty papers, but it also comes with profiles for many of the premium and fine art papers from Canson, Hahnemule, Ilford, Moab, and other popular fine art paper vendors.

Cost Per Page

Well, if you’re overly concerned about ink costs, this may not be the right printer for you. Not only is the ink itself expensive, but so is the paper — especially when you get into the larger (11x17 and 13x19 inches) sizes. Instead of measuring cost per page for this type of printer, we measure the cost per milliliter. In this case that’s $1.08 per milliliter. This varies greatly between models and brands, but in this case, print quality is the critical consideration. But then that's not to say that money is no concern; both Canon and Epson make professional-grade photo printers that cost less than this one to use. It really is a matter of taste versus economics.

Overall Assessment

The Pixma Pro-10 is, like its siblings and its competition, a popular photo printer that many professionals swear by. As long as you can handle the expense, this is a great photo printer to have on hand.