Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers.
And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new Canon PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field.
Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely.
See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 2100, 4100, and 6100 printers will exceed your expectations.
#1 - The PRO Series Links Directly to a CANON EOS Camera
Photographers and digital professionals of all types are rejoicing over the fact that you can now directly link a digital camera directly to the PRO 2100, PRO 4100 and PRO 6100 printers.
This new process is called Crystal-Fidelity and it ensures that the original structure, clarity, and texture of the original photos are maintained and printed with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency.
At this time, Canon is the only company offering this functionality. Neither Epson nor HP have the ability to link directly with a digital camera.
#2 - Lucia PRO 11-Color Pigments Inks PLUS Chroma Optimizer
The LUCIA PRO 11-color ink system features and all new ink formulation with increased pigment density for richer color expression.
Plus, the Chroma Optimizer works to further enhance the quality and ensure uniformity of light reflection. This unique ink system help enable a broad color gamut with finer details in dark areas and improved gloss uniformity.
Bronzing and graininess are also greatly reduced with the new LUCIA PRO ink set.
#3 - The All-New PRO Print Head
Canon’s new PF-10 print head is a re-engineered marvel.
This 1.28-inch-wide print head boasts 18,432 nozzles, 27 temperature sensors, and a non-firing nozzle direction system to help ensure control and precision for the highest level of print quality.
Also, clogged nozzles are a non-issue. This is because on detection of a clog, the sensors stop use on the malfunctioning nozzle and use another one to compensate for it.
This helps reduce ink waste and the need to activate self-cleaning mode. To reduce the occurrence of clogs altogether, then sensors are temperature controlled so that the ink is maintained at the proper viscosity for optimal and consistent ink droplet placement.
#4 - Built-in Color Density Sensor and Color Calibration System
Color output is optimized by Canon’s built-in Color Density Sensor and calibration system. This capability is extremely important to professional photographers and graphic artists because it means that these printers can reproduce colors reliably and consistently, over time.
Canon’s Color-Calibration System is simpler and easier to use than competing systems.
With Canon’s Color Density Sensor, a calibration for one media type is used to make adjustments on the other Canon supported media—unlike Epson and HP, who require the need for a spectrophotometer, and repeat calibrations for each type of media or print mode.
Plus, color calibration on the Canon is fast---it can be done in just 10 minutes.
#5 - Innovative and Dynamic Media Handling
Canon’s refined media loading system enables a roll of media to be loaded into the printer without directly touching the media with your hands.
This is extremely useful for glossy papers that are prone to show fingerprints and smudges. Simply set the media in the roll holder and lightly rotate the flange to initiate the leading edge of the media to be automatically fed into the assembly.
Additionally, the optional Multi-Function Roll (MFR) System can also be used as either a second media rolls or it can be configured as a bi-directional take-up unit.
#6 - Versatile Connectivity Options Out of the Box
Today’s art studios and design shops need various ways to share data and connect to peripheral devices. So, the Canon PRO Series offers a generous variety of connectivity options including:
- Wi-Fi enabled
- GB Network ready
- Print direct from a USB flash drive
- Canon’s Direct Print and Share solution
- USB 2.0 High-speed port
This combination of connection options greatly simplifies installation and increases the degree of operational freedom.
#7 - Fleet-Wide Printer Management
Canon offers the ability to control color calibration and printer management for an entire fleet of imagePROGRAF printers in an Enterprise environment.
Device Management Console (DMC) enables users to monitor, control, and calibrate printers from one location.
Average color difference between printers has a delta of less than 2.0 (ΔE00 ≤ 2.0)
#8 - Software and Workflow Solutions Included
Every Canon PRO Series printer ships with software and workflow solutions that further enhance productivity and the range of print applications that can be produced.
Print Studio PRO: Offers features that streamline your printing workflow
Media Configuration Tool: Helps manage print settings and media information
Quick Utility Tool Box: Provides quick access to printer management tools
Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office: Print in large format from Microsoft® Office Applications
PosterArtist Lite: Easily create posters from an archive of templates and clip art
Accounting Manager: Tracks ink and media usage and costs
#9 - Sub-Ink Tank System – Exclusively on Canon iPF Printers
The Sub-Ink Tank System acts as an internal reservoir for the printer, functioning to remove all of the ink from the replaceable ink tanks for before changing them.
This helps eliminate any wasted ink and decreasing your cost per print. The empty ink tanks can then be replaced on the fly, without stopping the printing and ruining the print.
This sub-ink technology is only found on Canon iPF printers including the new PRO Series Canon inkjet photo printers.
New Features in the new x100 family of Printers
The previous family of Canon photo and art printers was the PRO 2000, 4000, and 6000. The new x100 Series brings about some much requested enhancements.
Automatic Paper Roll Loading and Feeding.
You simply put the roll of print media into the printer and onboard automation does the rest. The printer intelligently detects that a roll of print material has been placed in the holder and starts the feeding process - without any extra human intervention.
Pictured: The new PRO Series Media Sensor
The printer can even learn and remember the media types that you frequently use to automatically determine the associated media type.
Remaining Media Estimation
Believe it or not, the new Canon PRO printer series keeps track of the estimated paper media remaining on the roll. It does this by "reading" the thickness and roll rotation angle.
This is really cool innovation because the user doesn't need to enter any information. Plus, there is no need for a machine printed barcode.
Ultimately, the remaining media detection feature prevents both printing errors and wasted media/ink due to running out of paper mid print job.
Enhanced Security Features
The new Canon PRO printers offer passcode printing safeguards. Now it is possible to require PIN number to be input on the device before the job can be allowed to print.
New User Operation Panel
A much requested upgrade is the addition of new "hard keys" underneath the touchscreen panel for LOAD, CUT, and FEED function. This saves both time and eliminates confusion.
Regarding the touchscreen panel, it is now much larger and displays more detailed info. Now users can monitor remaining ink levels at a glance. Plus, remaining media data is displayed next to the paper type.
Ultimately, there is a lot to love with the new PRO Series Canon photo printers.
Plenty of innovation and new technologies have been packed into the PRO Series, including direct links to digital cameras, reformulated LUCIA PRO inks and a new print head design.
Plus, built-in color calibration makes profiling a breeze. Also, the unique Multi-Function Roll Unit and included software solutions help the PRO Series stand out in a competitive field.
Ultimately, all of these new advancements lead the way for the PRO Series to completely exceed your expectations.
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Editor's note: This article was originally written in August 2016, but has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.