Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer

BH #CAIP8720 • MFR #8746B002
Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer
Key Features
  • Print Resolution: 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • Up to 13 x 19" Print Size
  • Prints Borderless 4 x 6" Photo in 36 sec
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Connectivity
The Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer allows you to create high resolution 9600 x 2400 dpi full color prints. It can even print borderless up to 13 x 19" and produce a 4 x 6" full color photograph in about 36 seconds. Additionally, with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, many more wireless printing options are available.
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Canon iP8720 Overview

The Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer allows you to create high resolution 9600 x 2400 dpi full color prints. It can even print borderless up to 13 x 19" and produce a 4 x 6" full color photograph in about 36 seconds. Additionally, with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, many more wireless printing options are available.

For paper handling the iP8720 utilizes a 150-sheet automatic feeder. This enables it to print 14.5 black ipm and 10.4 color ipm without worry of refilling the printer. Also, this printer has a 6-color ink configuration, including gray, that enables excellent tonalities and color reproduction for your images.

You can print directly onto CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with the use of the disc tray. Other features include automatic power on and off for power management when the printer is not in use as well as compatibility with the PIXMA Printing Solutions smartphone application.

Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) can produce ink droplets as small as 1 pL
Six-color ink setup includes gray ink for better tonality in black & white images as well as a pigment black for crisp text
ChromaLife100+ system works with genuine Canon inks and photo papers to create prints with an archival album life of 300 years
Full HD Movie Print lets you print images from HD videos captured with select Canon cameras
My Image Garden provides photo organization and editing, including filters, a calendar, layout options, and more
CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM gives access to photos, templates, and additional material for use in your projects
Quiet mode allows you to work without disturbing those around you
Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to print from any Wi-Fi enabled computer in the network
AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Wireless PictBridge allow for wireless printing from a range of mobile devices
Uses a standard USB connection to plug into a computer
UPC: 013803230840

Canon iP8720 Specs

Printing Method
Printing Technology
Maximum Resolution
Color: 9600 x 2400 dpi
Black: 600 x 600 dpi
Print Speed
Borderless 4 x 6" Color Photo: 36 seconds
Black: 14.5 ipm
Color: 10.4 ipm
Ink Droplet Sizes
1, 2, and 5 pL
Ink Types
Pigment Black: Pigment
Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Gray, Black: Dye
Ink Cartridge Configuration
6 Individual Cartridges: Gray, magenta, yellow, cyan, black, pigment black
Compatible Ink Cartridges
PGI-250XL Pigment Black XL
CLI-251XL Cyan XL
CLI-251XL Magenta XL
CLI-251XL Yellow XL
CLI-251XL Gray XL
CLI-251XL Black XL
PGI-250 Pigment Black
CLI-251 Cyan
CLI-251 Magenta
CLI-251 Yellow
CLI-251 Gray
CLI-251 Black
Number of Nozzles
Color: 5,632
Black: 1,024
Total: 6,656
Borderless Printing
Up to 13 x 19" (33 x 48.3 cm)
Print Features
CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc Printing, Full HD Movie Print, Special Filters, Grayscale Printing, My Image Garden, Quiet Mode, Rated EPEAT Silver, Auto Power On, Auto Power Off, CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM
Paper-Feed Method
Automatic sheet feeder
Paper Types
Plain, super high gloss, glossy, semi-gloss, matte, envelope
Special Media Support
CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc
Paper Sizes
4 x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm)
5 x 7" (12.7 x 17.8 cm)
8 x 10" (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Letter: 8.5 x 11" (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Legal: 8.5 x 14" (21.6 x 35.6 cm)
11 x 17" (27.9 x 43.2 cm)
13 x 19" (33 x 48.3 cm)
US #10 Envelopes: 4.125 x 9.5" (10.5 x 24.1 cm)
Paper Capacity
150 sheets
Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Direct Print Capable
Wireless PictBridge
Google Cloud Print
PIXMA Printing Solutions
OS Compatibility
Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 SP1, 7, Vista SP2, Vista SP1, XP SP3 (32-bit)
Mac OS X 10.6.8-10.9
Mobile: iOS, Android, Windows RT
Input Buffer
80 KB
Power Requirements
100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
23.3 x 13.1 x 6.3" (59.2 x 33.3 x 16 cm)
18.6 lb (8.4 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
23.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
25 x 18.1 x 10.6"

Canon iP8720 Reviews

So far so good

By Patrick
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-27

This is a replacement for one of the same model that went belly up after about three months. Cannon customer service is bad. With some hiccups, it is up and running. Working fine now, hopefully for a long time to come.


By Kenmore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-22

This printer gives me superior prints to what the photo labs provide. The 13x19 prints are mind blowing. If only I could get the wireless feature set up without having to call in my techie expert.

Nice printer good buy

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-15

I replaced my pro 100 I think the 8720 is just as good or better I am very pleased so far

Nice printer good buy

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-15

I replaced my pro 100 I think the 8720 is just as good or better I am very pleased so far

affordable large format printer

By Cathryn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-14

This printer is a very affordable way to print large photographs. It is a little challenging to set up the software, but with some computer knowledge it can be done.

Absolutely worth the purchase

By Kathryn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-30

We purchased this printer as an emergency replacement for a used iP8720 that stopped working (needs serviced, likely due to the ink pad reaching its limit. As it was used, we expected this to happen.) B & H knocked it out of the park with their fast shipping and made the express shipping worth the cost. This is something many companies fail to do with late-in-the-week orders, so we were quite happy they were on the ball. Now, onto the (more) important details. This printer came with the typical startup cartridges, was highly easy to set up and get working, and the photo suite that comes with it is quite good for the casual home user. In fact, the starter ink cartridges will likely last the average home user quite a long time before needing replaced (I'm looking at you grey, magenta, and photo black, you are the weak links). It is important to note that you CAN find non-OEM inks and yes, the printer will accept them. However, not all inks are created equal, so you may want to run a test set before committing to a non-OEM brand, as your print quality could change. Thus, what seems far more cost-effective may result in a huge waste of paper without proper precautions being taken. On to the actual print quality, cost, and ink usage. The printer comes with a couple of sheets of glossy II Canon photo paper. I cannot stress enough how nice this paper is for basic photo prints. The gloss really does make your colors pop, while not being too overbearing on the eyes (glare). It was a great test paper for checking my preferred settings and I have no complaints for those few test pieces. Please note, I'm a paper hound. I have an array of papers ranging from Canon photo papers to cheap Walmart posterboard. I have tested a grand total of 17 different papers in this printer already, plus canvas paper from Red River. I will not be listing every single result but can say that the cheap posterboard is not recommended overall. Perhaps if I could find a truly good color profile to match it I could add it to the list of Yay, but for now it has been moved to my Sigh... yes I'll print a poster of Rocket Raccoon for you. NO, I will NOT use the good paper just so you can thumbtack it on your wall. pile. Moving on, the printer gave outstanding results on the: Canon Glossy II Red River 42lb Pecos Gloss (I buy seconds and have no regrets) Red River 47lb Premium Matte 5.5x8.5 Greeting Card (scored) Pen Gear Glossy Photo Paper Pen Gear Matte Photo Paper Canon Matte Photo Paper AstroBrights Metallic (Silver White was the best for portraits) NOT SUGGESTED include: Posterboard (Neither waxy/plain side was great) Canvas (read on for an explanation) When it comes to canvas, you NEED to understand canvas and how it is made, reacts to ink, and is intended to look overall. If you do not know anything about canvas, do not waste your money on it for printing with the iP8720 until you have done your homework. I tested Red River Blanco Matte Canvas in both 8.5x11 and 13x19 sizes and bordered as well as borderless (13x19). In addition, with the 8.5x11 I tested both a more colorful print and one that was meant to be much like the old-style shadow portraits from the 80s. Yes, I realize those old portraits make all of us cringe. It's not the portrait, it's the memory of the clothes our parents dressed us in. We forgive you, Moms and Dads. If you are looking for the ability to print absolute blacks on canvas, you'll need to find both a canvas and a printer that work well together for that. These two are not it. Then again, canvas generally isn't the best option for that unless you are painting it, so ... moving on. Color, however, is great, IF you understand canvas. For those who do, please know that I was absolutely thrilled with the results of both the 8.5x11 and the 13x19 color prints. Red River provides color profiles for their papers, so be sure to grab those, because it DOES make a difference. The colors were well-matched and exactly as vibrant as expected. In fact, they exceeded expectations using the color profile Red River suggests. I create art in DazStudio and use PhotoShop for postwork. What I saw on my screen (not calibrated, not altered in any way, straight out of the box ONN monitor) was exactly what I received as a result of my 13x19 borderless canvas. The same can be said for my 8.5x11 bordered print. I DO suggest giving your canvas ample drying time before analyzing it further than Yep, no major color faux pas. Color canvas prints are definitely an option with this printer for those who understand how to work well with this media. Ink costs and usage, are the elephant in every printing room. No, OEM ink is not cheap. Yes, there are SIX separate ink tanks. Yes, the printer comes with starter tanks that WILL get you through quite a lot of prints (at least they did for me, and WOW did I push this thing). First to go was the grey tank, closely followed by photo black, then magenta. I was prepared with an extra set of ink already, so this was not an issue for me. Next up is cyan, followed by yellow. Wondering about the other black (the big one, aka the pigment black)? I replaced all of the others twice and STILL had a pretty good reading on that. It took me printing 50 coloring pages for my youngest to kill that tank finally. Yes, it really is the most underused tank in the set. No, I do NOT suggest printing a ton of documents just to use it, as this will just result in adding to your page count needlessly. I only did it to 1. appease my toddler and 2. kill the tank because it was irritating me with its undying status. I have a cheap HP Envy4500 dinosaur that I generally use for documents and trivial stuff like coloring pages. I literally NEVER buy color ink for it because its color capabilities are akin to a hippo painting the Mona Lisa in a pool. The ink cost for the 13x19 borderless comes out to about 1.80 in total. Bear in mind, it was a full color, minimum black print on CANVAS. I did not test this size in any other media, as I do not currently have any other media in that size handy. An equivalent color print on the 42lb. Pecos Glossy came out to approximately .27 and is (in my view) well worth it for the quality that was produced. The cost certainly beats the pants off print-on-demand services, especially once you figure in shipping costs. Overall, do I feel this is the right printer for a casual household? No. This is a PHOTO printer that truly has a great spot in a home that heavily archives their family or even a photo hobbyist office. In a casual home where it will not be used often, your ink cost will skyrocket due to automatic print head cleaning and you'll be cursing the cost of the ink through no fault of the printer. However, if you ARE a home that loves to take photos and print them, or a hobbyist starting out or even just moonlighting, this printer is a great choice. Will you eventually want to upgrade? Probably, yes. If you want an economical option that has non-OEM inks available that won't chew off an arm and a leg and don't mind being limited to 13x19 prints at max, this printer is a great choice.


By Gregory Scarcella
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-07

The reviews are correct about having a very difficult time connecting to WiFi. It took hours to connect and then twice in 2 months it lost connection so I had to reinstall.....I have the fastest residential and strongest signal. It is a CANON fault software/hardware issue!! There are NO ICC PROFILES for different paper. Some forums claim to have found some but I cannot find any for Canon paper. You are thinking why would I need this or what is's technical so search YouTube. BUT if you use a photo editing program and want to make extreme adjustments to correct badly exposed photos you WILL need ICC PROFILES for specific paper otherwise you will get small white lines "banding" HOWEVER, print quality is outstanding, sharp and colorful if you don't make many editing adjustments. Third party inks work very well at an 1/8th of the price of CANON ink.


By Imanni
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-25

Good choice if you still want a quality photo printer without paying PRO-line prices. I was genuinely surprised how well large prints came out. Even with only 6 colors, the prints are very colorful and detailed.

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Would I be able to scan and print old photos ? Or ...

Would I be able to scan and print old photos ? Or do I need separate scanner?
Asked by: M
The Canon IP8720 does not scan or copy. You would need another scanner. I use my iP8720 just as a photo printer. It produces the best color photos that I have seen from a home printer. I have another Canon printer to use as my regular printer, scanner, copier and fax machine.
Answered by: Peter
Date published: 2020-07-24

CUSTOM BORDERS? Can you set custom borders for ...

CUSTOM BORDERS? Can you set custom borders for all print sizes?
Asked by: Donna
Whether you're using the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer (B&H# CAIP8720) or another model, you can set custom borders in your software.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-08-30

Is this printer compatible with a mac OS Mojave ...

Is this printer compatible with a mac OS Mojave 10.14.6?
Asked by: Jerold
Yes, the Canon PIXMA iP8720 is compatible with macOS Mojave.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2021-05-05

Can I cable connect and not use WiFi?

Can I cable connect and not use WiFi?
Asked by: Guy
Yes. USB. That is how I use it.
Answered by: Thomas
Date published: 2020-05-24


I can print photos on my dvd discs but can I add text on it?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes you can add text on top of the photos using the printer software or photo editing software.
Answered by: Scott M.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Moab Entrada 4x6" paper too thick and heavy for ...

Moab Entrada 4x6" paper too thick and heavy for the iP8720?
Asked by: Donna
The Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer BH #CAIP8720 can use paper in the following weight range: 17 to 28 lb (64 to 105 g /m2) (plain paper except for Canon genuine paper) You can use non-Canon genuine specialty paper that is up to 53 lb (200 g /m2). Do not use heavier or lighter paper (except for Canon genuine paper), as it could jam in the printer. The Moab Entrada Rag Bright 190 Paper (4 x 6", 50 Sheets) BH #MOEB1904650 is 190 gsm so it is possible to use it with the iP8720.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2021-09-05


Does the IP8720 have duplex printing?
Asked by: Anonymous
No ii does not have duplex printing.
Answered by: Steven C.
Date published: 2022-12-12

Is Canon Premium Fine Art Smooth paper compatible ...

Is Canon Premium Fine Art Smooth paper compatible with the iP8720? 310 GSM, 16.5 MIL
Asked by: Donna
Canon does not list its PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer (B&H# CAIP8720) as being compatible with its Canon Premium Fine Art Smooth Paper (13 x 19", 25 Sheets) (B&H# CA1711C004), nor vice versa. To be clear, Canon officially gives a listing of the Canon papers that will work with this printer (see p.195 of the manual) and the one you asked about is clearly excluded. Notably, it’s 50 gsm heavier than the heaviest of them. Speaking generally, in such a situation, even if such especially heavy and thick paper does make it through a printer (which is likely in this case), it can happen that the springs used to give the rollers the right amount of tension to grip the paper may be overly compressed by the paper’s weight and thickness. The consequence of that excessive compression can be that the tension is reduced and so the rollers subsequently have difficulty gripping thinner papers. There are also cases in which a printer’s print head may even experience too much friction with overly thick papers and thus the prints come out poorly, if at all. Having said all of that, there's no question that the paper itself would do well with the ink, and if you use individual, flat, and unbent sheets of such paper in the top-rear feed then you will get the best result possible. For all the reasons mentioned, we just cannot endorse doing that.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-09-03
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