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Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Review & Insiders Guide


Introduction

The Canon PRO-200 was released in November 2020. The PRO-200 is a 13" wide enthusiast-to-professional level photo and fine art inkjet printer featuring eight individual inks which Canon calls the ChromaLife system. ChromaLife is a dye-based inkset. Dye inks for maximum color gamut, black density, and media compatibility.  For dye inks, the ChromaLife system is remarkably resistant to fade. You can expect on-display prints (in ideal conditions) to resist fade for 20+ years.  The PRO-200 descends from a long line of dye-based printers including perhaps the most popular of all time, the Canon PRO-100.



Don't miss Five Things You Need to Know about the Canon PRO-200.

Just the Facts

13" Wide photo & art inkjet printer

Print 3.5" x 5" up to 13" x 39" banners. The max size works well for RRP's 13x38 Pano Size papers.

Eight colors

Printing Technology - Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering

MSRP $599.99

Ink Cost - $13.99 per 12.6 mL cartridge (Price as of 8/22)

Rating - We rate is a printer to "strong buy" if you are want a dye-ink based printer

Unpacking and Prep

The PRO-200 ships in a large, robust box. The printer is well protected with packing material and the contents were well organized.

The Canon PRO-200 shipping box includes:

  • PIXMA PRO-200 13” Inkjet Printer
  • Setup CD, Manual, and Other Documentation
  • Set of 8 Ink Tanks (CLI-65; BK, C, PC, M, PM, Y, GY, LGY)
  • Print Head
  • Multi-Purpose Tray
  • Power Cord

The printer ships wrapped in plastic sheets and anything that opens or moves is secured with tape.

Physical Specs - W x D x H

Closed: 25.2" (L) x 15" (W) x 7.9" (H)
Trays Extended: 25.2" (L) x 33" (W) x 16.4" (H)

Printer weight: 32 lbs.

Ink Install

Installing the print head is part of the setup process.  It's easy and takes perhaps 30 seconds.  Ink cartridges are then installed onto the print head assembly.

Canon PRO-200 Ink Cartridges

  • Cyan
  • Photo Cyan
  • Magenta
  • Photo Magenta
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Light Gray

Driver Install

Driver installation and setup was straightforward in Windows and the Mac OS. Drivers are downloaded from Canon's PRO-200 support website. In addition to drivers, you can download:

  • Canon Professional Print & Layout Software
  • Media Configuration Tool

Connectivity

The PRO-200 can connect using these methods:

Paper Feed Option

The PRO-200 has two paper feed options.

  • Main top tray - the "Top Feed"
  • Rear single sheet - the "Manual Feed"
  • CD print tray - located in the front above the output tray

Details on exactly what paper weight and thickness go into which path are sketchy in the Canon documentation. Here's what we recommend based on experience:

Top Feed - Thickness 3 mil - 13.9 mil
Manual Feed - 14 mil and up

Sheet Size Specs

Each path has minimum and maximum sheet widths:

Top Feed - 3.5" up to 13" wide
Manual Feed - 8" up to 13" wide

Do not get concerned about weight in this case. Papers in the thickness ranges above will be the correct weight for the paper path.

Printer Driver Tour

Driver Montage

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Printer Control Panel Details

The PRO-200 has an on-printer control panel for various functions.  

Want the most from your PRO-200? Take time to review all of the features and options on the control panel.

Among the features:

  • Paper loading guide
  • Ink level display
  • Printer settings menu
  • Maintenance processes - Nozzle check, print head cleaning
  • Wi-fi setup and control
  • Firmware updates

Print Margins

All printers are set at the factory with unprintable margins. Put another way, there is an area along the borders of your paper that cannot be printed.

The printer also has a borderless mode, available for select sizes (see below), where the margin rules are turned off.

Unprintable Margins - Non-Fine Art Media Setting

Top: 0.118"
Bottom: 0.197"
Left & Right: 0.135"

Unprintable Margins - Fine Art Paper Media Setting

All Sides: 0.98"

Print Quality Options

Canon publishes the printer's maximum print resolution and not print resolution for each setting you can select in the driver.

Because this technology is mature and print quality is near-continuous tone, we've suspended a detailed examination of print quality differences at the various quality settings.  For best results, we recommend setting the print quality to the highest available setting for all paper types and images or artwork. You will be pleased with the results.

Quality Level Resolution (dpi)
Maximum 4800 (horizontal) x 2400 (vertical) 

 

Print Speed Examples

The image file, shown above, was printed from Photoshop on a Windows 10 computer connected via Wi-Fi connection. Print time was measured from the first print head pass laying down ink to the point the paper was ejected from the machine.

Quality 5x7 8x10 13x19
Fine 1:30 2:18 4:50
High 0:54 1:36 3:50
Standard 0:28 0:52 1:58

Borderless Capabilities

You can make borderless prints with the PRO-200. Borderless sizes are preset at the factory.

Custom sizes can be defined and saved in the Mac OS.  Windows users must define a custom size in the driver with each print job. The driver cannot save custom sizes.

  • 4" x 6"
  • 5" x 5"
  • 5" x 7"
  • 7" x 10" - Red River Paper Greeting Card Size
  • 8" x 10"
  • A4 (8.3" x 11.7")
  • Letter (8.5" x 11")
  • 10"x12"
  • 12" x 12"
  • 11" x 17"
  • A3 (11.7" x 16.5")
  • Super B (13" x 19")

Black & White Performance

The PRO-200 is quite good at black and white printing.  There are a few ways to go about it.

Print a color image through the Black & White mode of the driver

In this situation, the driver will do black & white conversion. Controls include tonal presets (cool, neutral, warm), tonal sliders, and brightness and contrast sliders. Given the obscure X and Y sliders for custom tonal control, we typically use the tonal presets and for the most part leave it on the Black and White (neutral) setting. The downside of using the driver is lack of soft proof or preview of the results before making a print.  

Driver - Black & White Adjustment Example

To the right is the Windows black & white manual adjustment for the Canon PRO-200.

1 - Preset tones for cool, neutral, and warm

2 - Sliders for manual tone control

3 - Sliders for brightness and contrast adjustments

Convert your image to black & white using an application, then print using a printer profile

The application can be Photoshop, Lightroom, and other photo editing software. The requirement is that you leave the image in the RGB color space while converting from color to black & white. Converting can be accomplished using the app's editing features or you can use a plugin such as Silver Efex.

Print and allow the application to manage colors via a printer profile.  The advantage is that you have more control over the results because you're seeing the black & white conversion and edits on the screen in your app.  

We encourage you to try both methods and pick the one that makes you happy.

Don't miss Five Things You Need to Know about the Canon PRO-200.

Conclusion

The PRO-200 continues to meet the expectations set by the PRO-100.  It is as good as a dye-based photo inkjet printer can get. There are few complaints other than some software oddities, explained above.  Print quality is excellent. Paper feed and handling is excellent.  Print speed is excellent.  If you are in the market for a 13" wide, dye-based photo printer, the PRO-200 is the clear choice. 

Canon PRO-200 Compatibility with Red River Paper Products

Red River Paper offers over 30 premium inkjet papers for use with the Canon PRO-200. We make prints on each paper to verify print quality and offer custom profiles for more consistent and accurate results. See the Recommended Papers for the Canon PRO-200.

Red River supports the Canon PRO-200 with free printer profiles and expert technical support.