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Canon announces Pixma Pro-1: 12-ink A3+ printer

By dpreview staff on Oct 24, 2011 at 17:48 GMT
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Canon has announced the Pixma Pro-1, the first A3+ (13") printer to use 12 separate inks. The Pro-1 uses remote, tube-fed ink tanks to provide 12 inks plus a 'Chroma Optimizer' that coats the print to give an even finish and improved black density. The printer features a new, 12,288 nozzle print head (up from the 7,680 used on the 5200 II), and can produce an A3+ print (11x14") in 2 minutes, 55 seconds at standard quality. The 'Pro' designation indicates it is the first Canon printer whose purchase counts towards Canon Professional Service (CPS) membership. The MSRP is £799/€899.

Press Release:

Canon launches the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 – ultimate quality A3+ printer for photographers

Core Facts

  • Canon launches the world's first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks - the PIXMA PRO-1
  • The flagship model features an EOS-inspired design and produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome - ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers
  • The PRO-1 features a unique 12-ink system for greater colour gamut and new Chroma Optimizer for increased black density and uniform glossiness
  • Five monochrome inks produce professional quality black and white prints
  • Next generation LUCIA pigment inks provide outstanding image permanence
  • The PRO-1 features a new Optimum Image Generating System and a Canon FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles, as well as supporting 1200ppi input resolution
  • The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce a gallery-quality prints in approximately 2 minutes 55 seconds

24th October 2011 - Canon today announced the launch of its new flagship PIXMA Pro series model, the PIXMA PRO-1, which is the world's first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks. Featuring an EOS-inspired design, the stylish model produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome, and is ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers.  Exceptional levels of productivity make it suitable for studio use and commercial exhibitions.

Groundbreaking 12-ink system for superb results
The unique 12-ink system significantly expands colour gamut in most areas and features new Chroma Optimizer for increased black density and uniform glossiness. Five monochrome inks produce professional quality black and white prints with excellent detail in shadow and highlight areas, as well as smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess. Next generation LUCIA pigment inks are used for outstanding image permanence, allowing prints to be sold or exhibited with confidence.

Exceptional quality colour and monochrome prints
The PIXMA PRO-1 supports 1200ppi input resolution (double compared to previous generations of PIXMA Pros) to reflect the increasing number of pixels available on professional cameras and produce smoother prints with high resolutions of up to 4800x2400dpi. The new Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system analyses the photo colour and precisely calculates the optimum ink combination and volume of ink droplets, which are then accurately placed on the paper by Canon's FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles.

The OIG system enhances colour reproduction, natural tonal gradations and uniform glossiness in each print mode and media type, to produce print quality so realistic it almost jumps off the page. Smooth tonal gradations in colour and monochrome prints are achieved through 16-bits per channel printing capability. The new PIXMA PRO-1 also features three colour modes, including the new Photo Colour print mode which reproduces fresh blues and greens to match people's memory of colours. Linear Tone mode reproduces colours with linear tone curve, while the ICC Profiles mode means users can utilise paper-specific colour profiles or create their own using the Colour Management Tool Pro software.

Productivity on a commercial scale
The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce a gallery-quality print in approximately 2 minutes 55 seconds[1], down from 7 minutes 55 seconds[2] for the PIXMA Pro9500 MkII. A 2.5x larger ink tank capacity compared with the nearest model ensures longer running periods can be maintained between ink changes. Front-opening panels enable easy access to the tanks either side of the main printer body, and for efficiency the rear tray takes up to 20 sheets of photo paper, while the manual feed slot accepts photo paper up to 356mm (14") wide and heavier fine art papers.

For saleable prints, real-time droplet control stabilises colour and ink density ensuring consistency of colour output from print to print. Reliability in a commercial environment is assured through the use of features commonly found on wide format professional printers, including a mist fan with an air circulation system and a tubular ink supply system separate to the print head. An Ethernet connection ensures the PIXMA PRO-1 can be shared easily over a network.

Simplified workflow and professional colour control
The PIXMA PRO-1 comes with Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software which simplifies printer settings and allows batch printing. Support has now also been expanded to the full Adobe Photoshop® family as well as to the Canon Digital Photo Professional software package. The printer can also automatically select the correct ICC profile for each Canon paper, and an expanded range of ICC profiles is available for fine art papers from well known manufacturers.

The Colour Management Tool Pro software, which can be downloaded from, supports x-rite colour management tools, including Colour Munki Photo and Colour Munki Design, and enables users to create custom ICC profiles to ensure the optimum output quality. The PIXMA PRO-1 also includes the Ambient Light Correction feature so that users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed. The print colours are then automatically adjusted to ensure the very best colour reproduction under different viewing conditions.

Canon PIXMA PRO-1 - key features

  • The benchmark A3+ printer for photo professionals
  • Groundbreaking 12-ink system with exceptional colour gamut
  • Chroma Optimizer for uniform glossiness and crisp, sharp blacks
  • Optimum Image Generating system enhances colour reproduction
  • Stunning black and white prints with 5 monochrome inks
  • New LUCIA pigment inks ensure outstanding photo permanence
  • Create a gallery-quality A3+ photo in approx. 2 minutes 55 sec
  • High capacity ink tanks ensure long periods between replacements
  • Wide range of media support including 356mm (14") wide and thick media
  • Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in for efficient printing workflow

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[2] See specification for details

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Total comments: 54
By pilothans (Dec 13, 2011)

il wonder how much would the cost per picture be? USD2? 5? 10? errmm..n again like mart9802 , wi-fi support should be by default for these "PRO" printers . or is there newer updated versions of this since its been nearly 2months since the above article..hmm

By mart9802 (Oct 26, 2011)

Where's the Wi-Fi support? Annoying when the lower end pixma's have it

Patrick J Burns
By Patrick J Burns (Oct 25, 2011)

If the Pigment ink catridge is the same size as the pro 9500 then its a NO buy for me ....

By tlinn (Nov 10, 2011)

The carts are about 2.5x as large. However, based on list prices, the cost per ml isn't dramatically different—maybe 10% lower.

By kevin_r (Oct 25, 2011)

And since they are not bragging about it, one can safely assume that the ink still emits volatile organic compounds(VOCs). Hence - be careful where you use the printer.

By robogobo (Oct 25, 2011)

Not sure where you guys are printing, but where I live, you can't print at a lab cheaper than you can at home. Ok maybe smaller prints or total crap quality, but exhibition prints no way. I print A2+ on my Epson 3880 for about $10 each, paper and ink. At a lab the same quality will run me at least $50. Even if I factor the cost of the printer, based on the # of prints to date, I'm looking at $15 per print, max.

I'll never ever use a lab.

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By CNY_AP (Oct 25, 2011)

Brother makes very very nice double sided laser printers (models 2070 and new 2080 that has a scanner). I ought to give up on my ink jet and buy prints instead - the wide format printers are still very expensive and the ink is a rip-off. I see more and more people printign at stores now, even my engineering friends who know how to do it themself.

By MrTaikitso (Oct 25, 2011)

I have a Canon MP600, very reliable (never jammed once in 3 or 4 years of operation), excellent photo prints and generally sound design. However, as with most modern printers, each time just ONE cartridge expires, you cannot print anything - even if there is still a second black cartridge left. Further, since the new software from Canon has been released for Mac OS X Lion, our MP600 no longer scans when a cartridge runs out!

So, as of October 2011, after over two decades of being stressed out by printers, an invention whose time is now up, I'm getting rid of the MP600 and going to have ALL my prints done remotely.

The peace of mind this will bring will be significant, as will the reduction in hassle.

What about scanning I hear you ask? I use my GH2! Works like a charm - and much faster. Lay out all my papers on the floor in the morning light, set the ISO to low (100 to 400), avoid coffee or use the tripod, and shoot away!

Either way, this new Pro 1 does look nice.

By RonHendriks (Oct 25, 2011)

Wow, that sounds great.

By wlachan (Oct 25, 2011)

Imagine how much waste ink each colour the printer produces... and now x12... all out of your pocket...

By HarrieD7000 (Oct 25, 2011)

Not that many enthusiastic people over here. Is that because 

1. You never print at home
2. You don't need A3+ pictures
3. You don't mind what quality your pictures are printed
4. You can't afford to buy the printer?

Although this printer is not a cheap one, even for my standards I will look and compare it whit the Epson R3000. Because I'm saving money, to buy a A3+ printer.
While printing at home, I know it is more expensive then having them printed in a lab. But when I need a very good photo, right now, no lab can beat me. That for me is worth some extra money. And yes, when I want a lot and it can wait a day or so, I use the lab too.

M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Oct 25, 2011)

I own the R3000 and I've owned the 9500 Mark-II printer.
There are absolutely differences between these printers in operation, but as similar with the top line of camera's, the final output gives marginal differences in high quality results..of course lab 'style' tests will show all the differences there are but I can assure you in the end, the viewer is looking at the image not at the difference in print quality.

The only reason that I like to print at my home office is the control I get over the output. I never can blame any one anymore that prints are not how I like them to be. A good lab digital print service can give you cheaper results but since the 9500 Mark II I feel that large sized prints are the best from your own high quality lab.

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By aris14 (Oct 25, 2011)

I couldn't say it better....

By aris14 (Oct 25, 2011)

Right right
he had a bloody right ta say it!

(as the old song says)

By julieng (Oct 25, 2011)

Studio prints may be cheaper, but that is assuming that I know ahead the exact amount of each prints that I need.

I print my paintworks and use those prints as promotional material. What I found out over the years is that ordering prints ahead of time results in having to second guess how many of each that I need, resulting in a very non-optimal inventory management...

By tlinn (Nov 10, 2011)

It may be more expensive to print at home but I don't think it's an apples to apples comparison. Printing at home gives one a huge variety of paper choices, greater control over the look of the print, a wider color gamut, and fast results. For me, the additional cost (if any) is worth it.

By ianz28 (Oct 25, 2011)

Because we don't already pay enough for print cartridges...

$80 for my current 5 cartridge machine. Can't wait to see what an extra 6 bring to the table.

2% increase in image quality at a 50% price increase?


By tlinn (Nov 10, 2011)

Your whole comment is flawed by the baseless 2%/50% assumption. Perhaps you're disappointed that it is out of your price range. There are less expensive options for you. However, if you want a Ferrari you'd better be prepared to pay for it. If you can't, you're not part of the target market for this printer.

By mustang_fan (Oct 25, 2011)

Canon can't be serious. 2 minutes, 55 seconds at standard quality??? I would hate to think how long it would take to print at excellent quality let alone a whole batch of photos. Probably all day.

Mateo Miller
By Mateo Miller (Oct 25, 2011)

I think you misread the press release...

...The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce a "gallery-quality" prints in approximately 2 minutes 55 seconds...

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By aris14 (Oct 25, 2011)

It seems to be a serious problem for someone who, let's say, prints 10 pics a day... (3 to 3,500 pics a year that is)!
He won't lose 30 mins of his day but, let's say again, an hour maybe even an hour and half.
Now this is what I call a real problem...!

By tlinn (Nov 10, 2011)

You can't be serious, mustang_fan, if you're complaining about the speed of this printer. Compare it to other printers of similar caliber. You won't find anything close.

By aris14 (Oct 25, 2011)

Still waiting to read a full test article for a printer in the best photo site of the world....
Still nothing...

Peter Marek
By Peter Marek (Oct 24, 2011)

Hmmm... What does it mean? Is it the end/replacement of 9500??? Is it the mini8300?? Anyway it look soooo coool...

By rinkos (Oct 24, 2011)

seriously do you have any idea how much each of this inks costs???? its much cheaper and better to get them done at some pro printing store with not a 800 euros machine but 20000 euros Canon printer ...much cheaper in the long run

By qwertyasdf (Oct 25, 2011)

Maybe it is used by wedding photogs which are overcharging their clients anyways???
So: Canon > wedding photogs > clients (> = overcharging)
Don't be at the bottom of the food chain!!!!

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By qwertyasdf (Oct 24, 2011)

Are you kidding me?! EOS-inspired design?!?!?!?!?!
I say it's a Nikon V1 / J1 inspired design!
see...they all look like cardboard boxes!!!!!!!!!

By GKC (Oct 24, 2011)

What are you talking about man? This thing looks great. The brushed aluminum finish and steel buttons make this one heck of a pretty printer... Anyways who cares what it looks like? All that matters is the quality of the print it delivers.

By qwertyasdf (Oct 24, 2011)

Think the same as you, this printer looks really sleek.
I am just mocking the marketing people...seriously marketing BS is getting out of hand...I see no EOS in this printer!!!
look at the 1Ds next to it...I swear to God that this printer looks more like a V1 / J1 than the 1Ds!!!!

By GKC (Oct 24, 2011)

Fair enough. The only things that jumps out to me as being EOS inspired are the model badges.

Ranger 9
By Ranger 9 (Oct 24, 2011)

"EOS Inspired": Black. Gots knobs on. Costs a lot.

René van Elst
By René van Elst (Oct 24, 2011)

The first Canon printer branded "Pro"? I own a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II.

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 24, 2011)

Yup, sorry about that.

By GKC (Oct 24, 2011)

Looks nice, but I wonder how much the ink will cost. I really like the idea of the Ambient Light Correction and the support for x-rite colour management tools.

By HiRez (Oct 24, 2011)

Is it one of those "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" kind of things?

By Vibrio (Oct 24, 2011)

The MSRP is £799

By HiRez (Oct 24, 2011)

Thanks for that (it wasn't in the article previously). It's steep, but not insanely expensive. But I guess the real question, as always with these things, is how much is the ink and paper going to cost you?

Birk Binnard
By Birk Binnard (Oct 24, 2011)

Well OK, but...

1. What about roll paper feed - will it print panoramas longer than 13"?

2. How much does the printer cost?

3. How much does printer ink cost?

4. Can each ink color be bought individually?

Martin Daniel Kirk
By Martin Daniel Kirk (Oct 24, 2011)

1. nope (unless you somehow come by a roll of paper, which is nowhere to find in stores)

2. 799$ like said in the article

3. tons of dollars

4. yes, and some in bulk, and some you can find nowhere... as usual

By GKC (Oct 24, 2011)

Sounds like you live somewhere with some lousy photo suppliers. The store I work at here in Ontario has all sorts of roll paper and will have this ink system available as soon as it is available. That said, most canon pro ink is only available in individual cartridges, unless you order it direct.

By zorgon (Oct 24, 2011)

My Epson R800 is a PITA with it's 8 small cartridges, there's always a cartridge that needs changing whenever you want to print something. 12 inks will be even worse.

By OlyAmber (Oct 25, 2011)

Yes, with 12 carts/colours, the ink replacment regime will be the real sticking point with this. Along with the question of whether all colours get charged when you've only replaced one and thus that is the sole colour that needs cycling/priming/charging?

By graybalanced (Oct 25, 2011)

Definitely need to know how big the cartridges are. I picked the Epson 3880 over the 2880 because the large cartridges are cheaper per ounce and require changing much less often. Would like to know the answers to OlyAmber's questions, and if it's efficient with respect to gloss/matte changeovers if it even needs to do that. It does sound like the cost of maintaining an extra set of 12 cartridges will be considerable (assuming you want to have at least one of each ink on hand to give you zero down time).

By rhlpetrus (Oct 24, 2011)


Nicolas CLATOT
By Nicolas CLATOT (Oct 24, 2011)

On a french site they say 900 € for printer, 190 € for the color set and 160 € for monochrom colors.
Total 350 € for the complete ink set for between 110 and 400 A3 pages.

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By JATO (Oct 24, 2011)

The ink will be a fortune, no doubt about it. I'm trying to think of any Canon printer I have owned where I don't worry about the ink every time I print, even black and white documents.

By increments (Oct 24, 2011)

It says £799 at the end of the intro paragraph.
EDIT (for the printer)

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Brian Wadie
By Brian Wadie (Oct 24, 2011)

have you seen the weight of it! 27.7kg

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By Edymagno (Oct 24, 2011)

If it has a remote shutter release button, then it is inspired by EOS

By barnaba (Oct 24, 2011)

It seems to be the first cheap RGB printer which can be truly calibrated with the foreign paper.

By rhlpetrus (Oct 24, 2011)

@Brian: are you planning to carry it with cameras? ;)

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DB Custom
By DB Custom (Oct 24, 2011)

Since EOS means literally "Electro Optical System" I'm seeing the link as that this printer is specifically designed with higher print resolution to better match the high output of today's camera's, so therefore EOS inspired. Good thing it doesn't actually look like a 1DsMkIII isn't it? Looks like a step in the right direction, wonder if it'll be possible to get an A3+ sample print like Epson offers, or at least an 8x10.

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Brian Wadie
By Brian Wadie (Oct 25, 2011)

"@Brian: are you planning to carry it with cameras? ;)"

Isn't that whay we are supposed to do? :P

I put my back out unpacking and moving my new Epson r3000 and that's only around 17kg so this beast must be made of plate steel I reckon. It does look very tasty though so I look forward to seeing the reviews (may even get to review it myself - if I can get some one to move it about for me :) )

By wilsonlaidlaw (Oct 26, 2011)

It will need to be a huge improvement on the Pixma Pro 9500 I have. This printer wastes most of its expensive ink from the tiny carts in head cleaning. Virtually every time I come to use it, it needs one or more new carts. At least it does not go wrong all the time like my HP B9180, which I am now going to give up having it mended.

I am not sure it would not be worth paying the extra for the A2 size Epson Stylus Pro 3880, which is a very known quantity and many exhibitions now want 17" wide prints.

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