Canon Unveils All New PIXMA Photo Printer: the PRO-1

October 27th, 2011

canon_PIXMA-PRO1_open_1000.jpgAimed at photo enthusiasts and professional photographers alike, Canon’s new PIXMA Pro-1 is an impressive inkjet photo printer, which they claim will help photographers “produce the highest-level possible in image quality.”, according to executive View President and General Manager Yuichi Ishizuka. The printer offers a 12-ink system, which incorporates an all new FINE Print Head (4800×2400 DPI) and the addition of  5 monochrome inks (Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray and Light Gray). This combination, along with the addition of a Chroma Optimizer, helps the Pro-1 not only produce stunning color photos, but also enhances black density to produce beautiful B&W photos, offer smoother gradations, and helps suppress graininess.

Another new feature on the Pro-1 is a tubular ink system. On past models the ink tanks rode on the print head itself, where the Pro-1 stores the ink tanks on the left and right sides of the printer. The ink is then feed into this tubular system, which helps improve print speeds due to less mass on the print head itself. Canon claims you can pump out a 13×19-inch print in just 4 minutes and 20 seconds; which is about 1.8x faster than its predecessor, the 9500 Mark II. The ink tanks have also increased in size, offering 157% more ink than past models (approx. 2.5 times larger). Luckily, the price of these ink cartridges hasn’t increased by 157%!

The Canon PIXMA Pro-1 is scheduled to start shipping sometime this fall, with a MSRP of just $999 USD: quite a bargain in our eyes. We are on the list to get one of these beauties in for review as soon as they become available, so stay tuned for Steve’s in-depth review. For now, you can check out Canon’s official press release below for more details.

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CANON
U.S.A. UNVEILS THE PIXMA PRO-1 PROFESSIONAL INKJET PRINTER DELIVERING
HIGH-QUALITY, ACCURATE RESULTS

A
New Legend in Imaging Featuring a New 12 Ink System, New FINE Print
Head and Chroma Optimizer

LAKE
SUCCESS, N.Y., October 26, 2011 –

Taking print quality and accuracy to a whole new level, Canon U.S.A.
Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the launch of the
PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer. Professional photographers
can be confident that the final output from this new printer will
match the photographic vision captured from their camera. Newly
developed for this printer is a 12-ink system, five of which are
monochrome, along with a new FINE Print Head to help deliver
consistent, superb results that professional photographers demand.

“Canon
is proud to be one of the only companies to offer professionals a
complete input to output photographic ecosystem,” said Yuichi
Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging
Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The recent
introduction of the EOS-1D X DSLR camera and now the PIXMA PRO-1
Printer, further solidifies Canon’s commitment to providing
professionals with the necessary equipment in order to help them
produce the highest-level possible in image quality.”

The
Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer features a completely
new ink system to help professionals achieve gallery-quality results.
This new system features 12 inks (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Photo
Cyan, Photo Magenta, Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Dark Gray, Light
Gray and Chroma Optimizer) which help to increase the color gamut in
all directions when compared to other similar models currently in the
market. Additionally, skin-tone reproduction has been improved to
provide a more natural look, eliminating the magenta cast
occasionally found when printing portraits.

Seeing
is Believing

Many
professional photographers judge the overall effectiveness and
ability of an inkjet printer based upon the output for a
black-and-white image. To achieve the desired results for a deeper,
richer, truer black creation, the engineers of the Canon PIXMA PRO-1
Professional Inkjet Printer have incorporated five monochrome inks
into the ink system. Utilizing the Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray,
Dark Gray and Light Gray inks, photographers will experience smooth
gradations, suppressed graininess and a reduction in the bronzing and
metamerism phenomenon which shows a metallic luster such as
iridescence due to the colors in reflected light. The Light Gray ink
is especially effective in helping to suppress the grain in
highlights. The gray monochrome inks are useful in creating a neutral
print, allowing for improved accuracy to the way the image was
originally captured helping to reduce the need for extensive editing.

As
part of the overall ink system, a Chroma Optimizer has been included
to aid in the accuracy and quality of prints. In addition to
increasing the color gamut, the Chroma Optimizer further increases
the black density when printing on glossy media types for a deeper,
darker black. After the ink is laid down on the media, the printer
applies the Chroma Optimizer to help eliminate the bumps between
droplets that at times can reflect light irregularly, resulting in a
more uniform and aesthetically pleasing print. Another important
facet of printing is the overall lifespan of the print. Based upon
independent testing conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, the
expected light fastness of a print using the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer with
Canon’s semi-gloss media is approximately 70 years1.

For
the first time in a Canon PIXMA Professional Printer, the PIXMA PRO-1
Photo Printer will feature a tubular ink delivery system, with the
inks housed on the sides of the printer, helping to improve the print
speed when compared to existing PIXMA Pro models. With this new
system, the PIXMA PRO-1 Printer can produce a 13-inch x 19-inch sized
print in approximately four minutes and 20 seconds2
on Canon Photo Paper
Pro Platinum, helping to increase the productivity in any photography
studio. The printer also features larger ink tanks than any other
PIXMA Pro printer model to date. When compared to the tanks used by
existing models, these new ink tanks are 2.5 times larger. This
incredible increase can decrease the amount of time users have to
interact with the printer and replace the ink tanks.

To
help improve the overall efficiency and workflow of the printer, an
intuitive paper feed has been included with a dual paper path on the
top rear of the printer for semi-gloss and glossy media and a manual
paper feed on the back for fine art media. This feeding system will
help to ensure paper is initially fed correctly thus eliminating
skewed prints which results in wasted ink, paper and more importantly
time. For the first time on a Canon PIXMA Pro printer, the PIXMA
PRO-1 Printer is also networkable via an Ethernet connection allowing
multiple users the ability to print to one machine. For educational
institutions this feature is key so each student will be able to
showcase their work in a high-quality fashion. Also, photo studios
will find this especially useful when working to complete projects in
a timely manner without sacrificing image quality.

Canon
has also worked with the leading paper companies in the industry to
create ICC Profiles designed to help users to get the best possible
results from their prints. At launch a total of 26 ICC Profiles are
available for users of Hahnemuhle, Ilford, Moab and several other
paper types. For more information on the exact paper names, please
visit: www.usa.canon.com/pixmapro.

An
added benefit to those who purchase the Canon PIXMA PRO-1
Professional Inkjet printer is for the first time, this product can
be used to qualify toward a Canon Professional Services (CPS)
membership. For individual full-time working imaging professionals
who use Canon equipment, the CPS program offers a range of benefits.
These benefits can include (depending on membership level)
professional phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted
service and repairs, service loaners, onsite support at select events
and shows, plus discounts on Canon Live Learning workshops and more.
For more information on the program, including eligibility
requirements and benefits, please visit www.usa.canon.com/cps.

The
Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer will have an estimated
selling price of $999.993.

Try
My Photo

The
Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet printer will also be a part of
Canon U.S.A.’s “Try My Photo” program4.
With this program, consumers in the United States have the
opportunity to submit an eligible digital image of their choice to be
printed on a select Canon printer to demonstrate Canon’s
high-quality printing capabilities and help participants make a more
educated decision when purchasing a printer. Along with the image,
consumers who participate in this program can receive additional
product information. To learn more please visit:
www.trymyphoto.com/pro

About
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon
U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S.
in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired
Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of
customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based
consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes.
Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and
environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news
from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by
visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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†Based
on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

All
referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

Availability
and specifications of all products are subject to change without
notice.

1
Testing done by Wilhelm Imaging Research. Prints framed under glass
(with 5mm glass).

2
Photo print speed is based on the default setting using ISO/JIS-SCID
N2. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration,
interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage,
type of paper used etc.

3
Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are set by
individual dealers and may vary.

4
Offer
available to legal residents of the United States and Washington,
D.C. only. Limit one sample print per printer per household.
Additional conditions and restrictions apply; see
trymyphoto.com/termsandconditions.

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