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Canon reveals the PIXMA PRO-1 A3+ professional printer

Canon reveals the PIXMA PRO-1 A3+ professional printer

October 2011

Canon has announced the PIXMA PRO-1 printer – the world’s first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks and the new flagship model in the PIXMA Pro series. Featuring an EOS-inspired design, the stylish printer produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome, and is ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers. Its exceptional levels of productivity make it suitable for studio use and commercial exhibitions.

Groundbreaking 12-ink system for superb results

The PIXMA PRO-1’s unique 12-ink system significantly expands colour gamut in most areas and features a new Chroma Optimizer ink for increased black density and uniform glossiness. Five monochrome inks produce professional-quality black and white prints with excellent detail in shadow and highlight areas, as well as smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess. Next generation LUCIA pigment inks are used for outstanding image permanence, allowing prints to be sold or exhibited with confidence.

Exceptional quality colour and monochrome prints

The PIXMA PRO-1 supports 1200ppi input resolution (double in comparison to the resolution of any previous PIXMA Pro printer) to reflect the increasing number of pixels available on professional cameras and to produce smoother prints with high resolutions up to 4800x2400dpi.

The new Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system analyses the photo colour and precisely calculates the optimum ink combination and volume of ink droplets, which are then accurately placed on the paper by Canon’s FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles. The OIG system enhances colour reproduction, natural tonal gradations and uniform glossiness in each print mode and media type, to produce print quality so realistic it almost jumps off the page. Smooth tonal gradations in colour and monochrome prints are achieved through 16-bits per channel printing capability.


The PIXMA PRO-1’s ink tanks are situated on both sides of the front of the printer for easy changing, but changing won’t often be required as the ink tank capacity has been increased by 2.5x compared to tanks in previous PIXMA Pro printers.

The PIXMA PRO-1 also features three colour modes, including the new Photo Colour print mode that reproduces fresh blues and greens to match people’s memory of colours. Linear Tone mode reproduces colours with linear tone curve, while the ICC Profiles mode means users can utilise paper-specific colour profiles or create their own colour profiles.

Commercial scale productivity

The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce a gallery-quality print in approximately two minutes 55 seconds, down from seven minutes 55 seconds for the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II printer.

A 2.5x larger ink tank capacity compared with the nearest PIXMA Pro model ensures that longer running periods can be maintained between ink changes. Front-opening panels allow for easy access to the tanks on either side of the main printer body and, for efficiency, the rear tray takes up to 20 sheets of photo paper, while the manual feed slot accepts photo paper up to 356mm (14”) wide and heavier fine art papers.

For saleable prints real-time droplet volume control stabilises colour and ink density, ensuring consistency of colour output from print to print. Reliability in a commercial environment is assured through the use of features commonly found on wide format professional printers, including a mist fan with an air circulation system and a tubular ink supply system separate to the print head. An Ethernet connection ensures that the PIXMA PRO-1 can be shared easily over a network.


The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce high-resolution A3+ gallery-quality prints in two minutes 55 seconds and is a high quality desktop printer for professional and studio use.

Simplified workflow and pro colour control

The PIXMA PRO-1 comes with Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software that simplifies printer settings and allows batch printing. Support has also been expanded to the full Adobe Photoshop® family as well as to the Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software package. The printer can automatically select the correct ICC profile for each Canon paper, whilst an expanded range of ICC profiles is available for Fine Art papers from well-known manufacturers.

The Colour Management Tool Pro software supports x-rite colour management tools, including Colour Munki Photo and Colour Munki Design, and enables users to create custom ICC profiles to ensure the optimum output quality – click here to download the Colour Management Tool Pro software.

The PIXMA PRO-1 also includes the Ambient Light Correction feature seen on previous Canon printers so that users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed. The print colours are then automatically adjusted to ensure the very best colour reproduction under different viewing conditions.

PIXMA PRO-1 – key features at a glance

  • The benchmark A3+ printer for photography professionals
  • Groundbreaking 12-ink system with exceptional colour gamut
  • Chroma Optimizer for uniform glossiness and crisp, sharp blacks
  • Optimum Image Generating system enhances colour reproduction
  • Stunning black and white prints with five monochrome inks
  • New LUCIA pigment inks ensure outstanding photo permanence
  • Creates a gallery-quality A3+ photo in approx. two minutes 55 seconds
  • High capacity ink tanks ensure long periods between replacements
  • Wide range of media support including 356mm (14”) wide and thick media
  • Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in for efficient printing workflow