Canon has announced its latest flagship A3 printer, the
Pixma Pro-1, which is the world’s first A3 printer to offer 12 separate inks.
The new flagship printer in the Pixma range offers some
rather impressive numbers. As well as being the first A3 printer to offer 12
separate inks, it supports a 1200ppi input resolution, is capable of producing
images with a resolution of up to 4800 x 2400 dpi and has a print head with
12,288 nozzles to help reproduce such accurate images.
The 1200ppi input resolution is double that of previous
generation Pixma printers and a new Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system is
used to analyse the photo colour and then calculate exactly what combination of
inks is needed.
For those looking to produce black and white images, the new
Chroma Optimizer claims to help increase black density and make glossiness more
uniform. The 12-ink setup features five monochrome inks whih promise to produce “professional
quality black and white prints with excellent detail in shadow and highlight
areas, as well as smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess.”
The Pixma Pro-1 comes with Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in
software which simplifies printer settings and allows batch printing, and support
has now also been expanded to the full Adobe Photoshop family as well as to the
Canon Digital Photo Professional software package.
The Pixma Pro-1 claims to be able to produce a gallery-quality
A3 photo in approximately 2 minutes 55 seconds, while insisting that the high-capacity
tanks should ensure long periods between replacements.
The printer is clearly aimed at photography professionals and not a
model most users will be sitting next to their desktop PC to print out the odd
holiday snap. As such it will be priced at £799 when it goes on sale here next
month. For a more pocket-firendly A3 printer, then the Canon Pixma ix6550 for £160 might be a better bet.