Canon Pixma Pro-10 Review: Reasons to Buy This Printer

As the midlevel model in Canon’s professional inkjet photo printer line, the Canon Pixma PRO-10 strikes a good balance between price, ink cost, and photo quality. Read on the following Canon Pixma Pro-10 review to know the reasons to buy this printer.

Canon Pixma Pro-10 Review

1. Features and design

Canon Pixma Pro-10 review: design

 

Keep in mind that the Pro-10 is a very high-quality professional photo printer, not a general-purpose inkjet. Even though Canon supplies the printer with the consumer-friendly My Image Garden, an extensive software suite with creative applications for making cards and banners, that’s kind of like using a Lamborghini for grocery shopping. This printer is for putting beautiful photographs and artwork onto paper for displaying.

Other than its sheer size, there’s nothing unusual about the Pro-10. It has very few controls, just a button and a paper feed/resume button below it. At the bottom right of the front panel is a USB jack covered by a plug to hide it; this is for use only as a PictBridge port for connecting digital cameras.

Wide-format printers have varying capabilities. Depending on the intended market or use, wide-format printers may be able to handle roll, rather than a sheet, paper up to 44 inches wide. The Pixma Pro-10 is somewhat more limited, having a maximum paper size of 13 × 19 inches. While some wide-format photo printers can handle 13-inch roll paper, the Pro-10 can only use cut-sheet media.

The front panel of the printer folds down and becomes the output tray. It extends to accommodate large sizes of paper. On the top of the Pro-10, toward the rear, are the two paper feeds. The one nearest to the front can accommodate 120 sheets of letter-size paper or 20 sheets of photo paper. Behind it, there is a single-sheet feed for use with specialty papers and heavier stock.

When all of the feeds and the output tray are retracted, the Pixma Pro-10 has a modern, sleek gray appearance.

As with many Canon printers and MFP’s, the Pro-10 comes with a tray that lets you print on CDs and DVDs.

2. Speed

Speed is less important than quality with near-dedicated photo printers, but faster is still preferable. We timed the PRO-10 at an average speed of 1 minute 55 seconds in outputting a 4-by-6-inch print and 2 minutes 59 seconds per 8 by 10. This is slower than the Canon PRO-100’s average of 1 minute 17 seconds to output a 4-by-6-inch print and 2:01 for an 8 by 10, but faster than the Canon PRO-1’s times of 2:14 and 3:53, respectively. It was significantly slower than the Epson R3000, which scored 53 seconds per 4 by 6 and 1:41 per 8 by 10.

3. Print Quality

Canon Pixma Pro-10 review: print quality

 

The quality of color prints was overall excellent, even with the nose to the print eyeball test. The only issue is that the prints are slightly darker than expected. There had been very little monitor drift. Prints were almost identical using Print Studio Pro in both Pro Mode and with ICC profiles, and prints from Lightroom using the Canon profiles were just slightly lighter, which was visible in a close inspection of the shadows. Although this was noticeable, it might not be a concern. If it is, prints can be lightened in either Print Studio Pro or another application.

Skin tones were excellent in color prints. Black and white prints looked very good, although the tiniest amount of color shift could be seen. Because there is only one grey, very slight detail loss can occur, primarily in the shadows.

4. Software

software

 

Canon provides a very complete software suite with a printer that includes some very simple template options, direct printing from iPhones/iPads, image management functions, and, most importantly, Print Studio Pro. There is a Quick Menu that provides access to most of the software.

Photoshop printing can be a pain to set up, especially if you don’t print very often, and while Lightroom is a bit easier, it’s still not as intuitive as it should be, requiring controls on both sides of the application when in the print mode. It’s easy to print for the wrong size paper, or without upscaling when necessary. Print Studio Pro offers a wide range of options in a single window, making both simple quick printing and more complex printing possible, and it makes the right default choices.

Print Studio Pro automatically installs for use with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. With Lightroom, it is a bit tricky to find it the first time—it comes up under File>Plug-in Extras. All printing options are in a single stack on the right, with a window showing the image on the paper on the left.

In conclusion, this is the Canon Pixma Pro-10 review. Hoping that you find it helpful.

 

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