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Canon Pixma MP800R

Review posted 4/27/2006

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The $399 Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One lets you print directly from slides and negatives, includes card slots for direct digital photo printing and features a large 3.5-inch color LCD screen for viewing images. The MP800R is designed for customers who wish to print over their wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi IEEE802.11b/g) networks. Utilizing WPA Ė the latest wireless security technology that helps make users wireless printing more secure Ė the PIXMA MP800R Photo All-In-One easily generates high quality photos and documents, scans documents at up to 2400 x 4800 dpi, and can share data over multiple PCs.

The top-mounted, letter-size flatbed image scanner includes an integrated film adapter unit (FAU) that lets you scan a 35mm slide or negative at up to 2400 x 4800 dpi. With the included film holders, users can batch scan up to six negative frames or four mounted slides. The included ScanGear software helps to identify and remove defects caused by dust and scratches on the surface of originals and also has an auto image adjust feature to help correct faded documents and faded film. The scanner is so advanced it automatically adjusts the alignment of the images by up to ten degrees to straighten images.

In addition to printing directly from slides and negatives, users can print their photos directly from most popular flash memory cards using the MP800Rís built-in card slots. The large, tilting color LCD screen lets you preview, select and edit pictures before printing from memory cards and film scans. For added convenience, the MP800R features PictBridge technology for direct photo printing from PictBridge compatible digital cameras and camcorders.

The MP800R has a second front-feeding paper cassette in addition to the standard auto sheet feeder located on top of the printer. The dual-paper path allows the printer to be loaded with both plain paper and photo paper or different sized papers simultaneously, so both documents and photos can be printed without the need for stopping and changing paper. You can switch easily between the two sources by using the paper feed selector switch on the front of the printer or via the printer driver.

Users can also take advantage of the MP800Rís automatic image editing features. Providing functions as basic and essential as cropping and trimming, the unit also helps brighten faces, correct backlit situations, and reduce image grain. Users can also renew treasured old photos with functions that reduce dust, scratches and help correct fading. You can correct red-eye, adjust color, and apply creative photo effects when printing directly from one of the unitís memory card slots. Even prints taken from low-resolution camera phone images can have their typically jagged appearance improved by employing the unitís on-board Image Optimizer technology.

Pixma MP800R Features:

  • Photo printer, flatbed scanner, 35mm film scanner, color copier, and multi-format card reader

  • Canon FINE print head, up to 9600dpi with 1 picoliter ink droplets

  • 5-color photo ink system, individually replaceable tanks for economy

  • Dual paper paths with top and bottom trays, auto paper switching

  • Fast print speeds: 4 x 6 " borderless photo in 36 seconds

  • Borderless printing in 4 x 6", 5 x 7" and letter sizes

  • Large, tilting 3.5-inch color LCD for preview and editing

  • Image editing: Crop, brighten faces, remove red-eye, adjust color

  • USB 2.0 high speed I/O for printer and card reader drives

  • Direct print from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, SD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO memory cards

  • PictBridge Direct USB printing from most modern digicams

  • Network-ready for WiFi or Ethernet, optional BlueTooth module

The Control Panel

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The left side of the control panel has the On/Off power control. Buttons for the selecting the COPY, SCAN, PHOTO/FILM or CARD functions. The Alarm lamp lights if there's a paper jam. The Feed Switch button selects the top auto sheet feeder or the lower paper cassette. The Photo Index Sheet button prints out an index sheet from a memory card full of images. The Search button lets you find a group of images by the date they were taken.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

On the right side: the Menu button to access the custom and maintenance settings. The Settings button calls up the menu(s) to configure paper size, media type, and other settings specific to the selected mode. The Stop/Reset button cancels an operation or exits a menu. The 4-way controller lets you select pictures and navigate menu screens. Press the OK button to select menu items and confirm selections. The Trimming button lets you crop an image. The Black button starts a b&w copy operation, the Color button starts a color copy.

Two Paper Sources

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The MP800R has two paper sources; a top-mounted auto sheet loader and an internal cassette in the bottom. Both the upper and lower paper trays can support up to 150 sheets of letter-size plain paper as well as 4x6" photo paper, 5x7" photo paper, letter-size photo paper and #10 envelopes. The lower tray is ideal for photo paper as it is protected against dust and ready for a quick media change.

You can load different paper in the top and bottom trays and then select it with either the printer driver or the control panel pushbutton. Both top and bottom trays can be loaded with plain paper, the printer can be set to automatically switch between them when one runs out of paper.

Scanning and Copying

The MP800R lets you scan documents, photos, 35mm negative strips and mounted slides. On top is a letter-sized flatbed scanner that can also be used as a single-sheet copier for documents. You can create borderless copies of photos or documents in credit card, 4"x6", 5"x7" and letter sizes. Paper documents can converted to text with the included Scansoft OmniPage SE software or stored electronically as PDF files with the 'Scan-to-PDF' function from within the driver.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

To make a copy lift up the lid, place your document face-down, close the lid and press the COPY button.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Press the Settings button to change media type, size, print quality or scaling. If the settings are good then press the "Black" button to make a monochrome copy or "Color" to make a color copy.

The SCAN button is used to digitize photos and can only be used when the MP800R is connected to a computer, it works with the ScanGear program (see below.) The optical resolution of the CCD scanner element is 2400 x 4800 dpi with a maximum scanning area of 8.5 x 11.7 inches.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

To make prints from or digitize 35mm negatives or slides you remove the reflective panel in the scanner lid to expose the builtin film adapter unit (FAU). Using the FAU allows you to scan film at up to 19,200 dpi (hardware interpolated.) You'll find the film carriers stored on the backside of the reflective panel. The 35mm negative strip carrier handles up to six frames and the 35mm mounted slide carrier (shown above) that holds up to four slides. A guide on the top of the scanner deck aligns the film carrier so it's properly positioned with the FAU.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The LCD screens for direct-printing from 35mm slides or negatives.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The included ScanGear software can be launched from the MP Navigator program or called up as a TWAIN application from your graphic program. ScanGear can be used for photographs or film, you can batch scan and save six negatives or four mounted slides at a time.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Advanced driver software helps to identify and remove defects caused by dust and scratches on the surface of 35mm negatives or mounted slides. The auto image adjust feature to help correct faded photos and film. The direct print feature also enables users to scan their slides or negatives and go straight to print without ever having to use a computer.

Printing from Memory Cards

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Located on the front are the printer's two built-in flash card slots. The MP800R can read directly from CompactFlash (Type I and II including Microdrives), SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO.  Note: xD-Picture Card, Mini SD and Memory Stick DUO can be used with appropriate adapters.

The card slots are used for direct printing of JPEG or TIFF images and can also be used like a card reader to transfer photos to your hard drive at USB 2.0 speed. The card slots will appear as removable drives whenever a card is inserted.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The large 3.5-inch color LCD can be tilted to any angle so it's easy to see whether you're standing up or sitting down. After you insert a memory card you can browse through your images in the same manner as you do on your digital camera. You can preview and select images easily with the LCD and control panel buttons.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Settings Menus:

  • Page 1 - lets you select the paper size, media type, quality, printing type and date stamping.

  • Page 2 - lets you enable Photo Optimizer PRO (POP) to auto optimize brightness and tone. Red-eye Correction to eliminate the occurence of flash red-eye in "people pictures. Enable Vivid Photo to enhance blue and green colors. Enable Noise Reduction to eliminate noise in blue and black areas. Enable Face Brightener to lighten a face when taking in heavily backlit lighting.

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

The Trimming function lets you crop out and print only the desired portion of a photo.

USB-Direct PictBridge Printing

Canon PIXMA MP800R Photo-All-in-One

Located on the front is the PictBridge USB port for direct printing from most modern digital cameras and video camcorders. You simply connect to the printer using the camera's standard USB download cable.

The optional Canon Bluetooth Unit BU-20 (shown above) may also be plugged into the front USB port for wireless printing (up to 10m) from PDAs, cellphones, laptops and other devices that support Bluetooth v1.2.

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Canon MP-800R Specifications

Printers Attributes
Print Speed (up to)
Color Photo: 4" x 6" borderless photo: approximately 36 seconds1
Black: Black: Up to 30 ppm (approximately 2.0 seconds per page)1
Color: Color: Up to 24 ppm (approximately 2.5 seconds per page)1
Number of Nozzles
Black: 512
Color: 512 x 2 (Y, Bk)
1,024 x 2 (C,M)
Total: 3,584

1 and 5
Print Resolution (up to)
Black: 600 x 600 dpi2
Color: 9600 x 2400 dpi
Paper Sizes
Letter, Legal, Credit Card (2.13" x 3.39"), 4x6" 4x8"
5x7" 8x10"
Mono Copy Speed (up to)
Black: 30 cpm (approximately 2.0 seconds per page)
Color: 24 cpm (approximately 2.5 seconds per page)1
Reductions Enlargement
25% - 400%
Copy Feature
Borderless, AE (Auto Exposure), 4 on 1, 2 on 1, Fit-to-Page, Image Repeat
Scanner Element
Charged-Coupled Device (CCD)
Max. Resolutions
Optical: 2,400 x 4,800 dpi
Interpolated: 19,200 x 19,200 dp

Color: 48-bit internal/24-bit external
Color Depth
Maximum: 48-bit internal
Max. Document Size
Print: 8.5" x 11.7" maximum
Photo Card

Direct Print Port (cable not included)
Support Media
CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card and MultiMediaCard. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Duo Pro, and miniSD Card.
General Specifications
OS Compatibility
Windows XP/2000/Me/98 and Mac OS X version 10.2.4 to 10.4.x7
Standard Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed3 (cable not included), IrDA4 1.2 (JPEG only), Bluetooth5 v1.2 (Optional)
Software Included
CD-ROM including MP Driver, MP Navigator, Setup Software and User's Guide, Electronic Photo Application Guide, Electronic User's Guide, e-registration, ScanSoft Omnipage SE,6 ArcSoft PhotoStudio, Easy-PhotoPrint version 3.3, and Easy-WebPrint (Windows only, requires Microsoft Internet Explorer7
Power Source
AC 120 - 240V, 50/60Hz
Dimension (W x D x H)
18.6" W x 19.3" D x 9.5" H
27.3 lbs
Toll-free technical phone support plus 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program.8
*Specifications are subject to change without notice. All viewscreen and printer output images are simulated.
1 PPM print speeds are based on the highest speed printer driver mode. Photo print speeds are based on the default mode driver setting using Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy paper. Print speeds will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. CPM copy speeds are based on fast mode setting using plain paper. Copy speeds may vary based on document complexity, copy mode, page coverage and number of copies.
2 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
3 USB 2.0 Hi-Speed requires Windows XP, 2000 or Mac OS X operating systems. For Windows 98, Me and Mac OS X v.10.2 to 10.2.6 operating systems, the printer will operate at USB 1.1 specifications.
4 JPEG files 3MB or smaller only. Requires mobile phone with IrDA port and support for IrMC version 1.1 protocol, with phone positioned no more than 7.9 inches from printer.
5 Bluetooth v1.2 with optional Canon Bluetooth Unit BU-20. Bluetooth operation depends on the devices and software version used. Operating distance is approximately 10 meters but may vary due to obstacles, radio signals, locations where radio interference occurs, magnetic fields from microwave ovens, device sensitivity and/or antenna performance.
6 System requirements vary by application.
7 ScanSoft OmniPage SE (OCR Software) does not support Windows 98 first edition.
8 Warranty programs are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See for details.

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