Canon printer comparison

Canon PRO-10 (vs

Recently I concluded my review of the PRO-1 with my long-term report where I said:

… make this printer have a smaller footprint, weigh less, add wireless networking and large capacity print tanks. With these issued addressed, I think this could be a compelling choice for people retiring their older Epson printers.

Well the PRO-10 answers all of those requests, except for the larger capacity ink tanks. In fact, this printer is so similar to the PRO-1 that I urge you to read my PRO-1 review for lots of info about features and software that are also featured on this printer.

Setup

I did a wireless setup with the printer in a separate room from my computer. After installing the disc into my computer I never had to get up to go to the printer as everything “just worked” wirelessly. The R3000 did a great job with this, but the PRO-10 had much better information in the wizards and was overall more suited for normal people versus geeks.

x No lame app was needed – native AirPrint just works with the PRO-10

My Epson R3000 requires an app to print from my iOS based devices, but the PRO-10 supported native AirPrint. As a result, I just had to choose the printer from my iOS device (on the same wireless network) and everything “just worked.”

Black & White Performance

Test Image #1

When printing this image as color, I expect the image to have a slightly brown tone to it. The PRO-1’s extra inks prove valuable here as it is able to print this more faithfully to the real color than the PRO-10 can (using identical Canon Luster paper and driver settings). The shadow detail was also much better on the PRO-1 than the PRO-10, so I was a little disappointed in the results from the PRO-10 on this image.

HarukaThe differences could just be the quality of the ICC profile of the PRO-1 over the PRO-10, but I wouldn’t be happy with this result so I’d have to generate my own profile or choose a different paper with a better profile.

Test Image #2

Surprisingly conducting the same exact test with this image (which doesn’t have a color cast) resulted in very similar results on the PRO-1 versus the PRO-10. I was happy with the PRO-10 result.

I’ll do more testing, but for the several other monochrome images I printed without a color cast (printed as color via the driver) I found the PRO-10 to do a good job. The PRO-1 is clearly the better black and white printer, but I wasn’t as concerned with the differences on the second test image as I was with the first.

Color Print Performance

The PRO-1 and PRO-10 both created what appeared to be nearly identical results to my eyes and preferable to results I get from my Epson printers. I loved the results from both and felt no need to tweak the image or reprint as this one was just nailed perfectly on the first try by the PRO-10.

For this image the PRO-10 was significantly more accurate than the PRO-1 I think because the PRO-10 had a superior color profile in the yellow tones. The PRO-1 version was a little too yellow, but it was identical to the PRO-10 otherwise.Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Both printers had a little too much black, but it’s something that only I’d notice as I’ve had to print this image hundreds of times for my printing series. I felt that my Epson and large format Canon (i.e., iPF6300 & iPF6450) printers do a better job with this particular image than the PRO series printers, but I suspect that’s due to superior ICC profiles.

For this image I’m looking for tones in the red, and the PRO-10 did a fantastic job as did the PRO-1. The richness and slightly warmer tones actually made me prefer the prints from the Canon printers way more than comparable Epson printers – for this image. The blacks were excellent on this image as well!

4x6 prints straight from my Canon in-camera jpeg’s (with no edits) printed via Lightroom were excellent as well – with no hassle.

Canon PIXMA PRO-1 (review)

The PRO-1’s ink cost is slightly more than the R3000, but contain more ink so the ink prices for the PRO-10 will be half of the PRO-1. This makes the out of pocket expense when replacing inks cheaper for the PRO-1, but the large capacity inks are always cheaper over time.The PRO-1’s two extra inks also give it a better tonal range.

The PRO-1 is also better suited for thicker paper (like those typically over 380 gsm), but I rarely print on paper that thick and heavy on this size printer (I use the iPF6450) so it’s a non-issue for me.

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