Canon Printers and "All-in-Ones"
Canon's PIXMA-series All-in-One inkjet printers have proved to be quite popular from the get-go, and the newest PIXMA All-in-One inkjet printers feature a few new tricks including wireless printing and scanning and prints from HD video, that should prove to be equally popular among All-in-One fans.
Canon PIXMA MG5220
The Canon PIXMA MG5220 Wireless printer offers resolving power up to 9600 x 2400 dpi for hi-def color prints. Designed around a hybrid 5-color ink set (4 dye-based color inks and a pigment-based black for laser-quality text), the PIXMA MG5220 can bang out 4 x 6 photo quality color prints in as little as 20 seconds, and larger prints (with or without borders) up to 8.5 x 14" (legal size) using paper stocks up to 80 lb (300 gsm). For finer details, inkdrops are as small as 1 picoliter, and a built-in Auto Duplex Printing feature allows for easy double-sided printing.
A new PIXMA feature that should capture the fancy of Canon PowerShot and EOS owners is the new Full HD Movie Print software, which enables you to print color stills from HD video clips.
For flatbed scanning needs, the Canon PIXMA MG5220 can handle documents and/or artwork up to 8.5 x 11.7" and features a Contact Image Sensor (CIS) with an optical resolving power of up to 2400 x 4800 dpi (48-bit internal/24-bit external), which can be interpolated up to a maximum of 19,200 x 19,200 dpi. For optimizing output quality, the MG5220 features Auto Document Fix, an Auto Scan Mode, Gutter Shadow Correction, Push Scan, Network Scan and Scan to Memory.
As a copier, the PIXMA MG5220 has an FCOT copy speed of approximately 15 seconds with a reduction/enlargement range of 25% to 400%. Other copying features include 4-in-1 and 2-in1 copying, Auto Exposure/Intensity Copy, Borderless and Continuous copying, Gutter Shadow Correction, Face Brightener/Fading Correction, Fit-to-Page, Masking, Multi-copying, Trimming and Zoom.
Operating the Canon Pixma MG5220 is accomplished via the unit's 2.4" LCD, from which you can view, select and edit your images for computer-free printing, and built-in Auto Photo Fix II technology automatically categorizes into one of five image categories (Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery and Snapshot with Night Scenery) and optimizes your image based on its unique category. For simplified, hassle-free color printing, the MG5220 comes with Easy-PhotoPrint EX software (Mac and Windows) and Easy-WebPrint EX software (Windows only), with which you can make high-quality prints from online images.
As for downloading images for printing, the PIXMA MG5220 contains a built-in card reader for SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC-plus, miniSD/miniSDHC, microSD/microSDHC, Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick Micro and xD, and xD Type M&H. You can also download images wirelessly from iPhones, the iPod Touch and Android-based devices using the (free) iEPP Photo Printing application. And for "old fashioned" hard-wired computer printing, the MG5220 features USB connectivity.
Canon PIXMA MG6120
Next in line is the Canon PIXMA MG6120, which in addition to all of the key operating features found in the PIXMA MG5220, sports Canon's 6-color ChromaLife100+ ink set, which along with fade-free prints that can last up to 300 years when used with premium Canon inkjet media and proper storage, includes an extra gray ink cartridge that enables wider range black-and-white printing from stills and video clips. Another nice feature found on the PIXMA MG6120 is a larger 3.0" LCD, which utilizes Canon's Intelligent Touch System that enables a fluid, easy workflow by lighting up only the buttons you need as you select and edit your images.
One more notch up is Canon's PIXMA MG8120, which in addition to all of the neat features found in both the Canon PIXMA MG5220 and MG6120, ups the ante by adding a larger-yet LCD measuring 3.5" across diagonally, and a Quick-Start feature that all but eliminates the need to sit around whistling Dixie while waiting for the scanner to wake up.
Canon PIXMA MP280
For those shopping on a more modest budget or who don't necessarily require the higher resolving power made available by the above-mentioned Canon PIXMA All-in-One inkjet printers, Canon offers a choice of two less expensive PIXMA MP-series All-in-One inkjet printers.
Canon's PIXMA MP280 is a compact (17.8 x 13.2 x 6.0") desktop All-in-One that can print archival, photo-quality 4 x 6" to 8.5 x 11"s at up to 4800 x 1200 dpi, and with ink drops as small as 2 picoliters. Print times for a borderless 4 x 6" color print are about 43 seconds.
Like Canon's MG-series All-in-One printers, the Canon PIXMA MP280 features 48-bit internal (24-bit external) color depth with a maximum resolution of 19,200 x 19,200 (interpolated). Other scanning features include ChromaLife100 inks for printlife up to 300 years, Auto Scan Mode, Auto Document Fix II, Gutter Shadow Correction, Push Scan and Quick Start that gets the unit up to speed in about two seconds. Image optimizing features include Auto Scan, which automatically recognizes the characteristics of the image and optimizes (and remembers) the scanning parameters of the image, Dual Color Gamut Technology and Easy-PhotoPrint EX software (Mac and Windows) and Easy-WebPrint EX software (Windows only), with which you can make high-quality prints from online images, and MP Navigator EX.
A step up from the PIXMA MP270 is the Canon PIXMA MP495, which along with built-in wireless printing features longer-lasting ChromaLife 100+ inks (up to 300 years in a perfect world), Full HD Movie Printing for making prints from video clip "stills," Auto Photo Fix II technology that automatically categorizes images into one of five image categories (Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery and Snapshot with Night Scenery) and optimizes the image accordingly.
Other features found in the PIXMA MP495 include Auto Scan that optimizes text documents as well as artwork and photographic prints, Smartphone Printing, for wireless printing from iPhones, iPod Touch and Android-based devices and Quick Start for speedy warm-up times.
If you'd prefer a desktop printer containing some of the cooler print features mentioned above sans the scanner and copier attributes, Canon offers the PIXMA iP4820, a handsome desktop number that features ChromaLife100+ inks for snappy, long-lasting (up to 300 years), hi-res (9600 x 2400 maximum dpi) prints up to 8.5 x 11" in size, Full HD Movie Printing from video clips, Built-in Auto Duplex (double-sided) Printing, Auto Photo Fix II and Easy-WebPrint EX software for printing most anything you can download from the Web.
And for those merely seeking a small desktop printer for knocking out truly high-quality 4 x 6" prints, have a look-see at the Canon SELPHY CP800. Capable of printing long lasting (up to 100 years), water-resistant color or black-and-white prints containing up to 16.8 million shades of tonality.
For viewing and editing your pictures, the CP800 features a 2.5" tilt-up LCD from which you can adjust color, optimize tone and contrast levels and eliminate red eyes in your portraits. Color effects include B&W, Sepia, Vivid, Neutral and Positive Film.
The Canon SELPHY CP800 can be connected to your computer via a USB cable, or you can upload images directly from your camera, flash drives, Bluetooth devices and almost all formats of memory cards. And for those who prefer printing from the comfort of a rowing boat in the middle of a lake or high atop a mountain, the SELPHY CP800 can be operated via the optional Canon NB-CP2L battery pack.