Canon Pixma MP990 Wireless Photo Printer

The Pixma MG7720 delivers exceptional photos

Canon's Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer
Canon's six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer. Photo courtesy of Canon

Since it was 2008 or so when the MP990 debuted, there have been many "MG" Pixmas (Canon's photo-printer AIO designation) since the MP990, although it has been awhile since we've seen a Canon consumer-grade photo printer selling for a steep $299.99. After $199.99 these days, you'll have to spring for a near-dedicated photo printer, such as Canon's own $500 Pixma Pro-100, or, if you want sheer photo printing prowess, step up to the $1,000 Pixma Pro-1.

Granted, if you're looking for a more versatile AIO for printing a wider range of business documents, or scanning, and copying, the Pixma Pro models won't work, but many of the MG photo-centric models, such as the Pixma MG7720, will. 

As you can say about just about any tech that is over nine years old, though, it probably needs replacing. Breakthroughs in new types of ink, better quality prints, and several mobile connectivity advances, make yesterday's printers like the MP990 all-but-obsolete.

As discussed in the review of the MG7720, though, like the MP990 before it, printer makers charge an inordinate amount for their photo printer ink, making anything you print on them a little more expensive than you might like, especially business documents.

Print Speed and Resolution

Canon says that the Pixma MP990 can print as fast as 20 seconds for a 4x6 color photo, with monochrome speeds nearly twice that. Black resolution: 600 x 600 dpi; color resolution: 9600 x 2400 dpi. Nowadays, though, that's about normal for most photo printers. They print high-def snapshot-size color photos in a snap, usually around 20 seconds for a snapshot.

Printer Features

Auto duplex print, automatic photo fix, borderless printing, calendar print, document printing, ID photo print, photo index sheet, print direct from memory cards (including SD Memory Card, SDHC MultiMedia Card, MultiMediaCard Plus, miniSD Card, miniSDHC, microSD Card, microSDHC, RS-MMC, USB flash drive, and Compact Flash Card). Supported systems: Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000 and Mac OS X v10.3.9 to v10.5.x. Size: 18.5 x 15.2 x 7.9 inches, 23.6 lbs.

These are all great features, but none of 2009's multifunction printers support any of today's mobile and cloud connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi Direct for connecting compatible devices without either being on a network or Near-Field Communications for touch-to-print functionality.

As you can see, the difference then between this model and its seven-year-later sibling, as spelled out in the Pixma MG7720 link above, is better quality, faster prints, and a higher degree of compatibility with the modern world--not to mention all-around better quality.

Copier Features

First page out in about 21 seconds. Reductions and enlargement from 25 to 400 percent. 4 in 1 / 2 in 1 copies, auto duplex copy, auto exposure, face brightener, fading correction, film copy, fit-to-page, manual color adjustment, masking copy, photo reprint, preset copy ratios, trimming copy

Scanner Features

Optical resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi. Interpolated resolution: 19,200 x 19,200 dpi. Auto scan mode, film scan, gutter shadow correction, network scan, push scan, scan to memory, white LED.