Canon Pixma PRO-1

Canon has released the new flagship PIXMA Pro series model. It is the Canon Pixma PRO-1 which is the world’s first A3+ printer that use feature 12 separate inks that claimed can be increase the colour gamut in most areas. Featuring a five monochrome inks to produce professional quality in colour and monochrome with smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess make the Canon Pixma PRO-1 is perfect printer for professional and serious amateur photographers. The printer also support up to 20 sheets of photo paper with the manual feed slot can be accept photo paper up to 356mm (14-inch) wide and heavier fine art papers. The Canon Pixma PRO-1 will be sold with price at £799 / €899 on November 2011.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Check Availability

Expert Reviews

Canon Pixma PRO-1 Reviews

Techradar reviews the Canon Pixma PRO-1 and writes;
“The Pixma Pro-1 is Canon’s best desktop inkjet so far, and is sure to influence further printer releases from the company. Prints produced by this A3+ inkjet don’t come much better, and it’s a stylish and efficient piece of hardware to live with.. If you’re in the market for a new A3+ printer,.. the Canon Pixma Pro-1 represents an excellent investment.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Canon Pixma PRO-1 and writes;
“The Canon Pixma PRO-1 is a formidable A3+ professional-grade photo printer, capable of consistently printing out exquisite, gallery-quality prints at up to 13-by-19-inch size. It does particularly well in printing out monochrome or nearly black output, as befitting its multiple black and gray ink tanks.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Canon Pixma PRO-1 and writes;
“It started up quickly in the morning and shut down promptly at night, running reliably and quietly all day. We had no problem feeding paper or CDs, no paper jams, no crashes, no issues at all. It was easy to make gorgeous prints.”
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Photoreview reviews the Canon Pixma PRO-1 and writes;
“As with all printing, output quality depends on matching the image to an appropriate paper and the PIXMA Pro-1 is no exception to this rule. Interestingly, although pigment ink printers are renowned for producing better prints on matte papers than glossy media, one feature that really stood out in our tests was the Pro-1’s performance on glossy media, particularly Canon’s Photo Paper Pro Platinum, which delivered outstanding tonal depth and image sharpness in all the prints we made.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Canon Pixma PRO-1 and writes;
“I must say that the monochrome images were snappier on gloss or exhibition luster surfaces, but that’s to be expected, and the matte surface certainly has a charm with color as well. Indeed, I would probably print color using the matte surface as much as monochrome, and the combination of these inks with, for example, Moab’s Entrada Natural is quite beautiful.”
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User Opinions

Canon Pixma PRO-1 User Reviews

Absolutely Amazing Printer
“The quality of the prints out of this printer is fantastic. Rich blacks, even grey tones, even color gradations with no banding, fine details, everything I’ve thrown at this printer it has done well!” – By But I’m feeling much better now…
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing color (and black and white)
“I can only compare to a Canon Pixma MP990 for quality as it is the only Canon printer I own. Compared to the top end consumer model from 2-3 years ago (2010 model), this printer is much higher quality and even with the same photos and photo paper (Pro Platinum and Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss), the results are much closer, I would say nearly exact, to what I see on my calibrated monitor.” – By Stephen M. Lerch
Rating: ★★★★★

Incredible Printer
“It prints 13″ x 19″ inch prints. The prints are incredible. It’s like printing from a commercial lab. I know – I used to work in a commercial lab (color and black & white). I like Canon Pro Platinum. Very glossy and very sharp results. I had no problem printing PSD files from PhotoShop.” – By Paul M. Provencher
Rating: ★★★★★

A professional quality printer on steroids
“If you are a professional either sells photographs as a profession or someone who shoots nature photography as a hobby, you should go for a Canon Pro-1. The quality and dept of colors will make a huge difference and impact on your customers perception.” – By XNOR
Rating: ★★★★★

Beautiful prints.
“When I printed out some pictures of my two black and white cats, there was no question that the Pro-1 did a much better job than the WorkForce. The Pro-1 really does a professional job and all those shades of grey and black really help bring out the detail and make the image look as good as it does on the screen.” – By L. Knights
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon Pixma PRO-1 Features

Groundbreaking 12-ink system

Featuring the unique 12-ink system which significantly expanding the colour gamut in most areas combined with the new Chroma Optimizer feature for increased uniform glossiness and crisp, sharp blacks. Equipped with a five monochrome inks which allow the printer to produce professional quality black and white prints with excellent detail in shadow and highlight areas with smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess of all yours images. The Canon Pixma PRO-1 printer also use the Next generation LUCIA pigment inks to ensure the outstanding image quality permanence, so it allows the prints to be sold or exhibited with confidence.

Exceptional quality colour and monochrome prints

This printer supports up to 1200ppi input resolution that can be reflect the increasing number pixels available on digital cameras and provides smoother prints with high resolutions of up to 4800x2400dpi including new Optimum Image Generating system to analyses the image colour and precisely calculates the optimum ink combination and volume of ink droplets which are then accurately placed on paper by FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles to increase the colour reproduction, natural tonal gradations and uniform glossiness, so the print quality more realistic. Equipped with 3 colour modes that consist of new Photo Colour print mode that allow the printer produces fresh blues and greens to match people’s memory of colours include a Linear Tone mode to produce colours with linear tone curve, another mode is an ICC Profiles mode which allows the users to utilise paper-specific colour profiles.

Productivity on a commercial scale

The PIXMA PRO-1 allows users to make a gallery-quality A3+ photo with print speed approx 2 minutes 55 seconds and high volume, included off-carriage ink tanks to ensure longer running periods between ink changes. Featuring the real-time droplet volume control for stabilises colour and ink density which ensure the consistency of colour output from print to print, so it allows the printer can be print for saleable. The printer also comes with an Ethernet connection that allow the printer can be shared easily over a network.

Efficient workflow and professional colour control

The printer equipped with an Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software for simplifies printer settings and allows batch printing including Adobe Photoshop family and Canon Digital Photo Professional that allow the users to print multiple images with all print settings in one place. The Colour Management Tool Pro software allow users to create custom ICC profiles with an X-Rite colour management tools including Colour Munki Photo and Colour Munki Design to ensure optimum output images quality. The Canon Pixma PRO-1 also has an Ambient Light Correction feature for select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed. For best colour reproduction under different viewing conditions, the print colours can be adjusted automatically.

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



Print Resolution

Up to 4800¹ x 2400 dpi

Print Engine

Inkjet, 12 Single Inks, LUCIA ink system with Chroma Optimizer. Minimum 4pl droplet size & FINE print head.

Photo Lab Quality Speed

A3+: Approx. 2m 55s (Standard)

Ink Cartridge Configuration

12 separate ink tanks:

Ink Tanks Life

10×15 photo¹
Photo Black: 1300 photos*
Matte Black: 1925 photos*
Dark Grey: 710 photos
Grey: 724 photos
Light Grey: 1320 photos
Cyan: 1940 photos*
Photo Cyan: 1445 photos
Magenta: 1850 photos*
Photo Magenta: 1010 photos
Yellow: 1420 photos
Red: 2370 photos*
Chroma Optimizer: 510 photos
A3+ photo²
Photo Black: 111 photos
Matte Black: 505 photos*
Dark Grey: 119 photos
Grey: 179 photos
Light Grey: 352 photos*
Cyan: 230 photos
Photo Cyan: 400 photos*
Magenta: 281 photos
Photo Magenta: 228 photos
Yellow: 290 photos
Red: 454 photos*
Chroma Optimizer: 90 photos
*EstimatedSupplemental Yield

Media Type

Plain Paper, Fine Art Paper “Museum Etching” (FA-ME1), Fine Art Paper “Photo Rag™” (FA-PR1), Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101), Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201), Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201), Matte Photo Paper (MP-101), High Resolution Paper (HR-101N), Photo Stickers (PS-101), Other (Fine Art Paper, Fine Art Paper 2, Glossy Photo Paper)

Media Input

Rear Tray: Max. 150 sheets
Manual Feeder: 1 sheet
Direct Disc Print Tray: 1 printable CD, DVD or Blu-Ray Disc

Media Size

Rear Tray: A3+, A3, A4, A5, B4, B5, Letter, Legal, 25x30cm (10×12″), 20x25cm (8×10″), 13x18cm, 10x15cm
Manual Feeder: A3+, A3, A4, Letter, 36x43cm (14×17″), 25x30cm (10×12″), 20x25cm (8×10″)

Media Weight

Rear Tray: Plain paper (64 to 105 g/m²) and supported Canon special media up to approx. 300 g/m²
Manual Feeder: Canon special media up to approx. 350g/m² and 0.6mm

DVD / CD Printing Available as standard

Two Sided Printing Available by manual operation only

Borderless Printing

Yes (A3+, A3, A4, Letter, 36 x 43cm, 25 x 30cm, 20 x 25cm, 13 x 18cm, & 10 x 15cm sizes)


Interface Type – PC

Ethernet: 10/100Mbps (auto switchable)
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (B port)

Interface Type – Camera

Direct Print Port: Camera direct photo printing from PictBridge compliant digital cameras & camcorders

Interface Type – Mobile Phone / PDA

Photo printing via PictBridge

Supported Operating System

Windows 7 (32 and 64bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64bit), Windows XP SP2, SP3
Mac OS X v10.4.11 – 10.7

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 7: 1GHz or faster CPU, 1GB RAM (32bit) / 2GB RAM (64bit)
Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit): 1GHz or faster CPU, 512MB RAM
Windows XP SP2, SP3: 300MHz or faster CPU, 128MB RAM
Browser: Internet Explorer 6 or higher
CD-ROM Drive
Display: 800 x 600 or better
Mac OS X v10.6: Intel Processor, 1GB RAM
Mac OS X v10.5: Intel or PowerPC Processor (G4, G5, 867MHz or faster)
Mac OS X v10.4.11: Intel or PowerPC Processor (G5, G4, G3), 256MB RAM
Browser: Safari 3 or higher
CD-ROM Drive
Display: XGA 1024 x 768 or better

Driver Features

Borderless printing, Greyscale printing, Vivid Photo, Clear Coating, Manual Colour Adjustment, Linear Tone, Photo Noise Reduction, Photo Optimizer PRO, Photo effects, Collate, Multiple page per sheet print, Booklet print, Poster print, Scaled print (20-400%), Fit-to-Page print, Quiet Mode, Auto Power Off

Software Included

Easy-PhotoPrint EX with HD Movie Print¹, Easy-PhotoPrint Pro², Easy-WebPrint EX³, Solution Menu EX, Colour Management Tool Pro (download)


Power Source

AC 100-240V, 50 / 60Hz

Power Consumption

Standby: Approx. 1.6W
Off: Approx. 0.4W
Printing: Approx. 24W

Temperature Range

Operating environment: 5° – 35° C


Operating humidity: 10 – 90%RH (no condensation)

Acoustic Noise Levels

Approx. 35.5 dB(A)

Dimensions (W x D x H)

695 x 462 x 239 mm


Approx. 27.7 kg

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