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Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO-1000 photo printer review

 


Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO-1000 photo printer review
Published on May 31, 2016   |  Updated on October 31, 2019

 

For the first time, Canon introduces a photo printer in A2 format. It uses twelve cartridges of a new generation of pigment ink, including four monochrome cartridges for beautiful black and white prints. The famous Chroma Optimizer cartridge for a uniform shine of the print is also renewed. This Canon ImagePROGRAF Pro-1000, which uses some of Canon's latest technology, is the current flagship of Canon's technology for long-lasting prints. Follow me for this test of one of the most beautiful printers on the market today...


This Canon Pro-1000 printer therefore covers a complete family of photo printers (A3+ to A2) and you don't have to be a big clerk to guess that this printer will see its innovations applied to other models. So it's kind of a milestone! It allows printing on the very beautiful and large format 40x60 (A2), very popular with professional photographers, especially since this model "naturally" uses pigment inks to guarantee a very long shelf life and large capacity cartridges (80 ml). This printer is therefore intended for professional or experienced amateur photographers who do not wish to compromise on print quality, especially in black and white and on so-called "Glossy" or baryta papers.


 
 

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Canon Pro-1000

$1,299.99

If you print on Glossy or baryta photo paper, this is clearly my favorite printer! - Read my conclusion  

 
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Introduction to the Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer

The Canon ImagePROGRAF Pro-1000 is therefore an A2 format photo printer - a first at Canon - that uses pigment inks but with a brand new composition - Lucia Pro - to improve the gamut (see below). Far from the weight of multifunction printers, it weighs 36 Kg and therefore imposes some but not so much compared to the old Canon Pro-1. This is the best manufacturing quality tested on this site (excluding large format printers). We can feel that we are entering the world of very high quality printing and favorite products...

   
Canon PRO-1000 photo printer
 

Main features:

To start, here are the main features and some views of this Canon Pro-1000 printer:

  • Photo printing up to A2 format with vertical or almost flat loading from the back for thick paper printing,
  • Suction system for a perfectly flat hold of the sheets when printing without margins,
  • Large thermal print head (1536 nozzles) for fast print runs (minimized risk of nozzle clogging),
  • 12 cartridges of new-generation pigment inks: Lucia Pro for very long life and an improved gamut,
  • 80 ml cartridges,
  • Three grey ink cartridges for high quality but neutral black and white printing without calibration,
  • Control from a PC via cable or Wifi, Ethernet, AirPrint, direct printing from a camera via USB cable on the front of the printer (Full features )
   
Canon PRO-1000 printer on a desktop   The Canon PRO-1000 printer and its ink cartridges
Loading ink cartridges on the Canon PRO-1000 printer   Printing from a tablet on the Canon PRO-1000 printer
   
  Technical specifications
  Canon Pro-1000 Launch price: $1,299.00
Printing format
Up to A2 (2400 x 1200 dpi)
 
Number of cartridges
12 including 2 black, 2 grey + Optimizer - 80 ml
  Cartridge type LUCIA PRO ink (Ref. PFI-1000)
  Sheet tray A5 to A2 up to 0.7 mm thick
  Control panel 2.9 inches touch screen color display
 
Printing speed
A A2 in 3 min. 35 sec. Allow 15 min en HD
 
Connectivity
Wifi + AirPrint
  Software Print Studio Pro + various
 
Interfaces
USB 2.0 + Ethernet + Wifi + Cloud
  Dimensions 723 x 433 x 285 mm
  Weight 70.5 lb
  Company canon.com
 

 

 

Installation of the Canon Pro-1000 printer

The use of this printer starts as always with its installation, a little longer than usual because it is necessary to install the print head and especially to wait more than ten minutes for the complete circuit to fill with the precious ink. But the installation of ink cartridges, for example, is extremely simple by opening the cover at the very bottom of the printer.

 

Loading Canon Pro-1000 cartridges

 

Canon Pro-1000 print head

 

Connecting the printer -  For once, the two connections are made on the same side - on the left rear - of the printer so it is not necessary to buy a longer cable for safety... but taking into account that the printer is still very wide - more than 27.5 inches - so be careful with the length of the cable if you place it on the right of your computer.

What's in the box...

As very often, you will obviously find the printer (I'm not kidding!), the connection cable but no USB 2.0 cable. Plan well for its possible purchase if you want to use your printer immediately not via Wifi. A much rarer thing and therefore to be highlighted, the print head is also separate and therefore exchangeable. You will also need to install it. You will also find drivers and other PC software on CD. For Mac you may have to download everything from the Internet. Finally, you will find the documentation and a complete set of new ink cartridges. Filling the ink circuit takes some time (about ten minutes...).

Attention! The box does not contain a USB 2.0 cable so you should plan to buy it beforehand so you can use it immediately if you do not want to use your printer in Wifi.

Original Delivered Cartridge Capacity: Once you have loaded the entire ink circuit of this printer, the consumable levels will be about half the capacity of the cartridges. I blame it on the filling of the circuit and not on a manufacturer's pingrill!

Software/drivers?

I just installed the manufacturer's print drivers + generic profiles so I won't tell you about the software suite sold with this printer. The different screenshots of this test were made from Photoshop CC or Lightroom.

Mac installation -  When you turn on the printer once it is connected to your Mac, the OS asks you to install the software download from the Internet to get the latest version. Attention! In order to benefit not only from the latest drivers but also from those allowing to disable color management - so the full version because strangely enough there are two of them! - I invite you to download the second version  


 

And to check that you have installed the correct version, you must be able to select the following menu:

 



Which papers should be loaded at which location?

There are two ways to load sheets of paper into this Canon Pro-1000: a top tray - pictured here - which can accept a stack of sheets up to A2 size and a rear and almost flat sheet loader - fragile or thick sheet.

This printer accepts all kinds of photo papers, of course from Canon but also from all other brands. It must then be calibrated.

Black ink: Photo Black or Matte Black?

Encres noires Photo Black / Photo Mat de la Canon Pro-1000The Canon Pro-1000 printer has two black cartridges with different properties:

  • A cartridge called "Black Photo/PBK": it will be suitable for printing all "glossy, Glossy, Semi-Gloss and barium" papers, i.e. papers that have received a surface treatment that prevents ink from penetrating into its fibres,
  • A cartridge called "Black Matt/MBK": it will be suitable for all matte papers such as Watercolour Mat, Smooth, Canvas, etc. These papers drink more ink.

But unlike the Epson, you don't have to do anything! Depending on the paper you have chosen, the printer will use photo black or matte black. No purging to be expected! Very practical. We will see later what this matt black is worth in printing, especially against its direct competitor, the Epson SC-P800 (Read my test of the Epson SC-P800 )...

Chroma Optimizer ink

The Canon Pro-1000 printer still has a unique cartridge - the Chroma Optimizer! It is in fact a transparent ink that guarantees identical reflections throughout the print, even in white areas that obviously do not have an ink receipt. This can only be seen from certain angles, but these less important reflections on these famous parts of the print are then visible (slightly!). Thanks to this Chroma Optimizer cartridge, the entire print run will have the same reflections, the same brilliance, whether it is printed a little, a lot or not at all.

This "Canon Special" ink is managed in the printer driver menu "Print Settings > Transparent Coating":

 

 

You then have two options (unlike the Canon Pro-1):

  • Auto - Chroma Optimizer ink is automatically coated, so essentially where the paper has not received ink, so in the white, unprinted areas. If this does not suit you, you must choose the second option.
  • General - Chroma Optimizer ink is applied to the entire print run to ensure a predictable result and therefore no unpleasant surprises in Auto mode.

Use note - This option is only usable and accessible when you have selected a paper called "glossy" and therefore using Black Photo ink. On matt papers, this ink has no interest whatsoever! This cartridge is given for 97 prints in A2 format. I give you my opinion on this "ink" a little bit lower....

Suction system for the Canon Pro-1000's paper sheets

The Canon Pro-1000 printer has, like large format printers, a paper suction system to keep the paper perfectly flat when printing without edges. It is obviously effective although a little noisy while the printer does not vibrate a hair so you can leave it on your (big!) desk without being bothered at least by these untimely vibrations.

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Using the Canon Pro-1000

We will test here the color and black and white printing by letting the printer take care of everything so using the generic ICC profiles or only the black and grey inks of the "Black and White" mode then we will calibrate this printer with the ColorMunki Photo (for a budget adapted to this printer and from the excellent i1 Studio) in order to know a little more about its gamut and especially to know if it is necessary to calibrate this printer or not in the next paragraph.

Color printing with generic profiles

Just read my tests of multifunction printers to see that the generic profiles have made so much progress that the Canon MG7750 printer, which does not calibrate itself because it is not possible to disable color management in its printer driver, really surprised me: I highly recommend it! What about this much more powerful photo printer because it represents the flagship of Canon in 2018? Well, I printed my picture of the colored house facades using the manufacturer's profile and the result is quite astounding and I weigh my words: I had simply never seen this before! In color, it is not necessary to calibrate this Canon Pro-1000 printer... which, in fact, is self-calibrating! And that's the explanation. So if you put side by side an "uncalibrated" print run and a print run after calibration with your calibration kit and well I wouldn't even be surprised if you would prefer the print run using the "generic" profile. Very nice and a first in my tests....

   
  Color print with the Canon Pro-1000 + generic profile (On Epson Premium Glossy paper)
  Print on Epson 7800 + calibration (on Epson Premium Glossy paper)
 

My opinion on "generic" ICC profiles (auto-calibration) -   Never seen before! It is not necessary to calibrate this Canon Pro-1000 to such an extent that I do not find the prints made after calibration with my own kit more beautiful. Just a little different on some colors but without being able to say that it is more faithful compared to the screen and especially more beautiful. Surprising to say the least!

Black and white printing: "Black and white printing" mode

As on the older Canon Pro-1 printer, it is possible to choose to print a photo in "Black and White Mode" so no ICC profile is required because this printer always uses five cartridges of grey or black inks but with a brand new composition - LUCIA PRO -.

In the case of this first print run, I therefore decided to check the box "Black and white photo printing" of the print driver in the "Quality and media" menu but before I chose the menu "printer manages colors" in the Photoshop printing menu :

 


Tirage photo de la statue du Bernin Louis Albertoni la Bienheureuse

Photo print of "The Blessed Ludovica Albertoni" - By Bernini, Rome - Permajet Oyster 270 paper

 

It is even possible, still without a dominant color, to print slightly warmer or colder photographs thanks to a very practical B&W module accessible through the "Print Settings > Color Options" menu AND provided that you have chosen the option "Color Match > Canon Color Match" and not "ColorSync" on Mac:

 

 

My opinion! 

The result was already remarkable on the Canon Pro-1 and it is even more beautiful on this new Canon Pro-1000 to the point of being a major asset. I had never seen a more beautiful black and white printing based on inks, so outside the Piezo process. The blacks and whites are obviously neutral (more or less warm at choice) but above all very shaped, a little like on a silver print. The printing point is very regular, very fine with a magnifying glass and this can be "felt" with the naked eye by a very soft, progressive and subtle rendering.
Moreover because to this is added another equally striking asset, the dark or very dark tones, on the edge of the black are printed as on the screen, very subtly also while often there is an on/off side when you approach the black. Beautiful!

Black and white printing on matt paper: how deep are the blacks compared to the new Epson SC-P800 ?

The photo below is telling: the new formulation of Epson pigment inks for the SC series makes it possible to obtain blacks significantly deeper than with this Canon Pro-1000 and this is particularly striking on these matt papers even if I observe progress compared to the Canon Pro-1. With the Canon Pro-1000, the blacks printed on these fine art papers will never be really deep blacks but only very dark grays. This will not be the strong point of this printer...

 

On mat Permajet Smooth Slik 300 paper with Epson Surecolor P-600 that use the same Ink as the Epson Surecolor P800.

Color printing with a custom profile (after calibration with i1 Studio X-Rite) of the Canon Pro-1000

As with all photo printers, it is possible to disable the color management of its print driver in order to calibrate it. That's what I naturally did! I calibrate all printers with the Colormunki Photo now replaced by the i1 Studio even better in order to have the same reference for all printers, even lower end.

Important note on Mac! Disabling the color management of the Canon Pro-1000 driver is done automatically if you print from Photoshop or Lightroom AND choose the " Photoshop manages colors" option (2) below:

 


 

  • On MAC OS: Color matching will be disabled by default
  • On PC : Choose "None" in the "Color Matching" menu.

 

To disable the printer's color management, simply choose "Color Processing: Photoshop manages colors" in the Photoshop printing window.


What about the visual result?

After calibration with the i1 Studio, this Canon Pro-1000 is one of the best photo printers on the market on "glossy" papers (all papers that use Black Photo ink). The result is very - very - close to the image displayed on the screen on my Eizo CS240 (Replaced by the Eizo CS2420).

Loading papers from the Epson SC-P600

Original file


Let's continue with the print on Permajet Glossy 271 paper:

Printing with the Canon Pro-1000 on Permajet Glossy 271 paper after calibration with i1 Studio X-Rite.

My opinion!  Calibrated or not, this Canon Pro-1000 printer works wonders! But as I said earlier, calibration with i1 Studio, although very effective, doesn't change much unless you need great precision in the colors and you are therefore looking for a "certain" truth... wide debate. One thing is for sure, I don't necessarily recommend calibration with this incredible printer and before condemning me publicly, you should try it!

How to use Chroma Optimizer ink?

My opinion! - My various tests clearly show me that I must leave the option on "Auto" because the effect is always and whatever happens little marked or invisible. Do not waste this ink by applying it in "General" mode. This is an unconvincing Canon option!

About the gamut of the Canon Pro-1000...

In this view, I compare the 3D gamut of this Canon Pro-1000 vs Epson SC-P600 (which uses the same inks as its direct competitor, the Epson SC-P800) on Permajet Glossy 271 paper:

 

Comparison of Canon Pro-1000 3D gamuts vs Epson SC-P600

 

I am always a little cautious about 3D gamut comparisons that don't mean much in isolation, but this comparison has the advantage of showing that this Canon Pro-1000 has a significantly larger 3D gamut than the Epson SC-P600, especially in blues/violet, oranges. The winner is therefore for once quite easy to choose!

Printing finesse: Canon Pro-1000 vs Epson SC-P600

To my great surprise, the magnification of the prints printed with the Canon Pro-1 shows a significantly larger print point than the average photo printer in 2018 and yet, the two prints are even to the naked eye.

 

On Permajet Glossy 271 paper

 

Even if printing with the Epson SC-P600 is even more "silvery", to the naked eye, it is impossible to see the difference.

And what about the margins automatically managed by the new Canon Pro-1000?

Testing a centered photo in the Photoshop printing utility on a larger sheet of paper is always eloquent. And the result is that the photo is not perfectly centered like the recent Epson SC-800, so you will always have to anticipate this small difference and plan in the printer driver to slightly shift the photo according to the measurements you have made during your tests.

 

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  Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO-1000  
Printing quality 9,5/10
Colors before calibration 10/10
Colors after calibration 10/10
Gamut 10/10
Multi-functionality 8,5/10
Strength/time stability 10/10
Manufacturing quality 10/10
Quality / Price ratio 9,5/10
  I like it very much...  
 
  • Gives access to the beautiful A2 format at Canon,
  • Almost perfect colors without calibration!
  • Obviously calibrates very well!
  • Significantly improved gamut vs SC-P800,
  • Beautiful printer for all glossy or barium papers even without calibration,
  • Perfect black and white mode - the most beautiful one you have ever seen: shaped, ultra-progressive gradients, fine printing, real neutrality or a choice of cold or warm tones - striking quality but be careful, on so-called "glossy" papers only because otherwise the blacks lack a little depth vs SC-P800! Very classy.
  • The best printing quality on the market in dark tones - never seen before for me! The subtle differences on the screen are perfectly transcribed and with subtleties on the so-called "brilliant" papers; great!
  • No vibration on a desk,
  • Printing speed,
  • Value for money,
  • A favorite product of a great class!
 
  I regret...  
 
  • A little less flexible than the Epson SC-P800 but with outstanding qualities that stand out from the crowd,
  • No printing on roll paper,
  • Printing on matt paper lacking a little depth in black vs. Epson SC-P800,
  • A little noisy (suction system blower),
  • Management of automatic margins to be controlled.
 
     
  My overall rating...  
  9,5 / 10, A favorite!  
     
  My conclusion...  
  This Canon Pro-1000 is a favorite product! If you print mainly on "Glossy", "Semi-Gloss" or even barium papers, you will buy the best printer on the market. Quite simply! I have rarely seen such beautiful prints, so subtle in shadows or dark areas, on baryta or "brilliant" papers, in colour and perhaps even more so in black and white. This printer will make you want to print your photographs again! The very high class....  
     
   
 
Canon ImagePROGRAF PRO-1000
$1,299.99
CDN$ 1,799.00
£899.00
Lucia Pro ink (80 ml) X 12
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Here is my full review of the CANON PRO-1000
 
- Full review of the Canon PRO-1000
  - Introduction to theCanon PRO-1000
- Settings and printing with theCanon PRO-1000
- My rating and my conclusion
 

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- How to calibrate your printer?


   

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