Canon Pixma Pro-1
This no-compromise beast sets a new benchmark for printing perfection
A3+ printer > £645, $1000 > www.canon.com Sometimes an A4 print just doesn’t do a shot justice, but an A3 image from the Pro-1 is sure to impress: 12 ink tanks ensure vibrant yet accurate colour reproduction, as well as rich, tint-free monochrome output. Tonal separation and detail reproduction are also exceptional.
At 27.7kg, you’d better have arms like Popeye’s to lift this lump by yourself, but the up side is rugged build and space for high-capacity 36ml cartridges. (These don’t come cheap, with a full set costing upwards of £200/$300.)
Upgrade if you own... An A4 printer and want to display your photos in all their glory, but not if you already own a decent A3 printer, as the differences are unlikely to be dramatic enough.
runner up... Canon Pix ma Pro-100
Despite having four fewer ink tanks and half the print head nozzles of the Pro-1, the Pro-100 still produces stunning A3 prints. It’s also much less painful to carry and refill.