Canon Pixma MX410 review: Canon Pixma MX410

You also have several choices in terms of where you want to send a scanned document, such as directly to a PC as a JPEG, TIFF, or BMP file, to a PDF file, or you can attach it to an e-mail with the option to scan and convert to text using optical character recognition (OCR). All scanned files are placed into your custom "My Box" directory, which displays all scanned and imported images as well as recently saved images onto the hard drive for future projects.

Finally, the MX 410 is also one of the first Canon image devices to include its new HD Movie Print feature that rewards adopters of the Canon hardware ecosystem with the ability to pull still snapshots out of videos shot with compatible 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 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.

As you can tell from the benchmarks below, the MX410 demonstrates only average output speeds. It lags behind the competition in the graphics speed test at just 2.03 pages per minute (PPM), although the difference between the scores is so slight that you won't likely notice it unless you're printing stacks of documents at a time. Since this isn't a full-blown photo printer, we can forgive the MX410 for hot-dogging the photo print test, since the rest of the scores are close enough to the competition.

Speed tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Presentation speed (pages per minute)  
Photo speed (1 Sheet)  
Graphics speed (PPM)  
Text speed (PPM)  
Epson WorkForce 520
Lexmark Interact S605
Canon Pixma MX410
Kodak ESP 5
Canon Pixma MP495

We also have several complaints about the output quality of the MX410. We printed all photo and graphical documents on the paper that Canon provided and we were still largely dissatisfied with the results. Black text on standard 20 pound paper appears nicely darkened, but a closer inspection reveals characters with jagged edges and step-downs, fuzziness in small font sizes, and harsh contrasts in color blends.

In addition, our color graphics prints came out grainy with a dull hue marring the images. Luckily, our 3-inch-by-5-inch photo turned out OK with sharper lines and an even saturation, but the skin tones in the portrait shots still couldn't shake the dreary palette. As stated, the MX410 will definitely satisfy households where cost and robust features are more of an issue than just output quality, but dedicated shooters should seek out a more capable machine to bring their photos to life.

Service and support
Canon offers a limited one-year warranty with the Pixma MX410. 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.

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