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If you want your professional photo printout to come out good-looking, inkjet photo printers are the best. The Canon Pixma Pro-100 inkjet photo printer comes with a very modern-looking light gray design. But you don’t purchase a printer for its looks, do you? You want to know how it performs. In short, it performs very well in all aspects, making it the best photo printer in its price class. It is also the best large-format printer and one of the best printers for cardstock papers in this price range.
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The Canon Pixma Pro-100 overall is a fantastic inkjet photo printer for all the professional photographers out there. It delivers on all fronts and doesn’t lack in any particular category. Also, the Canon Pro plug-in software (compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS5.1, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8/9/10, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7/3, and Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.12 or later) works exceptionally well and provides very high-quality prints. Check out our Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 review for another printer that has high-quality prints.
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Well, as is the case with most professional-grade photo printers, it prints out about three sheets per minute (8.5″ X 11″ photo paper). Some might consider it very slow, but photo printers have historically been pretty slow. Part of that has to do with the high-resolution print quality. We’ll be going over that in the next section. If you really need faster print speeds and don’t care about the quality, just get the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 instead.
This printer’s max DPI comes at around 4800 x 2400, which is more than enough for printing out a professional photo edited in Adobe Photoshop using the Canon Pro plug-in. In fact, you can’t find this kind of resolution at this price in any other professional, impressive photo printer. So that’s another win in Canon’s book.
The Canon Pixma Pro 100, unlike many other inkjet printers, is very efficient regarding ink cartridge usage. So Canon achieves this by separating the ink tank into individual CLI 42 ink tanks (black, gray, light gray, cyan, photo cyan, magenta, photo magenta, and yellow). So, you can only replace the particular ink cartridges that run out, saving money in the process. The Canon Wireless TS8120 printer is another highly efficient printer you can read about. However, if you don’t care about efficiency and just want a compact, portable printer, check out our Canon Pixma iP110 review.
This Canon photo printer is a wireless printer, so obviously, it has Wi-Fi. And on top of that, it supports AirPrint. Also, you can download the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint app to print out photos from your Android device. But, if you are not going to use any of that, it doesn’t make sense to shell out more than $600 for this printer. In that case, go for the cheaper Canon Pixma iX6820.
With its vast array of features, the Canon Pixma Pro-100 provides quite an incredible value for money aspect for all photography enthusiast buyers. Our only nitpick would be the printer-head quality, but the Canon store customer service is pretty good, and they should be able to help you out within the warranty period.
The Canon Pixma Pro-100 is excellent overall. If you are upgrading from something like the HP OfficeJet 3830, you can really feel the difference in quality on this printer.