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Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Review

This is a fantastic, near-professional quality printer at a competitive price
Canon PIXMA Pro-100
Credit: Jason Peters
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Price:   $500 List | $765 at Amazon
Pros:  High resolution, vivid colors, great dynamic range
Cons:  Hard to set-up, big footprint
Manufacturer:   Canon
By Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 6, 2020
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RANKED
#2 of 13
  • Color - 35% 8
  • Black and White - 35% 9
  • Print Capabilities - 15% 7
  • Operating Cost - 10% 7
  • Set-Up - 5% 4

Our Verdict

This runner-up for the Editors' Choice Award for best overall printer is one heck of a machine. From the superb image quality to a wide range of print mediums and formats to the low operation cost, there isn't much that this printer doesn't do at a high level. Add to the package a modest price tag and you will see why we are so fond of the PIXMA Pro-100.

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Pros High resolution, vivid colors, great dynamic rangeBroad print dimensions, vast print mediums, low print costs, fantastic image fidelityConsistent color, easy set-up, broad format optionsGreat color rendition, good dynamic range, good tonal rangeEasy to use, decent resolution, prints common sizes
Cons Hard to set-up, big footprintHuge footprint, expensiveMicrobanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areasPoor resolution, few paper options, relatively expensiveMicrobanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation
Bottom Line This is a top-tier, professional level printer at a reasonable priceThis near-professional quality machine leaves little to be desiredThis printer yields high-quality images at a reasonable priceThis spendy machine is among the best of mid-size printers in color rendition and dynamic rangeA quality mid-size machine that will appeal to the casual user
Rating Categories Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Epson SureColor P600 Expression Photo... Epson PictureMate... Canon PIXMA TR4520
Color (35%)
8
8
6
5
6
Black And White (35%)
9
9
7
7
6
Print Capabilities (15%)
7
9
8
5
5
Operating Cost (10%)
7
8
7
7
5
Set Up (5%)
4
6
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Specs Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Epson SureColor P600 Expression Photo... Epson PictureMate... Canon PIXMA TR4520
Resolutioin (dots per inch) 4800 x 2400 5760 x 1440 5760 x 1440 5760 x 1440 4800 x 1200
Max photo deminsions (inches) 13" x 19" 13" x 129" 13" x 44" 5" x 7" 8" x 10"
Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print) $0.40 $0.36 $0.45 $0.45 $0.58
Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches) 8.5" x 27.2" x 15.2" 9" x 24.2" x 14.5" 6.3" x 18.7" x 14.5" 3.3" x 9" x 6.9" 7.5" x 17.2" x 11.7"
Printing technology Inkjet (Theromal DOD) Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Piezo DOD) Inkjet (Theromal DOD)
Print time per 4" x 6" (or mini print) 55 seconds 63 seconds 34 seconds 86 seconds 128 seconds
Color palette (ink cartridges) Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow Matte Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black Black plus color cartridge
LCD screen No Yes Yes Yes No
Touch Screen No Yes No No No
Battery No No No No No
Memory cards supported N/A N/A N/A SD, SDHC, SDXC, MiniSD, MiniSDHC, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC N/A
Ink type Dye-based Pigment-based Dye-based Dye-based Pigment (black) and dye-based (color)
Roller paper No Yes No No No
Connectivity Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet
Hi-Speed USB, PictBridge (Cable not included)
Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support; USB 2.0, Wireless n1, Wi-Fi Direct1 and 100Mbit Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), Wi-Fi CERTIFIED (802.11n only), Wi-Fi Direct
Epson Connect 4: Epson iPrint Mobile App, Apple Airprint, Google Cloud Print
iPad, iPhone and Android tablets, Alexa and smartphones; Ethernet networking, andard Connectivity:
Hi-Speed USB, USB Host, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, Wi-Fi Direct 5, Ethernet 10/100
Hi-Speed USB 2.0/Wireless 802.11 b/g/n5, WiFi Direct4 Printing from a Mobile Device:
Epson Connect 6, Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint Mobile App, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Android Printing, Remote Print
Hi-Speed USB
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n wireless networking, 2.4 GHz)
Operating system requirements Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 32-bit Intel processor
Mac OS X v10.5.8 - 10.9.x7
Apple macOS 10.13.x-10.12.x, OS X: 10.11x-10.7x
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Microsoft Windows®: 10, 8.1, 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows 10 8/8.1/Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit , 64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8 — macOS 10.12.x6
Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8.x (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.6.8 — 10.10.x8;
Internet access is required to install drivers and software.
Windows:20 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac:21
Mac OS X v10.10.5 - macOS v10.13 (High Sierra)
Mobile Operating Systems:22 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile, and Fire OS (Amazon Fire) devices
Scanner No No No No Yes (bed and feed)
Touch Screen No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

What sets this machine apart from the pack is the quality of its color and grayscale renderings, the large array of printing formats, and the wide range of print medium options which includes canvas. Unfortunately, the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 doesn't accommodate photo paper rolls, but that is one of its few shortcomings and a small one considering the low cost of this machine. If you are in the market for a large format printer that yields pin-sharp images with high-fidelity, then you can't do too much better than this printer.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


The is a lot to like about the Canon PIXMA Pro-100. For starters, its image quality is excellent with few exceptions (see Dislikes below). This machine prints in all formats up to 13" x 19". It will accommodate a veritable cornucopia of print mediums including common photo paper types ranging from super high gloss to matte as well as canvas. This machine also prints 4" x 6" color pics for an estimated 40 cents a pop, which is below average for the class.

Credit: Laura Casner

Given the quality of the photos rendered by this model, it warrants going into a bit more detail. First off, the color fidelity — that is, how well the rendering matches the original image — is spot on in all but its largest format. The resolution is sharp as a tack and the dynamic range is as good as we have seen on any printer we've tested. As for the grayscale capabilities, this model nailed it here as well. The tonal transitions and gradients were very pleasing, and it rendered great detail in both very light and very dark areas of the test prints.

Dislikes


There isn't a whole lot to criticize this machine for, but here's what we found. The best results were rendered in formats smaller than 13" x 19". In the largest dimensions, the color images took on a slight orangish hue, noticeably warming the colors. We observed a similar warming effect in the black and white images as well. As far as long term costs are concerned, this printer had the best results on the higher-end paper, making achieving the very best results a bit more expensive than some of its competitors.


This printer is one of the largest in the class. As a result, one will likely have printing needs that rationalize the large amount of desktop real estate it will consume. As a final consideration, this printer did frustrate us a bit during the set-up process. The machine is not fully assembled in the box, which is rare, and it lacks an LCD screen to guide one through the process of connecting with the computer. That said, this is a one time process and our frustration faded when the high-quality prints started rolling out.

Value


While the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 is not an inexpensive machine, it is competitively priced for the capabilities and quality that it delivers. Considering the cost to performance ratio that this model boasts, we think that it's one heck of a value. However, keep in mind that it might be overkill for some folks and you might get greater value out of a printer better suited to your needs.

Conclusion


The PIXMA Pro-100 checks nearly all the boxes for a large format photo printer. The machine renders exceptional quality both in grayscale and in color. It covers a wide range of print mediums including canvas. Moreover, it's upfront and long-term costs are very competitive. Our only complaints are that it suffers from a drop-off in quality in the largest picture sizes and there was some frustration during the set-up process. That said, this machine is quite impressive.

Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer