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Scanning

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 MG815

The 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.

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Joel Stern
By Joel Stern (2 months ago)

It would be nice if these were available

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