Both photo printers offer A3+ max print size, but they use quite different technologies. Epson has been the king on the photography printer market for years in spite of a rather poor built quality and a disappointing service support. A few months ago, Zpson announced the Epson Stylus Photo R3000, successor of the Stylus Photo R2800. A few weeks later, Canon also renewed its prosumer A3+ photo printer with a brand new Pro-1. This month, my favorite photography magazine, Réponses Photo, has reviewed both of them for an interesting comparison.
This time, to please fine-art lovers, Canon is using pigment ink in the Pro-1. They are called Lucia ink. The Pro-1 offers no less than 12 ink tanks including photo black, matte black, 3 intensity of greys and a Chroma optimizer one. Its resolution is 4,800 x 2,400 dpi and it gets an Ethernet connexion. You can fin the Canon Pro-1 printer for $999.
Epson Stylus Photo R3000
The R3000 uses Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with vivid magenta inks, pigment technology as well, a tradition in professional photo printers at Epson. It gets 9 different ink tanks and is gifted with an Ethernet port, but also a Wi-Fi connexion. It is 25 pounds lighter than the Canon Pro-1. Its maximum printing resolution is 5,760 x 1,440 dpi. It sells for $849.
RP review : Canon Pro-1 vs Epson Stylus Photo R3000
Philippe Bachelier has tested both printers in depth. This printing and photo finishing expert has measured and compared almost all aspects of the printers from gamut range to B&W quality, user interface, …. Both printers offer pigment ink and their prints will last long, this is the most ineteresting side of pigment ink. The Canon Pro-1 has earned points thanks to its large size ink cartridges and a wide gamut that it can print. Its blacks are deep and both matte and glossy black ink cartridges are loeaded on the printer when the Epson R3000 lets you change it. I hate bronzing in dark areas of pigment ink prints and according to the review, it is very low. I like that. But… the Canon Pro-1 is also quite bulk and very heavy which can be an issue if you lack space and need to move it. The maximum paper thickness accepted is too thin (0.6mm) for many fine art matte papers. They also regret the lack of black and white ICC profiles when the complimentary color ICC profiles seemed way too saturated and contrasty.
Like the Canon Pro-1, the Epson Stylus Pro R3000 is praised in its review both for its long lasting prits and its wide gammut, but also for the quality of the complimentary ICC profiles. Bronzing has been improved compared to the R2880. Most weaknesses of the Epson R3000 come from the lack of B&W ICC profiles, that could quite be useful, couldn’t it ? You also have to wait, and wait and wait…. till the printer switches from the matte to the glossy black ink cartridge…. when the Canon has both of them loaded, ready to print.
To sum it up, both printers are quite the best A3+ prosumer printers to date for serious photographers as for some professional photographers which will not use the printer to produce industrial quantities. Still, Wi-Fi, lightweight and compactness, price, make the Epson a better bargain. Regarding the quality of the prints, it will be difficult to prefer one or the other.
The magazine’s review gave 88/100 to the Epson R3000 and 85% o the Canon Pro-1.
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