Canon mg8220: Good enough for photos?

Started Nov 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
Mark McCormick
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Re: Canon mg8220: Good enough for photos?
In reply to Rick_in_madison, Nov 30, 2012

If you don't need the film and slide scanning feature of the MG8220, then the MG6220 offers same print output quality at lower cost. Both units use the same ink set and feature a photo black as well as a photo gray cartridge (actual cartridges are labeled PGBk BK, the PGBK being a dual ink cartridge but that's where the photo gray dye resides).

Rather surprisingly, more and more AIO "photo quality" printers on the market are dropping the use of a photo black cartridge (using only c,m,and y dyes to produce somewhat inferior quality on photo papers and a different black ink formulation for printing water resistant black text on plain paper). The additional photogray dte in the MG8220 and MG6220 improves photo quality even more, especially for B&W output. Canon offers other lower priced AIO models that drop the photogray but keep the photo black. However, the photogray dye used in the 8220/6220 adds a noticeable improvement in image quality, so it's worth it to find Canon models like the 8220/6220 that use it, IMHO.

That said, there are currently no independent print longevity results for Canon Chromalife 100+ dye set that I'm aware of, so if "best in class"  print longevity in a dye-based printer concerns you, you may want to consider some of the Epson AIO printers that use the Claria dye set. The black dye used in the earlier generation of Chromalife 100 ink (such as used in the Canon 9000 pro model) had poor lightfade and gas fade resistance. Presumably, the Chromalife 100+ (note the "+" sign in the name) photo black and photogray inks are greatly improved in LF and GF resistance, but without any published test results to confirm, it's hard to be certain.

cheers,
Mark

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