Canon Pixma Pro-100 Wireless Inkjet Printer

Print poster-size images and more with Canon's Pixma Pro-100

Canon Pixma Pro-100
Beautiful images and fine art. Canon

Pros: 

  • Excellent photo quality on stock up to 13x16 inches
  • Vibrant colors and even blacks from dye inks
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray labeling
  • Gray inks enhance grayscale images and shadows

Cons:

  • No display or control panel
  • Somewhat high cost of operation

Bottom Line: This wide-format semi-pro photo printer produces stunning photos and digital art, but as a hobbyist or pro machine, between paper and ink it's expensive to use.

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When you think of photography and imaging (printing), probably only a few companies come to mind. Undoubtedly, Canon is one of them. Not only does it make great cameras, but also some of the best photo printers available—whether it’s one of the Japanese imaging giant’s consumer-grade Pixmas, such as the $199.99-list Pixma MG7720 (a six-ink machine), or one of Canon’s professional-grade Pixmas, like the topic of this review, the $499.99-list, eight-ink, Pixma Pro-100.

As Pixma Pro models go, the Pro-100 is the entry-level, or the beginner, in Canon’s line of professional photo printers, followed by the next model up, the 10-ink Pixma Pro-10 ($699.99-list), and then there’s the flagship of the Pixma Pro models, the $999.99-list Pro-1, which deploys 12 inks.

Design & Features

Aside from the differences in the number of ink cartridges, these Pixma Pro models look much alike, and they have many features in common, including Canon’s Optimum Image Generating System, or OIG System, which reportedly analyzes each area of the print and chooses the best ink mixture so you see the colors you expect to see.

(As you can imagine, the more inks, or colors, present, the wider the range of possible mixtures.)

All this ink-mixing, of course, is one of the ways in which these professional photo printers expand their “color space,” or color range—the range of colors the printer is capable reproducing. Combined with Canon’s patented Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology, which enables printing with microscopic droplets and resolutions as high as 4,800x2,400 dots per inch (dpi).

As to the Pro-100’s physical stature, it measures 8.5 inches high, 27.2 inches across, and 15.2 inches from front to back. It's not a desktop printer, and since it’s well-reinforced and well-constructed, with a decent amount of metal inside, it tips the scales at 43.2 pounds.

Unlike most consumer-grade printers that provide a number of ways to connect and print from mobile devices, this Pro model doesn’t come with Wi-Fi Direct, Near-Field Communication (NFC), access to numerous cloud sites, or any of the other mobile connectivity features supported by many of today’s printers. But you can, however, print from iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) with Apple’s AirPrint, and you can print from PictBridge devices, such as certain digital cameras, too.

Performance, Paper Handling, & Print Quality

According to Canon, this Pixma Pro can print a “bordered” (a small margin around the image) 11”x14” photo in 90 seconds, which is a minute faster than Epson’s $800 (MSRP) SureColor P600, but then that 11x14-inch image is “borderless.” Printing all the way to the edge of the page can add significantly to the overall print speed.

The Pro-100 comes with two paper trays: a rear tray for feeding fine art and glossy photo papers, as well as a front slot for manual feeding of thicker media and specialty paper.

You can print on paper ranging from 4”x6” all the way up to 13”x19,” in a wide range of high-end photo and fine art paper. Oh yeah, and like the P600 mentioned above, you can also print labels on appropriately surfaced CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

As for print quality, as long as you start with good-looking images, the P600 should be able to print them accurately, with excellent detail and color accuracy. And, since this is dye-based printer, rather than pigment-based, colors appear somewhat more vibrant. In other words, as entry-level professional-grade photo printers go, this is a good one, for not too much money—comparatively, of course.

The End

If your a photo enthusiast on a budget, as these near-dedicated photo printers go, this one is a relative bargain, not to mention a darn good printer quality-wise. You can't help being impressed with the Pixma Pro-100's print quality.

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