Canon's HD Movie Print feature rewards adopters of the Canon hardware ecosystem with the ability to pull still snapshots out of videos shot with compatible HD video cameras. I tested the software with a Canon Powershot S95 top-flight handheld camera and was impressed with the Canon Solution Menu EX software's step-by-step instructions.
The software lets you edit video images to prepare a clip for capture; grabbing still shots from the video is 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 also edit the image to reduce noise and sharpen images. Of course, the SD95 is only capable of 720p video resolution, so you'll see better performance out of a true 1080p digital SLR like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
The benchmark scores below reflect the MX372's average performance compared with that of other printers in the same sub-$100 price range. With the exception of the single-photo sheet test, it runs in the middle of the pack, neither falling behind nor printing exceptionally fast. It did lag slightly behind in the color graphics speed test at just 1.8 pages per minute (PPM), although the difference between the rest of the scores is so small that you won't likely notice it unless you're printing stacks of documents at a time.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation Speed (PPM)||Photo Speed (1 Sheet)||Color Graphics Speed (PPM)||Text Speed (PPM)|
I don't normally get my hopes up too much for the quality output test results on systems with only two cartridges, but I was surprisingly dissatisfied with the print quality of most of the jobs printed from the MX372. The black text I printed on standard 20-pound paper looked fine, but color text in fonts smaller than 12 points suffered heavy misregistration and even some rough edges in the colors on the lighter end of the spectrum.
Service and support
Canon offers a limited one-year warranty with the Pixma MX372. The company also offers toll-free phone support and 24-7 e-mail support, should you run into any problems. Extra features including online manuals, drivers, FAQs, and ink cartridge order forms can be found on Canon's Web site.
The MX372 will likely satisfy households where cost and features take precedence over output quality, but dedicated shooters and offices should seek out a more-capable machine to bring photos and presentations to a professional level.
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