The Canon Pixma Pro-1 provides three color modes for printing. These include a Photo Color mode which matches the memory colors, a Linear Tone mode which reproduces colors with a linear tone curve, and the ICC profiles for more than 400 kinds of special paper that we have mentioned before. We tested the Pro-1 using Canon’s own glossy photo paper and the factory-supplied ICC profile that comes with the printer, and we were very satisfied with the results. The Pro-1 managed to deliver superb photo prints on the glossy paper, which is usually a problem area for inkjet printers.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1’s photo prints are of exceptional quality with pleasing and accurate colors, rich range of tones, and strong contrast. They are definitely among the best results we have ever seen from a photo printer. We were particularly impressed with how the Pro-1 managed to render finely patterned detail so well. The color-match between the PC monitor and the photo prints is also satisfying, although not absolutely accurate. As for black and white printing, the Pro-1 is also capable of producing much better results than those of previous Canon photo printers, since it now uses five monochrome gray inks.
Despite using five monochrome gray inks which consist of matte black, photo black, dark grey, light grey, and grey, the Canon Pixma Pro-1 still doesn’t provide a separate black and white mode like the one found on Epson photo printers. Fortunately, even without a separate black and white mode, the Pro-1 is still capable of producing black and white prints with much more neutral tone than those you will get from previous Canon photo printers. It is worth noting that the Pro-1 uses only a minimal amount of color inks when printing black and white, so you will not see even a slight of color cast on the print results unless you use a magnifier.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1 needs approximately 4 minutes and 20 seconds to print a 13” x 19” photo. The Pro-1 is significantly faster compared to Canon’s previous flagship photo printer, the Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II, which needs almost 8 minutes to print a photo of the same size. However, the Pro-1 is still slower than its direct competitor, the Epson Stylus Photo R3000, which is capable of printing a 13” x 19” photo in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is the most impressive desktop photo printer that the company has ever produced. It is good-looking, very well built, sophisticated, fast, and delivers superb photo prints. With the Pro-1, Canon is now in a position to challenge the market leader in professional photo printing, namely Epson with its Stylus Photo R3000. The Pro-1 comes with larger-capacity ink tanks and provides support for third party fine art media paper, while the R3000 on the other hand is faster, smaller, and less expensive. It is hard to determine which one is better, but for sure, they are both the current best A3+ photo printers available.