- High quality, six-colour prints
- Easy-to-use touch controls
- Twin paper trays
- Duplex print particularly slow
- Big price gap from next model down
- Running costs as high as cheaper models
Review Price £195.83
Canon PIXMA MG8150
The PIXMA MG8150 sits at the top of Canon’s range of home and amateur photo range of inkjet all-in-ones. It sits above the PIXMA MG6150 and adds in a couple of extras to try and differentiate the two machines.
The MG8150 is a large, all-black box with curved corners and a domed lid, into which is set an 88mm LCD screen. This isn't a touchscreen but, instead, Canon has built the controls into the lid of the all-in-one, where they illuminate when their related functions are available.
This is a much easier way of working with the printer than using most of the touchscreens on its rivals, and includes Canon's signature click-wheel, which has now become a touch-sensitive ring, indented into the lid.
The flatbed scanner has no ADF, as it’s aimed at photo rather than business use. Lift the lid, though, and the white reflector unclips to reveal a lamp and a slide holder, so the machine can scan transparencies and negatives. The scanner has twice the resolution of the MG6150’s, too, so it can handle these small originals.
The printer has two main paper trays: a 150-sheet cassette sliding in from the front and a 150-sheet tray pulling up at the rear. Canon recommends using the cassette for plain paper and the rear feed for photo blanks, but then insists on feeding plain paper from the rear tray for print head alignment.
The front cover of the printer folds down to become the output tray and behind this is a secondary cover that pulls down for access to the CD/DVD holder, which enables direct disc printing.
To the right of the output tray is a fold-out cover for the three memory card slots, which include Compact Flash, still used by some semi-pro and pro Canon cameras. At the rear are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, but the printer also supports wireless connection.
The printer uses six individual ink cartridges, adding a photo black and grey to the usual CMYK quartet. These clip into the semi-permanent printhead and use Canon's useful bank of red LEDs to show they’re properly plugged in.
The usual set of Windows and OS X drivers are provided, together with basic support software, including a well thought out disc label designer.