All three of the models in this group test have a scanning capability. All can create scans from printed media and photographs, but the Canon Pix MG8120 can also scan strips of 35mm negatives and mounted transparencies using a supplied film tray.
Canon Pixma MG815The Canon MG8120 is the only multifunctional device in this test that also offers a film-scanning capability, albeit limited to a single 35mm film strip or four mounted slides. The film holder is stored behind the removable white cover on the lid. The scanner has an optical resolution of 4800 x 9600 for film and 4800 x 4800 for print scanning. We used a resolution of 2400 dpi for the test scans - this is an optimum setting for 35mm film, 4800 was expecting too much from the scanner. I didn't have high hopes for the film scanning option, but at 2400 dpi the scans are actually surprisingly good.
|This screen grab shows Canon's ScanGear interface in the Advanced Mode. Severe cropping is applied to thumbnail previews.|
|Here you can see the effect of unsharp masking applied using ScanGear. This has produced an acceptable film scan, although we would have preferred more control than a simple ON or OFF. Click here to download a version of the same scan with no unsharp masking applied.|
|This photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh (The Queen of England's husband) was shot on 35mm Ektachrome E6, and the MG 8150's 2400 dpi scan is well-exposed with good detail.|
I used the scanner's Unsharp Mask, which is a basic On or Off, and it produced some excellent scans. I would have preferred more subtle control, though. The scan time was also a respectable 1 minute 4 seconds. Print scanning doesn't need such a high resolution. I used the 'copy photo' option to scan in a set of Kodak calibration photos and printed them on Canon Pro Platinum PT-101 media. The colors, although not 100% accurate when compared to the original, were nevertheless very good and completely satisfying when viewed in isolation.