Canon PIXMA MG7520 Printer Review

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The Bottom Line

The Canon PIXMA MG7520 all-in-one photo printer's best feature is its ability to create sharp and bright photo prints and other documents, which is exactly where a consumer-level photo printer should be at its best. The MG7520 isn't going to produce perfect prints at all sizes, but it does a pretty nice job for everyday photography prints, especially versus similarly priced all-in-ones (with an MSRP of $199.

Canon gave this model a six-ink system, which provides a bit more color accuracy than a system with four inks. It also drives up the cost of using the PIXMA MG7520 a bit.

The MG7520 has a sharp 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, which makes controlling the printer an easy process. And you'll have a variety of connectivity options, including built-in Wi-Fi and a pair of memory card slots, which are great features.

Beyond photo printing capabilities, the MG7520's all-in-one copy and scan capabilities are very basic. And I would like to see this inkjet printer work a little more quickly and produce sharper results at the standard print quality setting. But if you choose this model, it's sluggish print speeds just mean you'll have to wait a little longer for the nice photo prints, which probably is an acceptable trade-off for most photographers.

Specifications

  • Print Resolution: Color 9600x2400 dpi; Black 600x600 dpi
  • Ink System: 6-color
  • Nozzles: Color 5,632; Black 1,024; Total 6,656
  • Print Speed: 4x6 inch borderless photo, 21 seconds (approximately)
  • Paper Sizes: 4x6 inches, 5x7, 8x10, letter, U.S. #10 envelope
  • LCD: 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 17.2 x 14.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Weight: 17.4 pounds
  • Paper Tray Capacity: 125 sheets plain paper (lower tray); 20 sheets 4x6 photo paper or 10 sheets 5x7 photo paper (upper tray)
  • Interfaces: USB, Ethernet, PictBridge, WiFi, Memory Card Slots, NFC
  • Memory Card Slots: SD and Memory Stick

Pros

  • Print quality is good for photos versus others in this price point
  • Offers six inks for more precise color representation
  • 3.5-inch LCD offers touchscreen capabilities
  • Wi-Fi and NFC wireless printing connectivity
  • Both Memory Stick and SD memory card slots available

Cons

  • Cost per printed photo is a bit high versus others in this price range
  • Print speeds are a little slow for both documents and photos
  • Scan and copy features are below average
  • Starting price could be a little lower than the MSRP of $199

Print Quality

The MG7520 has pretty good print quality for photos, allowing it to compare favorably to other consumer-level printers in its price range. Photos have accurate colors and they're sharp, thanks in large part to this unit's six-ink printing system and to its 9600x2400 dpi resolution with color prints. This model doesn't make prints that are going to approximate what you can have created at a professional print shop, but its prints are above average for a consumer-level at-home all-in-one printer.

You will notice a significant difference between the standard and best print quality settings on the PIXMA MG7520.

It would have been nice if Canon had given this printer a little better quality in the standard setting, which really isn't useful for photos.

Other types of prints, such as documents, also have very good print quality versus similarly priced models. 

Performance

The PIXMA MG7520 has performance speeds that aren't quite as good as you'd like to see with an all-in-one model that does a pretty good job with photo print quality. You can expect to need almost 1 minute to print photos at the highest quality settings. While the MG7520 works much more quickly in the standard quality setting, the photo quality isn't good enough to make this setting particularly useful.

Text printing isn't as fast as some other models in this price range either. The all-in-one unit's scanning and copying capabilities offer only basic features and options.

Design

This all-in-one device is a good looking unit, offering black, white, or burnt orange colors with a mirror finish. Canon didn't overdo the number of buttons or features included with the MG7520, which makes this model very easy to use.

The MG7520 has dual paper trays, one of which is reserved for photo-sized paper.

If you're a photographer who makes use of Memory Stick memory cards, you'll appreciate that Canon included dual memory card slots with the MG7520 for both SD and MS formats. And because it's pleasing to view your photos on the unit's sharp 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, inserting your camera's memory card into the unit and then printing directly from the LCD screen is relatively easy.

You also can connect devices to the printer via Ethernet, USB, Wi-FI, and NFC, which should give you plenty of versatility.

Overall, this is a pretty nice printer, offering good versatility at a reasonable price. It certainly won't produce photo prints that will appeal to professional-level photographers. But it does create some nice photo prints that you can use as small to medium sizes, as long as you have the MG7520 set at the best quality settings and you're using good quality photo paper.

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