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Canon PIXMA MP610 review



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Canon PIXMA MP610


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Canon's update to its successful PIXMA MP600 All-in-One takes most of the best features and builds on them, without increasing the price by a significant amount. Where the MP600 had a scan resolution of 2,400 x 4,800ppi, for example, the MP610 scans at up to 9,600 x 4,800dpi, four times as high.

The PIXMA MP610 carries on the silver and black lines of its predecessor, but the new machine is a bit deeper and more rounded. It's almost octagonal, but with longer sides front and back. A paper feed tray flips up from the back of the top panel and a telescopic support pulls up to hold the paper.

At the front of the machine's lid, a fold-up panel holds a 62mm LCD display and the machine's logically designed controls are set into the scanner lid itself. Here there are two context-sensitive function keys, several buttons for navigation and the same finger dial and four-way button pad that the PIXMA MP600 used to select menu options.

The front panel folds down as a paper exit tray and below this is paper cassette. Both cassette and tray can take 150 sheets of plain paper each, or you can use either of them to take photo blanks, arranging the two feed mechanisms in whichever way is best for you.

A small flip-open cover to the right of the output tray takes CompactFlash, SD, MultiMedia card and MemoryStick, but not xD cards. This seems an odd omission, since this card format has superseded SmartMedia and has a reasonable following with camera makers - Fujifilm and Olympus spring to mind. At the back of the machine are mains and USB 2.0 sockets - there's no network or wireless support on this machine.

The All-in-One takes five cartridges, with both dye and pigment-based black inks, and these all clip into the head carrier and are, helpfully, illuminated with red leds when properly clipped into place.

Canon provides a copy of Nuance OmniPage SE and Presto! PageManager for OCR and document handling, as well as a range of Canon's own applets for photo and label printing. Label printing for CDs and DVDs is standard with the PIXMA MP610 and a separate disc tray is supplied. As before, this slots in from the front of the machine, once you've pulled down an awkward internal flap.

One of the other new features of the PIXMA MP610 is its inbuilt, automatic photo correction, which analyses an image from a memory card or PictBridge camera and makes automatic adjustments to brightness, contrast and saturation. This is claimed to be particularly good for bringing out shadow detail and worked well for us.

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Adrian Byron-Parker

September 12, 2008, 10:05 pm

Replaced my Canon iP4300 with this as it uses the same ink... and this is the bigest cost.

Love this printer as i loved my iP4300 and this is that printer with a scanner and card reader. Not much bigger and a lot more uses with the copier/scannerand card reader.

I bought this just befor Canon replaced this with the 620 as the 620 has some advantages but the ink cartriges print a lot less copies than the 610.

Got this for 𧴢 from all places PC World (Internet Price). This was around ٢-٣ more than the lowest price but i could collect it the same day and had someone to complain to if it went wrong.

Happy Printing!

B. C. Smith

August 26, 2009, 1:13 am

Printer functions OK.

However, total cartridge eater. Replacement frequently.


January 16, 2010, 2:13 pm

I made the mistake of buying this lousy brand and the Pixma 610 was a bad choice. Beware. Your ink cartridges may be full but if the printer decides it cannot recognize them, you are screwed. Even worse, and shame on Canon for this, once it goes into that mode of wanting new cartridges, you cannot even use it as a scanner because it will give you an error 114.0 saying wait for diagnostics (which means you can wait forever). Big FAIL.


jesmond dene

February 26, 2010, 9:58 pm

please be aware if printer goes wrong your not likely to get a repair!mine went wrong during the guarantee service engine called and said he could not repair because it looked like someone had been inside printer and a wire inside had been cut.nobody had ever been inside so I asked him to investigate further he then found that it had been fitted with old wiring and the wire had been cut by canon fine I thought he will now fix the printer but oh no he still believed someone had been inside and refused to fix even though he apologised for accusing me of cutting the wire.Canon think pc world had repacked an old printer and sent to me at time of sale,printer looked new to me so I never noticed anything wrong until pointed out by the engineer.pc world dont want to know because its over 6 months old and neither do canon.so please be aware they are not the cheapest on the market and your guarantee means nothing.


November 24, 2012, 6:29 pm

I`ve had this printer for a coulple of years now with no problems at all with it. The only thing is the ink cartridges are very exspensive.

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