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Canon PRO-300 printer review

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Printer review: Canon PRO-300

Testing Canon’s replacement for the 13″ PRO-10S

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Keith has been testing the Canon PRO-300 printer for a while and written up this longish review. There is another article going into setting up a new printer in more detail, whilst another short article looks at optimising black and white print quality.

Please do feel free to ask questions, directly or via the comments at the foot of this review.

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

The Canon PRO-300

I’ve been trying out a production version of the PRO-300 for a while, mainly looking at printing photos using Photoshop.

The review covers many aspects of using the printer, including colour management and custom media.

For some of the printing I’ve been using Canon’s new ‘Professional Print and Layout’ software. This also works as a plugin for Lightroom and Photoshop and is well worth looking at for high end printing.

I”m doing my testing from our various Macs. Interfaces may differ, but all that’s here is applicable if you’re using a PC.

Here’s my 10 minute overview of the printer.

PRO-300 features

The full specs are at the foot of this article, but it’s a 13″ width A3+ printer with 10 ink channels.

One channel is a clear ‘Colour Optimiser’ used to print over prints to reduce gloss differential.

The printer prints borderless on any standard size paper and now supports a custom page length of up to 990mm (~39″)

borderless-canon-pro300

A black and white borderless print on Canon Museum Etching fine art paper

The info for the PRO-300 mentions a new Matte black ink formulation  “…offering greater black density, smooth gradations and details in darker areas”. However I don’t have a PRO-10 to compare, so can only say that it works fine (as did the PRO-10 IIRC). See my look at B&W printing on the PRO-300 for some more detailed testing.

Max print resolution is 4800 (horizontal)*1 x 2400 (vertical) dpi

It has a 3″ colour LCD display (not touch screen) and two paper feed paths, one from the top (multi-sheet) and one at the rear for heavier art papers (single sheet).

display-screen

Connectivity includes Ethernet. WiFi and USB.

Compared to the PRO-10S it’s a bit smaller and quite a bit lighter. There are a few more PRO-10 comparisons in the conclusions below.

Here’s a Canon photo comparing it with the PRO-1000

pro-1000-and-pro-300-compared

PRO-1000 and PRO-300 compared – note lack of red ‘Go Faster’ stripe for the 300 ;-)

Setting up the printer

If you’ve just got a PRO-300 then I’ve written a longer and more detailed guide to PRO-300 setup to keep the length of this review down a bit.

The printer comes with the following:

  • CD/DVD disc printing tray
  • Documentation
  • Setup ink cartridges
  • Power cord
  • Print head

Note that our printer was an early production model, so exact contents (documentation) may vary.

One feature I immediately appreciated was the reduced weight. The printer in its box is in a bag with lifting handles.

plastic bag

You need to fit the print head assembly.

Note the two heads with 5 ink channels apiece.

print head ready to fit

Then, the 10 ink carts are fitted. These just clip into the head assembly.

all carts installed and head locked

After installation I suggest immediately doing a print head alignment. The test print here is using plain paper, but a couple of A4 sheets of photo paper will optimise the results.

This has a real effect on print quality, so don’t be stingy and skip the process!

alignment print

The alignment print. You can run this any time. I’d suggest doing it again in 6 months, or if the printer is transported any distance.

There are quite a few guides available from the printer screen. Some include QR codes linking to on-line manuals

help-guides

Ink replacement

A warning appears when ink is low

ink-warning

This warning stays up, so check the individual ink indicators if several carts are low.

ink-low

A good few A3+ prints later I get a more serious warning

ink-out

Note ‘may’ in this. You can carry on printing, but I’d rather not push things. Previous experience suggests you’ll get a few prints more, but you run the risk of ink finally running out mid-print.

Opening up the cover and pressing the lower big front button on the printer moves the carriage across for me to replace the Photo Black ink. Note that you should not lift the grey print head lever.

ink-replacement

After black, the next to go was grey and then the (clear) CO cartridge.

Colour Optimiser

The clear coating ‘ink’ is applied to some areas of a print to even out surface reflection from different inks on the paper. It’s the same feature that I’ve looked at in the PRO-10, PRO-1000 and PRO-2000.

It definitely helps improve the appearance of some papers, giving a slightly more even look. In general it’s best to leave it set at ‘Auto’ for known papers.

clear-coat-options

There is an option to apply the CO to the whole page (minus a small border) but this eats up the CO ‘ink’ rather quickly.

My one ongoing issue with the CO approach, is that there is (still) no option to just apply it to the image area. As it stands, you can use auto and not get it applied to some image highlights, or overall and get it applied to the the margins of your print. The benefits of the CO outweigh this for most images and papers, but I’d like to see a ‘smarter’ application of the CO.

How many prints?

The ink carts are the same 14.4ml capacity of the PRO-10 but Canon suggest that the page yield is increased. The numbers given in the specifications are for printing a standard test image.

I can’t personally compare the  PRO-10 with PRO-300 since I didn’t install from new for the PRO-10. My reading of the figures suggest that in real life you might see anything from a 10-30% improvement, BUT, I’ve not tested it.

There is no ‘waste ink’ tank for the printer, ink from cleaning and overspray (borderless) is collected internally.

Here’s the sponge under the print area, after a few borderless prints.

overspray

Connectivity

The printer accepts connection by wireless, Ethernet or good old USB. I always set printer up first with a basic USB connection, since there are no network issues to consider.

usb and ethernet

When using USB, don’t connect the cable until the printer is set up.

For Ethernet and WiFi, the printer was able to find all the relevant info and set itself up. There are clear guides via the printer screen or manual.

communications

Since I’ve Gigabit Ethernet around the house, the most reliable connection is just to plug in the printer.

wired lan

WiFi has to contend with other people in the house and lots of nearby networks, so I generally don’t use it.

Unfortunately, any wireless use kills the wired connection. You can’t use both – a regrettable omission from my point of view.

Once the printer is on my network, it’s easy to find it and set up the driver.

network-connection

The ‘AirPrint Problem’

When setting up the printer I was careful to avoid any driver options with ‘AirPrint’ in the name. The problem is that it offers a simplified interface, and has over the years been a common source of ‘where have my printer settings gone’ queries on forums.

It’s caught me out before, so I always check. See this example from when adding a printer on my Mac.

correct-driver

Basically, avoid any setting that mentions AirPrint

avoid-airprint

It may well have a use, but none I’ve yet found.

The driver offers the usual info and utilities, such as these ink levels not long after setup.

supply-levels

A quick wireless test

After I’d finished the review and the printer was announced, I was able to update software that now included the PRO-300 and do a few tests.

Enabling the WiFi (direct and network) stops my Ethernet connection, so not something I’d normally choose

wireless-setup

I’m just going to use an iPhone SE to control an EOS RP and take a photo using the Canon control app. Then I’ll transfer a photo (JPEG) from the RP to the iPhone. Then I’ll use the Canon Print app to print a borderless A4 print.

connect-printer-for-printing

The Printing software finds the PRO-300 and Karen’s office printer.

I’ll take a photo of the ink carts with the RP.

BTW The tripod is a new K&F one with a crossbeam that helps with product shots, which I’ve been testing [review]

camera-control

Then I’ll pull one of the photos off the camera.

picture-from-camera-to-phone

Then select the image to print, having set up the print size etc. on the phone.

print-to-printer

Here’s the final print…

camera-to-print

It all just worked pretty easily.

Of course, the idea of just taking a photo from a camera (directly or via the phone) and printing it, is not one I’m comfortable with…  25 years of Photoshop use to fight against ;-)  As ever YMMV

Web interface

The printer has its own web page which is good for going through various settings and options. It’s accessed on my Macs from the printer driver settings.

web-ink-levels

You may find a password is needed – this can be set/deleted from the printer itself.

web-utilities

It’s also a convenient place to see the manual – take a bit of time to have a look through it.

It wasn’t available when I first got the printer, so I set up and worked the printer based on just my experience with printers. That’s good, but I would normally take time to read it first…

printer-settings-by-web

Other features

The printer includes a number of preset template print options.

template-print

Actually useful if you need a sheet of graph paper or music score sheets.

graph-paper

Borderless graph paper on plain paper.

Media handling

One change that PRO-10 users will notice is that Canon’s insistence on certain fixed margin sizes for some papers is a thing of the past. This gives a lot more flexibility in paper choices. When coupled with borderless printing and a 990mm page length, media handling is (IMHO) the biggest advance in the PRO-300.

For normal sheets, there are the top and rear feed slots. The top one can take several sheets and had no difficulty with a dozen A3+ sheets of lustre paper. here it is whilst I was printing an ICC profiling target.

a3-plus-feed

Note the space needed at the back for A3+ (13″ x 19″)

a3-plus-printing

The print path is curved.

A3-plus-print

Whilst only single sheet, the improvements in media handling extend to the rear slot. At last, heavy art papers at A4 become usable.

rear-A3-plus-feed

The printer has automatic skew correction, but do take care with the rear slot, since I was able to get a few A4 sheets of heavy paper printed slightly at an angle.

As usual – the sort of error I only had when first using the printer. This happens, so practice with cheaper paper!

a3-plus-print-from-rear-feed

CD/DVD printing

The printer comes with a CD/DVD holder for printing. The holder has a clip that keeps the disk in place.

CD-loaded-in-holder

A flap folds down at the front of the printer to reveal the slot for feeding in the disc.

You only feed it in as far as the marks shown. The printer will then draw it in for printing.

DVD-ready-to-print

Printing can use Canon software, which at the time I didn’t have for this printer. I note that for the PRO-10 I needed to use the ‘My Image Garden’ software from Canon. [see the PRO-10 review]

With the PRO-300 I was able to select CD as a page size and print an image normally. Note that you will need some form of template if you want your image placing accurately.

dvd print setup

Colour management is going to be a bit hit and miss, so best to start with ‘printer manages colours’ unless you want to make your own profiles. [SpyderPrint is the only application I know of which supports this].

printed-DVD

Media Configuration Tool (MCT)

The MCT software lets you manage the media settings files that the printer contains. When you first select the PRO-300 driver, the printer is interrogated as to what media it supports.

These are what you see on the screen as media options. The PRO-300 here had 25 initially installed. The printer has the capacity for up to 35.

mct-papers

You can delete some of the pre-installed ones, but others are ‘fixed’.

Seemingly someone at Canon over-ordered ‘Printable Nail Stickers’, since it’s on the ‘fixed’ list.

I’ve written up a more detailed look at using the MCT for making a custom media setting if you want more detail.

There’s also a discussion of using the MCT in my Canon PRO-1000 review.

You can create your own media setting (which can include a default colour profile) based on an existing one, or you may be able to download a file from a paper manufacturer.

Of course this depends on the manufacturer having a printer and doing the work for making the file, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find them right away.

create media

You don’t need to know about the MCT to make good prints, but it helps make the printer a lot more usable with third party papers.

Colour management

The printer software installs a good collection of paper ICC profiles. Whilst I’ve no complaints, I prefer to make some of my own profiles.

profiling-and-test-prints

I print targets from the Mac ColorSync Utility, but as long as you ensure that colour management is switched off it should be OK (Adobe produce a free print utility specifically for printing such targets).

print-a-profiling-sheet

The printer has a wide range of media types pre-installed.

A3+ paper allow me to fit nearly 3000 patches on to a single sheet, and scan them with an i1iSis spectrophotometer. I build profiles with i1Profiler, from X-Rite.

A3-plus-print

These sheets are often my first look at how well colours are being reproduced, and a chance to make sure that the media settings for the paper are not producing any problems (over inking for example).

profiling

Using profiles – something to note.

With the profiles I make, and printing from Adobe Photoshop, I’ll typically print many images using the relative colorimetric (RelCol) rendering intent, ensuring that I’ve enabled BPC (black point correction) for matt papers. For some images I’ll use perceptual rendering, but it depends on the image and the paper. Soft proofing can help give a feel for the difference, but a test print trumps any screen simulation if you’re unsure.

With the Canon Professional Print and Layout software it seems that a different CMM (colour management module) is being used under the hood, since Perceptual is recommended and the BPC option changes the soft proof look of perceptual and RelCol intents, so needs use with some care.

I’ve not investigated this in detail but note it, just in case your prints from Photoshop/Lightroom suddenly look slightly different when using the Canon software. I rather like the Canon print software, but the changes do remind me of colour management considerations I’ve noted in some of my previous Canon printer reviews. It’s not ‘wrong’, just a factor you may want to consider in your workflow.

B&W

The printer driver offers a special black and white print mode.

This makes use of different ink combinations and generally provides a more neutral black and white print option.

If you’re interested in black and white printing with the PRO-300 I’ve written up another article addressing it in much more detail than here.

When printing from Photoshop, I don’t need a profile. The B&W printing parameters are set from the driver dialog

ps-bw-print-setting

The B&W option is a simple checkbox.

select-BW-printing

B&W prints on matte papers give a nice even tone, although as ever, just what style of paper best suits an image is a personal choice.

Whilst the PRO-300 uses both blacks in its B&W output, it has just the one grey ink, when compared with the PRO-1000. Perhaps as a result of this, I did detect a very slight tendency towards bronzing in the mid-tones on some lustre finish papers. Very slight and it takes care to spot it, but it suggests that if you like lustre/pearl/semigloss finish papers you will need to do some testing to pick the best.

The B&W output can be fine-tuned in tone.

bw-toning-options

This can be a deliberate choice of tone or to correct the slight colour cast that some papers may show under some lighting.

All these options are available if you’re printing from the Canon software too.

PPL-BW

If you know your prints are going to be shown under a particular lighting then it may be worth fine tuning them.

Using the pattern print option lets you make a contact sheet of images all with subtly different tints. Take this along and view it under your problematic lighting to help decide if any adjustment will help.

pattern-print

The B&W print option also offers a range of tonal (contrast) responses.

Although ‘Standard’ may seem the obvious choice, it’s my opinion that ‘Hard Tone’ offers the most linear response for a variety of papers I tested with my standard B&W test print. I’ve left the detail to the B&W print article.

BW-tonal-responses

This test image (freely available on this site for non-commercial use) is a version designed for scanning with the i1iSis, so as to check for print linearity.

black-and-white-test-image

Canon software

I normally use Photoshop for preparing images and my printing as well. In the past I used to use Canon’s print plugin for my 44″ iPF8300, but in general I’ve tended to stick to what I know. The latest version of the software might well change that.

The Canon Professional Print and Layout software can work stand-alone or (as I did) as a plugin application for Photoshop.

plugin-installer

The version I downloaded included an installer to use the software as a plugin for Photoshop/Lightroom/Elements, after I’d installed the application itself.

When you open it for the first time it will get media info from the printer.

get-info-from-printer

Whoever writes the interface dialogs for the printer and software loves the word ‘momentarily’…

I’ll not attempt to cover all the software does. There’s a lot of documentation to explore if you want to print multiple images or gallery wraps. It wasn’t available when I was testing, but I managed to get most things working just fine. That says to me that the software is quite well designed.

PPL-layout-options

Multiple image layout.

multiple-image-layouts

The printer has a lot of standard media sizes.

PPL-media-choices

You can add text to a print. Perhaps not for titling, but for a multi image ‘contact sheet’ it’s useful.

PPL-add-text

Even if you’re happy using LR or Photoshop to print, give the Canon software a go. I found it quite easy to adapt to.

Canon camera specific functions

The print software includes options for HDR Print and other Canon camera specific functionality such as DPRAW Print. This requires a wholly different workflow to how I’d normally work as a photographer.

So, whilst I can see how it looks good to be able to offer an ‘end to end’ Canon camera to print solution, I have difficulty in seeing how I’d actually make use of any of it, since it’s all stuff I’d want to do in Photoshop or some other software.

The print/layout software includes a sharpening option that has no controls or preview – not something I’d be happy with. It’s linked to camera/lens info – it may work, but I don’t like ‘black box’ adjustments of this sort (YMMV).

contrast-reproduction

Fortunately this stuff doesn’t get in the way of the software being rather useful, and worth looking at.

Printing

During my testing I’ve created quite a few prints, using mainly Canon papers.

These included:

  • Canon Pro Platinum Gloss
  • Canon Pro Luster
  • Canon Museum Etching

Other papers included

  • Canon Rag Photographique
  • Olmec Matte 230 photo paper
  • Pinnacle Lustre 300
  • Pinnacle Silk Baryta 310
  • Permajet Titanium Gloss 300
  • Pinnacle Greeting Cardscovered in their own article

It’s worth noting that the standard driver install included quite a few 3rd party papers (Canson, Hahnemuhle, Ilford, Moab).

installed-profiles

I’ve built my own profiles, and they are available on request for non-commercial use – they are large ones containing measurement data, so may be of interest to some.

test-prints

And a 39″ x 10″ panoramic print

39-inch-panoramic-print

Printing times

See the printer specs for more, but I did time a few prints from when the printer first started printing to when the paper was ejected.

An A3 print of this photo on Canon Pro Platinum paper too 4m 35s at the standard setting and 6m 04s at the highest quality setting.

beach at Beer

This 10″ x 39″ panoramic print took just over 6 minutes at the standard print setting

printing-a-panoramic-print

Borderless

Borderless printing can be set for the following print sizes (see the specifications for full details and limitations.

  • A3+ /A3 /A4 /LTR /Ledger /Hagaki /7*10 /12*12 /5*7 /L(3.5″*5″)
  • KG (4″x6″) /2L(5″*7″) /8″*10″ /10″*12″ /Square(127 mm) /210 *594 mm

I didn’t get to try every one…

However I did try A3+ photo gloss and A3+ Museum Etching from the top and rear slots.

Etching-black-and-white

Both prints were printed using the Canon Professional Print and Layout software as a plugin from Photoshop.

large-photo-borderless

The colour image just printed right off, but for the fine art paper, the software insisted on warning me about margins.

At first sight it was an ‘Oh no, not again’…

However, this time I really could go  ‘I don’t care just print it!’

fine-art-borderless

The print looks great.

However, make sure you have good flat sheets without curl at the corners. I was using quite a range of papers, but all were relatively new and free from significant curl.

Panoramic

Now for the other limitation that’s irked me with several Canon desktop printers. The restriction on maximum page length.

The PRO-300 raises the maximum custom page size to 990mm or around 39″. I specified a custom page size in both my normal Photoshop print dialog and in the Canon software.

print-on-fine-art-paper

I had a sample box of 210mm x 594mm (double A4) panoramic paper left over from a review, so was able to print from top and rear feed slots. [Fotospeed Panoramic paper review]

load-panoramic-sheet

Note the amount of space needed – you can fold the printer over, but keep an eye on it as it feeds through.

print-pano-sheet

Here are three wide prints.

three-panoramic-prints

Even wider

Next up I trimmed off a 99cm section of 10″ wide photo paper from a roll.

This is tricky to feed, but worked just fine – you may want to leave such papers a while to lose some of their curl.

extra-long-print

Take care too over handling the paper on its way out.

Printed from the Canon software running as a Photoshop plugin.

wide-pano-print-99cm

This is a relatively light lustre finish photo paper.

PRO-300 panoramic-print

Conclusions

Compared to the previous PRO-10 and PRO-10S, the PRO-300 is slightly smaller and distinctly lighter.

It weighs just over 14kg (~31 lbs) a noticeable reduction from the ~20kg of the PRO-10S.

At 639 x 379 x 200 mm it’s also slightly smaller than the older PRO-10/10S (689 x 385 x 215 mm)

The screen is a welcome addition, especially for those of us who might not have the printer situated right next to their computer. It would have been nice to be touch sensitive…

The wireless options are useful, but unfortunately not being able to use the wired interface at the same time is irksome. This means that I can’t for example use the speed and reliability of my ethernet and have wireless available for occasional direct prints from my iPhone.

Print quality at Standard and Highest print settings are very good. It’s really difficult to see the difference without close examination. Given the decidedly slower printing at higher quality settings, I suspect I’d use standard for most printing. The driver does lack some refinement in its settings – even ‘custom’ print quality only gives 5 steps from ‘Fast’ to ‘Fine’.

Canon’s new Professional Print and Layout software is really easy to use. I used it as a plugin from Photoshop without any problems. Add in its multi-shot and multi-page options and I could see it as as a great way of making printing easier for people.

By far the most welcome improvements over the PRO-10 are related to paper handling. Not only are enforced margins on some papers gone, but the maximum page length of just over 39″ is enough for a lot of people’s panoramic print requirements. Borderless printing is also much more widely available, even for heavy art papers.

Printing is by no means rapid, especially at high quality, but if you were looking to churn out hundreds of prints a day you’d be looking at a different printer to this one, with it’s 14.4ml ink carts.

Print quality is excellent for all the media I checked – I can’t say it’s much better than before, since that would imply that there was something wrong with older printers such as the PRO-10S and PRO-1, which there wasn’t. As with any good printer of the last few years, print quality is such that if your print looks wrong, then it’s almost certainly your fault, not the printer’s.

Where the PRO-300 improves things is in overall usability – it’s an easy printer to get nice prints from.

I’ve two related articles that may be of interest.

Thanks to Canon UK for loaning me the printer before its announcement. I have no business relationship with Canon other than using their cameras for my work as a professional photographer.
See also the Canon UK info page for the PRO-300
I’m in Leicester in the UK, so an extra thanks for giving me plenty to do in the current (July 2020) lockdown!
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Full Specifications

Product Specification & Media Handling Print Head / Ink Type Permanent
Number of Nozzles Total 7,680 nozzles
(Y/M/C/R/PC/PM/Gy/PBk/MBk/CO/ each 768 nozzles x 10 )
Ink Tank 10 colour = 9 colour (Y/M/C/R/PC/PM/Gy/PBk/MBk) +CO
Maximum Printing Resolution 4800 (horizontal)*1 x 2400 (vertical) dpi
Print Speed Photo(11″x14″image on A3+ with Border)*2
Colour/PT-101 approx.4 m 15s
Black/PT-101 approx.4 m 15s
Maximum Printable Paper Size Top Tray (width) Top Tray:322.2 mm(12.7 inch), Borderless Printing:329 mm(A3+)(13 inch)
Manual Feed (width) Manual Feed:323.4 mm(12.7 inch), Borderless Printing:330.2 mm(13 inch)
Custom (length) 990.60mm
Printable Area Borderless Printing Top/Bottom/Right/Left margin: each 0 mm
Bordered Printing Top margin:3 mm, Bottom margin:5 mm/
Left/Right margin: each 3.4 mm (LTR/LGL: Left: 6.4 mm, Right: 6.3 mm)
Recommended Top/Bottom/Right/Left margin for Fine Art Paper : each 25mm
Support Media Top Tray Plain Paper/ Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101) /Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) / Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101) / Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201) / Matte Photo Paper (MP-101) / Photo Stickers(PS-101) / Hagaki/ Lightweight Photo Paper (BOX) /Japanese Paper Washi (BOX)/ Canvas (BOX) / Red Label Superior 80 g/m2(WOP111) / Canon Oce Office Colour Paper 80 g/m2(SAT213) / Heavyweight Fine Art Paper(BOX) /Inkjet Greeting Card /Cardstock
Manual Feed Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101) /Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201 )/Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101) / Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201) / Matte Photo Paper (MP-101) / Lightweight Photo Paper (BOX) / Heavyweight Photo Paper (BOX) / Japanese Paper Washi (BOX) / Canvas (BOX) / Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (PM-101) / Heavyweight Fine Art Paper (BOX) / Extra Heavyweight Fine Art Paper (BOX) / Highest Density Fine Art Paper (BOX) / Premium Fine Art Smooth(FA-SM) / Premium Fine Art Rough / Baryta Paper(BOX) /Inkjet Greeting Card /Cardstock
Multi-purpose Tray Printable Nail Sticker(NL-101)/ Printable Disk
Paper Size Top Tray A3+ /A3 /A4 /A5 /B4 /B5 /LTR /LGL /Ledger /Hagaki /7″×10″ /12×12 /L(3.5″×5″) /KG(4″x6″) /2L(5″×7″) /8″×10″ /10″×12″ /Square(127 mm)/210 ×594 mm
Custom size( width 89 mm – 355.6 mm length127 mm – 990.6 mm)
Manual Feed A3+/A3/A4/A5/B4/LTR/LGL/Ledger/12×12
8″×10″/10″×12″/210×594 mm
Custom size (width 89 mm – 355.6 mm length127 mm – 990.6 mm)
Multi-purpose Tray 120 x120 mm (CD/DVD)
Paper Size (Borderless) *Paper types NOT supported for borderless printing are as follows: Envelope, High Resolution Paper, T-Shirt Transfer, Photo Stickers A3+ /A3 /A4 /LTR /Ledger /Hagaki /7*10 /12*12 /5*7 /L(3.5″*5″) /KG (4″x6″) /2L(5″*7″) /8″*10″ /10″*12″ /Square(127 mm) /210 *594 mm
Paper Handling (Top Tray)
(Maximum Number)
Plain Paper LTR/A4/A5/B5 = 100 B4/A3/LGL/LDR = 50
Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101) L/KG(4″x6″) = 20
LTR/A3/A4/2L/8″*10″ = 10
10″*12″/A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) L/KG(4″x6″) /Hagaki /Square(127 mm) = 20
LTR /A3 /A4 /2L /8″*10″ = 10
A3+= 1
Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101) LTR/A4/A3 =10
A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201) L/KG(4″x6″) = 20
LTR/A4/A3/5*7/2L/8″*10″ = 10
10″*12″/A3+ = 1
Matte Photo Paper (MP-101) L/KG(4″x6″) = 20
LTR/A4 /A3 = 10
A3+ = 1
Photo Stickers(PS-101) PS-101/PS-201/PSHRS = 1
Paper Handling (Manual Feed)
(Maximum Number)
Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101) A3/A4/LTR/8″×10″ /10″×12″/A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II (PP-201) LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Pro Luster (LU-101) LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss (SG-201) LTR/A4/A3/8″×10″ /10″×12″/A3+ = 1
Matte Photo Paper (MP-101) LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (PM-101) LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Premium Fine Art Smooth
(FA-SM)
LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Premium Fine Art Rough(FA-RG1) LTR/A4/A3/A3+ = 1
Paper Handling (Multi-purpose Tray)
(Maximum Number)
1 (Multi-purpose Tray)
Paper Weight Top Tray Plain Paper:64-105 g/m2
Canon Genuine paper (maximum): approx. 380 g/m
Manual Feed Canon Genuine paper (maximum): approx. 380 g/m,
or Paper Thickness 0.1-0.6mm or less
Connectivity Protocol SNMP/ HTTP/TCP/IP(IPv4/IPv6)
Wired LAN Network Type IEEE 802.3 10base-T
IEEE 802.3u 100base-TX
Data Rate 10Mbps/100Mbps (Auto switching)
Security IEEE 802.1X(EAP-TLS/EAP-TTLS/PEAP)
Wireless LAN Network Type IEEE802.11n /IEEE802.11g /IEEE802.11b
IEEE802.11a
Frequency Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Range Indoor 50m [depends on the transmission speed and conditions]
Security WEP(64/128bit)
WPA-PSK(TKIP/AES)
WPA2-PSK(TKIP/AES)
Direct connection (Wireless LAN) Available
 Printing Solutions Canon Professional Print & Layout Compatible Canon Digital Photo Professional, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Available
Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY
(for iOS/Android)
Available
AirPrint Available
Mopria Available
Canon Print Service(for Android) Available
Windows 10 Mobile Available
Google Cloud Print Available
PIXMA Cloud Link from smartphone or tablet Available
Camera Direct Wi-Fi PictBridge
General Specifications Operation Panel Display 3.0 inch/7.5cm LCD(Display Panel, Colour)
Language 33 Languages Selectable: Japanese /English (mm &inch) /German /French /Italian /Spanish /Dutch /Portuguese /Norwegian/ Swedish /Danish /Finnish/Russian /Czech /Hungarian /Polish /Slovene /Turkish /Greek /Simplified Chinese /Traditional Chinese /Korean /Indonesian /Slovakian /Estonian /Latvian / Lithuanian /Ukrainian /Romanian/
Bulgarian/ Thai/ Croatian /Vietnamese
Supported Operating Systems *12 Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2/2008 R2 SP1
macOS 10.12~10.15, OS X 10.11.6
Supported Mobile Systems iOS
Android
Interface USB B Port Hi-Speed USB
PictBridge Wireless LAN Available
Operating Environment *9 Temperature: 5-35C Humidity: 10-90% RH (no dew condensation)
Recommended Environment *10 Temperature: 15-30C Humidity: 10-80% RH (no dew condensation)
Storage Environment Temperature: 0-40C Humidity: 5-95% RH (no dew condensation)
Quiet Mode Available
Acoustic Noise (PC Print) Plain Paper(A4, Colour)*11 Approx. 41.1dB(A)
Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101)(L,Colour, borderless) Approx. 39.5dB(A)
Photo Paper Pro Platinum (PT-101)(4*6,Colour, borderless) Approx.39.2dB(A)
Power AC 100 -240 V 50 /60 Hz
Power Consumption Standby (scanning lamp is off)
USB connection to PC
Approx. 1.0W
OFF Approx. 0.2W
Printing
USB connection to PC
Approx. 16W
Standby (all ports connected, scanning lamp is off) Approx. 2.4W
<EU only – for ErP Lot 26 regulation>
Time to enter Standby mode <EU only – for ErP Lot 26 regulation> Approx. 3min 34sec.
Environment Regulation RoHS (EU, China)*, WEEE (EU)* *To be fixed
Eco-Label Energy Star* *To be fixed (except for EUR)
Dimension (WxDxH) Factory configuration mm approx. 639 x 379 x 200 mm
inch approx. 25.2 x 15 x 7.9 inch
Output tray extended mm approx. 639 x 837 x 416 mm
inch approx. 25.2 x 33 x 16.4 inch
Weight kg approx. 14.4 kg
lb approx. 31.6 lbs
Ink Tanks Ink Model LUCIA PRO Ink Tanks:
PFI-300
MBK/ PBK/C/M/Y/PC/PM/GY/R/CO
Page yield (4×6″ PT-101) *13 Number of 10x15cm photos
Matte Black (MBK): 5490 photos*
Photo Black (PBK): 2205 photos*
Grey (GY): 1465 photos*
Photo Grey (PGY): 3165 photos*
Photo Cyan (PC): 5140 photos*
Cyan (C): 5025 photos*
Photo Magenta (PM): 3755 photos
Magenta (M): 5885 photos*
Yellow (Y): 3365 photos
Red (R): 5355 photos*
Blue (B): 4875 photos*
Chroma Optimiser (CO): 680 photos
* Estimated Supplemental Yield
Page yield (A3+ PT-101) *14 Number of A2 colour photos
Matte Black (MBK): 1600 photos*
Photo Black (PBK): 256 photos*
Grey (GY): 106 photos*
Photo Grey (PGY): 270 photos*
Photo Cyan (PC): 600 photos*
Cyan (C): 675 photos*
Photo Magenta (PM): 374 photos*
Magenta (M): 965 photos*
Yellow (Y): 329 photos
Red (R): 935 photos*
Blue (B): 545 photos*
Chroma Optimiser (CO): 97 photos*
* Estimated Supplemental Yield
Notes
*1 Ink droplets can be placed with a pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
*2 Photo print speed is based on the default setting using ISO/JIS-SCID N2 on Photo Paper Plus Glossy II and does not take into account data processing time on host computer.
Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc.
Print speed timings can be found in the Northlight Images PRO-300 review
*9 The performance of the printer may be reduced under certain temperature and humidity conditions.
*10 For the temperature and humidity conditions of papers such as photo paper, refer to the paper’s packaging or the supplied instructions.
*11 Acoustic Noise is measured based on ISO7779 standard with default setting.
*12 Minimum system requirements is according to that of OS and application software used.
*13 Declared yield value in accordance with ISO/IEC 29102. Values obtained by continuous printing. Right-click the image on Windows 10 and select “Print”from the menu to print.
*14 When printing ISO/JIS-SCID N2 test file at 11″x 14″ continuously on A3+ <paper size type>, with the default settings of testing paper using Windows 10 printer driver and Photoshop CC.

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12 Comments
  • Keith | Jul 17, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Hi
    Glad it was of interest!
    I’m in the UK so know nothing about US service arrangements I’m afraid.
    The 300 is an updated PRO-10, very good, but not in the same league as the PRO-1000. The 300 fixes most of my complaints about the PRO-10 but is still broadly similar.
    The 1000 is also better for B&W (more inks) and at least gives the option of an A2 print, even if you don’t currently think of printing them… Have a read of my PRO-1000 review for more?

  • David Hunter | Jul 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Keith. Thank you for the excellent review. I am looking to upgrade from my Epson R3000 printer. I print exclusively using the matte settings using smooth, fine art paper. I also have no need to print larger than 13″ X 19″. I do like the fact that the Epson uses pigment rather than dyes for archival purposes. My two complaints with Epson is that their ink cartridges are very pricey and Epson does not offer in-home servicing of any kind. I live in NYC and this lack of support is irksome. Do you know if Canon, Adorama, or B&H provide in-home service and repairs? I’m considering both the Canon Pro-300 or the Pro-1000. The difference in price is negligible and the Pro-1000 offers bigger ink cartridges and I’m hoping the price-per-print with the larger cartridges will be less expensive over time. Because the Pro-300 is newer than the Pro-1000 does the Pro-300 offer a technological advantage over the Pro-1000? Price-no-object, which is the better printer for matte prints between the Pro-300 and Pro-1000? Thank you.

  • Keith | Jul 10, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I’m always in two minds about the ‘lots of ink wasted’ comments about the PRO-1000. A PRO-100 is designed for intermittent use – the 1000 and larger printers simply aren’t.

    Any 17″ printer and above will benefit from running a sheet of plain paper through it at least once every other week – this is just a feature of all current larger printers. It is a cost of using them, much like buying a classic car and expecting it to sit in a garage unused for months.

    The problem is that people buy larger printers and expect them to work as cheap ones in his respect. Buy a bigger printer and maintenance requirements and costs come with it. The ink usage is just a cost of printing.

    Now, I can say this and, for all sorts of reasons, Epson/Canon marketing can’t ;-)

    BTW All links automatically get stripped out of comments here – we have quite a strict comment editing policy, which is why I always suggest people email me directly with questions ;-)

  • Joseph Andrews | Jul 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I wish I could find the links…but on some very good photo-oriented website (it could have been a mostly photo-printing website, I forget which)…I remember reading quite detailed and, in my mind, precise explanations of why the Pro 1000 (a printer that i have at times very much wanted to purchase) is not the printer for me, in terms of the way I print.

    As described here in this comment section, my Canon Pro 100 sits unused for long stretches of time, and then I get motivated and print dozens of 13×19 inch images within the span of two or three days. I’ve used the printer this way for years now…with very few problems.

    I would very much like to print larger-size images, and took a good hard look at the Pro 1000. What I read online, from people who purchased the 1000 and use it to generate prints that they sell…is that the protocol that the 1000 follows (presumably to keep clogging to a minimum) uses A LOT of ink. As I recall, there’s some sort of timing mechanism that kicks in…and every so often several milliliters of ink are consumed.

    Some people did a lot of work figuring this out…and my recollection is that if you’re the owner of a Pro 1000, and you do not use it regularly and often, a not insignificant percentage of your ink is used in cleaning cycles to keep the printer running properly when you do want to use it.

    I feel like I must explain here: I guess I’m what you might call a Canon Fanboy…I’ve no axe to grind with Canon (quite the opposite, in fact) and in fact came thisclose to buying a Pro 1000. But for my own usage pattern, it is not for me.

    I’ll look forward to reading responses to this post. Maybe some of you professional printers can post to some of the links I remember.

    Or maybe I’m mistaken…and in that case I’ll once again consider the Pro 1000!

    Just a reminder: the cleaning cycles utilized by the 1000 are thought to be necessary because of the pigment inks that it employs.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Keith | Jul 10, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Thanks – I’d only note that I have a P700 on its way here for next week ;-)
    Whilst I never do comparative reviews here, I’m happy to answer questions by direct email…

  • Keith | Jul 10, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I don’t know about the inks for certain – I believe there are differences, but from my own printing/profiling point of view they are pretty similar (I’ll leave detailed analysis to others!)
    As to your other question – there are some good deals on the 1000 in some parts of the world and personally I’d spend a bit more. Then again I like printing at A2 which makes the decision for me.

  • Highland Graeme | Jul 10, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Hi Keith – thanks for the early review. Hope you’re staying safe in Leicester, up here in the Scottish Highlands we’re starting to see some easing of restrictions and thankfully a huge reduction in infections. Reading about the new printers is a nice way to do some virtual window shopping.

    I’m currently looking to get a new 13 inch printer. I’m only had the cheaper end of photo printers in the past and fancy getting something in the prosumer range now. I guess it’s a toss up between the Epson P700 and the Canon Pro 300 now. I’ve read (mostly watched YouTube) on their preceeding models and thr bigger P800 and Pro 1000, all of which have pros and cons.

    My question is, for someone looking to a) enjoy learning about printing high quality prints, b) most likely be printing once per week, just one or two prints, and c) have a focus on black and white (although occasional colour for friends and family) – how do you the P700 and Pro 300 stacking up?

    Thanks for the help (coffee inbound!)

  • Adrian Beese | Jul 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Keith, another excellent write up. I am looking to replace my hopelessly clogged Epson R3000 and I have a couple of questions

    Is the Lucia Pro ink the same as used in the 10s, pro 1 and the 1000 ?

    Given the cost of the printer and the silly small size of the cartridges would I be better off spending a little more on a Pro 1000 and having the benefit of 80ml carts to start with?

    By the way thanks for all the advice on trying to save my R3000

  • Keith | Jul 9, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Yes, although they are marked with ‘starter’ on them – I believe they contain a bit more ink to allow for priming.
    However I should note that my (UK) test printer arrived in a plain box, so the situation may change when fully shipping and in different parts of the world

  • Marilyn Hooven | Jul 9, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Keith does it ship with a set of full cartridges?

  • Keith | Jul 9, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to comment – much appreciated

  • Joseph Andrews | Jul 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Nice write-up.

    I wonder how many reasonably competent photographers use a printer like the PRO-300 described here the way that I use my PIXMA Pro 100.

    Jeepers it must have been two decades ago that I purchased the Epson 1270.

    I had fun with it and enjoyed the heck out of using the 1270…but the fading tendencies of the prints produced by the 1270, combined with its rather finicky clogging properties caused me not to replace it when it finally bit the dust.

    As a result, I went [mostly] with Adorama for enlargements and local establishments with Fujicolor devices for 4×6 snapshots…until I purchased a Canon Pro 100.

    For several years now I’ve used the Pro 100 in the following way–for me its main use is when I print four or five dozen 13×19 prints maybe three or four times a year–probably 200 large prints per year.

    I do not use the Pro 100 to print 4x6s…Fujicolor 1 hour devices are really really really good (at least in my town) and rather inexpensive.

    I do print an occasional 8×10 or 11×14 with the Pro 100 but mostly 13×19…and to conserve ink I print lots of these at the same time.

    I’m writing this because I have enjoyed your reviews over the years and will go back to read more about the details of using the PRO-300.

    Specifically, I find it remarkable how (knocking on wood right now)…the Canon Pro 100 that I use…and the Canon inks and paper that I use in it…have NEVER failed (in terms of clogging/jamming whatever)…and sometimes I go MONTHS between printing. Then I power on and bam! the thing just works…

    I am well aware of the limitations of the dye inks used in the Pro 100…although with the Pro Luster Canon paper I’ve had real good luck with naked prints posted in our family room (with comparison prints in albums). In other words, I do not sell prints generated by the Pro 100..

    If I knew that the PRO-300 (pigment inks) were to function as trouble-free as the Pro 100 does (in my hands), I would strongly consider purchasing one…if only for the ability to print 12×36 prints. The longevity properties of the pigment inks would be a plus, too.

    Thanks again.

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