Combining professional-level print quality with simple controls and time-saving features, the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 is the perfect first step into A3+ printing. The new flagship PIXMA PRO photo printer delivers an A3+ photo in just 90 seconds* and uses an enhanced 8-colour ChromaLife100+ ink system to produce vivid borderless prints on any media.
“If your work involves a lot of bold colours, the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 will be perfect for you,” says Canon Europe Inkjet Specialist and printing expert Suhaib Hussain. “It sits right at the top of our PIXMA series and provides a great entry point into our professional range of photo printers.”
The Canon PIXMA PRO-200 inherits a number of technologies from the pro-level Canon image. This includes support for Canon’s Professional Print & Layout (PPL) software, which makes it easy to achieve screen-accurate prints. If you’ve put off turning your digital images into beautiful photos because you’ve found colour management too complicated, PPL will give you the confidence to try again.
London-based food and drink photographer Natasha Alipour-Faridani put the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 to the test to demonstrate how its standout features can take your photo printing to the next level.
This combination of speed and flagship print quality will appeal to a wide range of users, from event photographers looking to provide an instant display, to enthusiasts and semi-pros who need to meet tight deadlines. “Let’s say for example you’re a photography student and you’re looking to run prints off for your coursework or an assignment,” suggests Suhaib. “The fact that you know you can get through these quickly on the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 is going to be reassuring.”
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With its soft proofing and hard proofing solutions, PPL takes the hassle out of colour management. As well as enabling you to view a simulation of the final print on-screen, the software’s Pattern printing mode will print out a contact sheet of thumbnails of your image.
“Each thumbnail has a different mix of colour, brightness, and contrast, so you can choose the one that gives you the look you intended,” explains Suhaib. “It’s then a simple case of going back to the software, dialing in the settings that are printed next to the thumbnail, and then outputting your final print. You can be confident that you’ll get exactly what you wanted, and there’s no wasting of ink, paper, or time.”
If the image was captured using the Dual Pixel RAW mode available on the Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R, and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the software’s DPRAW Print mode can use the 3D data embedded in the RAW file to identify which part of the image you intended to have in focus. It will then apply smart, selective sharpening to that specific area rather than out-of-focus parts of the image as conventional sharpening would do, giving a more lifelike print with added depth.
The Canon PIXMA PRO-200 is compatible with a choice of professional-quality Canon photo papers, including high-gloss, semi-gloss, and matte. It also offers borderless printing with the Canon fine art range, which has recently been rounded out with the launch of the Premium Fine Art Rough paper. The Canon PIXMA PRO-200 also supports popular third-party papers, including those produced by Canson, Hahnemühle, and Awagami Factory.
For even greater ease of use and convenience, the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 inherits the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300’s Auto Skew Correction function. “If you make a mistake when aligning a sheet of paper, the printer will automatically fix that for you,” says Suhaib. “It’s another example of how the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 can take away the inconvenience of wasted paper, ink, and time.”
The new printer offers two main paper-feed mechanisms including a top tray and a manual feed option. It also comes with a multi-purpose tray that enables you to print onto CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs using the Canon PIXMA PRO-200’s Direct Disc Print function – a useful option if you want to create a professional look for your image and video discs.
As well as losing weight, the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 gains a new 3-inch colour LCD screen and control buttons. This adds the convenience of being able to monitor ink levels, make paper adjustments, change network settings and carry out a host of other operations directly on the printer.
Further convenience comes in the shape of its extensive connections. With Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB options available, you can print to the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 from tablets, smartphones, laptops, or desktop computers.