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Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Updated Jan 30, 2023 at 12:49 pm
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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is an inkjet print-only unit designed for professional photo printing. Unlike most general-purpose inkjet office printers, it uses a total of ten ink cartridges, including a Chroma Optimizer, which coats and seals photos to improve longevity and shine. It connects via USB, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY mobile app.

Our Verdict

N/A Family

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is okay for family use. It has wide connectivity options, making it easy for every household member to access. It produces amazingly sharp documents as well as detailed and colorful photos; however, it's rather slow, so it isn't ideal for high-volume printing. It doesn't yield many black prints, meaning you'll have to replace the black cartridge often, and while its color page yield is better, color ink cartridges are expensive, so it can get very expensive to maintain if you print a lot. It also lacks a scanner and doesn't support automatic duplex printing.

Pros
  • Produces detailed and colorful photos.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only printing.
  • Wide connectivity options.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanner.
  • Low black page yields.
  • Color printing is expensive.
N/A Small/Home Office

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is sub-par for home office use. It doesn't have a scanner, and it can't perform automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. Also, it takes over a minute to produce the first page of a document, and subsequent pages aren't much faster.

Pros
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only printing.
  • Wide connectivity options.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanner.
  • Low black page yields.
  • Color printing is expensive.
N/A Student

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is okay for student use. Its black page yield isn't very high, but since its ink is relatively cheap to replace, the cost-per-print remains decent. For photography or graphic design students, it has excellent color accuracy and produces outstanding photos. Unfortunately, it takes over a minute to produce the first page, and subsequent pages don't print much faster. It also lacks a scanner for digitizing class notes or other documents.

Pros
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only printing.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanner.
  • Low black page yields.
  • Color printing is expensive.
N/A Black & White

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is inadequate for black and white printing as it's designed to produce photos. It has a poor black page yield and prints slowly, with the first page taking well over a minute to come out. That said, it does feel well-built, and its cost-per-print for black-only documents is low.

Pros
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only printing.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • No scanner.
  • Low black page yields.
N/A Photo

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is an excellent photo printer. It produces outstanding, high-quality photos with very clear details and accurate colors. Also, it supports wide format paper up to 13" x 19". Unfortunately, while its ink cartridges yield a good number of color prints, they're expensive, so it can be very costly to maintain over time if you print a lot. Lastly, it prints very slowly, taking well over two minutes to print a 4" x 6" photo.

Pros
  • Produces detailed and colorful photos.
  • Excellent color accuracy.
  • Offers great built-in maintenance programs.
  • Very low cost-per-print for black-only printing.
Cons
  • Extremely slow print speed.
  • Color printing is expensive.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Jan 30, 2023: We've updated the review to improve clarity and added more information in the Black and White Documents, Color Documents, and Small Details sections.
  2. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Added mention of the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as an alternative with better page yields.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: We've raised the build quality score from 8.0 to 9.0 as it was scored too harshly compared to other printers.
  4. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  6. Updated May 16, 2022: Since this is a professional photo printer, picture quality matters a lot. We initially didn't go into much detail about how the images look, but we've added more text in the Photo Printing Quality box to give you a better idea of how this model prints.
  7. Updated Dec 21, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated Dec 16, 2021: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer in black. There are no other variants.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a professional photo printer. It has built-in features you won't find on lower-end, casual photo printers, like automatic skew detection, which will keep photos and documents from coming out at an angle, and what Canon advertises as a "Nozzle Recovery System," which allows the printer to keep printing even if a printhead becomes clogged. It also comes with a proprietary "Chroma Optimizer" cartridge, which is supposed to enhance the shine and longevity of a print. However, it prints very slowly and lacks a scanner.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best photo printers, the best 11x17" printers, and the best Canon printers.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550

The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both excellent photo printers. The Canon prints higher-quality documents and photos with better color accuracy and finer details. However, the Epson is more versatile because it has a scanner, and its ink tank yields more prints, resulting in a significantly lower cost per print.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are inkjet printers with different features. The imagePROGRAF is designed for high-quality photo printing, producing much higher-quality photos with more accurate-looking colors. Also, it has a wider range of colors it can produce. On the other hand, the PIXMA has an overall cheaper cost-per-print and significantly better print speeds. Since it's meant to be a home office printer, it also has a high-resolution scanning bed with an automatic document feeder.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 are both inkjet printers, but they have different features. The PIXMA is an all-in-one unit with a scanner and automatic document feeder that performs well for home office use. It has slightly better color page yields, significantly faster print speeds, and a lower cost-per-print. On the other hand, the imagePROGRAF produces much higher quality photos, has a wider color range, and prints much more accurate-looking colors. Also, it can print tabloid-sized documents and photos.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310 are both printer-only models that support up to 13" x 19" sheets. The Epson is a better printer for small or home offices thanks to its substantially faster printing speeds, allowing it to print even the longest documents without having to wait long. On the other hand, the Canon is far better for photo printing, as it produces much better-detailed photos and significantly more accurate colors, and its color gamut is far wider, able to precisely reproduce a greater number of colors. It also has a much better color page yield, allowing you to go longer periods without replacing the cartridges.

Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is a professional-grade photo printer with a 10-cartridge system, while the Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is a compact, battery-powered photo printer that easily produces casual prints from your smartphone. The imagePROGRAF is far superior for photo printing, as it produces superbly detailed photos with no banding, amazingly accurate colors, and an outstanding color gamut. Also, it has significantly more connectivity options. On the other hand, the IVY performs much worse on paper, but the quality of its 2" x 3" prints and its method of use might appeal to people who want a simple-to-use photo printer that you can bring along on the go.

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Test Results

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Design
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Build Quality
Type Printer Only

The Canon PRO-300's build quality in outstanding. It has a solid-feeling plastic body with an output tray that feels sturdy even when fully extended. Though the printer needs to be on to change the ink cartridges, it offers easy access to them under the front panel. You can also easily access paper jams through the same panel. Additionally, the rollers in the rear paper trays are very easy to get to should you need to manually clean them. It doesn't have a dedicated paper tray; it only has a top feeder tray and a manual feeder tray in the rear.

Design
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Although the printer is a bit large when in use as you need to extend the top rear feeder out, it's relatively compact when you tuck the feeder back in, making it much easier to store.

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Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
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Drum Unit
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As this is an inkjet printer, there's a risk of the printheads clogging if you don't use the printer for a long time. If you experience clogging or other print quality issues, there are built-in maintenance functions that can help resolve them, like printhead cleaning, printhead alignment, roller cleaning, and bottom plate cleaning. Canon advertises that there's an automatic "Nozzle Recovery System" that will automatically activate when a clog is detected so that you can continue printing.

You can see the user manual here.

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Display Screen
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The Canon PRO-300 has a very good display. Although it isn't touch-sensitive, you can easily navigate the settings menu using the button controls on the right-hand side.

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Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
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Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
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Black Cartridge Model
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Tested Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
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Third Party Cartridge
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Ink Type
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High Yield Cartridge
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The Canon PRO-300's black page yield is low, but its color page yield is pretty good. However, there are some big differences in yields across colors. For example, the yellow ink produced around 20 pages, while Cyan produced 81, meaning you'll likely have to replace the yellow cartridge sooner than others, especially if you print images that use that color more frequently. Unfortunately, there aren't any XL cartridges to improve the yield. If you want a photo printer with better page yields, check out the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550.

The Canon has specialized cartridges for printing on photo paper that aren't used during print jobs on non-photo paper. There's also a specialized cartridge called the "Chroma Optimizer," which Canon claims coats and seals photos for improved longevity and shine.

N/A
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Scanner Features
Scanner
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ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
N/A
Duplex Scanning
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Max Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Max ADF Scan Size
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Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
N/A
Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked
OCR Included
Locked

The Canon PRO-300 doesn't have a scanner.

N/A
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
N/A
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In The Box

  • User documentation
  • Set-up CD-ROM
  • Power cord
  • Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster (5 sheets)
  • CD label printing tray
  • PFI-300 ink cartridges:
    • 1x matte black
    • 1x photo black
    • 1x gray
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x photo cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x photo magenta
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x red
    • 1x chroma optimizer

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
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Document
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Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
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The Canon PRO-300 prints black and white documents exceptionally well. It reproduces text and small details clearly, with no artifact or banding. It only has trouble converting the color yellow to grayscale, although that's normal for most printers.

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Document
Color Documents

The print quality for color documents is outstanding. Text looks clear, and finer elements come through properly, albeit a little faint. The most notable quality is the cleanliness of the print, as there are no artifacts or banding whatsoever.

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Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
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Color Cartridge Price
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Ink Subscription
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The Canon PRO-300's overall cost-per-print is decent. Although black-only printing is cheap, color printing is very expensive due to the high cost of color cartridges. That said, you can get individual color cartridges instead of buying them all at once, so you can just replace the cartridges as they run out, which might be easier on the wallet. At the time of writing, this printer isn't available for an automatic ink subscription.

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Document
Printing Speed
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Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
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Duplex Printing
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The Canon PRO-300 prints very slowly, whether you're printing documents or photos. It also takes a long time to initialize and get a single page out. It can't print double-sided sheets automatically, so you'll have to flip the pages yourself when prompted.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Max Paper Weight
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Photo
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Color Gamut

The Canon PRO-300 has an outstanding color gamut. It can reproduce a wide range of colors, and it handles color transitions well, with no banding and minimal grain. It struggles a little with the very bright, saturated greens, blues, and purples, but it's still better than most general-purpose office and home printers.

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Photo
Color Accuracy
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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300's color accuracy is excellent. Most colors inaccuracies are very minor and hard to notice, making this printer suitable for professional image printing.

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Small Details
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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 reproduces small details exceptionally well. Finer elements look clear, and while the use of halftones (dot effect) is visible zoomed in, it's significantly better and less distracting than what you would get on most all-purpose inkjet printers.

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Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
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Glossy Paper (8" x 10") Locked
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") Locked
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") Locked
Borderless Printing
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Mobile App And Connectivity
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
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USB Input To Computer
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Bluetooth
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Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
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Wi-Fi Direct
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External Storage Support
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Apple AirPrint
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Mopria Print Service
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
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iOS Locked
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Photo (JPEG, PNG)
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PDF
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Microsoft Office Files
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Text Files (TXT)
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Webpages (HTML)
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The Canon Print Inkjet/SELPHY app is excellent. You can use it to print, copy, scan, and order ink right from your mobile device. You can also make minor edits to photos or disk labels using the Canon Easy-Photo Print Editor app.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
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The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is compatible with the most commonly-used operating systems. You need to download and install drivers on Windows and macOS, but not on Chrome OS. You can find the drivers here.

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