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Canon Pixma Pro-100 review

Affordable A3+ photo printing

Canon claims the Pixma Pro-100 can churn out an A3+ bordered photo in around 90 seconds. This may be true with a basic image at standard quality, but our test prints took considerably longer.

Borderless A3 (13 x 19 inch) prints on Canon's glossy Photo Paper Plus averaged around six minutes per print at maximum quality. The same settings with A4 (11.7 x 8.3 inch) media brought times down to 3m 14s, while disabling the borderless feature sped things up to 1m 25s.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

One area where the Canon Pixma Pro-100's predecessor - the Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II - really struggled was its painfully slow greyscale printing speed. Now that the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is equipped with dedicated grey and light grey cartridges, this problem has been eliminated, and an A4 borderless black and white photo emerges in the same time as a colour version.

We set about testing the Canon Pixma Pro-100 with our standardised test chart. Here the graduated tone bars are free from any banding, while the rainbow stripes also exhibit similarly smooth colour blending and very little sign of compression between hues.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

The greyscale wedge challenges a printer's ability to clearly differentiate each step on the scale. This was still no trouble for the Canon Pixma Pro-100, since it retains a marked, if subtle, distinction between even the two darkest sections that many printers merge.

Despite the Canon Pixma Pro-100's relatively large 4pl minimum droplet size, the test chart's resolution lines are impressively well defined. The concentric circles show no pixelation and reveal only a hint of stepping when magnified. The same is true of the diagonal lines, being clearly divided right down to the narrowest single-pixel division.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

Back in the real world, this performance translates into some stunning quality photo prints. The addition of grey and light grey cartridges mean black and white images are free from colour casts and retain excellent shadow saturation, which is something which couldn't be said of the old Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II.

Printing on matt media is slightly less impressive, possibly due to the dye-based ink. Shadow depth isn't as defined as on gloss paper, giving a subtle but noticeable washed-out appearance to monochrome and colour prints.

Canon Pixma Pro 100 review

Keep the Canon Pixma Pro-100 fuelled with glossy or lustre media and colour photo prints display superb clarity, contrast and colour depth.

Skin tones are also accurately rendered, and overall the Canon Pixma Pro-100 manages to turn out vibrant images with plenty of 'pop', without looking over-saturated.

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