Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Review

4.5
April 26, 2013 | Jon Canfield | Printer Reviews |

Introduction

The Canon Pixma PRO-100 is an A3+ dye-based printer aimed at photographers. Using an 8-ink ChromaLife 100+ dye-based system with with 3 mono inks for quality mono prints, the Canon Pixma PRO-100 is priced at £469.99 / $499.99. Read our in-depth Canon Pixma PRO-100 review now...

Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 Mark II printer has been a popular choice for photographers that want to print with dye inks (rather than pigments) with rich color and good print life. As part of the line of updates to their desktop printer line up, Canon has replaced this printer with the new Pixma Pro-100. Based on the top of the line Pixma Pro-1, this is a 13x19 printer that uses Canon’s ChromaLife 100+ inks. In a change from the original model, this printer uses three blacks - black, gray, and light gray, for better black and white printing than was previously possible.

Other new features include the same image optimization technology found in the Pro-1 printer, a new Print Studio Pro plug-in for better printing directly from Photoshop and Digital Image Pro, support for printing on CD/DVD printable discs, and AirPrint for wireless printing from iOS devices as well as WiFi.

Setup

The printer is packaged in the usual Canon way - neatly with a lot of blue tape to remove, and with good directions, starting with the quick start installation guide.

After unpacking and creating a small mountain of tape strips, you’ll install the print head, and into this the 8 ink cartridges - Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Gray, and Light Gray. Replacement ink is about $17 per cartridge. Cartridge size is the same as the previous Pro9000 Mark II, which is to say that you should have spares on hand if you do a large volume of printing.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Setting up on my network was more problematic than normal. I couldn’t get the setup program to recognize the printer on WiFi. After several tries, I finally plugged it into the computer via USB to complete setup. After this, the printer worked flawlessly on WiFi.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Connection options include USB, Ethernet, and the above mentioned WiFi. For iOS device users like the iPad or iPhone, the Pro-100 also supports AirPrint. I only did a couple of prints from my iPad, but the process couldn’t be easier - the iPad recognizes any AirPrint printer on the same network and sends the files over.

There are two paper feed paths on the Pro-100, supporting standard photo papers with up to 20 sheets, and a rear single sheet load for heavy weight fine art papers.

Included software is Canon’s Print Studio Pro, a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as Digital Photo Professional, which is Canon’s image processing software for their SLR line. You also have Quick Menu, giving you easy access to the rest of the software suite - CD printing, Easy Photo Print, and Special Image Filters Print, a little application that applies special effects to your images. These are all great for the casual user, but I imagine most people buying a printer in this class will be using Photoshop or Lightroom for their printing.

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Pigment Vs Dye

One of the main draws to dye ink printing has been rich color saturation when compared to a pigment ink print. Pigments have come a long way and this really isn’t an issue any more. Yes, the dye ink prints on photo paper with the Pro-100 have a little more pop than the same print and paper in the pigment Pro-10, but it’s subtle and really only visible when prints are laid side by side.

On the other side of the coin, dye ink has been traditionally shorter lived than pigments. Canon and Epson have both done an excellent job of improving the life span of dye inks, with Canon claiming over 100 years with the current model (hence the ChromaLife 100+ name).

Entry Tags

review, test, canon, pro, printer, a3+, a3, 13 inch, 14 inch, pixma, 13x19, dye, ink, 100, dye-based, Canon PIXMA PRO-100, 8 ink, pro 100, pro-100

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#1 Orange County Photographer

I am curious as to what is the life span of the ink cartridges? I am interested in potentially purchasing a printer in the near future. I have had many bad experiences with printers and ink cartridge life span. Do you happen to know approximately how many photos can be printed with one set of cartridges?

3:32 am - Sunday, April 28, 2013

#2 Color Experts International

Hi how sweet blog you grant here, with so plenty amazing information. Each shot are really great and loving this kinda of creative work. Thanks a lot for your share apart of your collection.

10:49 am - Monday, April 29, 2013

#3 valokuvaajat.fi

Didn’t know that pigment inks have developed that much during last few years. Have to read more about that.

11:37 am - Monday, April 29, 2013

#4 Angie

Goodness, I had expected more lucid comments from an address like photographyblog.com. I’m looking for authoritative knowledge!

9:18 pm - Thursday, June 6, 2013

#5 L.A.

Does this printer take heavy art papers? Card stock?

12:38 am - Sunday, July 21, 2013

#6 Ron

The printer works fine. Printing a specific size with it is near impossible with the software that comes with it. I’ve had the unit for two months and I am not pleased. Unless you are prepared to buy photoshop I wiould not recommend this printer

4:40 pm - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

#7 Phil Weatherwax

Does this printer work with Mac os10? I have an all in one canon which I can not get working on wi with wi fi. Will I have the same problem with this printer?

7:52 am - Sunday, November 24, 2013

#8 Phil Goshen

Phil Weatherwax, I also have an MP990 All In One and have better success using it with my Mac than I do with my PC. From Scanning to using the Print Utilities. Light Room, Photoshop and Aperture all recognize the paper types and you can setup manual paper types as well. Contact me via email and I will help you troubleshoot. I am guessing it has more to do with your wireless or wired network than your Mac. Make sure you get the latest drivers from Canon too.

4:12 pm - Friday, December 13, 2013

#9 tiffanyplumber

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Thanks for sharing

9:01 am - Saturday, December 14, 2013

#10 Grant

Is the reviewer just confused in the last few sentences? Or is he really intending to say what he seems to say: don’t buy the Pro 100, buy the Pro 10?

He completely fails to mention the Pro 100 (the printer under review) in the last few sentences.

12:21 am - Thursday, December 19, 2013

#11 Darwin

Agree, pro 10 vs pro100 not clear especially as referred to at end.

Darwin

2:01 am - Monday, December 23, 2013

#12 William

Nice review. I have an Epson R2400 that reached end-of-life in the bottom felt pad. Does anyone know the expected lifetime of this Canon printer? What part(s) are going to limit the useful life? thanks.

6:00 pm - Thursday, January 9, 2014

#13 tman

I read the last few lines to mean that if you wanted a slightly better fine art B&W print, the Pro10 might be your choice instead because of the difference in blacks.

7:13 pm - Thursday, January 16, 2014

#14 Karl

My Pixma 9000 Mk II printhead blew up last week and this printer, with the deal available from B&H right now, was cheaper (for the whole thing AND 50 sheets of 13x19 Canon paper!) than just a printhead replacement.  Needless to say, I bought it.

Just got done calibrating it and I really like it. It’s not a big step up in quality from the former model, but it IS a step up, and it IS noticeable side-by-side.

I haven’t run enough through it yet to know where the “gotchas” will come in terms of cartridge life.  The former model liked to eat Photo Magenta and Photo Cyan cartridges faster than anything else; they most-certainly did not get consumed at the same rate.  We’ll see what this one does.  If you print in high volume you’ll definitely feel the “Razors and Blades” model of this thing with consumable cost—the Pixma 9000 certainly did—but that’s the price of having instant output that’s better than you can get from a wet print, and better than MOST “send it out” places.

Set up for me was easy, and I went WiFi using the USB cable just to “feed” the printer the WiFi password.  I have WPS turned off however for security reasons, and a strong password, which I’m sure impacts this.  In any event once set up “it just works.”

I don’t know where the pain points are on this model; on my 9500 the first problem I had was the second channel (there are two) in the printhead failing entirely and “at once”, and that was 2 years or so in.  Up until that point it had been flawless.

12:36 am - Friday, January 17, 2014

#15 Mark Williams

Why can’t I get the Pro-110 to print 11x14?

1:12 am - Saturday, March 1, 2014

#16 jamie

I just bought the Pixma Pro 100 and the prints are coming out red. the cyan, black, light gray and gray are not printing. I have done numerous cleaning and head alignments and still nothing.
any ideas as to what the problem might be?

5:26 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2014