Performance

February 28, 2013 by Elizabeth Hoyt Reads (13,545)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance

Ease of Use
There aren’t many printers out there that come with programs to print that are actually useful to a professional photographer. The Pixma Pro -100 does not get any better with Canon’s My Image Garden program. While we’ve found this to be a fine and easy to learn program for the common user in past Canon AIO reviews, it is not a program for a professional.

When importing a photo from a professional image editing program, all coloring is changed. The photographs look nothing like the originals. All blacks are darker and shadows more defined, but not in a good way. The photographs are unusable. You will spend an hour trying to find a way to adjust the way pictures are imported, the form as to how they are imported, and just adjusting the photo itself to make it look right, but to no avail. The manual isn’t helpful when dealing with this issue either. Howver, if you print directly from a different program, you can avoid these problems.


Samples images using My Image Garden (top) vs. Original (bottom)

While the My Image Garden printing program is not great for professionals, Canon also offers the brand new Print Studio Pro.  This printing plugin works in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom and is easy to install and use. The controls to adjust how a photograph is printed are right at your fingertips and like Lightroom it is easy to open and hide the panes so you can see your images larger. 

Canon makes it easy to adjust the color matching for each Adobe program by putting them on one screen. The ability to make the adjustments between sRGB and AdobeRGB makes printing from the Canon Pixma Pro-100 flawless. The photos printed from the Print Studio Pro come out perfectly in both Photoshop and Lightroom. The Print Studio Pro is another positive improvement in the Pixma Pro line of printers.

Printing from PictBridge is easy and turns out great. With Canon’s PictBridge there is no need to install anything on your device to print which makes it simple. Just plug in the device to the front of the Pixma Pro-100 and print. There is no detail lost in printing from an external device. The photos color and clarity still remain outstanding.

Print Speed and Quality
Print time won’t necessarily blow you away. It takes about 90 seconds to print an 8×10 in best mode (speeds will increases in standard quality settings). If you are used to all-in-one printers or just your everyday inkjet printer, you will be excited for the increased print speeds. Compared to other photo printers though, these times are just about average.

Printing with the Pixma Pro-100 can get pretty loud if you aren’t using quiet mode. When not in quiet mode, the paper feeding into the printer and coming out is loud! It was surprising how loud the picture was coming out. It will make you jump if you aren’t ready for it. Just leave the printer in quiet mode and you almost won’t notice that the printing has started or finished.

The color intensity and sharpness of the Pixma Pro-100 is outstanding, when using glossy paper and printing in best quality. When using matte photo paper, the contrast is a bit dull and lacking depth. Pictures just appear flat and lose some quality from the true image. The image you print will not be exact to what you see on the screen when using a matte paper. To the untrained eye it will be perfectly fine and they may even love it, but when you are trained to look for the specific things that really make a photograph great, you will notice a big difference. This difference may just be the type of ink that is used with this printer and not the printer itself. The Pixma Pro-100 uses dye-based ink unlike the Pixma Pro-1 which uses the Lucia pigment ink.


Sample image comparing Matte (top) vs. Glossy (bottom), Sample image comparing Standard quality (left) vs. Best quality (right)

The other factor that makes a difference in print quality from this printer is the quality at which photographs are printed. Printing at the standard quality setting is fine for printing wallet size and 4×6’s, but when you are printing 5×7’s or larger, always stick with the best quality. Even though this will use more ink, the actual print will be much better and true to the image that was captured. The user will find the blacks to be more defined and the color clarity to be wonderful. All images appear as true color, which, when photographing people is a must. You never want someone to look too green or blue; anything unnatural is unacceptable. The Pixma Pro-100 keeps all colors as close to natural as you can get. As said before the ink will drain faster, but it is worth it for the image quality you get in return.

The Pixma Pro-100 will use up ink but not anymore than other photo printers. Since printing at best quality is the best way to go with this printer you will use a little more than you may have thought but the way the photographs turn out is nearly perfect and will not disappoint. Ink cost is always a concern with photo printers. There is not much you can do to avoid this. The Pixma Pro-100 will fall in line with this, but as I said before, the quality is too good to pass up.


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