Canon released the Canon Pixma Pro-10 around 2014 and changed prosumer printing. Even though it was released over five years ago the Pro-10 (and the Pro-10S) is still one of the the flagship models until you reach into professional level territory.
The Canon Pixma Pro-10 is a monster of a printer. It has ten different ink cartridges, including nine colors and a Chroma Optimizer. At about $15 each they may not be cheap, but they aren't super expensive either, especially with the amount of paper you can chew through. The biggest difference between the Pro-10 and the cheaper Pro-100 seems to be the addition of the Chroma Optimizer and two different blacks and, if you ask me, it's totally worth it.
The Chroma Optimizer is interesting, as it seems to be that as the ink dries, something happens and the images you take just look... better than when they first come out but it is difficult to say exactly how. It's almost as though the blacks are blacker, and the colors are more accurate with a more even gloss. It's not something that really comes across through the internet but it's definitely worth the extra cost. Canon claims that the Chroma Optimizer is supposed to minimize glare and maximize color vibrancy and I have to say, it works.
From a financial standpoint, the printer is about $450 after a mail-in rebate which is a good price for something like this. Able to print out gorgeous 13x19 prints in a few minutes, and 8.5x11 prints in about 3 and a half minutes depending on paper and quality setting. this is a fantastic printer to use on set to give a gift at the end of a long shoot day.
With some slight tricking of the software you can print out longer than the 13x26.61 the printer recommends if you have the paper that is longer, but 14" wide is as wide as it goes, sadly. Anything else and you're looking at real big bucks. But you can cut from a roll of paper to get big panoramas to hang/sell/giveaway.
One issue with the printer, I've noticed, is that if your monitor isn't perfectly calibrated, and you are not great at nailing down skin tones, you may end up with some very pink looking prints, so it's recommended to get a few smaller papers to double check your accuracy before printing on anything larger. I personally use a spyder5elite to ensure that everything is properly calibrated.
The Canon Pro-10 is a sort of middle of the road Printer, with the next step up being the (now discontinued) Pro-1 and then next step down being the Pro-100 so the question is, what are the differences?
The Pro-100 uses 8 inks instead of ten, missing out on the Chroma Optimizer and it only has one black instead of the pro-10's photo black and matte black inks. The Pro-100 also uses dye based ink compared to the Pro-10's pigment inks meaning that the Pro-10 is better designed to resist against fading, but the Pro-100 is faster to print, sometimes twice as fast!
The Canon Pro-1, on the other hand, has an extra two ink colors, adding a light gray and dark gray, and the ink tanks are much larger. The Canon Pro-10 ink cartridges hold about 13ml worth of ink, compared to the Pro-1's 36ml at $35.99. Meaning you are paying about $1/mL for the Pro-1 compared to $1.15/mL of ink for the Pro-10. All three printers can print the same sizes, up to 13x26.61 (but you can trick it into 13x36) totally borderless. The Pro-1, the Pro-10, and their Pro-100 all have similar limitations, it just depends on just how much you plan on printing and how accurate you need them to be.
When it comes to printing, the question arises, how much does it cost? Well, thankfully, our friends over at Red River Catalog have our backs as they did a big long test on this printer and found these numbers. This is only when considering the cost of ink, not the cost of ink and paper, mind you, as that varies by paper type.
4x6 - $0.34
5x7 - $0.49
8x10 - $1.12
11x14 - $2.16
13x19 - $3.47
What I Liked
Prints quickly and accurately
Prints come out exactly the same every time
Looks nice on my desk
A good price to quality ratio
What I Didn't Like
This is expensive, and prints are a bit of a tougher sell than they used to be
Ink is a little expensive but it could be worse.
What do you think of the Canon Pixma Pro-1? Ever think of picking one up? What do you think of yours if you already have one?