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Canon PIXMA Pro-200 Review

If you want a full-size printer but don't want a full-size price tag, this unit is worth checking out despite the set-up hassle
Canon PIXMA Pro-200
Credit: Canon
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Price:   $500 List | $600 at Amazon
Pros:  Low cost per print, many print mediums, competitively priced
Cons:  Difficult to set up, no roll paper, big footprint
Manufacturer:   Canon
By Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 25, 2021
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  • Color - 35% 9
  • Black and White - 35% 9
  • Print Capabilities - 15% 8
  • Operating Cost - 10% 8
  • Set-Up - 5% 5

Our Verdict

We found that this printer rendered high-quality black and white as well as color images. It covers a wide variety of paper dimensions and print mediums as well as offering a low cost per print. Our primary critique is that this printer, and Canon printers in general, are unnecessarily difficult to get set up. Additionally, this unit doesn't accommodate paper rolls well as some of the less common but nonetheless cool print mediums covered by the competition. That said, once up and running, this machine delivers high-quality outcomes in common formats.

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Pros Low cost per print, many print mediums, competitively pricedMany print dimensions, several print mediums, low-cost prints, high 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 Difficult to set up, no roll paper, big footprintPhysically large, pricyMicrobanding in grayscale, relatively low definition in dark areasPoor resolution, few paper options, relatively expensiveMicrobanding in larger formats, off skin tones, over saturation
Bottom Line If you’re in the market for a full-size printer then this relatively inexpensive unit is a decent option with the main drawback being the set-upThis pro-level machine provides users with nearly all the printing options that a serious photographer could ask for in a desktop unitThis 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-200 Epson SureColor P700 Expression Photo... Epson PictureMate... Canon PIXMA TR4520
Color (35%)
9
9
6
5
6
Black And White (35%)
9
9
7
7
6
Print Capabilities (15%)
8
9
8
5
5
Operating Cost (10%)
8
8
7
7
5
Set Up (5%)
5
6
5
6
6
Specs Canon PIXMA Pro-200 Epson SureColor P700 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 39" 13" x 129" 13" x 44" 5" x 7" 8" x 10"
Cost per print (4" x 6" or mini print) $0.38 $0.37 $0.45 $0.45 $0.58
Machine deminsions (HxWxD inches) 25" x 14.63" x 7.75" 20.19" x 14.44" x 7.34" 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) 66 seconds 83 seconds 34 seconds 86 seconds 128 seconds
Color palette (ink cartridges) Black, Gray, Light Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Gray, Light Gray, Violet, Photo Black and Matte Black Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray, Red Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black Black plus color cartridge
LCD screen Yes 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 Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet (10/100), Wireless1 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.5/5.0GHz), Wireless PictBridge Hi-Speed USB 3.0 (1 port), 100Base-T Ethernet (1 port), 2.4 GHz (802.11n) and 5 GHz Wireless (IEEE802.11 b/g/n/ac)6, Wi-Fi Direct 6, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Print Layout for iOS 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 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.11.6 - macOS v10.15, 14 iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later; Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 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)

Our Analysis and Test Results

This photo printer's distinguishing characteristic is its price relative to other printers with comparable output quality. Few machines match this unit for color and grayscale as well as print dimensions, print medium, and cost per print. Of the printers that do meet these standards, this unit has more issues with set-up and limitations in print size and material. However, minor shortfalls of this kind are to be expected with the difference in cost.

Performance Comparison


This unit's color renderings are quite good though, without making...
This unit's color renderings are quite good though, without making adjustments, they may be a bit too saturated for some people's tastes.
Credit: Jason Peters

Color


Without a doubt, color photos are the most popular format for rendering images. As such, the color analysis is one of the most important metrics in our assessment of printer performance. The Canon Pixma Pro-200 lives up to its name with color renderings that will please all but the most discerning professional.


Our assessment of color makes use of 7 stock images that cover landscapes, both urban and natural, as well as human subjects. With these images, we can make direct comparisons across the various printers under review. Using this method, details like resolution and color fidelity jump out for all to see. This printer does quite well without altering any of the settings as contrast and saturation are tuned to make images "pop" as is the current fashion. Nonetheless, these settings are easy enough to change to meet the user's preferences so long as the user is willing to experiment a bit.

While color printing is popular, black and white images are a more...
While color printing is popular, black and white images are a more demanding test of a printer's abilities.
Credit: Jason Peters

Black and White


We weight the black and white analysis the same as color despite the overwhelming popularity of the latter. This is largely due to the demands that this format places on the printer and what the grayscale outcomes tell us about the technical capabilities of the printer. Aside from the technical difficulties, we are aesthetically drawn to black and white images. Given our tastes and the challenges posed by the format, we are happy to report that the Canon Pixma Pro-200 scored quite high in this assessment.


The black and white metric follows the same protocols as the color assessment. Specifically, we use a set of stock images that allow for direct comparisons amongst the printers in the class. Again, our focus is on resolution and overall impression though border and tonal transitions are central to the analysis as well. The Pro-200 has crisp borders as well as smooth gradients through darks which is a challenge for most printers. However, the colors run a little warm which was not to our liking.

This unit will accept a wide variety of paper dimensions as wall...
This unit will accept a wide variety of paper dimensions as wall mediums, though they are not expansive as other models we have tested.
Credit: Jason Peters

Print Capabilities


The printer capabilities metric is an assessment of the Canon Pixma Pro-200's print speed, print dimensions, tray capacity, media diversity, and the number of ink cartridges in use. Given what we've discussed about this unit so far, it shouldn't be surprising that it is a leader in the class in this regard. The main gripe that we have with the Pro-200 is that it doesn't accommodate a paper roll and as such the print dimensions are limited to 13 x 39 inches. This won't be a deal-breaker for many readers as the max dimensions give one a lot of room to express themselves.


While the paper roll issue is our main concern, the Pro-200's other printing limitations focus on what mediums it will accept. The unit certainly covers a wide range of paper types from matte to glossy as well as fine art and card stock. What it lacks is the ability to print on canvas and similarly thick materials. Moreover, the tray will only hold 20 sheets of 4 x 6 inch photo paper. That said, this unit does print reasonably fast at just over a minute per 4 x 6 inch color photo. Also, it prints from 8 separate ink cartridges which contribute mightily to the vibrant colors discussed above.

The long-term costs of a printer fall squarely on the cost of the...
The long-term costs of a printer fall squarely on the cost of the ink and paper. While it may not be intuitive, those printers with larger arrays of print cartridges produce the least expensive prints.
Credit: Jason Peters

Operating Costs


The long-term costs of a new purchase are often overlooked when shopping and thus are seen later as hidden costs. However, sometimes the long-term cost works in the consumer's favor. Such is the case with the Canon Pixma Pro-200. We have calculated that this printer produces 4 x 6 inch color prints for just $0.38 each. To put that into context, a national retail chain that we used for comparison produced the same size image for $0.33 and we found the quality to be noticeably lower.


While our cost per print estimate is a round one, it is based on extensive testing and proved to be on the conservative side across the various printers that we reviewed. We first used data from a commercial printer that provided us with the average amount of ink required to cover a square foot of paper with a color image. With that info, we simply calculated the cost of the ink needed for a 4 x 6 inch print and added it to the cost of the paper — simple but telling.

Unfortunately, this printer is an enormous pain in the rear to get...
Unfortunately, this printer is an enormous pain in the rear to get set up.
Credit: Jason Peters

Set-up


Some electronics are particularly difficult to set up. Unfortunately, we have found printers that fall into this category. While most offer no problems at all, the Canon printers we have tested over the years have consistently been unnecessarily difficult to get up and running. While we will say the cost sayings and performance of the operational Canon Pixma Pro-200 will mitigate the frustrations of the set up process, it may be hard to keep that in mind while you're in the trenches.


We spent over an hour in the trenches trying to get our computer to recognize the Pro-200 despite the printer receiving the wifi password through the laptop. You might be thinking, maybe it was your computer. Nope, we tried multiple computers with both PC and Mac operating systems and the problem falls squarely on the printer. Finally, we gave up and reset everything, resorting to a manual set-up. After getting the printer connected we were able to set the features on the printer that were supposed to be done via on-screen prompts. Ugh, so frustrating. Good thing it only has to be done once.

Value


We calculate value as a ratio of cost to performance. In this light, the Canon Pixma Pro-200 offers consumers a good value. The unit performs at a very high level, yet it is significantly less expensive than competitive models.

Conclusion


This review of the Canon Pixma Pro-200 evaluates every aspect of this photo printer such that, having read the above work, one will feel confident whether this is the right machine for their needs and budget. Specifically, we made an in-depth analysis of both its color and grayscale renderings. We also looked at the set-up process, the long-term costs of operation, and the print capabilities. All told, we left no stone of importance unturned and provided you with actionable data to make an informed decision on an expensive device.

Nick Miley, Jason Peters and Austin Palmer