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Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer

Canon PIXMA PRO-100  Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
Canon PIXMA PRO-100  Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer


Product Added : February 22nd, 2013
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Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer


Canon PIXMA PRO-100  Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer

Professional Wireless Photo Printer with 8 dye based color inks for colorful and vivid prints

  • 8 Dye based inks for amazing gradients and color, 3 of which are dedicated grayscale inks for beautiful black & white prints
  • The Optimum Image Generating System reproduces colors as you intend them by logically selecting the optimum ink combination and placement
  • Print Studio Pro Plug-in software offers a seamless and stress free photo printing workflow for professionals
  • 4800 x 2400 dpi with FINE technology for incredible detail

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  1. 50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant color. Literally., October 24, 2012
    By 
    Stephen M. Lerch (Elkton, MD United States) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      
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    This review is from: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer (Office Product)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    I currently have 2 printers that I use for my printing needs. The first is a Canon PIXMA MP990. The second is an Amazon Vine provided Canon PIXMA PRO-1. I’ve also had, and since discarded, a few Epson Work Force printers via Amazon Vine. The Canon printers have always performed at the level I’ve expected and the Pro 100 is no exception.

    It was with some excitement that I was offered the Pro 100 to compare to my current models.

    Printer was installed on a Win 7 64 bit based laptop with 8 GB RAM.

    Setup-

    Instead of using the enclosed CD for software installation, I decided to download the drivers and software directly from Canon’s website. Based on this, the installation was pretty simple. I used the printer connected directly via USB because the printers are all very close to my work PC. I have a nice USB hub that I use the two printers and other devices.

    While I say setup was simple, please don’t confuse this with it being a quick process. The process is quite lengthy, much like the Pro-1. I didn’t time it completely, but it was at least an hour from start to finish, not including the unboxing. Installing the print head and cartridges just takes time – you can’t get around it.

    Installing the software is pretty easy — just keep hitting next mostly.

    Another thing to note is that, like the Pro 1, this printer is HEAVY. It’s roughly 45 lbs and you will almost certainly want someone to help you move the boxed printer around, along with pulling the printer out of the box and placing on the desk/table.

    Print Quality-

    Here’s where the Pro 100 comes into it’s own.

    The Pro 100 is a dye based printer. The prints from this, on Canon paper with proper paper profiles chosen, results in some vibrant and amazing results. In comparing this to the MP990, prints from the Pro 100, as expected, are better. Doing a blind comparison with family members, everyone prefers the Pro 100 results to the MP990. This isn’t unexpected, given this printer uses many more inks to provide the results.

    The Pro 100 isn’t amazingly better than the MP990, but the results are much, much closer to what’s on screen. The MP990 also has some minor issues with gradients that I’m not seeing from the Pro 100 results.

    The Pro 1 printer is a pigment based printer. Pigment based printers are, generally speaking, not nearly as vibrant as dye based printers. So comparing the Pro 100 results to Pro 1 results kind of leaves you with a mixed bag. Black and White from the Pro 1 are phenomenal. Great highlights, midtones and shadows. The Pro 100 is quite nice in B&W and if you didn’t have a Pro 1 result sitting next to it, you wouldn’t know any different. The differences are subtle but noticeable under scrutiny.

    In terms of color, this is also a mixed bag. I like the vibrancy from the Pro 100 for some prints and the more subdued look of the pigment. For those that can afford both printers, the ink tanks for both and the large amount of space required, I can see that someone might actually make the argument to use both for different photos. No question.

    I using Canon Pro Platinum paper and the cheaper Semigloss plus paper in my testing. I prefer these two papers for my prints but hope to invest in some other types to compare results there as well.

    Considerations-

    In terms of print cartridge costs, using less in this case, helps you save a few dollars compared to the Pro 1. Of course, the Pro 1 uses massive “tanks” of ink while the Pro 100 still uses standard cartridges. It’s too difficult to compare price per sheet, but given there are less tanks and they are smaller, you may end up breaking even between these inks and those in the Pro 1 in terms of cost.

    Dye based printers, like the Pro 100, get a bad rap. Everyone claims dye based prints don’t last nearly as long as pigment. This is true – or was true. The ChromaLife 100+ system from Canon claims longevity of up to 300 years for some prints on this dye based printer. I won’t be around long enough to verify that, that’s for certain. And I think pigment based printers boast the same or similar longevity. Minimum life claims seems to be 100 years on Canon paper and using Canon ink… I probably won’t be around to verify that either.

    Conclusion-

    The Pro 100 printer is a great printer. If you can afford the printer and not the Pro 1, don’t fret. You’re still getting a great printer that outputs stunning results. Both do amazing jobs with prints that accentuate their positives.

    Recommended…

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  2. 21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Network Equipped version of Pro 9000 mkII, November 4, 2012
    By 
    E. J Tastad “ejt” (Marion, IA United States) –
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    This review is from: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer (Office Product)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    I think what most of you will want to know is what the difference are between this Pro100 and the previous Pro 9000 Mark II. The first regrettable difference is that it uses different ink cartridges. They are the same size, but have a different number. I imagine they changed the electronic interface or something, and they also use 2 additional gray inks.

    The second, and what I think is the more important difference, is they added both wireless and wired network interface. This allows you to put this massive printer in a side room or somewhere out of the way if you don’t have a lot of room by your computer, and it also means all the computers in your house can easily use it to print without sharing it between computers.

    Printing on the luster paper samples that were included with the printer, I couldn’t tell a difference in detail between this printer and my old Pro 9000 MkII. Even for my black and white test shot the shadows and details looked virtually identical. For my color print, my Pro 9000 MkII always had a magenta cast to it. I think that is gone, but it might be slightly green now. Both can be calibrated, but that takes a significant effort. I mainly use mine for printing contest photos, so as long as they look fine by themselves I don’t care too much if they are color matched. Again, detail wise I couldn’t identify which print came from which printer.

    So bottom line is I don’t see much reason to upgrade from the Pro 9000 MkII unless you want wireless/wired network printing. Also be aware that this printer is about 1″ larger in every dimension than the old 9000 MkII which was very large.

    As far as home printing is concerned, I have won several contests with my old Pro 9000 MkII so it does a good enough job for prints. You really can’t tell them from a pro shop for the most part. Longevity wise, my prints look fine after a year from the 9000 (similar Dye based) and are supposed to last 100 years. Although I don’t believe that, as long as you buy genuine inks you should get pretty good life out of them. If you really need archival prints you should probably look at a pigment based printer.

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  3. 20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent and impressive printer., October 24, 2012
    By 
    William Oterson (About 60 miles, or so, east of Manhattan.) –
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    This review is from: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Professional Inkjet Photo Printer (Office Product)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    I’m lucky and excited at having the opportunity to use the “Canon Pixma Pro-100″. I’ve a strong interest in black and white photography and was considering an upgrade to a printer with increased b&w capabilities. I’ve been using, and have been very pleased with, the Pixma pro-9500 mkII which uses pigment inks, and I’ve been concerned with switching to a dye based printer which the ‘Pro-100′ is.

    Upon delivery I unpacked it, set it up, started the accompanied CD, and the installation completed without any difficulty. Right off, I printed b&w and color photos on both printers for comparative purposes using the ‘Pro Luster’ paper that was included with the delivery. I noted on the back of each photo which printer was responsible, and then shuffled them. I’ve expected and gotten great photos from my Canon printer, however, bottom line is both color and contrast are noticeably improved with the ‘Pro-100′.

    The ‘pro-100′ produces impressive and brilliant photos, and its Wifi ability is an appreciated plus. I do, however, have concerns regarding the longevity of the dye based inks and I’ve been unable to find any credible, up to date, information. I’ve subsequently submitted a query to Canon regarding this and if and when I receive an answer I’ll update this review.

    10/24/12 Update, from Canon: Canon uses ChromaLife 100+ for the ink tanks. This is a test of light and other daily effects that will cause the picture to fade. If stored properly it will last over 100 years. I am sorry for any issue this might cause you.

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