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Canon announces Pixma MG4220, 3220 and 2220 all-in-one printer/scanners

By dpreview staff on Jul 10, 2012 at 14:36 GMT

Canon has announced three lower-end Pixma all-in-one printer/scanners - the MG4220, MG3220 and MG2220. All three are capable of 4800 x1200 dpi printing at up to 5 pages per minute (ISO) and scanning at 1200 x 2400 dpi. The MG4220 includes an integrated SD/MS card reader and 2.5" LCD screen, and is Wi-Fi compatible. The MG3220 keeps the Wi-Fi capability but loses the card reader and screen. Like the 4220, it can be used with both the Google Cloud Print service and Apple's AirPrint system. Finally, the MG2220 is a low-cost, non-Wi-Fi model. The models will sell for around $130, $80 and $70 respectively. No equivalent models have yet been announced for Europe.

Press Release:

New Canon PIXMA Photo All-In-One Printers Provide High-Quality Results And Improved User Experience At An Affordable Price

Canon PIXMA MG4220

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 10, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers - the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless*, PIXMA MG3220 Wireless and PIXMA MG2220 - with new and exciting features that will continue to produce the quality results consumers have come to expect from the award-winning lineup of PIXMA AIO printers. A new feature for these affordable print, copy and scan printers is My Image Garden software combining various tools to help consumers organize memorable photos and create new photo projects by unlocking images stored on computers. There is also a new Facebook application, Print Your Days, allowing users to easily access and customize their photos stored on the social networking site.

"Developing high-quality, yet affordable printers that produce excellent output is always a top priority for Canon," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "We are excited about the addition of these PIXMA Photo AIO printers, especially with features we feel consumers will enjoy."

Wireless World

In today's world, it is more important than ever for consumer products to have a variety of connectivity options so users can quickly and easily access their information. Through the support of Wi-Fi connectivity, the Canon PIXMA MG4220 and PIXMA MG3220 Wireless AIO printers allow users to print from almost anywhere. The PIXMA MG4220 model provides access to the Canon PIXMA Cloud Link for easy printing of images and documents stored online. As part of this feature, the printer supports Google Cloud Print™1 for printing from Gmail™ and Google Docs™ on a mobile device and from the Google Chrome™ browser for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome computers. For registered users of Picasa Web Albums, users can wirelessly access photo albums directly through both wireless printers without the use of a computer. All users will have access to exclusive printing templates including stationery, envelopes, memos, calendars and many others. In addition, both wireless models work in tandem with the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app2, for use with compatible Android and Apple smartphones and tablets, providing easy printing of photos and PDFs of documents.

Unlock Your Photos

Canon has created two exciting solutions to unlock your images, "My Image Garden"3 software and the "Print Your Days" Facebook4 application, for users to get the most out of their images and empower the sharing experience. With "My Image Garden" software, photos stored on computers can be easily organized into three categories: Calendar, Event and People. With Calendar View, images can be sorted by the dates they were captured while with Event View, images captured at a special event can be easily stored in a separate folder and accessed to share with friends and family. For People View, once a person's likeness has been registered with the software, Image Assorting Technology and Face Recognition technology is utilized to automatically upload a specific person's image to their respective folder for easy access.

A noteworthy feature of the software is an Automatic Layout function, where multiple images can be selected and based on the priority given to each image, the appropriate layout is selected to create a beautiful keepsake image. There is also an Automatic Suggestion feature where photos stored on a computer are automatically created into various appealing collages and calendars to appear in a desktop slideshow to help bring awareness to those images that may have been forgotten and should be printed.

An additional feature of the software is My Art for customizing photos through various templates including collages, greeting cards, calendars, stickers, disc labels and paper crafts. "My Image Garden" also features Full HD Movie Print5 to produce clear images of frames from videos captured on compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras and VIXIA Camcorders, in addition to Fun Filter Effects such as Fish-Eye, Miniature and Toy Camera for further image customization.

With social media sites increasingly becoming the gatekeepers for images from special occasions and events, Canon developed the "Print Your Days" Facebook application where users can print one single photo or combine a maximum of five images into one collage from their Facebook photo albums. Designed with a simple and intuitive layout, users can select the paper size (A4, 8.5 x 11, 4 x 6, 5x7 or 8 x 10-inches), design the layout of images for the collage, add text boxes and utilize photo effects.

Canon PIXMA MG3220 Canon PIXMA MG2220

Additional Features

Canon has included many features on these high-quality yet affordable printers that help increase overall usability and productivity. Each new printer uses the FastFront feature for easy changing of ink and paper from the front of the printer and can also produce beautiful, borderless edge-to-edge 4 x 6-inch photos in approximately 44 seconds6 at a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi7. For the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless and PIXMA MG3220 Wireless printers, Auto Duplex printing has been included to help reduce overall paper usage costs.The Canon PIXMA MG4220 Wireless Photo AIO printer also has a 2.5-inch LCD screen for easy viewing of menus and images.

The estimated selling price of each printer is $129.998 for the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless Photo AIO printer, $79.998 for the PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Photo AIO printer and $69.998 for the PIXMA MG2220 Photo AIO printer.


* Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

1 Requires an Internet connection and Google Account.

2 Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App Store, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app, available for free in Google Play. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3Gs, 4, and 4S; iPod touch mobile digital devices; and Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later.

3 To install using Windows® OS, .NET Framework 4 is required. Compatible still image formats are PDF (created using Canon PDF Creator only), JPEG (Exif), TIFF, and PNG. Compatible video formats are MOV (from select Canon digital cameras only) and MP4 (from select Canon digital camcorders only).

4 Print Your Days requires Microsoft Silverlight 5, an internet connection and runs on Windows Internet Explorer 8, 9 and Google Chrome on a PC running Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Will also work in Firefox under Windows 7 (32-bit) and Windows Vista (32-bit).

5 "Full HD Movie Print" is available from "MOV" and "MP4" movie files created by select Canon EOS, PowerShot and Vixia digital cameras and camcorders. From PC, or Mac with Intel®processor. Requires Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later for "MOV" files, or Canon ImageBrowser EX 1.0 or later for "MOV" or "MP4" files.

6 Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed is measured as soon as the first page begins to feed into the printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. 
See for additional information.

7 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.

8 Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.


Total comments: 21
AD in KC
By AD in KC (Jul 11, 2012)

You know I was outraged at first, too - these printers SUCK! And then I noticed: these things are scanners and copiers, too - besides printers! And they're really cheap! Maybe I should use one of these for photos of kittens on facebook, and save my next gallery showing for an Epson 3880 or something...

Ya know?

By ddtwenty (Jul 11, 2012)

I' like to see the vendors try to make things more durable than the models before.

By HiRez (Jul 11, 2012)

"The estimated selling price of each printer is $129.998 for the PIXMA MG4220 Wireless Photo AIO printer"

I don't understand this price. Is this some odd currency conversion or rounding error that results in an extra digit (in other words, it's actually about $130?) or is this a european digit separator and this thing actually costs $129,000??? That seems...hard to believe.

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jul 11, 2012)

Ah, some of the formatting has dropped out when we've put the story together - the extra '8's should be superscript (or green in our formatting).

It should make more sense now.

By skyrunr (Jul 11, 2012)

I have an MG8120. I really like it, BUT it can't print grayscale without using up colored inks. 90% of my printing is black and white. I like that they are separate but I'm always ordering them. Most discount stores don't carry the grey for some reason. I'd buy one again, but they really need to let you print black and white without using up color ink!

David Fell
By David Fell (Jul 11, 2012)

All inkjet printers do this I think it's to combat metamerism.
In colorimetry, metamerism is the matching of apparent color of objects with different spectral power distributions. There is SW do stop applying colour ink in BW prints but IMHO life is too short.

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By skyrunr (Jul 11, 2012)

Thank you, I know why it does it, and I didn't mention that I mostly print documents. IMO a multifunction device such as this should really let you print documents in black and white. Most of my printing is done through a lab, but I like to be able to print a decent 4x6 and 8x10 on demand. I'll just have to see how long this printers lasts and take it from there.

Andrew Wiggin
By Andrew Wiggin (Jul 10, 2012)

I own one Pixma printer... never again will I make that mistake. It sits in next room, collecting dust. It's better at collecting dust than at printing, being user friendly or easily serviceable.

By gsum (Jul 10, 2012)

Hope these are better than my Pixma MP630, the worst printer I've ever owned. The useless item needs constant refilling and the refilling process drains the other carts. Because of this, I've only printed a few test photos - mainly use it for documents and use non-Canon ink.

Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Jul 10, 2012)

Photo home print! Avoid.

By limlh (Jul 10, 2012)

I've given up on photo printer long ago. It's just not feasible for home printing.I'll just get a basic 4 color printer and use third party refillable inks for normal home printing. For real photos, I go to the printing shop. Let them handle the inks, not me.

By Neurad1 (Jul 10, 2012)

I've owned two Canon Photoprinters in the past 8 years or so. Both have developed banding on the prints presumably due to a bad print head. In neither case could I clean the problem away using instructions suggested online. Most recently after (carefully) cleaning the head the printer would no longer recognize it. The printer was only three years old. This is apparently a very common common problem with Canon photo printers.

I will never purchase another Canon printer.

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Carol Stee
By Carol Stee (Jul 10, 2012)

What printers do you recommend?

Pavlo Boiko
By Pavlo Boiko (Jul 10, 2012)

Carol, I use Epson R290, wich performs pretty good thrue years, but heard good opinions about Canon's pigment inks and a printers as well.

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By Stephen123 (Jul 10, 2012)

I've had good luck with the Epson R series Photo printers. They need cleaning from time to time, and the ink is expensive. But it's cheaper and more convenient than the same quality print from a lab. And the cleaning works. Just be sure to leave the printer off when not in use. Otherwise the heads clog up.

David Fell
By David Fell (Jul 11, 2012)

Go to there are '00s of printer reviews and they are all problemaitcal, some worse than others. I have used Canon, HP, Epson - not much to choose between them, HP9180 is stunning but tempremental. Ink is the biggest cost easily costing more then the printer many times over.

By graybalanced (Jul 14, 2012)

Printers are one of those areas where you get what you pay for. For those who demand an under-$100 printer (less than the vast majority of hardware or software you can buy for photography), this is what you get. Cheap, disposable, plastic electronics.

Every printer of various brands that I've encountered under $500 was ultimately disappointing. The one I bought for $800 was OK. The ones I bought over $1000 were stellar and reliable.

You could say that you should expect to be as happy with a sub-$100 printer as you already expect to be with a sub-$100 camera body, lens, computer, phone, tablet...

It kind of makes sense that the ink costs more. That's where the rubber meets the road. It's the only end product of the printer that you care about. The printer is merely a delivery system.

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By Maxfield_photo (Jul 10, 2012)

How many ink tanks?

David Hart
By David Hart (Jul 10, 2012)

Two ink tanks... One black and one multi-color...

I still have my MP600 which uses individual ink cartridges for each color, including black, plus a large capacity black. I prefer individual cartridges as you waste less ink. Plus, it uses the same ink as my IP2000.

I use the MP600 for general scanning/printing and the IP2000 for photo printing. I set the MP600 to print in grayscale draft mode by default to make the ink last longer.

I'd like to upgrade to a wireless printer, but the 5 year old MP600 is still chugging away...

By cleverinstigator (Jul 10, 2012)

Crickets Chirping....

By skytripper (Jul 10, 2012)

That's what crickets do.

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