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Canon updates prosumer photo printer line

After three years, the midrange Pixma Pro models get some love.

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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.

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It's been a long time since Canon revved its dedicated photo-printing products, the Pro9000 Mark II and Pro9500 Mark II. Now updated to follow the same design as the higher-end Pixma Pro-1 released almost a year ago, the 13x19 Pro-10 and Pro-100 add Wi-Fi/AirPrint and Ethernet connectivity and a new plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop to help with page layout.

The $699 Pro-10 uses the Lucia pigment inks, supplemented with the same Chroma Optimizer as the Pro-1 to minimize gloss differential and bronzing of black inks when printing on glossy stock. Canon reformulated the yellow ink and claims increased coverage in the red/magenta/yellow area of its color gamut.

For dye fans, the $499 Pixma Pro-100 uses a reconfigured ChromaLife 100+ ink set, dropping the red and green primaries to add gray and light gray, plus incorporating a reformulated magenta that Canon says delivers better reds for improved black and shadow reproduction.

Both printers have gotten speed boosts and the drivers ship with a new Pro mode designed to deliver more accurate automated color matching. They're scheduled to ship in late October.

It's been a long time since Canon revved its dedicated photo-printing products, the Pro9000 Mark II and Pro9500 Mark II. Now updated to follow the same design as the higher-end Pixma Pro-1 released almost a year ago, the 13x19 Pro-10 and Pro-100 add Wi-Fi/AirPrint and Ethernet connectivity and a new plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop to help with page layout.

The $699 Pro-10 uses the Lucia pigment inks, supplemented with the same Chroma Optimizer as the Pro-1 to minimize gloss differential and bronzing of black inks when printing on glossy stock. Canon reformulated the yellow ink and claims increased coverage in the red/magenta/yellow area of its color gamut.

For dye fans, the $499 Pixma Pro-100 uses a reconfigured ChromaLife 100+ ink set, dropping the red and green primaries to add gray and light gray, plus incorporating a reformulated magenta that Canon says delivers better reds for improved black and shadow reproduction.

Both printers have gotten speed boosts and the drivers ship with a new Pro mode designed to deliver more accurate automated color matching. A firmware update to add this feature to the Pro-1 will be available next year. They're scheduled to ship in late October.

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