The Canon Pixma MG8120 is a photo-centric multifunction device rather than one meant for the office. It does not include a fax or an automatic document feeder, two useful features found on office MFPs. However, it does offer a wide range of printing and scanning options. It can scan and copy 35mm film and slides (with an included adapter), print on CDs and DVDs and even print stills from digital movie files. The Canon Pixma MG8120 also has a 3.8-inch LCD screen for previewing and editing photos. Reviewers say it produces outstanding photo prints, especially in black and white, since there's a light gray and two kinds of black among its six ink cartridges.
However, this quality comes at a price: users warn that it goes through ink at a rapid rate. Text printing and other office-related tasks aren't the Pixma MG8120's strong suit, but print speeds are generally good. If you need a printer that includes a fax and does a better job with documents, the Canon Pixma MX882 (*Est. $150) is well reviewed, but it doesn't have the same range of photo options as the MG8120. On the other hand, if you can make do with a more basic model that has fewer features, but still prints great photos, consider the Canon Pixma MG5220 (*Est. $100).
PCMag.com is the first to look at the Canon Pixma MG8120 and M. David Stone offers a thorough evaluation. The printer is also recommended by both PC World and PC World Australia, and ConsumerReports.org includes it in tests of multifunction printers. Imaging-Resource.com also has an in-depth review. We found over 100 user reviews for this printer at Amazon.com, most of them strongly positive.
PCMag.com gives the Canon Pixma MG8120 4.5 stars out of 5 and names it as an Editors' Choice. Printer expert M. David Stone praises the Canon's photo output quality and its great selection of inputs, from wireless networking to film scanning. Only the lack of office-centric options, like an automatic document feeder or fax, detract from a printer that Stone calls "the best of its breed."
Review: Canon Pixma MG8120 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer, M. David Stone, Aug. 30, 2010
2. PC World
The Canon Pixma MG8120 makes PC World's top 10 list of multifunction printers. Editors praise the printer's "cool looking" design, text output and speed. However, they lament the high price tag and lack of an automatic document feeder.
Review: Canon Pixma MG8120, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, Sept. 29, 2010
3. PC World (Australia)
Campbell Simpson awards the Canon Pixma MG8120 4 stars out of 5, praising its printing and scanning quality, speed, and features. He does feel that the "touch sensitive" controls are unnecessary, but overall he finds it "an impressive all-round multifunction device."
Review: Canon Pixma MG8150 inkjet multifunction printer, Campbell Simpson, Sept. 28, 2010
The ConsumerReports.org website includes ratings for nearly 70 inkjet multifunction printers, including the Canon Pixma MG8120. Each model gets scores for photo, text, graphics, scan and copy quality, and some comments from users are available as well.
Review: All-in-One Printer Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Mike Pasini of the Imaging Resource (a newsletter on digital photography) highly recommends the Canon Pixma MG8120. He says photo prints and scans come out great, and the interface is easy to use. The only thing it can't do, he says, is print on a CD -- a feature Pasini says he can live without.
Review: Canon Pixma MG8120 -- New Interface, Same High Quality, Mike Pasini, Nov. 2010
The Canon Pixma MG8120 has more than 100 reviews on Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Customers like the product's design, print quality, scan quality and speed. One common complaint is that the printer guzzles ink.
Review: Canon Pixma MG8120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One Printer (4504B002), Contributors to Amazon.com