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Canon Pixma Pro-1 review

Canon's big, fat, high-end A3+ printer is the best yet

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent colour and mono prints
  • High volume ink tanks
  • Excellent software
  • Robust build quality

Against

  • Premium price
  • Large and heavy
  • No borderless on some fine art paper
  • Custom profiles required for highest quality

No doubt about it, the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is capable of staggeringly refined print quality. Using the Canon Pixma Pro-1's supplied ICC profiles, prints look dynamic and punchy, thanks to a strong grip on contrast.

Sometimes this comes at the expense of shadow detail and indeed, in our printer test chart it's very hard to distinguish between the two darkest sections of the greyscale wedge when viewed directly.

This greyscale performance is similar to that revealed in our Epson R3000 review and, again, is something that should be resolved through accurate profiling (in the Canon Pixma Pro-1's case, using Canon's Colour Management Tool Pro software, provided with the printer, and X-Rite calibration hardware).

Printer test chart

Checking the resolution patterns with a loupe, it's clear that the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is capable of resolving an impressive degree of fine detail. There's no discernible stepping in the concentric circles and diagonal lines - it shows an advantage over the Epson R3000 here - and the spacing between the one and two pixel lines appears crisp and even.

In terms of colour reproduction, the transitions on our test chart are smooth, although the gradation from yellow to orange in the rainbow test chart is more fluid on the Epson R3000. With the printer driver controlling colour, cyan, magenta, yellow and black appear particularly strong.

Real world images prove equally as vivid, even with the printer driver doing the colour management. Blue skies are vibrant, red autumn leaves look rich without becoming cartoon-like, and skin tones are natural and accurate.

Canon Pixma Pro-1 review

The Canon Pixma Pro-1 makes it simple to get high quality monochrome prints, too. For black and white reproduction, there are five monochrome inks: Photo Black (used on glossy media only), Matte Black, Dark Grey, Grey and Light Grey. The result is a cast-free, neutral print with strong contrast levels on glossy paper.

The Canon Pixma Pro-1's contrast gives black and white prints bite, although as with colour prints, shadows can sometimes lack insight with the printer in 'out of the box' uncalibrated mode.

We tested the Canon Pixma Pro-1 with a wide range of printing papers, including Canon's high gloss and semi-gloss stock, which showed off the sometimes subtle but effective Chroma Optimizer (there are three options, but we left it on auto).

We also trialled a range of fine art matt papers - the Canon Pixma Pro-1 puts in an excellent performance here, too, although it's a shame that you can't print borderless on heavyweight fine art paper (although you can obviously select a different paper type in the Media Type menu as a workaround).

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed175 Second
EthernetYes
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPIXMA
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA3, A3+, A4, A5, B4, B5, Letter, Legal, A3 - 297 mm x 420 mm, A3+ - 329 mm x 483 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, B4 - 250 mm x 353 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 250 mm x 300 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 360 mm x 430 mm
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height239 mm
Width695 mm
Depth462 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Fine Art Paper, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Sticker, Special Application Paper, CD/DVD/BD, Thick Paper
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelPRO-1
Product NamePIXMA PRO-1 Inkjet Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number4786B008AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience the ultimate quality. Create professional, saleable prints with this 12-ink A3+ printer without sending your images to a photolab. High productivity and media support ensure maximum profit. The PIXMA PRO-1 produces professional quality, saleable prints up to A3+ in colour and monochrome, with high level of productivity making it the ideal printer for studio use and commercial exhibitions.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA PRO-1 Inkjet Printer
  • 1 x Photo Black Ink Tank
  • 1 x Matte Black Ink Tank
  • 1 x Dark Grey Ink Tank
  • 1 x Grey Ink Tank
  • 1 x Light Grey Ink Tank
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Tank
  • 1 x Photo Cyan Ink Tank
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Tank
  • 1 x Photo Magenta Ink Tank
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Tank
  • 1 x Red Ink Tank
  • 1 x Chroma Optimiser Ink Tank
  • Power Cord
  • Direct Disc Print Tray
  • Setup CD & Printed Documents
  • Print Head Alignment Paper
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)27.70 kg