In a private meeting room in the company’s impressive Albuquerque call center, Canon debuted its new imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, the company’s first of what promises to be several new printers with new technology and features. When Canon took the wraps off the printer (literally in this case, the demo units were covered by a sheet during the preceding Powerpoint presentation) they put a name and specifications to devices shown off in September’s Canon Expo in New York City.
Every five years Canon takes over the Jacob Javitz Convention Center for a self-promotional event called Canon Expo. This event is the backdrop for product announcements and product demonstrations of the company’s latest gear.
In the printer section, Canon showed off several “unannounced” devices, each with a distinctive red band on its face that mimics the company’s pro camera gear. No specifications were given, as well as no release dates, names or pricing information.
When Canon invited some journalists to Albuquerque, where they were sponsoring the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, it was clear that the event was to roll out these mystery printers. So when they took the gathered media to a private room for a private presentation, we were not surprised to see the printers from Canon Expo, only now with a nameplate attached!
The new imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 takes some features from the Pixma line and merges them with features from the PROGRAF line. It’s this new combination of technologies (and the other demo printers at Expo) that indicate other models are coming. The new canon printer is a 17″ wide device (without a roll feed option) that really beefs up the company’s printer line.
The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer has a 50 percent bigger print head allowing for faster printing. The amount of nozzles has also been increased to 18,432 for the 12 channels. The new design is also more eco-friendly, using anti-clogging technology, as well as a real-time ink ejection system to help sustain a consistent print head temperature, and reduce the amount of ink wasted from uneven droplets and congestion.
Also included in this new Canon printer is the LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system, which features an enhanced resin-coating for each pigment. This means richer and deeper color, along with an increased color gamut over the PIXMA PRO-1. The new printer is also designed to work consistently when switching media types. Matte Black and Photo Black each have their own nozzles so that no switching is required, and users have the ability to print on glossy and fine art media, one right after the other, without hassle.
The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 also features a new processing engine, the L-COA PRO. This new engine helps to regulate the ink balance and ink droplet placement. The design is intended to help create constant images across a variety of media surfaces.
A two-way vacuum paper feeder also helps to keep media flat, and increase the accuracy of ink injection, as well as limit color unevenness. The vacuum pressure and the height of the entry pathway can be configured for different paper types, and saved as a preset so that it’s possible to quickly return to a commonly used paper type and have an optimal setting.
We had been told that we’d be able to print a few images from the Fiesta, so I was particularly interested in bringing in some images from the pre-dawn hours at the festival, in order to get a feeling for how well the printer reproduces black, but also how well it handles shadow detail. The photograph I printed first was a portrait of a vendor at the Fiesta in the early morning hours, and included both rich shadow detail but also some bright colors from the plastic toys being sold in the booth.
The printer produced an incredible reproduction of this image, one that really showed clear details and smooth tonality across the whole range. The photographs of balloons being printed by other photographers also had great tonal range and accuracy.
We will be getting a review unit of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 shortly and will conduct more reviews of the printer, but our first impressions were very favorable.
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is scheduled for release at the end of October 2015. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $1,299.99, with each color ink for $59.99 and the Chroma Optimizer for $54.99.