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Canon Pixma MP830

Review posted 5/16/2006

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

The Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One can save you time, space, and money. This multi-function device enhances productivity and maximizes your home office space. You can print high impact black and white documents at speeds of up to 30 pages-per-minute (ppm) and up to 24ppm for color documents; or copy and fax documents in color or black and white, all while printing beautiful borderless photos that look and feel like traditional film photos.

The MP830 uses Canon’s five-color ContrastPLUS ink system with a resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi. Employing an economical individual ink tank system, ChromaLife100 long-lasting system and the PIXMA FINE print head technology with 3,584 nozzles ejecting ink droplets as small as one-picoliter, this All-In-One device produces photographs that rival those made by photo labs.

You can print photo-lab-quality borderless 4 x 6-inch photos in approximately 36 seconds (using the default setting of the printer driver). You can direct photo print from most popular memory cards and PictBridge compatible cameras while also utilizing dual CCD scanners that allow for high-quality, high-speed scans.

The MP830 provides users with an automatic document feeder (ADF) that can copy or scan both sides of a document automatically. The Auto Duplexing feature permits two-sided copying/scanning, without the need to manually turn over pages and re-feed the document. You are also able to print two- sided documents automatically as well. The ADF is capable of handling up to 35 sheets of letter-sized paper for copying, scanning, or faxing. For large volume print jobs, the MP830 features a two way paper feed with a capacity of up to 300 sheets of letter-sized paper. On-unit control options include an Auto Exposure Copy function that can alter the density and contrast of a document, an improved PDF creation function (compared to previous software versions) when the unit is in scanning mode and a “push scan” option that makes it easy to send an image to a computer as a file or an email attachment.

When used as a document printer the MP830 shifts into overdrive, generating vibrant black and white documents at a rate of up to 30 ppm and brilliant color documents at up to 24 ppm. In copy mode, the MP830 tops out at up to 29 copies-per-minute (cpm) (monochrome) and up to 24-color cpm. Canon even designed the unit’s color Super G3 fax with speed, and ease of use in mind. It includes features that allow users to receive up to 250 incoming pages; one-touch speed dialing (eight numbers) and a coded speed dial function that can store up to 100 locations.

Pixma MP830 Features:

  • Photo printer, flatbed scanner, fax machine, color copier, and multi-format card reader

  • Copy, scan and fax convenience with 35 page Automatic Document Feeder

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

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

  • ChromaLife100 ink system, printed photos will resist color fading for at least 30 years (100 years album life)

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

  • Copy and scan 2 sided originals with auto duplex document feeder

  • 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 2.5-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, Microdrive, SmartMedia, SD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO memory cards

  • Super G3 (33.6 Kbps) fax with memory for 100 coded speed dials and up to 250 incoming pages

  • PictBridge Direct USB printing from most modern digicams

The Control Panel

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

The left side of the control panel has the On/Off power control. Buttons for the selecting the COPY, FAX, SCAN, or MEMORY CARD functions. The In Use/Memory lamp indicates the line is in use or that there are unprinted faxes in memory. 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 FAX Quality button sets the output resolution of scanned faxes. The Enlarge/Reduce button controls the printed size of faxes. The Two-Sided button enables the duplex mode. The 01 through 08 buttons are for speed dialing your most commonly used fax numbers. The Photo Index Sheet button prints out a thumbnail index sheet from a memory card with images. The Search button lets you find a group of images by the date they were taken.

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office 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 telephone keypad in the center is for entering fax numbers. The Black button starts a black&white copy operation, the Color button starts a color copy. The Stop/Reset button cancels a print operation or resets fax settings.

Two Paper Sources

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

The MP830 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.

FAX Operations

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

The auto duplex Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) can read both sides of a 2 sided document and can hold 35 pages of originals at one time, making it much easier to fax multi-page documents. Super G3 (33.6 Kbps) fax with transmission speeds of approx. 3 sec/page in Black and approx. 1 min.20 sec./page in color. There are 8 one-touch buttons for speed dialing and internal memory for 100 coded speed dials and up to 250 incoming pages.

And of course the MP830 lets you to directly FAX from your PC, most applications allow you to fax documents just as easily as printing them.

Scanning and Copying

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

On top is a letter-sized 2400x4800 dpi flatbed scanner. 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.

To make a copy or scan a photo print, a book, a magazine or such, lift up the lid, place your document face-down, close the lid and press the COPY button.

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One Canon PIXMA MP830 Office 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 MP830 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 MP830 Office 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.

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

Advanced driver software helps to restore faded photos and correct for strongly backlit scenes. There are also options for Auto Tone, Unsharp Mask, Descreen, Reduce Dust and Scratches and Grain Correction. Output resolution is settable from 50 to 1600 dpi.

Printing from Memory Cards

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

Located on the front are the printer's two built-in flash card slots. The MP830 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 high-speed card reader to transfer photos to your hard drive thanks to the USB 2.0 connectivity. The card slots will appear as removable drives whenever a card is inserted.

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

The large 2.5-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 MP830 Office All-In-One Canon PIXMA MP830 Office 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 MP830 Office 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 MP830 Office 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.

Canon PIXMA MP830 Office All-In-One

Turn your camera on in play mode and follow the PictBridge screens on the camera's LCD monitor. Shown here are the PictBridge screens from a Canon Powershot S410.

It's this simple with -any- PictBridge compatible camera, not just those made by Canon. Most digicam manufacturers have added PictBridge compatibility into their cameras since 2004.

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Canon MP-830 Specifications

Printers Attributes
Print Speed (up to)
Color Photo: 4" x 6" borderless photo: approximately 36 seconds
Black: Up to 30 ppm (approximately 2.0 seconds per page)
Color: Up to 24 ppm (approximately 2.5 seconds per page)
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 dpi
Color: 9600 x 2400 dpi
Paper Sizes
Letter, Legal, Credit Card (2.13" x 3.39"), 4" x 6", 4" x 8", 5" x 7", 8" x 10"
Automatic Sheet Feeder
Side 2 Side - Print, Copy, and Scan with the Automatic Document Feeder
Mono Copy Speed (up to)
  • Black: 29 cpm (approximately 2.0 seconds per page)
  • Color: 24 cpm (approximately 2.5 seconds per page)

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: 2400 x 4800 dpi
Interpolated: 19,200 x 19,200 dpi

48-bit internal / 24-bit external
Max. Document Size
Print: 8.5" x 11"
Modem Speed
33.6 Kbps (Super G3)
Transmission Speed (approx.)
  • Black: Approx. 3 sec/page1
  • Color: Approx. 1 min.20 sec./page2

Transmission Reception Memory
250 pages
Speed Dialing
8 One-Touch Dials, 100 Coded Dials
Photo Card
Direct Print Port (cable not included)
Support Media
CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card, and MultiMediaCard. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold seperately: 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.x
Standard Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed3
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, NewSoft Presto! Page Manager, Easy-PhotoPrint version 3.3, and Easy-Web-Print (IE 5.5 and higher)4
Power Consumption (approx.)
AC 120 - 240V, 50/60Hz
Dimension (W x D x H)
19.7" W x 19.2" D x 11.5" H
32.3 lbs.

1 Approximate 3 seconds-per-page fax transmission time is based on ITU-T chart #1 (MMR/standard mode) at 33.6Kbps modem speed when transmitting to another v.34 fax machine.
2 Based on Canon Color Fax Test Sheet.
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.
4System requirements will vary by application.
5Warranty programs are subject to certain condition and restrictions. See www.canontechsupport.com for details.

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