Canon Pixma MG8220 Review: A Creative Twist for Consumers

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 9
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Excellent photo prints
    • Unique, useful features
    • Good text/photo print speeds
  • Cons

    • Processing times
    • Unusual printer error
    • Costly ink replacement

Quick Take

We'd recommend the Canon Pixma MG8220 Photo All-in-One to those more interested in quality photos and creative features than quanity and speed of document prints.

Canon unveiled the next generation of the Pixma MG series – the Pixma MG8220 and Pixma MG6220 – in late August and I was interested to see how these new printers might have improved beyond the new name.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at the flagship Pixma MG8220 Wireless Photo All-in-One. It offers many of the same features we first saw on the Pixma MG8120: identical print speeds and print resolution, Intelligent Touch system with 3.5-inch LCD, two-way paper feeding, automatic duplexing and built-in wireless connectivity.

So what’s different this time around besides the slight design tweak, new CD/DVD/Blu-ray tray and Pixma Cloud Link feature?

Read our full review of the Canon Pixma MG8220 Photo All-in-One and find out now!

The Canon Pixma MG8220 shares the same design and dimensions – approximately 16 x 19 x 8 inches in nonuse – as the previous generation MG8120, but Canon has used a matte finish on the new model as opposed to the old glossy finish and I have to say I prefer it. Not only was it easier to take pictures of in our photo lab but it also cuts down on pesky fingerprints, smudges and dust.


The Pixma MG8220 sticks with the Intelligent Touch system and adjustable 3.5-inch LCD. For those unfamiliar, the Intelligent Touch features backlit touch sensitive buttons operating through electric currents as opposed to the push of a finger (fight the overwhelming desire to physically press the backlit buttons). For Canon users in the know, the Easy Scroll Wheel has now been adopted into a touch sensitive scroll wheel.

Lift the top panel to access the 48-bit flatbed scanner with film adapter unit built in to the lid. Users can scan or copy documents and photos up to 8.5 x 11.7 inches in size at a maximum optical resolution of 4800 x 4800 dpi.

Pull the front panel down (the familiar Canon logo marks the spot) and you’ve got a makeshift output tray. And this is also where the CD/DVD/Blu-ray feature has been added. Grab the separate tray with CD and pull open the cover (marked with a white arrow) and insert the tray.


Need to replace your ink cartridges? Lift up the top of the device to access the six cartridge ink systems featuring five dye based cartridges (CMYK plus Gray) and one black pigment based cartridge. I was pleased that Canon stuck with the CLI-226 and PGI-225 line of cartridges, it makes it easier for the customer.


The built-in memory card reader and front side USB/PictBridge port are found in the lower right hand corner. Compatible media includes: SD Memory Card, SDHC, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Plus, CompactFlash Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo without an adapter.

The Pixma MG8220 features two-way paper feeding with a 150-sheet rear fed collapsible tray and a 150-sheet paper cassette on the front allowing users to print on a diverse array of media ranging from 4 x 6-inch photo paper to legal size copy paper.

You’ll find all wired connection ports on the back of the Pixma MG8220. Connect your device via a Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet or wireless connection.



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