Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 review

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 13-inch printer takes A3+ photo printing to a new level

5 Star Rating
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300
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Digital Camera World Verdict

We’ve always been very impressed with Canon’s 13-inch PIXMA PRO-10S pigment-based photo printer. The new imagePROGRAF PRO-300 offers even more. With upgraded LUCIA PRO inks, a 3-inch color menu screen, advanced companion software, the PRO-300 also enables borderless printing on matte and fine art media, instead of just glossy photo paper. It’s a real printing powerhouse.


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    Sumptuous print quality on both glossy and matte media

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    Superb black & white performance, along with vibrant colour

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    Handy companion software for soft proofing and hard proofing


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    As expected, print speeds are a little pedestrian compared with some dye-based printers

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    Borderless printing on matte media isn’t risk-free

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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a high quality A3+ photo printer, with a 13-inch printing width, designed to deliver fabulous looking output on both glossy and matte media. It replaces the PIXMA PRO-10S in Canon's printer lineup - a printer we already rate as one of the best photo printers - and it slots in below the larger, A2 format imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 large-format printer.

The two main choices for inkjet printers at this price point are dye-based or pigment-based inks. Dye-based printers are typically faster and work better with glossy photo paper, because the ink molecules are small enough to get fully absorbed beneath the shiny outer surface of the paper. Pigment-based inks work better with matte and fine-art media, as the results tend to look better and the ink is more robust and resistant to fading.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.