Canon's new Pixma MG6120 multifunction printer satiates our high expectations for consumer-level printers at the $200 price point. This capable machine registers top marks in both speed and output quality and also innovates with features like a 3-inch display, a touch-sensitive control panel, and dual paper feed trays thanks to the auto-document feeder (ADF) mounted on the back. If you're on the hunt for a printer truly worthy of its all-in-one moniker, the Canon Pixma MG6120 earns our recommendation for its equal balance of affordability and features.
The Pixma MG6120 features a thinner shape than we're used to from Canon printers, with a unique design that incorporates folding trays to keep the footprint small. The printer measures 18 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep, and just under 7 inches tall with the trays folded. It also weighs slightly more than average at 20.2 pounds due to the rear-mounted ADF and the six internal ink tanks, but it should still be relatively easy for anyone to transport around the home or office.
The far left side of the printer houses the only hard button for power. Touch-sensitive virtual buttons for copy, scan, and print controls light up the top-mounted interactive panel when you initially hit the hard power button, but the printer only illuminates the commands necessary for each function once you select a print mode. This feature helps eliminate confusion typical of heavily populated control panels.
The MG6120 will always display the "home" and "back" navigation buttons regardless of which application you access (print, copy, scan), but you can also scroll through the menus and adjust the number of print copies using the active touch wheel. Finally, an ample 3-inch color LCD screen lifts up from the middle and tilts 90 degrees forward and back to flush within the unit to complement the virtual buttons.
The new "as needed" buttons are useful and easy to use, but we hope the next version will give the user access to adjust their sensitivity. The current setting is so sensitive that a quick swipe can easily trigger an accidental press, and even hovering your finger over the sensor can activate it.
Dual 150-sheet paper trays fold out of the top and bottom of the MG6120 and adjust forward and backward to accept a range of paper sizes from 4-inch-by-6-inch snapshots all the way up to legal-size sheets. The 300-sheet overall paper capacity means you can put different sized media in both compartments, but the trays themselves both feel easily breakable; we can't vouch for their durability over time and continued use.
Setting up the printer is simple no matter how you choose to connect it to a computer, and the installation disc provides onscreen instructions to guide you through three options: 802.11 b/g/n wireless, an Ethernet cable, or a simple USB cord. You can either select the Easy Install or the Custom Install that lets you pick the extra features you want including Easy-PhotoPrint EX for managing your digital photos, MP Navigator EX to guide you through the scanning process, and more. Keep in mind, however, that you'll need 691 megabytes of free hard-drive space on your computer if you go with the comprehensive Easy Install.
Once Easy Installation is complete, Windows users will notice several new buttons displayed above the taskbar on the lower right side of the screen. These shortcuts are designed to give you quick access to five of the most commonly used printer functions: Scan a document, Layout print, Photo Print, Show Main Screen, and Hide.
The MG6120 also includes Canon's HD Movie Print that lets you pull still snapshots out of videos shot with compatible Canon HD video cameras. We tested the printer with a Canon Powershot S95 top-flight handheld camera and were impressed with the Canon Solution Menu EX software's step-by-step walkthrough instructions.
The software allows you to edit video images and prepare a moving clip for grabbing still shots from the video. It's as simple as selecting a video snippet and either capturing a group of 10 frames or hitting the "capture" button to select single images. Once that's finished, you can edit the image to reduce noise and sharpen images and although the SD95 is only capable of 720p video resolution, the software supports true 1080p digital SLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.