Canon Pixma MG5220 review

by Sarah Meyer Reads (94,558)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good text and photo quality
    • Excellent mix of features and software
    • Low energy consumption
  • Cons

    • Ink replacement can be costly
    • Lengthy print pauses

We have an exclusive full review of the Canon Pixma MG5220 Wireless Photo All-in-One printer, one of five new Pixma photo printers announced last week.

The Pixma MG5220, one of two models in a brand new series of Pixma photo printers, is a 3-in-1 device featuring a new design, built-in Wi-Fi, an adjustable 2.4-inch LCD, five individual inks, and two-way paper feeding.

Read our full review and find out now if it could be the perfect, low cost addition to your household!


  • 3-in-1 device: print, scan, copy
  • Print speeds: 11 ipm in black, 9.3 ipm in color
  • 4×6 prints: in as fast as 20 seconds
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Built-in card reader with front side USB port
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Paper capacity: 150-sheet cassette, 150-sheet rear tray
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Wireless LAN
  • Energy Star compliant
  • 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program

As I mentioned in the intro, the Canon Pixma MG5220 Wireless Photo All-in-One is in Canons newest Pixma series, the MG series. The MG series, as of this writing, only consists of two units but you can see the differences between the previous generation Pixma MP printers and this new series almost immediately.

Most noticeable are the design changes. The MG5220s exterior is done in a glossy black finish with only a thin silver bar where the scanner lifts and two small logos: a Canon logo on the front panel and a Pixma logo on top of the scanner lid. The shape is different as well although the overall dimensions for the MG5220 are about the same as the Pixma MP560; 15 X 18 X 6 inches and 18 X 15 X 6 inches, respectively.

Working for the top down, the 48-bit flatbed scanner offers a maximum scan size of 8.5 x 11.7 inches and a maximum optional resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi. Canon offers several scanner features on the MG5220 including: Auto Document Fix, Auto Scan Mode (senses multiple objects on the flatbed), Gutter Shadow Correction and Scan to memory (memory card or USB flash drive).

The control panel is also located on top of the MG5220, running the length of the right side. The 2.4-inch adjustable LCD is followed by 10 quick keys and Canons Easy Scroll Wheel for simple navigation. The power button is located beneath the Wi-Fi LED.

Directly below the power button, users will find the built-in card reader and front side USB/PictBridge slot. The Pixma MG5220 is compatible with the following media: SD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard (v4.1), MultiMediaCard Plus (v4.1), CompactFlash, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo.

To the left of the card reader is the self opening output tray. This tray also needs to be open when users want to access the inside of the printer to install the five individual ink cartridges. Canon provides four dye-based inks, CLI-226 CMYK, as well as one pigment-based black ink tank, PGI-225, in the original packaging.

Beneath the output tray is the 150-sheet paper cassette that is compatible with Letter, A4, B5 and A5 sized media among others.

For legal sized documents or photo printing, Canon also includes a 150-sheet rear tray.

All connections are found on the back of the Pixma MG5220 including the USB 2.0 port and the power source.



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