Print Quality

NOTE: The pictures on this page are digital scans of prints made with the Pixma Pro-10. Although every effort is made to match the physical print, there will be a slight amount of variation in colors. The prints were scanned and then white balanced in Photoshop.

Similar in design and quality to the Pro-1, we would expect the Pro-10 to produce excellent quality prints. With two fewer gray inks we would also expect to see lower quality B&W prints when compared to the Pro-10. We were pleased to see excellent quality in both color and B&W.  For this part of our testing we used Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II.

The test print target below is courtesy of Vincent Oliver at photo-i. It was printed with an image size of 8.3x11.7 at 300ppi on 13x19 paper with Photoshop CS5 set to have “Photoshop manage colors”. All other color management options were disabled or set to default.

Master test image

Though Canon doesn’t provide ICC profiles for their Photo Plus Glossy II paper and the Pro-10 I was told by my source at Canon that the Canon PRO-10 1/2 Photo Paper Plus Glossy & Gold ICC profile is the correct one for the paper I was using. This also shows Canon’s commitment to third party papers as they have a comprehensive set of ICC profiles (as noted in the Design & Features section of this review), but no ICC profiles for their own papers. Following are magnified sections of the master test print from both the Pro-10 andthe Pro-1.

Skin tones look natural and have good tonal gradation. Again, there is wide dynamic range with detail in both the darkest and lightest areas. Color seem slightly under-saturated compare to original file.
Good texture detail though slightly under-saturated. Text prints well with good definition and no color aliasing showing.

Overall quality

Similar to the Pro-1, we were quite pleased with the results of our test prints. The glossy prints all exhibited great tonal range, minimal bronzing and metamerism (thanks primarily to the chroma optimizer). The LUCIA pigment inks and a new FINE print head (introduced in the Pro-1) capable of producing ink droplets as small as 4 picoliters. Combined with a new OIG color engine, these features produce and increased color gamut when compared to the previous Pixma Pro printers, the 9000 and 9500.

Another pleasant surprise was the in the B&W test print(insert B&W print). It presented minimal metamerism and bronzing and had excellent tonal range, showing detail even in the shadow areas. And this was all done with two fewer gray inks than the Pro-1!

While Canon supplies an excellent tool for color calibration; Color Management Tool Pro, we chose not to make a custom profile as we were quite pleased with the out-of-the-box profiles from Canon. If you would like to learn more about the software program, please read the detailed section in our previous review of the Pro-1.

Click here to go to page 6 of our review of the Canon Pixma Pro-10