New Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Photo Printer with New Print Head, Inks, More
Canon U.S.A is launching the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer ($1,299.99 MSRP), a 17″, large-format color-inkjet printer for photo professionals and enthusiasts that features a new inkjet print head, new ink set, and a new image processing engine.
Canon says this is the first in a new series of imagePROGRAF printers that are marked by the distinctive Canon red line across the body of the printer, echoing the same red line on Canon’s EF L-Series lenses for its digital cameras, and is said to be ideally paired with Canon’s professional line of DSLR cameras and lenses.
“We designed a printer to give our customers incredible large-format image reproduction in a size that fits almost any home, studio, design and production departments, or in a classroom of photography students,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A. “Knowing how important fine details and precise colors are to professional users, this printer is designed so that the final output is exactly what they envisioned. The launch of the first printer in the new imagePROGRAF PRO Series of printers further illustrates the commitment Canon has to providing the imaging community with solutions that help deliver superb output true to a photographer’s obsession.”
New Print Head
Improving upon the specifications of the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer features a 50-percent larger inkjet print head, which also expands the total number of nozzles to 18,432 for each of the 12 channels. Canon says the increased size of the print head helps produce faster print speeds while still maintaining high resolution. The new print-head design uses a real-time ink ejection system that helps to maintain a consistent print-head temperature allowing for consistent ink droplets to help limit clogs and reduce cleaning cycles and resulting wasted ink. The new print head helps to further reduce the amount of wasted ink through anti-clogging technologies, so that ink-droplet ejection conditions are precisely checked with sensors, and if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup.
The new LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system was designed specifically to meet the demands of professional photographers. An optimized resin-coating of each pigment allows for denser droplets to be applied to the media, resulting in an increased color gamut of up to 19 percent over the PIXMA PRO-1 printer. This dense ink-configuration also brings gloss uniformity for viewing conditions and image clarity that helps achieve anti-bronzing. The LUCIA PRO ink system also introduces an improved level of black density for deeper blacks, and also helping to bring out fine shadow detail in the darker areas.
The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is also designed for easy changing of media types, and Photo Black and Matte Black inks have their own dedicated nozzles so no switching is necessary. Users can print on glossy media followed by fine-art media. The new ink system includes matte black, photo black, gray, photo gray, red, blue, magenta, photo magenta, cyan, photo cyan, yellow, and Chroma Optimizer. The size of the ink tanks is 80ml per tank, allowing for less frequent refills and reduced cost per print. There are 12 separate ink tanks.
New Processing Engine and Printer Architecture
The new processing engine, L-COA PRO, controls the balance of inks and the precise placement of ink droplets, calculating best results for each print mode and media using various factors including color reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing, and elimination of metamerism. L-COA PRO, combined with an internal 1 GB of memory, enables high-speed processing of high volumes of image data for demanding workflows.
To bring further accuracy to ink ejection and limitation of color unevenness, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer offers a two-way vacuum paper feeder, which keeps media flat and even, helping with accuracy of ink ejection. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer also has a built-in calibration function to help prevent variability of color output by aging changes, or printer differences. This feature allows for a consistency in colors from PRO-1000 to PRO-1000 of under a Delta E of 2. Canon says reliability and quality are further maintained by the enhanced rigidity in the printer chassis allowing for even more improved ink-dot placement, helping to produce sharper prints.