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Canon PRO-300 printer announced

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Canon PRO-300 printer

New A3+ 13″ printer succeeds PRO-10S

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Canon have announced a new A3+ (13″) desktop printer. The PRO-300 is a replacement for the Canon PIXMA PRO-10S.

The new printer has several notable improvements over the PRO-10S and Keith has had a production version of the PRO-300 here for a while, for testing.

There are several related articles/reviews:

European prices for the PRO-300 are £699.99/€799.99 US $899

Canon pro-300 printer

Full printer specifications can be found in Keith’s detailed PRO-300 review

The Canon UK info page for the PRO-300

Canon PRO-300 press information (US info follows)

See Keith’s short (11min) video overview of the PRO-300

Canon PRO-300

Meet the imagePROGRAF PRO-300
– a high-quality, professional A3+ photo printer with space-saving design

London, UK, 09 July 2020 – Canon Europe today launches the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, an A3+ printer with the quality features of the award winning imagePROGRAF PRO series – perfect for semi-pros and aspiring photographers, small studios and photo labs. With a lightweight, compact form factor, this mighty printer can produce gallery quality prints from the convenience of a desktop. Replacing the PIXMA PRO-10S, this new entry to Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO series inspires confidence with its easy to use software and design, rewarding photographers with impeccable prints every time.

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PRO-300 and PRO-1000 compared

Photographers can leave the printing to imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and focus on their photography thanks to the built-in nozzle recovery and skew correction functions, which reduce ink and media waste. The imagePROGRAF PRO-300 enables borderless printing on all media types and improves black density and colour vibrancy on both fine art and glossy media. With the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, Canon photographers can enjoy a seamless workflow – from image capture to print – with features designed to bring their photos to life.

Fuss-free, gallery-quality printing

With exceptional monochrome printing, and vivid colour printing up to A3+, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a must-have for photographers looking to submit quality prints for competitions, galleries, exhibitions or sales. Using 10 LUCIA PRO pigment inks, the printer achieves an expanded colour gamut to create greater depth and outstanding colour in every print.

For greater expression of deep blacks and monochrome images, this model uses new ink in both photo and matte black to realise deeper and more vivid blacks than ever before on glossy and fine art media. Its dedicated Chroma Optimiser lays down a clear ink to minimise surface irregularities on gloss or semi-gloss paper, reducing bronzing and delivering stunning tonal superiority.

Producing high quality prints without compromise, Canon’s L-COA PRO processor easily handles large image data and calculates the optimal ink droplet layout at super-fast speeds – printing A3 in less than five minutes.

With the LUCIA PRO ink system, photographers can achieve consistent, professional-level results across a wide variety of media with no hassle. With separate ink nozzles for photo and matte black, the printer uses a zero-ink switching method – automatically choosing the correct ink based on the paper loaded – saving time and reducing ink consumption.

Print confidently, work productively

The imagePROGRAF PRO-300 brings images to life in print form. With imagePROGRAF PRO technologies built into this model, users have confidence their original images will be reproduced faithfully and with maximum productivity. One of the biggest concerns when printing professional photography is the ink nozzles clogging and causing misfires. To combat this, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 detects if any nozzle is not firing correctly and will switch to backup nozzles to ensure there is no banding in the image whilst it is being printed.

If paper is not aligned correctly when fed through the printer, the Auto Skew Correction function corrects and feeds the paper through to ensure a perfectly level print. In addition to this, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 checks the density levels of ink tanks, and periodically shakes the cartridges to maintain constant ink density levels throughout each tank – ensuring colours are always consistent.

Photographers can also quickly and easily navigate the printer’s menus and functions with the clear and bright 3-inch colour LCD display that allows instant monitoring of printer functions, ink levels and paper settings. Such features ensure failsafe printing with the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 – saving both paper and ink.

Print without borders

Taking a huge step forward from the PIXMA PRO-10S, this model also supports borderless printing in all print modes including highest quality printing, on a wide variety of media – even fine art paper.

Canon pro-300 printer

What’s more, photographers can even print panoramic images to custom lengths up to 990.60mm.

PRO-300 panoramic-print

39″ width panoramic print (from Keith’s review)

Offering support for Canon and third-party paper, including Hahnemuhle, Canson, Awagami and many more, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 gives users the freedom to print images with the paper of their choice.

Alongside the launch of imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is the release of a new fine art paper from Canon – Premium Fine Art Rough (FA-RG1). This paper adds a three-dimensional touch to fine art images where depth and expression are desirable. With a luxury touch, the paper uses high quality cotton to deliver a special premium feel. Available in various sizes the paper weighs 320g/m² and is available in packs of 25 sheets. With this new addition of Fine Art Rough, Canon offers a complete range of professional photo paper for glossy, semi-gloss, matt and fine art media.

Seamless workflow

This compact A3+ printer streamlines the printing process, whether that’s for a single photographer printing at home or a photo lab. Users have complete control of their prints with the Canon Professional Print & Layout software, which comes free with imagePROGRAF PRO-300. Working as both standalone software, a plugin through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional imaging software, or Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, users can govern colour management, profiling selection and layout settings such as split gallery wrap printing and panoramic printing.

Using this software, photographers can access the soft proofing and hard proofing functions to ensure precise colour matching from screen to print every time. Connecting easily with PC or Mac using a Wi-Fi, ethernet or USB connection, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 offers a range of connectivity options to support multiple workflows.

With a complete line-up of solutions from input to output, Canon photographers can print images like never before. Working seamlessly with Canon’s EOS camera technology to unlock unique features in the Canon Professional Print & Layout software, using the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 users can achieve the highest level of print fidelity from images captured only using EOS cameras. Functions such as DPRAW Print and HDR Print can read the RAW image data from EOS cameras, to reproduce the sharp areas of an image accurately, as well as recover highlights from single exposure images.

Cameras

Also launching today are the ground-breaking EOS R5, capable of recording 8K RAW, the powerful EOS R6 and four new RF lenses and two extenders the RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM, RF 600mm F11 IS STM, RF 800mm F11 IS STM, RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM, EXTENDER RF 1.4x, EXTENDER RF 2x.

Availability

The imagePROGRAF PRO-300 will be available from Aug/Sept 2020

imagePROGRAF PRO-300 key features:
  • A3+ Small footprint, big potential • Gallery quality printing with no ink switching
  • Print without borders on a wide variety of media
  • Enhanced colour gamut for greater depth
  • 3-inch colour LCD menu screen
  • Outstanding monochrome print quality
  • Accurate screen to print match, every time
  • High speed, high quality printing

Full printer specifications can be found in Keith’s detailed PRO-300 review

US Press Info

MELVILLE, NY, July 9, 2020 – After taking the time to create your ideal photo, every creative image maker should look to complete the process with a vibrant print to share for everyone to admire. Completing the lineup of professional printer options from 13 inches through 60 inches, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils today the new 13-inch Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Inkjet Printer along with a new Premium Fine Art Rough paper. Providing an improved workflow and high-quality output within a smaller footprint compared to previous models, this new printer excels at professional printing performance. Combined with the new Premium Fine Art Rough paper that features a textured surface to express the depth of an image, the printer along with the paper introduces a new powerhouse professional imaging duo that meets creators’ demands.

“With the introduction of the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300, we are continuing our outstanding tradition of creating great quality printers for a variety of image makers, making it easier to print work at home,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “As the creative responsibilities of our customers have evolved and the importance of preserving historic moments has increased, it is imperative the features Canon integrates into new solutions and consumables meet the needs, wants and asks of our customers.”

Smaller Footprint Completes the Lineup

There has been a shift in what traditional work and school looks like over the last few months, as many creative-focused jobs, industries and areas of study now require tasks to be completed in non-traditional ways. Without access to a studio, office space or classroom with all the necessary tools and equipment, there is no better time to introduce a professional printer that is 15% smaller than its predecessor. With the addition of the new 13-inch Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer, the lineup of professional inkjet printers expands while offering a new space-saving design that is fitting for a home studio or office.

Core features of the newest printer include:

  • 9-color LUCIA PRO plus Chroma Optimizer ink providing expanded color gamut and enhanced black density
  • New matte black ink offering greater black density, smooth gradations and details in darker areas
  • Technologies to help prevent print failures such as a nozzle recovery system and a skew correction function. Nozzles are carefully checked by sensors, and if a clog is detected in one nozzle, others will automatically compensate for it
  • Updates to the Professional Print & Layout software to help create seamless photo printing from image-editing software including Digital Photo Professional and Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe Lightroom, or as stand-alone software
  • Improved media compatibility with the additional capability to support panorama-sized paper, and multiple feeding methods for media of varying thicknesses
  • High-speed printing at up to approximately 4 minutes and 15 seconds1 for a bordered 13” x 19” inch print when using Photo Paper Pro Premium paper
  • The usability of the imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is also improved with the addition of a 3.0 inch LCD display, allowing the user to check printer status and monitor ink levels at a glance.

New Fine Art Paper

Continuing the theme of high quality to use with the new imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer: new Premium Fine Art Rough paper is now available in a variety of sizes including 17 inches by 22 inches, 13 inches by 19 inches and Letter sized within a pack of 25 sheets. To help express the depth of an image and add a three-dimensional touch, the new paper consists of a rough texture. The cotton used to create the paper provides a luxurious touch and makes it suitable for long-term storage.

Full printer specifications can be found in Keith’s detailed PRO-300 review

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