Canon PIXMA Pro-10s Photo Printer Review

A review of the Canon PIXMA Pro10-s photo printer. This excellent printer creates fantastic professional prints that are indistinguishable from those made in a lab.

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The Canon Pro-10s is a professional photo printer that sits in middle of the pro line of printer from Canon between the Canon Pro-100s and the Canon Pro-1. All three printers will print all sizes from 4×6 inches up to an impressive A3+ size.

The Canon PIXMA Pro-10s strikes the right balance between quality and value.
It has a 10 ink system where as the Canon Pro 100 has eight and the Canon Pro 1 has twelve.
Like the higher end models this includes the Chroma Optimizer ink. This is a special clear ink that helps produce deeper blacks, adds a uniform glossy finish prints and expands the colour gamut. You have the option to switch it on or off. When you used with the luster paper the final prints have an ultra professional look that exudes class. Using it with full gloss paper creates a dreamy saturated finish – especially good for my water drops photography.

The Canon Pro-10s is also compatible with the Canon Print Studio Plugin for Adobe Lightroom. This is missing from the lower end Canon Pro 100 but it makes printing an absolute breeze. You can adjust the settings, tell it which paper you are using and preview print profiles. You can also set up a series of prints, stack the printer with the right paper then leave it to do the rest.

Connectivity comes in the form of either USB, Ethernet or wireless. I have had mixed success with the wireless printing. It works well most of the time but on a couple of occasions I have suffered connectivity problems with the printer, when this happens the printer just gives up and spits the paper out at whatever stage of completion it happens to be in. This is not ideal, especially when you consider the cost of the paper you are feeding through.

I have settled for using the ethernet connection. I have the printer wired into my router and then I can still print wirelessly from my laptop. This has been flawless up to now with no more failed prints.

This printer is not going to be for everyone as the costs can quickly add up. I picked this up for just under £500. It comes with a set of starter inks but the ink costs about £100 for a full set. The printer uses the inks at different rates so after the initial purchase you should only need to replace each individual ink as and when you use it. This is actually a benefit of the 10 ink system because you are not wasting inks in multi ink cartridges.

The paper is of varying costs depending on which type you get. There is no doubt this is an amazing thing and having the ability to print your work to a high professional standard is very addictive. If you are selling prints then the maths might work out for. Having said that we think nothing of buying thousands of pounds worth of camera gear and lenses so spending a few hundred on a printer like this might be what you need to put the cherry on top of your photography cake.

The images created by this printer are truly stunning and I found them to be indistinguishable from those made in a lab.

I have now generated enough interest in my work to justify buying this printer. To create a new outlet for my work I am happy to announce that from today I have relaunched the first man photography website. I will put a link down below and I would love it if you will check it out. You can see all my work, purchase prints, pick up the awesome First Man T-shirt and still see all the content from the channel over in the Video section.

I am going to be offering more prints for sale from my portfolio over the coming weeks. And as I continue to document my journey in the landscape photography vlogs, some of the best work will then be available as soon as the video comes out. Giving you the option see the whole story of my work from it’s very concept and creation to the point where the finished piece lands on your wall.


David Dixon says:

Thanks for the review Adam, I’m looking at getting a printer myself, but can’t decide on Epson, or Canon… What finish of paper are you going to be using?

Christopher Wood says:

question. Is there much point in investing in one of these? For prints at my local pro print shop it’s fairly cheap. With the printer, inks, paper, and errors, I feel like it’s not worth having the printer… Maybe I’m missing something?

WedlakeProductions says:

Great timing! I have been looking at getting this printer for months and just yesterday I was thinking there’s not many reviews on YouTube. Great work Adam as always.

Quaker521 says:

I have also been looking at this to replace my Canon i9950 but to be honest I cannot justify it yet. The i9950 still gives me great prints up to A3 but lately I have been getting prints done through a third party which allows me to get slightly larger than A3 and more panoramic prints made. Thanks for the video as it has convinced me that this is the printer to get when I decide to change. Oh, and the website looks great! I take it that the gallery will expand with more of your excellent landscape shots?

skelly jelly says:

I love this channel. You always look as though you’ re enjoying yourself, even in great British weather.

david photography says:

hi what about cost of print they cant be cheaper than online companies by time buy paper ink and electric
the only think your really getting is speed and being able to change effects
500 pound plus ink is really out or range for a normal person how many prints can you get for amount of ink the container holds

Mark Owen-Ward says:

very informative blog – best price seems to be at Debenhams so I’ve ordered one! Looking forward to firing it up next week

david photography says:

whats it like having a printer jared polin has and likes

Martin Berry says:

excellent stuff – big fan of printing and have this printer- keen to learn more about different papers and options for display – framing costs in Australia are huge ( like all other costs here) and I don’t have the time to frame myself

Paul G Johnson says:

Great video Sir! I have a canon and could highly recommend them 🙂 PS loving the channel

Ian Rhodes says:

awesome printer good review good luck with the new web site

Gianna Giavelli says:

I’m confused. It doesn’t come with a full ink set? what is missing?

Enrique says:

Hello Adam, first thank you for sharing, and now the question (LOL). This a probably a dumb question, but I’m new to this, is it possible to print let say 3 different 4X6 prints (not the same file) on one sheet of 8X12 paper, or that has nothing to do with the printer but with the program on the computer that you are using?

Mark W says:

Nice video and great printer. I have used a Canon Pro 1 for the last couple of years (as my interest is primarily black and white imagery), and it has been absolutely stunning – particularly for exhibition work. I think you will have a lot of fun with it. Canson Rag photographique is a very nice paper to try out. One thing you didn’t mention is the weight, mine weighed in at 30kg with the box, which made for entertaining carrying as I hefted it up three flights of stairs to the office!

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