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Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Driver

 Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Driver

Although it is the entry-level model in Canon's professional photo inkjet series, the Canon Pixma PRO-100 ($807.53 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) is capable of producing gallery-quality prints up to 13 by 19 inches in size. For the hobbyist photographer who wants to step up their game, this is the way to go.

When folded out, its dimensions are 8.6 by 27.2 by 15.2 inches (HWD), making it somewhat larger than the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 ($1,429.99 at Amazon), which is Editors' Choice.

(Creates new tab) and almost the same in terms of mass. Like the R2000, it doesn't have an LCD, so you'll need to check the screen of the computer you're printing from to see information like how full the ink tanks are. USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi are all supported.

For its dye-based inks, the PRO-100 has eight individual ink tanks, one each for black, gray, light gray, yellow, magenta, photo magenta, cyan, and photo cyan. The Canon Pixma PRO-1, the top of the line model, has 12 individual ink cartridges. 

The PRO-100 may have a lower MSRP than the PRO-1, but its ink is more expensive, at least per milliliter; there is no reliable way to calculate the cost per printed page for this type of printer. The PRO-1, with its substantially larger capacity (36 ml) tanks, costs exactly the same per milliliter of ink as the PRO-3, despite having smaller ink tanks. The PRO-100 also has higher ink costs per milliliter than the Editors' Choice, the Epson Stylus Photo R2000, which comes in at $1.25.


With near-dedicated photo printers, speed takes a back seat to quality, although faster is still preferred. With QualityLogic's hardware and software, I was able to time the Canon Pixma PRO-100 at an average of 1 minute and 17 seconds for a 4-by-6 print and 2 minutes and 1 second for an 8-by-10 print. It's slower than the Epson R2000's timings of 51 seconds for a 4-by-6 and 1 minute and 42 seconds for an 8-by-10, but significantly quicker than the Canon Pixma PRO-1's times of 2:14 and 3:53, respectively.

Quality of Results

A photo printer like the PRO-100 isn't typically purchased for its ability to print text, but knowing that it can do so with above-average quality for an inkjet is a nice bonus. The most prevalent business fonts were among those that fared well. The graphics were slightly above average for an inkjet, albeit the colors were inaccurate in a few pictures.

Nevertheless, the PRO-100 is at its best when taking photographs. It performed exceptionally well in our typical photo tests, capturing a lot of detail in both bright and gloomy scenes, as well as on people's faces. Perhaps a perfectionist would detect the slightest glimmer of color in an otherwise black and white photo. 

Besides planned experiments, I also conducted some ad hoc ones, using both standard-sized and larger-format prints (13x19 inches). Printing photos with very dark backgrounds was not its strong suit, which is to be expected given that five of the PRO-1's twelve ink tanks are dedicated to black and gray tones. The colors were slightly incorrect in a couple prints. However, the quality of the photos is sufficient for making prints for display or sale.

The Canon Pixma PRO-1 has reduced ink costs but is more expensive overall due to its larger size, heavier weight, and slower print speed compared to the PRO-100. The PRO-1 excelled at printing images with black or very dark backgrounds and also performed somewhat better when printing other images.

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