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12-color large-format photo printer

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Brilliant, natural colors. Deep, intense black levels. Smooth, accurate grayscales. Whatever your creative vision might include, Canon's PRO-1 printer can bring it to life. This large-scale photo printer lets you turn your digital images into gallery-ready prints up to 13" x 19" in just moments. It's like having your very own professional photo lab.

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Brilliant, natural colors. Deep, intense black levels. Smooth, accurate grayscales. Whatever your creative vision might include, Canon's PRO-1 printer can bring it to life. This large-scale photo printer lets you turn your digital images into gallery-ready prints up to 13" x 19" in just moments. It's like having your very own professional photo lab.

Advanced printing features

The PRO-1's advanced print head features more nozzles than previous models for an expanded color gamut and faster print speeds. A broad-spectrum, 12-color ink system lets you create stunning, high-accuracy prints. Extra-large capacity ink tanks hold 2.5 times more ink than conventional tanks, so you can spend more time printing and less time swapping cartridges. And unlike most consumer inkjet printers that use dye-based inks, the special pigment inks used by the PRO-1 produce longer-lasting prints with exceptionally smooth gradations of color. Matte black, photo black, and three separate gray ink cartridges deliver rich grayscale and monochrome prints for beautiful black and white photography.

The Chroma Optimizer difference

Canon gave the PRO-1 another advantage. Its Chroma Optimizer system. This unique process adds a special coating that enhances the look of your prints. Here's how it works. During the printing process, Chroma Optimizer is applied over the top of the printed image. It then fills in the gaps between ink droplets, smoothing and leveling the surface of the print. This greater surface evenness provides more uniform glossiness, smoother tonal gradations in colors, and improved black density for photos that stand out from the crowd. The Chroma Optimizer layer also reduces the bronzing effect — a phenomenon which creates incorrect colors and adds an unwanted metallic luster due to irregular surface reflections on the print.

Product Highlights:

  • paper sizes: letter (8-1/2" x 11"), legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 17", 13" x 19"
  • print resolution (color and B&W): up to 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Lucia 12 Pigment Ink System with individual, large-capacity (36ml) cartridges
  • Chroma Optimizer cartridge applies a special coating on the print surface that enhances black density and provides uniform glossiness
  • Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology
  • Optimum Image Generating (OIG) System analyzes picture information and ink mixtures to deliver the best results for each paper type
  • supports a wide variety of professional and fine art printing papers up to 1.2mm thick
  • Ambient Light Correction lets you select the type of lighting in which you'll display your photos, and automatically adjusts printing to provide accurate colors (Windows Vista and Windows 7 only)
  • dual paper paths let you load photo paper in the top auto-sheet feeder or single sheets of thicker fine-art paper through a manual feed slot
  • Direct Print Port for photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras and camcorders
  • high-speed USB port for connection to a computer
  • Ethernet port for printing from a network-connected computer
  • Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software for use with Adobe® Photoshop® CS/CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom®, and Photoshop Elements
  • setup software and user's guide CD-ROM
  • included tray for printing on compatible CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs
  • 27-1/4"W x 9-3/8"H x 18"D
  • weight: 60.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • 12 large-capacity ink tanks (matte black, photo black, gray, dark gray, light gray, cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, red, and chroma optimizer)
  • software CD-ROM (Windows® and Mac®)
  • AC power cord

What's in the Box:

  • PIXMA Pro-1 Professional Inkjet printer
  • 71" AC cord
  • CD-R Tray
  • Photo Black ink tank (PGI-29PBK)
  • Matte Black ink tank (PGI-29MBK)
  • Cyan ink tank (PGI-29C)
  • Magenta ink tank (PGI-29M)
  • Yellow ink tank (PGI-29Y)
  • Red ink tank (PGI-29R)
  • Gray ink tank (PGI-29GY)
  • Photo Cyan ink tank (PGI-29PC)
  • Photo Magenta ink tank (PGI-29PM)
  • Light Gray ink tank (PGI-29LGY)
  • Dark Gray ink tank (PGI-29DGY)
  • Chroma Optimizer ink tank (PGI-29CO)
  • Printhead
  • PIXMA Pro-1 series Setup CD-ROM (U1.0)
  • Sample 8.5" x 11" sheets of MP-101 matte photo paper (for print head alignment)
  • Getting Started--Read Me First booklet
  • Limited US Warranty sheet (English)
  • Limited US Warranty sheet (Spanish)
  • Important Notice sheet (concerning the proper handling of the Print Head)
  • Notice sheet (concerning ink tanks)
  • Network Setup Troubleshooting booklet (Eng/Span)
  • "Read before Setting Up the Machine" booklet
  • Notes for Energy Saving Setting
  • Additional Information for Spanish users

Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

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Spot of Blue and beyond from Burkburnett, Tx on 4/10/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After doing some extensive research I decided on the Pixma pro. I own a Canon DSLR and like staying with their products and warranties. After my first print I fell in love with the unparalleled quality of the result. If you are serious about your photographic prints I highly recommend the Pixma Pro 1.

Pros: Just flat out works!

Cons: Cost of ink but, there are alternatives to this issue that provide the same superior results.


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LUCIA Ink System: The Canon PIXMA Pro-1 Photo Printer features the Canon 12-color LUCIA pigment ink system for richer, more true-to-life color reproduction that will satisfy even the most demanding photographer. The 5 monochrome inks deliver enhanced, deep black density for professional-looking black & white photos. The LUCIA system also includes a Chroma Optimizer which brings uniform ink height over the printed page, and regulates surface reflection to maintain the natural color and integrity of your photos. The ink tanks are 36ml in volume, approximately 2-1/2 times larger than previous 14ml Canon PIXMA Pro Printer ink tanks. Inks included with the printer include:

  • PGI-29MBK: Matte Black
  • PGI-29PBK: Photo Black
  • PGI-29DGY: Dark Gray
  • PGI-29GY: Gray
  • PGI-29LGY: Light Gray
  • PGI-29C: Cyan
  • PGI-29M: Magenta
  • PGI-29Y: Yellow
  • PGI-29PC: Photo Cyan
  • PGI-29PM: Photo Magenta
  • PGI-29R: Red
  • PGI-29CO: Chroma Optimizer

Resolution: Canon's Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance print head with an amazing 12,288 nozzles (1024 x 12), ejecting precise, consistent droplets as small as 4 picoliters. The result is 4800 x 2400 dpi max resolution for color and black & white prints producing richer images with improved brilliancy, rivaling that of positive film.

PictBridge: You can connect this printer directly to any PictBridge-compliant digital camera. The PictBridge standard allows you to connect a PictBridge-compliant digital camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Print Sizes: The Pro-1 can make various sizes of bordered or borderless photos. It can print 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 8.5" x 11" (letter), 11" x 14" (legal), 11" x 17", and 13" x 19" sized photos. It can also print letter and legal sized documents.

Paper Type: The Pro-1 printer is compatible with many varieties of Canon photo and fine art paper. In addition, you can use papers from numerous non-Canon brands. Plain paper, including recycled paper, from 17 lb to 28 lb can be used as well. The Canon paper recommended for the Pro-1 include:

  • Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101)
  • Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201)
  • Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201)
  • Matte Photo Paper (MP-101)
  • Fine Art Photo Rag (FA-PR1)
  • Fine Art Museum Etching (FA-ME1)
  • Photo Stickers (PS-101)

Dual Paper Path: The Pro-1 has two paper sources. The rear tray (or "auto sheet feeder") allows you to load up to 150 sheets of plain paper, or up to 20 sheets of photo paper. Single sheets or particularly thick paper up to 14" x 17" can be fed from the Manual Feed Tray.

Disc Label Printing: In addition to conventional printing, the Pro-1 has a tray that allows you to print directly onto the printable surface of a CD or DVD. You can use standard sized 12 cm or the smaller 8 cm discs (with supplied adapter). The discs used must be specifically compatible with inkjet printers. The printable area of the disc excludes the 1 mm area from the internal and external diameters of the label.

Print Speed: The printer can produce an 8" x 10" bordered color photo in approximately 2 minutes 10 seconds. An 11'' x 14" color and grayscale photo can be printed in approximately 2 minutes and 55 seconds. The USB Hi-Speed interface enables fast data transfers from your computer, reducing total print time.

Printing Methods: The Pro-1 offers various printing methods for your convenience:

  • Borderless Printing: The borderless printing function allows you to print data without any margin by enlarging the data so that it extends slightly off the paper.
  • Fit-To-Page Printing: This feature automatically enlarges or reduces the printed document or photo to fit the size of the paper being used.
  • Scaled Printing: This feature allows you to specify a scaling value and print a document or photo with pages enlarge or reduced to match the paper size being used.
  • Page Layout Printing: The page layout printing function allows you to print more than one page image on a single sheet of paper.
  • Tiling/Poster Printing: This enlarges and splits the print image across several sheets of paper. The printed sheets can then be assembled to make a larger poster.
  • Booklet Printing: A multi-page document is printed so that two pages of the document fit on each printed page. The print order is set automatically. After the document is printed, you can create a booklet by folding the pages and saddle-stitching the binding.
  • Duplex Printing: The duplex printing function allows you to print data on both sides of a sheet of paper.
  • Stamp/Background Printing: The stamp printing function allows you to print a stamp text or a bitmap over or behind document data. The background printing function allows you to print a light illustration behind the document data.

Optimum Image Generating System: The Optimum Image Generating (OIG) System utilizes two major technologies implemented in the PIXMA Pro-1. The first is a sophisticated mixing balance of inks determined from numerous ink combinations and advanced analysis. During this analysis, the OIG System carefully calculates the best results for each print mode and paper type used while looking at various image factors including color reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, low graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing and anti-metamerism. These critical ink balancing principles are derived from Canon's expertise in imaging technology, as well as the familiar colors of life that people see and remember on a daily basis. The second is the balancing of color reproduction, tonal gradations, and uniform glossiness.

Gray Scale: This printer allows you to print full-color digital photos in grayscale. The printer uses black and gray ink for grayscale printing together with the minimum amount of color ink required. This prevents color inconsistency in grayscale photos. In addition, you can print grayscale photos with a cool bluish tint or a warm reddish tint.

Ambient Light Correction: The Pro-1 is equipped with an Ambient Light Correction feature, which allows you to select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed. The printer will make the color adjustments automatically, based on the lighting type, to ensure the displayed result looks just the way the photographer intended. This feature is only supported by a computer operating on Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

Correcting and Enhancing Photos: The Easy-PhotoPrint EX software allows you to make several adjustments to correct or enhance your photos on your computer before printing. Some of the corrections and enhancements include: Auto Photo Fix, Red-Eye Correction, Face Brightener, Face Sharpener, Digital Face Smoothing, Blemish Remover, and Image Adjustment (for overall brightness, contrast, and sharpening). You can also apply specific filters to create the Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, and Blur Background.

Ink Level: You can confirm the ink level using the printer status monitor, displayed every time you print from your computer. You can also confirm ink status using the ink lamps on the printer. LEDs above each ink tank will flash slowly or quickly to indicate whether the ink is low or out.

Included Software

Minimum System Requirements (Windows):

Operating System

Windows 7
1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB (32-bit) / 2 GB (64-bit)

Windows Vista, Vista SP1, Vista SP2
1 GHz processor
512 MB

Windows XP SP2, SP3
300 MHz processor
128 MB

Browser Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
Hard Disk Space 1.5 GB (for bundled software installation)
CD-ROM Drive Required
Display SVGA 800 x 600

Minimum System Requirements (Macintosh):

Operating System

Mac OS X v.10.6
Intel processor
1 GB

Mac OS X v.10.5
Intel processor, PowerPC G5, PowerPC G4 (867 MHz or faster)
512 MB

Mac OS X v.10.4.11
Intel processor, PowerPC G5, PowerPC G4, PowerPC G3

Browser Safari 3 or later
Hard Disk Space 1.5 GB (for bundled software installation)
CD-ROM Drive Required
Display XGA 1024 x 768

Included Software:

  • PIXMA Pro-1 Printer Driver
  • Color Management Tool Pro
  • Easy-PhotoPrint EX
  • Easy-PhotoPrint Pro
  • Solution Menu

Inputs and Outputs

Back Panel of Printer:

  • Power cord connection: Jack for use with supplied AC cord.
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: USB-Type B Hi-Speed connector
  • Wired LAN: RJ-45 Ethernet connection

Front Panel:

  • Direct Print Port: USB-Type A connector used to connect the printer to a PictBridge-compatible digital camera or camcorder.


Paper output tray and sheet feeder paper rest closed:

  • Width: 27.25"
  • Height: 9.375"
  • Depth: 18"

Front paper tray and sheet feeder paper rest open and fully extended:

  • Width: 27.25"
  • Height: 18.5"
  • Depth: 33.75"

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It works great I have had no problems with it, although I can't download the firmware upgrade having nothing but problems with that. [ CARL  Mar 22, 2014 ]