Lake Success, NY—Completing the professional class of printers offered by Canon, the Pixma Pro-10 and Pro-100 13-inch inkjet printers are built with the same quality of output and design as its flagship Pixma Pro-1 printer. The two models are engineered to “produce excellent black-and-white and color prints to help ensure what was captured through a camera lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper.”
Canon also worked to improve the printing workflow with new Print Studio Pro plug-in software, faster printing speeds and wireless connectivity, as well as Ethernet capabilities to permit multiple users to print from one machine.
“The additions of the Pixma Pro-10 and Pixma Pro-100 printers to the Pixma Pro-series lineup provide photographers with a number of options to satisfy their printing needs,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA. “Canon is the only company that provides a complete imaging system from input to output for professionals, and these new printers along with the new EOS 6D digital SLR camera further illustrate our commitment to creating new technologies to help users get the most out of their images.”
Canon included a “pro” mode for the new printers that maps color gamut for optimum balance of brightness and saturation. This color mode also helps adjust colors by taking into consideration the characteristics of human perception. The technology helps to create prints that accurately reflect the image as seen on a monitor without needing a high level understanding of color management. In early 2013, this feature is expected to be available as a firmware upgrade for the Pixma Pro-1 printer.
The Pro-10 printer ($699) utilizes a 10-ink tank system with Lucia pigment-based inks to produce a wide color gamut and print longevity on fine art and glossy paper. The printer employs three monochrome inks, including matte black, to generate deep, dark blacks when using fine art paper. Also added was a chroma optimizer to the ink system to improve print quality; in addition to increasing the color gamut, this feature helps enhance the black density when printing on glossy media. In five minutes and 20 seconds, the Pro-10 can produce a 13×19-inch high-quality bordered image in color or black and white.
The eight-color Pro-100 ($4,993) utilizes the ChromaLife 100+ dye-based ink system to produce saturated colors on fine art and glossy papers. Three monochrome inks are included to help enhance black density and produce accurate prints with smooth tonal gradations. The printer can produce a 13×19-inch color, bordered image in 90 seconds or a bordered black-and-white print in under three minutes, which is 5.4x faster than previous models.
Both printers employ Canon’s Optimum Image Generating system, which calculates the best results for each print mode and paper type to help improve color reproduction, tonal gradations and black density while reducing graininess and metamerism.
To help streamline print workflow, Canon introduced Print Studio Pro plug-in software for use with new Pixma Pro printers. The software is designed to provide a simple, seamless photo printing solution from a number of applications, such as the Canon Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. Its user-interface was developed to maximize ease of use with a number of options to adjust the page formats and layouts, accommodate user preferences and manage such variables as color management and printer settings.
Because of the partnership Canon has established with major paper manufacturers, a significant number of ICC profiles are expected to be available at the time these new printers start shipping. usa.canon.com