Canon PIXMA MG6220 - Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Attractive Features at an Attractive Price

Canon PIXMA MG6220 all-in-one printer
Canon PIXMA MG6220 with CD/DVD drawer open. Courtesy of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The Canon PIXMA MG6220 is a compact all-in-one inkjet printer that offers many appealing features for home users, including document and photo printing, scanning, and copying. It supports a wide variety of memory cards, as well as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. It has a tray for printable CDs and DVDs, and can print wirelessly to iOS devices using Apple's AirPrint. If you have a supported Canon HD video camera, you can use the included HD Movie Print software to capture and print still photos from a frame of video. On the down side, printing costs are a bit above average.

Canon PIXMA MG6220 - Pros

  • Above average photo output quality.
  • Multiple connection options.
  • Supports a variety of memory cards.
  • Can print from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras (cable not included).
  • Supports Apple's AirPrint for printing wirelessly to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Includes Cloud Link, which lets you print wirelessly to mobile devices using the Canon Gateway or a Picasa account.
  • Three-inch flip-up LCD screen is bright and easy to read.
  • Two paper trays allow you to keep plain paper and photo or other specialty papers loaded at all times.
  • Includes a special tray for printable CDs and DVDs.
  • Standalone copy functions.
  • Automatic duplexing.
  • Good software bundle.

Canon PIXMA MG6220 - Cons

  • Per-page printing costs are a little higher than typical.
  • Quality of text output is average.
  • Document print speeds may be a little slow for heavy-duty home office use.
  • Paper tray capacity is a little skimpy.
  • Rear paper tray is flimsy.
  • Touch-sensitive buttons are a little too sensitive.
  • No fax function.
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • Flip-up LCD is handy, but some users may find it a little awkward.
  • If you're a neat freak, the MG6220's tendency to attract dust and fingerprints may drive you crazy.

Canon PIXMA MG6220 - Specifications

  • System requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.11 to Mac OS X 10.6.14 (Scanner and printer drivers available through OS X Yosemite), Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Supports Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB, and Bluetooth interfaces
  • Supports a variety of memory cards and keys
  • Can print from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras (cable not included)
  • Maximum print resolution (color): 9600x2400 dpi
  • Maximum print resolution (black): 600x600 dpi
  • Paper sizes: 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, letter, legal, #10 envelopes
  • Paper types: plain paper, photo papers, some fine art papers, #10 envelopes, printable CDs/DVDs
  • Copier reduction/enlargement: 25%-400%
  • Scanner maximum resolution: 4800x4800 dpi (optical); 19,200x19,200 dpi (interpolated)
  • Scanner color depth: 48-bit internal/24-bit external
  • Scanner maximum document size: 8.5x11.7

The Canon PIXMA MG6220 packs a lot of features into a sub-$200 inkjet printer, but because it falls a little short in some areas, it's difficult for us to give it a wholehearted recommendation. It lacks an automated document feeder and its paper trays are a little on the skimpy side (the rear tray is also a bit flimsy), so it may not be the best choice for home office use. The output quality of both black-and-white and color photos is above average, but per-print costs are a little on the high side, so it's not the best choice for a home photo printer, unless you print somewhat sparingly. Its controls and navigation system are a little awkward to use; we also didn't like the flip-up LCD screen in the cover of the printer, but that's one of those love/hate things that not everyone will agree on.

The PIXMA MG6220 isn't a bad printer, by any means. It includes a generous software bundle, and some fun extras, including the ability to print still photos from video shot with compatible Canon HD video cameras, and the ability to add filters and special effects to images before you print them. If the MG6220's particular combination of features and connectivity options appeal to you, then you may not mind its minor quirks. Just be sure to keep an eye on the bottom line, in terms of ink costs.

Setup and Connection

Setting up the PIXMA MG6220 is a breeze, because the installer does much of the work for you. You can choose a standard install or a custom install to select just the options and software you want. The software bundle includes Solution Menu EX, MP Navigator EX, Easy-PhotoPrint EX, Easy PhotoPrint Pro, and Easy WebPrint EX, as well as the installer, printer drivers, and Canon IJ Network Tool.

The PIXMA MG6220 supports a variety of interfaces, including Wi-Fi (802.11/b/g/n), Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB, and Bluetooth. It also supports most common memory cards and can print from PictBridge-compatible digital cameras (cable not included). In addition, the MG6220 supports Apple's AirPrint for printing wirelessly to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The iOS device and the printer must be connected to the same wireless LAN for this feature to work.

Last but not least, the MG6220 also includes Canon's Cloud Link, which lets you print wirelessly to mobile devices using the Canon Gateway or a Picasa account.

Using the Printer

Some devices that use touch-sensitive buttons are a little frustrating, because it can take several tries to get them to work. The Canon PIXMA MG6220 is just the opposite. Its buttons are so sensitive that you may find yourself selecting things you didn't mean to select. On the plus side, the buttons appear and disappear (or more accurately, illuminate or not), as needed, depending on the printer function you've selected, which helps cut down on visual clutter and reduce the possibilities for error. Still, the controls are a little more awkward to use than necessary.

A three-inch LCD screen flips up in the center of the printer cover, and can be tilted forward or back as needed. This makes it easier to read the screen from various angles than an LCD that's built into the printer, but we found it a little awkward and worried a bit about its long-term viability. A directional pad located below the screen provides navigation options.

The printer uses five individual ink tanks (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and gray), plus a high-capacity pigment black, that are easy to install and replace. You can set the pigment black cartridge to be used for text-based documents, and limit the dye-based black cartridge to color print jobs. The gray cartridge helps enhance the quality of monochrome photos.

Paper Handling

A paper cassette tray that tucks neatly under the bottom of the printer holds up to 150 sheets of plain paper. A second paper tray that flips up at the rear of the printer can hold up to 150 sheets of any type of paper the printer accepts. You can load the main tray with plain paper and the rear tray with photo paper, so you can switch between job types at a moment's notice. The rear tray feels a little flimsy, and we're not sure how well it would stand up to long-term use.

Scanner and Copier Features

The scanner and copier functions both delivered satisfactory speeds. The quality of both black and color copies, including copies of photos printed on photo paper, was above average to excellent. The copier can reduce or enlarge from 25% to 400%, print up to 99 copies of a document, and supports auto duplexing.

The flatbed scanner supports wireless scanning, and can scan documents to TIFF, JPG, BMP, and PDF files, as well as email.

Final Thoughts

The Canon PIXMA MG6220 offers a broad range of features, including connectivity options, in a package that won't break the budget. If you need and plan to use most of the features, then this printer may be a good deal. If you're primarily interested in a photo printer, you can get better quality from some less-expensive printers, at lower per-print costs.

Published: 1/28/2010

Updated 9/26/2015