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Canon Pixma Pro-10 printer review

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The Pixma Pro-10 pigment inkjet printer falls squarely in the middle of Canons professional printer offering, strengthening what appears to be a sustained challenge to Epsons dominance in the fine art desktop printer market. Sitting below the top of the linePixma Pro-1and above the dye-basedPro-100, the Pro-10 is well positioned as an attractive option for any photographer looking to produce high quality A3+ (13×19) prints. Like its larger and more expensive sibling, the Pro-10 uses Canons LUCIA pigment ink set, which provides greater print longevity than dye-based inks like the ones found in the more affordable Pro-100.

In our earlierin-depth review of the Pixma Pro-1we found Canons flagship desktop model to be very impressive performer that stands up quite well against the rivalEpson 3880, although at a list price of $999, it is also the most expensive desktop A3+ inkjet printer on the market.

By contrast, while the Pro-10 features its bigger siblings resolution and printhead technology, its much lower list price of $699 nestles it between EpsonsR2880($599 list price) and theR3000($799 list price) printers. The question then is whether the Pro-10 can deliver results on the order of what we saw with the Pro-1. And thats exactly what we aim to answer with this hands-on review.

Pixma Pro-10 specification highlights

10 color LUCIA pigment inkset includes 3 monochrome inks and a chroma optimizer

4800 x 2400dpi print head resolution

The Pro-10 prints to a maximum paper width of 13 inches and uses pigment inks. Pigment inks are capable of greater print longevity than dye inks and are therefore now commonplace in the fine art professional printer arena. Technological advancements in the past decade such as smaller droplet sizes and a greater number of ink channels have allowed for both fine image detail and a wide color gamut. The Pro-10 is certainly up to par in these areas, delivering 10 colors in droplets as small as four picoliters from individually replaceable cartridges.

Looking at the specifications the Pro-10 has a smaller footprint than the Pro-1, one inch less in height, three inches less in depth and virtually the same width. Though substantially lighter by 17 pounds, at 43.9 pounds, it has the same solid feel of the Pro-1.

I have just printed few photos after 2 months of not using the printer and they are perfect so I can confirm that there are no issues on this end. Im not a professional but I like having prints right after I process my photos and for me the quality is awesome. The cost is greater than the lab but Im happy to pay little more to have the full control over the process and instant prints of very good quality.

PS. On the PC screen some photos from the lower quality cameras and more advanced ones (5dmk2) are very similar, when I print them on A4 size I can see big difference (fortunately my friends and family dont).

Does your printer go through a lengthy cleaning procedure if you havent printed for some time? My concern is that, as a hobbyist, I may only print one print a month or less, ending up with either clogged nozzles or using up a lot of ink just to clean the nozzles every time.

printer is doing some stuff on its own after turning on, Im not exactly sure what is it doing but it doesnt take any paper…

The cartridges seem very easy to refill, but has anyone seen any tests/reviews with none canon ink?

I see Octopus Concept has a set including a reset module for the chip seems fair in price but what about the quality? Anyone?

Just bought the Pixma Pro-10 as a replacement. Its a sturdy machine, but large and heavy. Setup was easy. Colors are good, but not as good as the Epson R2880, which I have been using. Also, the Epson is much faster. It also seems the monitor colors are closer on the Epson.

Overall, I am satisfied to use the Pixma for everyday photos and in all fairness, I have not tried to tweak the Pro-10 very much. But, if youre a pro, which I am not, you will not be happy with the Canon.

Finally, I bought the Pixma, because I am hoping it is not as sensitive to clogging as is the Epson. Thats the shortfall of the R2880. Its maintenance intensive if you do not use it a few times a week.

I bought this Printer at the beginning of this year and find that it is very reliable and fast. In the next weeks I want to get deeper into Photography and will use it for in order see how efficient it is, so far Im happy.

As someone who is beginning to look for a fine art printer, I was wondering what the cost per print would be on some of the prints featured in this review. My apologies if that was already covered; as I didnt see it. Just trying to start weighing the cost benefit to owning a fine art printer.

Ive had a lot of buggy frustrations with my Pro-10. Sometimes it stops printing in the middle of an image. Sometimes, on large images, it leaves a blurry stripe on the bottom of the image instead of finishing with a clean edge. It also seems to not work very well with Lightrooms print module. I have noticed that we have not seen updated professional printers from Canon or Epson for a couple of years. I think we are due for some improvement.

Where Im at the price for Canon Pixma Pro-10 is 735€ where as the Canon Pixma Pro-1 is 799€. I dont know hows that possible, but at these prices I think Im going with the Pro-1.

I know the Pro-10 is new but…how are those prices possible?

Re: fine art paper, I posted a question on the Canon printer forum

and got this response from a canon rep: As long as you dont choose the Fine art media type setting and use the ICC profile for the Fine Art paper you are using you can print borderless. Most ICC profile manufacturers Ive seen recommend using the Premium Matte driver setting along with their ICC profile which will allow you to print borderless…. The reason for this is that Canon has found that when you print Borderless on Fine Art Paper using the Fine Art settings, curling of the paper often occured, so it was decided to prevent this that option would be disabled when Fine Art paper was chosen from the Media Type.

Im not sure if the workaround prevents curling, or if there is really a firmware upgrade coming as is suggested here. Ive gotten no answer to my follow up questions. Stay tuned.

Has this been corrected by a firmware update as suggested in the review?

Does this also apply to photo paper?

Does this only apply to the canon print program?

Does using Photoshop or Elements etc work around the problem?

(Actually after reading the Pro-1 review, it appears that even there by default there is a 3mm border. Is there is no way to produce a full bleed print – on art paper or otherwise?)

The review is just list the product spec ? Oh I see the in-depth review

My Pixma died just after the warranty expired. Never buy from Canon again.

Thank you very much for a great review.

Printers can be expensive kit and for people like me looking to buy their first, quality, printer this was great reading.

For those of you not interested in these reviews that is fine too just dont bother reading them but please, for the sake of those of us that are interested in all things in the photo field, give up the complaining.

Very poor review, no attention paid to the economics of each print. Many alternative sources available and I have no idea where this ranks.

In case of 8×12 glossy paper color printing what is the approximate print cost? rply please.. thanks in advance

The review fails to highlight that the additional ink in the Pro-1 compared to the Pro-10 is worth $264 (12 x 22ml x $1/ml). So, that accounts for almost the entire price difference between the two printer models…

Also, please note that the spec list on page 2 seems to show the specs of Pro-1 (e.g. inks are the same, no wifi, weight & dimensions). And that there is a missing B&W image on page 5(?).

Is the red ink really necessary? Reds look good to me with just CMY. Photo cyan is the most critical. We have a printer without it and I see problems. Photo magenta, hard to say. Grays might be useful for people who print B&W, which we do not. The gray cartridge just sits there for years waiting to clog.

How much ink gets used in a printhead cleaning cycle?? One of the problems of the small ink tanks on my i9900 and 9500Pro is that whenever one changes one the machine goes through a printhead cleaning cycle – which consumes quite a lot of the remaining inks in the other cartridges. This makes for rather high operating costs – if you use Canon cartridges.

probably a great printer, but i see a problem with 10 ink cartridges of only 14ml..

You always are changing them.. they are just too small; meaning that you have to have them all 10 extra just in case ; and the change that one of them is finished while printing is also substantial ; and you can do it again.

I imagine Canon choose for small tanks to make it cheaper to buy them all…

Usually printer do not print borderless with matte papers -there must be a good reason for this…

I would like to know how something like this compares to XYZ photolab.

Page 1 of the Pro-10 review states :

Though substantially lighter by 17 pounds, at 43.9 pounds, it has the same solid feel of the Pro-1.

But the specs on page 2 shows this for the weight of the Pro-10 :

Dimensions 27.4 x 9.5 x 18.2? (696 x 241 x 462 mm)

The stated dimensions are also those of the Pixma Pro-1

thanks for spotting that, checking the specs now…

Thanks for making this printer review. Im i the market for a new one and this could well be it.

Regarding the arbitrary fine art paper margin limitations – just use a different program to print. This is exactly what I do with my Pro 9500 Mark II printer (which suffers from the same margin limitations when using Canons software to print on fine art papers) – I print using Photoshop CS6, which lets you set any margin youd like regardless of the paper type/color profile you print with. Using this method I can do borderless prints on any paper type, and I suspect you can do the same thing with the Pro-10.

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