Conclusion – Pros

  • Excellent print quality, both in color and B&W
  • Chroma optimizer reduces gloss differential, bronzing
  • Metamerism is minimal
  • Solid feel and high quality construction
  • Strong support from Canon for third party papers
  • Profiling software included
  • Wi-fi connectivity in addition to USB & Ethernet

Conclusion – Cons

  • Severely reduced margins when printing on fine art papers
  • Only a single gray ink
  • Small ink tanks (14ml) translate to higher cost per ml
  • Fairly large footprint (though not as large as the Pro-1)
  • Print plug-in and stand alone application offer little customization

Overall Conclusion

The Canon Pro-10 printer produces extremely high quality images, both in B&W and color. With a list price of $699 the Pro-10 competes with the R3000 (currently and a reduced price of $649). However, the larger 26ml R3000 ink tanks provide a slight edge in ink cost per ml. Add the chroma optimizer to the Pro-10 (a feature not found on the R3000) and you have the potential for better Dmax with less bronzing and metamerism.

The major downside to the Pro-10 is if your preference leans toward fine art paper, as these limitations will probably keep you from buying the printer. Hopefully, Canon is already working on these issues we’ll see a firmware update in the near future. Back to one of our initial questions with the introduction of the Pro-10 – how does it compare to the Pro-1? Why should you pay $300 more? The increased depth (front to back) of the Pro-1 allows for a slightly less curved paper path with using the manual paper feed for thick paper stock. The inks are less expensive in the Pro-1; $1.00 per ml versus $1.07 per ml for the Pro-10. At 36ml per ink tank, the Pro-1 also allows for less down time changing inks.

Finally, while there should be advantages to the Pro1's two extra gray inks, in the course of our BW testing we couldn't find much to fault the Pro10 for compared to its more expensive sibling. As is expected, the Pro-10 delivers excellent print quality. As that is how most photographers judge a printer, $300 extra for the Pro-1 is a big difference for a printer with only marginally better print quality when all things are taken into account. Given the choice of buying a Pro-1 or Pro-10, we'd probably gravitate towards the latter. 

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