Canon Unveils All New PIXMA Photo Printer: the PRO-1

Aimed at photo enthusiasts and professional photographers alike, Canon's new PIXMA Pro-1 is an impressive inkjet photo printer, which they claim will help photographers "produce the highest-level possible in image quality.", according to executive View President and General Manager Yuichi Ishizuka. The printer offers a 12-ink system, which incorporates an all new FINE Print Head (4800x2400 DPI) and the addition of 5 monochrome inks (Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray and Light Gray). This combination, along with the addition of a Chroma Optimizer, helps the Pro-1 not only produce stunning color photos, but also enhances black density to produce beautiful B&W photos, offer smoother gradations, and helps suppress graininess.

Another new feature on the Pro-1 is a tubular ink system. On past models the ink tanks rode on the print head itself, where the Pro-1 stores the ink tanks on the left and right sides of the printer. The ink is then feed into this tubular system, which helps improve print speeds due to less mass on the print head itself. Canon claims you can pump out a 13x19-inch print in just 4 minutes and 20 seconds; which is about 1.8x faster than its predecessor, the 9500 Mark II. The ink tanks have also increased in size, offering 157% more ink than past models (approx. 2.5 times larger). Luckily, the price of these ink cartridges hasn't increased by 157%!

The Canon PIXMA Pro-1 is scheduled to start shipping sometime this fall, with a MSRP of just $999 USD: quite a bargain in our eyes. We are on the list to get one of these beauties in for review as soon as they become available, so stay tuned for Steve's in-depth review. For now, you can check out Canon's official press release below for more details.



A New Legend in Imaging Featuring a New 12 Ink System, New FINE Print Head and Chroma Optimizer

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 26, 2011 - Taking print quality and accuracy to a whole new level, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of the PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer. Professional photographers can be confident that the final output from this new printer will match the photographic vision captured from their camera. Newly developed for this printer is a 12-ink system, five of which are monochrome, along with a new FINE Print Head to help deliver consistent, superb results that professional photographers demand.

"Canon is proud to be one of the only companies to offer professionals a complete input to output photographic ecosystem," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The recent introduction of the EOS-1D X DSLR camera and now the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer, further solidifies Canon's commitment to providing professionals with the necessary equipment in order to help them produce the highest-level possible in image quality."

The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer features a completely new ink system to help professionals achieve gallery-quality results. This new system features 12 inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Photo Cyan, Photo Magenta, Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray, Light Gray and Chroma Optimizer) which help to increase the color gamut in all directions when compared to other similar models currently in the market. Additionally, skin-tone reproduction has been improved to provide a more natural look, eliminating the magenta cast occasionally found when printing portraits.

Seeing is Believing

Many professional photographers judge the overall effectiveness and ability of an inkjet printer based upon the output for a black-and-white image. To achieve the desired results for a deeper, richer, truer black creation, the engineers of the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer have incorporated five monochrome inks into the ink system. Utilizing the Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray and Light Gray inks, photographers will experience smooth gradations, suppressed graininess and a reduction in the bronzing and metamerism phenomenon which shows a metallic luster such as iridescence due to the colors in reflected light. The Light Gray ink is especially effective in helping to suppress the grain in highlights. The gray monochrome inks are useful in creating a neutral print, allowing for improved accuracy to the way the image was originally captured helping to reduce the need for extensive editing.

As part of the overall ink system, a Chroma Optimizer has been included to aid in the accuracy and quality of prints. In addition to increasing the color gamut, the Chroma Optimizer further increases the black density when printing on glossy media types for a deeper, darker black. After the ink is laid down on the media, the printer applies the Chroma Optimizer to help eliminate the bumps between droplets that at times can reflect light irregularly, resulting in a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing print. Another important facet of printing is the overall lifespan of the print. Based upon independent testing conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, the expected light fastness of a print using the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer with Canon's semi-gloss media is approximately 70 years1.

For the first time in a Canon PIXMA Professional Printer, the PIXMA PRO-1 Photo Printer will feature a tubular ink delivery system, with the inks housed on the sides of the printer, helping to improve the print speed when compared to existing PIXMA Pro models. With this new system, the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer can produce a 13-inch x 19-inch sized print in approximately four minutes and 20 seconds2 on Canon Photo Paper Pro Platinum, helping to increase the productivity in any photography studio. The printer also features larger ink tanks than any other PIXMA Pro printer model to date. When compared to the tanks used by existing models, these new ink tanks are 2.5 times larger. This incredible increase can decrease the amount of time users have to interact with the printer and replace the ink tanks.

To help improve the overall efficiency and workflow of the printer, an intuitive paper feed has been included with a dual paper path on the top rear of the printer for semi-gloss and glossy media and a manual paper feed on the back for fine art media. This feeding system will help to ensure paper is initially fed correctly thus eliminating skewed prints which results in wasted ink, paper and more importantly time. For the first time on a Canon PIXMA Pro printer, the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer is also networkable via an Ethernet connection allowing multiple users the ability to print to one machine. For educational institutions this feature is key so each student will be able to showcase their work in a high-quality fashion. Also, photo studios will find this especially useful when working to complete projects in a timely manner without sacrificing image quality.

Canon has also worked with the leading paper companies in the industry to create ICC Profiles designed to help users to get the best possible results from their prints. At launch a total of 26 ICC Profiles are available for users of Hahnemuhle, Ilford, Moab and several other paper types. For more information on the exact paper names, please visit:

An added benefit to those who purchase the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet printer is for the first time, this product can be used to qualify toward a Canon Professional Services (CPS) membership. For individual full-time working imaging professionals who use Canon equipment, the CPS program offers a range of benefits. These benefits can include (depending on membership level) professional phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted service and repairs, service loaners, onsite support at select events and shows, plus discounts on Canon Live Learning workshops and more. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements and benefits, please visit

The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer will have an estimated selling price of $999.993.

Try My Photo

The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet printer will also be a part of Canon U.S.A.'s "Try My Photo" program4. With this program, consumers in the United States have the opportunity to submit an eligible digital image of their choice to be printed on a select Canon printer to demonstrate Canon's high-quality printing capabilities and help participants make a more educated decision when purchasing a printer. Along with the image, consumers who participate in this program can receive additional product information. To learn more please visit:

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting

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1 Testing done by Wilhelm Imaging Research. Prints framed under glass (with 5mm glass).

2 Photo print speed is based on the default setting using ISO/JIS-SCID N2. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc.

3 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

4 Offer available to legal residents of the United States and Washington, D.C. only. Limit one sample print per printer per household. Additional conditions and restrictions apply; see