Canon Pixma Pro-10

This printer actually belongs to my brother. I use it to print short-run brochures for him. I also do the occasional print of my photographs but lately I’ve been thinking that’s a little pointless as I have a good monitor and they look the same on the monitor as they do in print.

This is a nice piece of equipment. It prints up to A3+ (329 x 483mm) and I have actually used it to print some images on that size paper but the problem you then have is finding an off-the-shelf frame to fit. A3 is much more common and not that much smaller.

It uses 10 inks to give very nice colour and black and white prints. If I’m printing photographs, I use Ilford Gallerie Gold Fibre silk, a beautiful baryta paper. It seems to work well with the Pro 10 and has the added benefit of smelling like a true silver-based photographic paper. I’m not sure how archival it is. To my eye, the prints are indistinguishable from a proper darkroom silver print. (Note: Ilford Imaging Europe Gmbh went out of business, so this paper will soon be out of stock everywhere.) Which reminds me that Pixma inks are the pigment type, meaning they should be quite durable prints.

IMG_7780Sample A4 print.

A set of inks is currently about £80 from Amazon, down from about £110 when I first got this printer. The cartridges are pretty small so they don’t last very long. I couldn’t guess how many sheets of full-colour print you’d get out of a set but it’s fairly expensive to run. The print head has never gummed up despite the printer sitting idle for months at a time, which has been a bonus.

This printer has been superseded by the Pixma Pro-10S, which looks to be a similar spec but no doubt has detail improvements.

I tried using the Pixma wirelessly but the connection was very unreliable so I reverted to plugging it into a USB port and it now seems fairly happy. (The only available space for it was on the bedroom floor next to the door so I’ll no doubt be stubbing my toe on it at some point.)


Anyway, if you’re in the market for a photo-quality A3+ printer with pigment inks, this is a great choice.


Author: stephen

Software Test Analyst / Technical Author in Scotland.