Canon Pixma MG6220 review:

Canon Pixma MG6220

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.

The lid of the MG6220 lifts to reveal the five-ink cartridge bay for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink tanks, and there's another high-capacity pigment black cartridge inside that only draws ink when you toggle the "monochrome" mode within the driver preferences. This convenient feature actually saves you money in the long term by extending the longevity of the smaller black cartridge, since it only gets depleted in color print mode.

Printing functions aside, the MG6220's copy function has all the features you'd expect from a diligent multifunction printer. You can enlarge the original copy up to 400 percent or simply fit the entire document to a page. Other special features include two-sided copying, borderless copying, exact duplication, cropped copy, and 2-on-1 and 4-on-1 photo collages.

Scanning is also typical, with save options that include sending the file straight to your PC, as an e-mail attachment, scanned as a PDF, or simply opening it to an application. You can save all documents as TIFF, JPEG, BMP, or PDF files, and the scanner now supports film and negatives as well. The negative and slide holders are accessible underneath the document protector underneath the lid. The scanner supports document sizes up to 8.5 inches by 11 inches, but the fixed hinge makes it difficult to stretch the scanner cover over thicker documents and books.

The disparity between the MG6220's impressive text and presentation speed output versus the time it took to print photos and pages of color graphics is surprising. It's no match for the Epson WorkForce 610 and drops down to second place in the text-page test with a respectable 8.24 pages per minute (PPM) but loses momentum and falls to the bottom of the pack at a sluggish 1.02 pages of color graphics and 0.87 full color photo snapshots per minute. Despite polarizing speed test results, you're unlikely to notice the subtle differences as a consumer unless you're printing consistently high numbers of pages of text or photos. To that point, the MG6220 isn't the best performer for busy offices, although I wouldn't hesitate to use its high-quality graphics prints in a boardroom presentation.

Printing speed
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation Speed (PPM)  
Photo Speed (1 Sheet)  
Color Graphics Speed (PPM)  
Text Speed (PPM)  
Epson WorkForce 610
Canon Pixma MG6220
Lexmark Interact S605
HP Photosmart C6380
Kodak ESP 5

Contrary to the speed tests, the Pixma MG6220 performed well in CNET's quality examination. It printed solid, dense text with fully formed characters down to five-point font size, and the color graphics emerged solid and evenly distributed. I did notice small portions of the graphic print outs had more neutral tones than the original image, specifically in areas with gradual color gradients. To confirm, I repeated the test three times and the imperfections were consistent, if subtle, throughout. In most cases, snapshot photos came out with vivid coloration and with even tones.

Service and support
Canon supports the Pixma MG6220 with a standard one-year limited warranty program that includes InstantExchange and a year of toll-free phone support. In addition, the product page for the printer features frequently asked questions, registration, recycling information, driver downloads, and more.

The Canon Pixma MG6220's slower-than-average print speeds are offset by its competent extra features, including HD Movie Print, AirPrint compatibility, and dual paper trays that let you store up to 300 sheets at a time. In the future, I'd like to see Canon allow you to adjust the sensitivity of the control panel, but overall I'm satisfied to recommend this printer that finally achieves a balance between the modern luxury of touch sensitivity and the need for quick access to the control panel.

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