Last updated on February 15th, 2020 at 06:47 pm


A2 or large format printers are a type of printer used by individuals wishing to print and produce beautiful, high-quality large format photo prints. These large-format photo printers offer impressive high-dpi prints on all kinds of media with professional standard single-color ink cartridges which tend to be more economical than multi-color cartridges. Users receive bang for their buck as well as excellent print quality. Both the Canon pro-1000 and Epson p800 are A2 printers and while they may look somewhat similar in writing; multiple ink systems of high quality, ability to handle roller or cut media and offer the best connectivity functionality available today, these two printers are very different. You are probably considering buying an A2 photo printer which is why you find yourself dealing with the dilemma of which of the two printers between the Canon Pro 1000 vs. Epson p800 you should settle for.

Often individuals purchasing A2 printers are usually looking to achieve a decent output size without compromising on vital elements such as the longevity of the print and the image quality. To help with your decision-making process, we review the two printers individually and highlight the significant variances between them.

CANON PRO-1000 Review



The purpose of this printer is to make your print experience as intuitive as possible and to ensure that your photos are of top-tier quality. The Canon PRO-1000 is far more desirable and exciting than many other printers thanks to its specialized software, 11 Lucia Pro inks plus Chroma Optimizer ink system and the most extensive color gamut on the market for every printer. The Canon PRO-1000 accepts many different media types using two separate paper feeds depending on paper thickness and is 17 “wide. Canon aims to ensure that you make the most of your photographs. This begins with your camera’s direct connection to the printer (if you own a Canon branded camera), and as such, eliminating the computer requirement. Boasting a set of delightful tools to track print costs, including paper costs and ink costs, a software that functions in a manner similar to Photoshop, this printer has several features that you will not find available on the Epson P800.


  • Software tools provided by Canon on the printer facilitate easier printing.
  • The Chroma Optimiser ensures an intense color precision thus delivering stunning black/grayscale colors.
  • The printers wide color gamut enhances print/image quality.
  • You can save on time as the different ink channels on the printer head ensure there is no switching between photo black and matte black inks.
  • The printer is equipped with an air feeder system that ensures no page skew during printing, and an LCOA Pro engine that facilitates secure handling of complex printing functions.
  • You can set the Chroma optimizer on either “auto” or “overall” so it can be applied only when needed or every other time.


  • This printer requires a lot of caution when it is being used. This is because spares are quite hard to find and should the printer get spoiled, you may be stuck for quite some time.
  • Users have to confirm the printing settings every time they use the printer, which can be rather annoying if not inconveniencing.

Epson SureColor P800 Review

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The Epson P800 printer is today one of the best on the market, and has a massive amount of firepower it brings to the table. The UltraChrome HD eight-ink system provides users with superior color precision and print speed. With an image resolution that reaches an impressive maximum of 2880 x 1440 dpi and triple droplet sizes in one printing, it is hard not to fall in love with this printer. Like all other printers in Epson’s Surecolor series, the P800 does not disappoint with the accuracy, precision, and speed at which it reproduces photos. With the Epson P800 you can print with full borderless options in a wide variety of sizes using either individual sheets or roll paper with a two to three-inch core and with a maximum width of 17 inches. The eight-ink system has the ability to switch between matte black and photo black ink, thus ensuring minimal ink loss in operation. In addition, a roll media adapter and a replacement ink maintenance tank are available as options. Wi-Fi, Direct Wireless LAN, Google Cloud Print, Apple Air Print, and the Epson App are included as connectivity options on the P800. There is no specialized software available to touch your photos before printing. When all is said and done, the P800 is a very reliable printer given that Epson pledges a longevity period of 400 years for black and white prints and 200 years for colored prints.


  • The 3.5 picoliter printing droplets give you far better quality than that of most competitors.
  • A top-quality color replication is achieved because all the inks are based on pigments.
  • Comes with many features that make your experience in printing easier.


  • Does not feature a spectrophotometer as part of the standard package or as a new buy on.
  • In comparison to the Canon imagePROGAF Pro 1000, the ink tanks of the P800 are rather small.

Key Differences between the Epson P800 and the Canon Pro-1000

As previously mentioned, there are a few elements that separate these two printers from each other. They include:

The ability to feed roll media

These two printers’ media handling capabilities are effortless, but it is impossible to ignore how the Epson P800 struggles with paper feeding and experiences frequent paper jams, unlike Canon. Any professional photo printer can understand how indispensable Roll Media is and the part it plays in reducing your print cost in some cases, and the sooner you realize that when it comes to bigger prints, there is just no substitute for them the better.

Ink systems

The two printers contain multiple pigment-based ink systems. Pigment-based inks are more precise and exponentially long-lasting than regular inks. Canon has a 12-ink system, while Epson has a nine ink system. Both the print heads of these printers are replaceable.

Overall Cost

While these printers are costly, they are not exorbitant by print cost and give you superior print quality.
While both output qualities are excellent, The Epson printer is more expensive than the Canon, but the cost of the Canon is a little pricier to print. This difference in physical costing has a lot to do with the printers’ physical bells and whistles.


When it comes down to specs, there are some significant differences:


The specs of the Canon imagePROGRAF pro-1000 include; 12 Inks, Maximum Print Resolution of
2,400 x 1,200 dpi, printing speeds of approximately 3 minutes 35 seconds for A2 (LU-101 color) and 6 minutes for A2 (PT-101 color or mono). Other additional bells and whistles include the built-in Hi-Speed USB Type interface, wireless LAN, Ethernet, Smart device & Cloud apps for printing. The output of images can be attributed to the printers use of Canon Bubble-jet on Demand printing technology. The printer is equipped with a rear tray/Manual feed slot and is capable of handling various media types that include Plain Paper, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte, Matte Photo Paper and other Fine Art, Canvas and Glossy Photo Paper.

The Epson P800, on the other hand, utilizes Epson’s Micro Piezo printing head technology and prints unidirectionally and bidirectionally using Variable Sized Droplets. With nine inks, a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, printing speed of approximately 2 minutes for A4, 4.5 minutes for A3+ and 6 minutes for A2. Other relevant trapping includes High-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and a 2.7” Color LCD touchscreen control panel. Additionally, the printer is equipped with an optional roll handling accessory, front and rear feed trays, double-sided printing supported via manual loading, windows, and Mac OS Compatibility, and wireless printing options. Finally, the P800 includes Epson’s Print Layout Software a simple, easy and flexible plugin that functions in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Nikon ViewNX-i. With this software, you have a choice of choosing between borderless images or several border sizes and styles aside from the option of printing the images individually or collectively.


We tried to ensure the article was as insightful as possible, and we hope you found it to be helpful in your journey. When choosing between these two printers, it is essential to note that your intended use will ultimately affect your experience with the printer. Finally, we would opt for the Canon pro-1000 because it is, in our opinion, a better printer as the prints it produces are better with vibrant colors and splendid grayscales. Also, Epson’s frequent and troublesome paper feeding was a significant turn off given that in our tests the Canon did not experience paper jams for well over 300 prints. Making this final decision was definitely not easy, and once again, we can’t emphasize how good these printers are. While for us, our printer of choice was the Canon; there is no right or wrong choice. Whatever you choose, you’re right if it suits your needs.

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