Canon Pixma MG8120 review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

  • Intelligent Touch System
  • Quality prints
  • 2-way paper feeding
  • Cons

  • Lengthy processing time
  • Ink refill costs

This fall, Canon announced eight new photo printers including the Pixma MG5220 Wireless Photo All-in-One, the Pixma iP4820 Inkjet Photo Printer, the Selphy CP800 Compact Photo Printer and the Pixma MG8120 Wireless Photo All-in-One.

We’ve reviewed several of the new models and, today, we have a full review of the Canon Pixma MG8120, announced in August.  The Pixma MG8120 is a part of a brand new Pixma line of photo printers (the MG line) and offers several top of the line features including: Canon’s new Intelligent Touch System with an adjustable 3.5 inch LCD, film adapter unit, front side USB port, Full HD Movie Print, six individual ink cartridges, two-way paper feeding and built-in networking.

Read our review now and find out how the Pixma MG8120 Photo All-in-One performed!


  • 3-in-1 device: print, scan and copy
  • Print speeds: up to  12.5 ipm in black and 9.3 ipm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 9600 x 2400 dpi
  • Film adapter unit with scanner
  • Intelligent Touch System with 3.5 inch LCD
  • Built-in card reader with PictBridge/USB slot
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Six individual ink tanks (including gray)
  • 2-way paper feeding: 150 sheet rear tray, 150 sheet cassette
  • Connectivity: Wireless, Ethernet, USB
  • Energy Star qualified, Generation Green product
  • 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange

The Pixma MG8120 easily wins the award for best looking Pixma printer.  Between the compact design, the glossy black exterior, the silver accents and the huge touch panel with a 3.5 inch adjustable LCD, the Pixma MG8120 oozes with elegance and class(which is sort of funny since I don’t think I’ve ever described a printer as classy).

The entire top panel is dedicated to the control panel.  Smack in the center is the adjustable 3.5 inch LCD; lift the screen by pushing the large button above it.  Beneath the screen, running the entire length of the top panel is the Intelligent Touch System.   This touch sensitive control panel is unique to others on the market because the buttons are activated by electric current running through your finger as opposed to the actual push.  And like a few other designs I’ve seen, Canon only lights up the buttons necessary to perform the job at hand, making navigation a breeze.

Lift this top panel to access the 48-bit flatbed scanner and film adapter unit.  The Pixma MG8120 can scan a maximum document size of 8.5 by 11.7 inches at a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 9600 dpi.  The film adapter unit pulls out from the scanner lid and lies across the glass flatbed for scanning 35mm film and slides onto a PC, memory card or USB flash drive.

Pull down the output tray and lift the Pixma MG8120 at the middle to reveal the inside of the device as well as the print head and six individual ink tanks including one pigment-based PGI-225 Black ink cartridge and five dye-based CLI-226 ink cartridge (CMYK plus Gray).

To the right of the output tray are the built-in card reader and front side PictBridge/USB port.  The built-in card reader is found behind a small panel with the PictBridge port directly beneath.  The Pixma MG8120 is compatible with the following media: SD, SDHC, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMC Plus, CompactFlash Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo as well as PictBridge enabled cameras and USB Flash drives.

The Pixma MG8120 offers two-way paper feeding with an adjustable 150-sheet paper cassette located beneath the output tray and a 150-sheet rear folding tray.  The Pixma MG8120 can handle a variety of media from 4×6 photo paper to legal size presentation paper.

Find all connections on the back of the all-in-one device.  The Pixma MG8120 offers USB Hi-Speed 2.0, Ethernet and Wireless connectivity options.



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