Canon's Pixma Pro 1 uses a 12-ink system with a wider gamut than the manufacturer's previous Pixma Pro models.
Canon's new Pixma Pro-1, whose design is inspired from the firm's range of professional EOS cameras, is said to be the world’s first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks. The 12-ink system uses a new Chroma Optimizer for "increased black density and uniform glossiness," says Canon. "Five monochrome inks 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 uses LUCIA pigment inks to deliver "outstanding image permanence," making the printer suitable for studio use and commercial exhibitions, according to Canon. The printer also supports 1200ppi input resolution, allowing photographers to produce "smoother prints with high resolutions of up to 4800x2400dpi."
The printer uses a new Optimum Image Generating system, which "analyses the photo colour and precisely calculates the optimum ink combination and volume of ink droplets, which are then accurately placed on the paper by Canon’s FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles," says Canon. "The OIG system enhances colour reproduction, natural tonal gradations and uniform glossiness in each print mode and media type, to produce" high quality prints, claims Canon.
As with other Pixma Pro printers, the Pro-1 supports ICC Profiles. The printer, which can produce a gallery-quality A3+ photo in approximately 2m55s, also shares some of the features found on Canon's wide format professional printers, such as a mist-fan with an air circulation system and a tubular ink supply system separate to the print head. These allow for consistency of colour output and reliability in a commercial environment, says Canon. The PIXMA PRO-1 will be available from November 2011, priced at £799
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