Canon Pixma iP100 review

Prints fine-looking documents and photos off battery power on the road

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Our Verdict

A pricey entry but one that offers excellent quality prints for photos and documents


  • Compact
  • Excellent photos
  • Crisp text
  • Long battery life
  • Strong overall build quality
  • A portable document printer, too

The Canon Pixma iP100 is a portable photo printer that can also print text documents. It will print on paper from business card size to A4, and comes with a large battery for travelling.

It's not cheap, but we think it offers excellent quality, and is a rare find in a market churning out photo printers that just print 10 x 5 inch photos.

Excellent photo printing

We'll start with the text printing. We expected document printing to be an afterthought, but it was fantastic for such a small printer.

Text was crisp and presentable even down to 4-point font size and put much bigger units to shame. Printing is a little slower that on bigger machines around the same price, but not so slow as to be inconvenient.

Two sheets of our standard test document printed in 20 seconds. The photo-printing side is equally impressive. Our test 10 x 15cm print was done in 53 seconds. The skin tones, contrast and details were all very good. The battery is fine for 300 prints, which seemed generous to us.

Superior build

The build quality is up to Canon's usual high standards, and the control panel only has two buttons, which will suit people who just want a photo back with no fuss.

The printer has two USB ports, one for printing from a camera via a cable, and one for connecting with your Mac. There's no Bluetooth connection in the box but a dongle can be bought to enable it.

The only niggling omission is the lack of camera-card slots or LCD, let alone an LED. For a printer designed for travelling, these features would have been handy. Just remember to pack your camera's USB cable.

Overall, we really liked this printer. It performs well enough to be either a desktop or portable printer. The speed and build are great and printing is superb for both photos and text. A rare gem.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed50 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity50 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)20
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)14
Product FamilyPIXMA iP
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorPortable
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingManual
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Maximum Input Media Capacity50 sheets
Height61.7 mm
Width322 mm
Depth185 mm
Product SeriesiP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModeliP100
Product NamePIXMA iP100 Photo Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number1446B029BB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Print documents and photo lab quality pictures wherever you are with the PIXMA iP100. With enhanced connectivity it offers the ultimate in convenience and speed from a portable unit. The ultra portable PIXMA iP100 utilities FINE print head technology for incredible quality photo and document printing wherever you are. Micro Nozzles ejecting tiny 1pl ink droplets enable a high resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi, producing prints of class leading quality.

Package Contents
  • PIXMA iP100 Photo Printer
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)2 kg