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Canon Pixma Pro-100 review

Affordable A3+ photo printing

Our Verdict

Canon Pixma Pro-100's real trump card is its price, much lower than the Canon Pixma Pro-1. Considering the print quality of the two is so close, it's difficult to justify spending the extra unless you need faster print times or often use matt paper.

For

  • Excellent colour and mono prints
  • Relatively fast
  • Substantial build quality
  • Competitive price

Against

  • Uninspiring quality on matt media
  • Comparatively high cost of ink
  • Dye-based inks less resilient

Photokina 2012 saw the launch of the A3+ Canon Pixma Pro-100, set to replace the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II.

The Canon Pixma Pro-100 sits under the Canon Pixma Pro-10 and Canon Pixma Pro-1 in the company's A3+ (13 x 19 inches) photo printer hierarchy, promising exceptional image quality at a more accessible price.

One of the biggest differences between the Canon Pixma Pro-1 and the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is that the new model uses eight inks rather than twelve.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

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With half the number of nozzles (6,144 rather than 12,288) the Canon Pixma Pro-100's print head may seem less impressive than the Pro-1's, but it has a smaller minimum droplet size of 3pl (rather than 4pl) which should mean it is capable of reproducing finer detail.

Print resolution equals that of the Canon Pixma Pro-1 at 4800 x 2400 dpi, but unlike its pricier sibling you do get the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity. Consequently, printing is now possible via USB 2.0 or Ethernet connections, or wirelessly from iOS and Android devices, using Canon's mobile printing app.

Whereas the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is equipped with Canon's Lucia pigment inks, the Canon Pixma Pro-100 uses theoretically inferior dye-based cartridges. These tend to be more prone to fading than a pigment system. However, stick with genuine ChromaLife100+ ink and Canon papers and prints should still last decades when framed, or over 100 years in an album.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

Dye-based inks do have their advantages though, usually providing a higher gloss finish than pigment inks. Therefore, unlike the Canon Pixma Pro-1, the Canon Pixma Pro-100 can do without a gloss-boosting 'Chroma Optimizer' cartridge.

Build and handling

Canon's latest high-end A3+ (13 x 19 inches) printer may be expensive - priced at £469/US499 (around AU$729) - but when you come to handle a Canon Pixma Pro-100, at least it feels like a quality product. Fit and finish are first class, with reassuringly solid paper input and output trays and large, robust controls.

This does all add up to one hefty piece of kit, though. Out of the box dimensions of 689 x 385 x 215mm (27.13 x 15.16 x 8.46 inches) are pretty large, but extend the paper trays and the sprawling contraption that emerges demands some serious desktop real estate.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

But that's assuming you've managed to lift the beast on to your desk in the first place, given that this beefy build quality makes the Canon Pro-100 weigh in at just shy of 19.7kg (43.43lbs). Still, it could be worse, as the Canon Pixma Pro-1's 27.7kg (61.07lbs) is even more likely to result in a trip to the osteopath.

A3+ printers have an insatiable appetite for ink, hence why Canon saw fit to equip its top-end Canon Pixma Pro-1 with high-capacity 36ml (1.22 fl oz) ink tanks. The Canon Pixma Pro-100 doesn't fare so well, having to make do with 13ml (0.44 fl oz) cartridges, similar to those in the old Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II that it replaces.

Predictably, the cost per ml increases in line with this reduced capacity. At list price, the Canon Pixma Pro-100 ink works out at £0.98/US$1.30 per ml, while the big Canon Pixma Pro-1 tanks come in 15% cheaper, at £0.83/US$0.99 per ml. It makes even the relatively pricey £0.93 per ml for Epson's R3000 ink a better deal.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

It's not all bad news though. The Canon Pixma Pro-100 'only' requires a mere eight cartridges (compared to the Canon Pixma Pro-1's dozen) so a complete set will set you back £102/US$136, rather than the daunting £360/US$432 to fully refill a Canon Pixma Pro-1 at Canon's full retail price.

Shop around and many retailers also offer an eight cartridge multipack for even less.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed90 Second
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
USBYes
Product FamilyPIXMA
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Media SizeA3+, A3, A4, A5, B4, B5, Letter, Legal, A3+ - 329 mm x 483 mm, 250 mm x 300 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Wireless Print TechnologyApple AirPrint
Height215 mm
Width689 mm
Depth385 mm
ColourSilver
Media TypePlain Paper, Fine Art Paper, Photo Paper, Matte Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Sticker, T-shirt Transfer, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Specialty Paper, CD/DVD, CD/DVD/BD, Photo Paper Pro Luster, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelPRO-100
Product NamePIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number6228B008AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The printer your images deserve.

Create stunning colour and monochrome photographs at home. This 8-ink A3+ photo printer offers outstanding photo quality, fast print speeds and support for a wide range of media.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)19.70 kg