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Canon PIXMA MG7520 Printer Review

Canon announced three new all-in-one wireless printers in August, led by the PIXMA MG7520. The MG7520, which carries an MSRP of $199, offers a variety of wireless printing options, such as through Wi-Fi or NFC connectivity, as well as the ability to print from a few different social media outlets and mobile devices, including Apple devices. The Canon MG7520 can connect through a wired Ethernet or USB connection too.

The PIXMA MG7520 includes dual print trays, allowing for easy printing requiring multiple types of paper. A direct-to-CD or -DVD printing option is offered, and this printer offers a six-tank printing system, featuring individual tanks.

Canon included a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen with the MG7520, making this model easy to use. It’s available in black, white, or burnt orange colors.


Features and Components

Canon included two paper trays with the PIXMA MG7520, and both fit inside the printer body at the same time, giving you constant access to two different sizes of paper.

What’s in the Box?

  • Pixma MG7520 wireless inkjet photo all-in-one
  • CD/DVD printing tray
  • Photo paper sample pack
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • Setup ink tanks
  • Power cord

MG7520 paper tray 2a

In tray number one you can make use of photo-size paper, such as 4×6 or 5×7 inches. Tray number two allows for larger sizes of paper, including letter size and envelopes.

MG7520 paper tray 1

Paper tray number two is extended in this photo, while paper tray number one is still collapsed inside the printer, with its rounded handle just visible in this photo at the bottom of the printer body (just under the Canon logo). It would slide out over tray number two.

MG7520 buttons

The front of the Canon MG7520 has a series of icons across the operational panel and surrounding the touch screen LCD that only light up when they’re needed or available during certain printer functions. You can press these lit icons to access the function. The icon buttons, from left to right, are:

  • Power. White power button icon that’s always visible, regardless of whether it’s lit. A small white dot appears above the icon and the icon lights up when the power is on.
  • Wi-Fi. Blue icon that resembles an antenna, just below the power button. Lights when Wi-Fi is enabled; flashes if there’s a problem with the Wi-Fi.
  • Home. White icon that resembles a house. Returns you to the printer’s home screen.
  • Back. White curved arrow icon. Returns you to the previous screen.
  • Black copy or scan. White diamond icon with a line in the middle. Quick access to starting a black-and-white copy or scan.
  • Color copy or scan. Green diamond icon with a line in the middle. Quick access to starting a full-color copy or scan.
  • Stop/cancel. Red triangle icon inside a circle. Cancels current print, copy, or scan job.
  • Error. Orange triangle icon (not pictured here) below the Stop icon. Indicates an error with the printer.

MG7520 memory card slots

Canon included two memory card slots on the far left side of the front panel of the printer. Open the front panel, which is hinged at the bottom and folds down, to gain access to the two memory card slots. You then can directly print from Memory Stick (MS) Duo or Secure Digital (SD) sized memory cards.

MG7520 scanner bed

The top panel of the Canon PIXMA MG7520 includes a glass flatbed area, making it easy to set up for a copy or a scan. It can accept up to letter-sized and A4-sized documents.

MG7520 USB slots

On the back panel of the printer are the connector ports. On the left of this photo is the two-pronged power port. The upper port on the right is the Ethernet port, while the lower port on the right is the USB port.

Using the Touch Screen

MG7520 Main printer screen GIFThe 3.5-inch touch screen LCD is in the middle of the operational panel. Just touch any icon to move into sub-menus and make command selections. This is an easy way to control the print, copy, and scan functions of the PIXMA MG7520.

The main menu screen consists of three screens, each with three icons. To move between the screens, drag your finger across the touch screen toward the left to move forward in the screens or drag your finger toward the right to move backward in the screens.

Touch a primary icon to move into the sub-menu options. The primary icons available are:

  • ECO Settings
  • Quiet Setting
  • Setup
  • Copy
  • Scan
  • Cloud
  • WLAN
  • Advanced Print
  • Photo Print

MG7520 main printer screen sub 1 GIFThe sub-menu options on the first menu screen are:

  • ECO Settings – Two-sided printing setting (Copy (On, Off), PDF file print (On, Off), Template print (On, Off)), Energy saving settings (Auto power off (Never, 240 min, 120 min, 60 min, 30 min, 15 min), Auto power on (On, Off))
  • Quiet Setting – Do not use quiet mode, Use quiet mode
  • Setup – Maintenance (Print nozzle check pattern, Cleaning, Deep cleaning, Auto head alignment, Manual head alignment, Print the head alignment value, Roller cleaning, Bottom plate cleaning), Device Settings (Print settings, LAN settings, Device user settings, PictBridge print settings, Language selection, Home screen background color, Firmware update, Cassette settings, Reset setting), Web Service Setup (Web service connection setup (Google Cloud print setup, Print from e-mail setup, IJ cloud printing center setup, Check Web service setup), DNS server setup (Auto setup, Manual setup), Proxy server setup (Use, Do not use)), Web Service Inquiry, Estimated Ink Levels


MG7520 main printer screen sub 2a GIFThe sub-menu options on the second menu screen are:

  • Copy – Quantity (between 1 and 99), Magnify (specific number between 25% and 400%, maximum 400%, 183% 4×6 to letter, 156% 5×7 to letter, Same size, 94% A4 to letter, 25% minimum), Intensity (Auto, Manual between -4 and +4), Page Size (Letter, A4, B5, A5, 4×6, 5×7), Type (Plain paper, Plus glossy II, Pro platinum, Plus semi-gloss, Glossy, Matte), Print Quality (High, Standard, Draft), Layout (None, 2-on-1 copy, 4-on-1 copy, Advanced), 2-Sided Print Setting (1-sided, 2-sided, Advanced)
  • Scan – Save to PC, Save to e-mail
  • Cloud – Register for various applications (Canon Image Gateway, Picasa Web Albums, Creative Park Premium paper craft, Creative Park Premium pop-up card, Flickr, Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Attach to Webmail, Photos in Tweets, Notices)


MG7520 main printer screen sub 3 GIFThe sub-menu options on the third menu screen includes the Advanced Print icon, where the sub-menu options include:

  • Copy Label to Disc Label – Set disc print area (Outer circle, Inner circle)
  • Print Photos to Disc Label
  • Borderless Copy – Quantity (between 1 and 99), Magnify (specific number between 25% and 400%, maximum 400%, 214% 4×6 to letter, 171% 5×7 to letter, 103% A4 to letter, Same size, 25% minimum, Fit to page), Intensity (Auto, Manual between -4 and +4), Page Size (Letter, A4, B5, A5, 4×6, 5×7), Type (Plain paper, Plus glossy II, Pro platinum, Plus semi-gloss, Glossy, Matte), Print Quality (High, Standard, Draft)
  • Frame Erase Copy – Quantity (between 1 and 99), Magnify (specific number between 25% and 400%, maximum 400%, 214% 4×6 to letter, 171% 5×7 to letter, 103% A4 to letter, Same size, 25% minimum, Fit to page), Intensity (Auto, Manual between -4 and +4), Page Size (Letter, A4, B5, A5, 4×6, 5×7), Type (Plain paper, Plus glossy II, Pro platinum, Plus semi-gloss, Glossy, Matte), Print Quality (High, Standard, Draft)
  • Photo Copy
  • Trimming Print 
  • Slide Show
  • PDF File Print 
  • Template Print – Notebook paper 1 (8 mm), Notebook paper 2 (7 mm), Notebook paper 3 (6 mm), Graph paper 1 (5 mm grid), Graph paper 2 (3 mm grid), Checklist, Staff paper 1 (10 staves), Staff paper 2 (12 staves), Handwriting paper (3 lines), Weekly schedule (vertical), Monthly schedule (calendar)


MG7520 main printer screen sub 4 GIFYou also can access two other sub-menus from the third menu screen, WLAN and Photo Print.

  • WLAN – Wireless LAN Setup
  • Photo Print (settings options are only available when memory card is inserted) – Paper Size (Letter, A4, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10), Type (Plain paper, Plus glossy II, Pro platinum, Plus semi-gloss, Glossy, Matte), Print Quality (High, Standard), Border (Bordered, Borderless), Photo Fix (Auto photo fix, No correction), Red-eye Correction (On, Off), Print Date (On, Off)


Ink System

The Canon PIXMA MG7520 offers six individual ink tanks: Black, gray, yellow, pigment black, cyan, and magenta.

MG7520 ink install 1

When you’re ready to insert the ink tanks, swing open the hinged front panel and then lift the hinged operational panel.

MG7520 ink install 2

As you insert each ink tank in the matching slot, you’ll see a red light appear on the front of the tank, if you properly insert the tank. When the tank is low on ink, the red light will flash.

MG7520 ink install 3

Because the red light is not on with the large Pigment Blank ink tank in this photo, you know the tank has not been inserted correctly.

MG7520 ink install 4

With all six ink tanks lit, the MG7520’s ink system is ready for use.

screen shot print time

When printing photos, you’ll have the option of seeing an estimated ink level graph in a popup window.

Wi-Fi Setup

MG7520 main printer screen Wifi GIFYou can add the MG7520 to your personal Wi-Fi network either through the printer’s touch screen or by running the included CD on your computer. I found it was very easy to use the printer’s touch screen for this process.

Once you select the type of connection you want to make between the printer and the network — for this test I chose Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) — you’ll be asked whether you want to use the computer or the printer’s touch screen to set up the connection.

When working from the MG7520’s touch screen, touch the Start Setup button and the printer will find any available Wi-Fi networks. Select the network you want to connect to and enter the password on the digital keyboard that will appear on the screen. If you enter the password correctly, you’ll see a screen confirming that you’ve made the desired connection.


The CD that Canon included with the MG7520 offers a variety of items you can install, including a detailed user manual and Canon’s My Image Garden software.

Screen shot 1 - Image Garden

Through the My Image Garden software you can access any photo that’s stored on your computer or on a linked online storage site, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive. Click on the folders on the left side of the screen, and all of the available images will appear as thumbnails on the right side. When you highlight a thumbnail, you’ll see information about the photo in the lower left corner.

The editing options are listed across the bottom of the window, along with a Print button. You can change the way the thumbnails are displayed using buttons and slider bars along the bottom of the window too. You’ll have to highlight a thumbnail to activate the buttons for the editing options, which include: New Art, Correct/Enhance, Special Filters, Video Frame Capture, and Create/Edit PDF File.

Under the New Art button you can create some interesting artwork and gifts using your photos. The options under New Art include: Photo Layout, Collage, Card, Calendar, Stickers, Disc Label, Video Layout, and Paper Craft.

Let’s take a closer look at two of the editing options, which are very basic. I was a bit disappointed in the overall feature set of My Image Garden, as most of the editing options included here are nothing more than what you’d find as editing options inside a digital camera’s Playback mode. A more extensive feature set would make My Image Garden much more useful.

Screen shot 2 - Image Garden

The editing options under Correct/Enhance are:

  • Auto Photo Fix
  • Red-Eye Correction
  • Face Sharpener – Weak, Medium, Strong
  • Digital Face Smoothing – Weak, Medium, Strong
  • Manual – Adjust (Brightness (-5 to +5), Contrast (-5 to +5), Sharpness (0 to 10), Blur (0 to 10), Show-Through Removal (0 to 10)), Correct/Enhance (Red-Eye Correction (Weak, Medium, Strong), Face Brightener (Weak, Medium, Strong), Face Sharpener (Weak, Medium, Strong), Digital Face Smoothing (Weak, Medium, Strong), Blemish Remover)

Screen Shot 3 - image garden

The editing options under Special Filters are:

  • Fish-Eye Effect – Weak, Medium, Strong
  • Miniature Effect – Small, Medium, Large
  • Toy Camera Effect – 0, 1, 2, 3
  • Soft Focus – 0, 1, 2, 3
  • Blur Background – Weak, Medium, Strong

screen shot software

You also can install the Quick Menu from the CD, which gives you quick access to a variety of printer-related information and services, including printer software, user manuals, printer settings, and helpful Web sites. The options in the Quick Menu are:

  • Print – Creative Park Premium, Photo Layout Print, Video Layout Print, Disc Label Print, Card Print, Collage Print, Calendar Print
  • Scan – Auto Scan, Photo Scan, Document Scan, Custom Scan, Scan Settings, Start ScanGear
  • Web Services – Inkjet Cloud Printing Center, Easy-Photo Print+, Creative Park, User Registration, Member Login, Access to Consumables Shop, Introduction to Useful Functions, Product Information, Notices
  • Manual & Device Information – Ink Model Number, Detailed Manual Online, Basic Manual, Start My Printer, Diagnose and Repair Printer, ECO Information
  • Device Settings & Maintenance – Network Settings, Quiet Settings, Auto Power Settings, Printer Information

If you use the printer software functions a lot, this Quick Menu feature is a nice option.


Photographers who want versatility in their photo printers — whether that’s versatility in the types of files it can print, versatility in the user’s ability to control the prints directly from the printer, or versatility in the types of devices with which the printer can connect — will want to take a long look at the Canon PIXMA MG7520.

Canon’s all-in-one PIXMA MG7520 wireless color photo printer is a sharp looking model that’s easy to set up and use. Its print quality is very good across the board, thanks in large part to the six-ink system, and this model compares favorably to other consumer-level photo printers in terms of image quality. I wouldn’t bother printing your best photos on any setting other than highest quality, as the print quality difference is very noticeable versus the standard quality setting.

For printing photographs you’ll find that this model is a bit slower than other all-in-ones on the market, which is a trade-off for the above average print quality. My tests showed average print speeds of:

  • From memory card, 4×6-inch photos: High quality, 46 seconds; standard quality, 18 seconds
  • From PC via Wi-Fi, 4×6-inch photos: High quality, 42 seconds; standard quality, 22 seconds
  • From memory card, 8×10-inch photos: High quality, 64 seconds; standard quality, 20 seconds
  • From PC via Wi-Fi, 8×10-inch photos: High quality, 54 seconds; standard quality, 24 seconds

General text document printing is also slower-than-average with this model, although the output is sharp and clear.

For photographers, the MG7520 has a good collection of features that you can use to print directly from a memory card inserted into the printer, including several options for resizing the photos.

The 3.5-inch touch screen LCD on the printer is a good size for previewing photos that you want to print directly from an inserted memory card, although I felt like the touch screen wasn’t quite as responsive as I expected. If you touch the screen with a sharp angle between your finger to the screen, it likely won’t respond. Your finger almost has to be perpendicular to the screen for proper touch response.

Or you can print from your cell phone and other mobile devices through the printer’s easy-to-use Wi-Fi connection. Canon gave the MG7520 an Ethernet port and a USB port, as well as Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities, so you should be able to make a connection with this model in whatever way you want to use.

MG7520 main 2


  • Very good print quality at “best” settings
  • Six-ink printing system is especially good for photos
  • Numerous connectivity options, including Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi feature is easy to set up and use
  • Dual memory card slots simplify photo printing
  • 3.5-inch touch screen LCD is a good size for displaying photos
  • Sharp-looking mirror finish
  • Dual paper trays for different paper sizes


  • Print speeds are a bit slower than other consumer-level printer options
  • Cost per printed page is above average with six-ink system
  • Photo print quality at “standard” setting could be better
  • Starting price near $200 is a little high
  • Scan and copy options won’t provide high-end capabilities
  • Included image-editing and image-management software is nothing special
  • Touch screen could be a little more responsive

The NFC option is particularly interesting, as an NFC-enabled tablet or smartphone that includes support for PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) can print photos just by being near the printer. Manufacturers of consumer electronics undoubtedly will continue to include NFC capabilities in more and more devices in the coming months and years, so offering NFC capabilities in the MG7520 is a good way for Canon to extend the useful life of this model.

While it’s nice to have dual memory card slots available with this all-in-one printer, I’m not sure how many people will make use of the MS Duo memory card slot. The SD sized memory card slot will be much more useful.

The PIXMA MG7520 will occupy more than a square foot on your desk (17.2 by 14.6 by 5.9 inches), but it’s not quite as large as some other all-in-one devices on the market. Its weight of 17.4 pounds is also a bit less than some other options.

The size of the MG7520 is partially defined by the glass flatbed scanner on the top panel of the printer. This unit’s copy and scan functions and features are about average versus similarly priced all-in-ones. Canon chose not to give this model an automatic document feeder (ADF), which would appeal to those who plan to use the scanner or copier extensively, but for photographers, an ADF probably won’t be missed. Photographers will be more pleased with the inclusion of dual paper trays, allowing you to switch quickly between small photo-sized paper and letter-sized paper.

I liked the mirror finish on the MG7520, and its curved edges give it a sleek look. I reviewed the black unit, but Canon is offering this all-in-one printer in white or burnt orange too. The use of lit icons doubling as buttons on the operational panel is a nice design feature too.

The software Canon included with this printer is nothing special, so if you have an image-editing program you already use and like, there’s no pressing need to install Canon’s My Image Garden.

Click to see Manufacturer Highlights

Manufacturer’s Highlights

  • Uses ChromaLife100+ technology
  • Six individual tank systems
  • 15 images per minute in black
  • 10 images per minute in color
  • Print a 4-by-6-inch photo in 21 seconds
  • Maximum color print resolution of 9600×2400 dpi
  • Maximum optical scan resolution of 4800×2400 dpi
  • 3.5-inch touch screen LCD
  • Automatic two-sided printing
  • Automatic power on whenever a photo is sent to be printed
  • My Image Garden software
  • Wireless printing options
    • Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Mobile printing with Pixma Printing Solutions
    • AirPrint technology for use with iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
    • NFC compatible
    • Google Cloud printing
    • Windows RT printing and scanning
    • Wireless PictBridge support
    • Pixma Cloud Link for printing from Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and Google Drive
  • Ethernet connection option
  • USB 2.0 connection option
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Dual print trays
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Print Speed (up to) 4″ x 6″ Borderless Photo: Approx. 21 seconds5,6
Black:ESAT: Approx. 15.0 ipm 5,6
Color:ESAT: Approx 10.0 ipm9,10
Number of Nozzles Color: 5,632 / Pigment Black: 1,024 / Total: 6,656
Picoliter Size (color) 1, 2 and 5
Print Resolution (Up to) Color:Up to 9600 x 2400 dpi1
Black:Up to 600 x 600 dpi1
Ink Compatibility PGI-250 Pigment Black XL
CLI-251 Cyan XL
CLI-251 Magenta XL
CLI-251 Yellow XL
CLI-251 Grey XL
CLI-251 Black XL
PGI-250 Pigment Black
CLI-251 Cyan
CLI-251 Magenta
CLI-251 Yellow
CLI-251 Grey
CLI-251 Black
Paper Sizes 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, Letter, U.S. #10 Envelope
Paper Compatibility Plain: Plain Paper, Canon High Resolution Paper;
Super High Gloss: Photo Paper Pro Platinum;
Glossy: Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Glossy;
Semi-Gloss: Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, Photo Paper Pro Luster;
Matte: Matte Photo Paper;
Envelope: U.S. #10 Envelope;
CD/DVD: Printable CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc®
Printer Features AirPrint,10 Auto 2-Sided Printing, Auto Photo Fix II, Borderless Printing,16 CD/DVD Printing, Document Printing, Easy PhotoPrint+,17 Full HD Movie Print,18 Special Filters, Grayscale Printing, Google Cloud Print,12 My Image Garden,8 Mobile Device Printing,11 Photo Direct Printing (Memory Card),14 Photo Printing, Cloud Link Printing,13PIXMA Printing Solutions,2 PIXMA Touch & Print (NFC),3Print from Email,19 Red-Eye Correction, Image Cropping, Quiet Mode, Web Template Print, Wireless PictBridge,15Wireless Printing9
Output Tray Capacity Lower Cassette: 125 Sheets Plain Paper
Upper Cassette: 20 Sheets Photo Paper 4″ x 6″ OR 10 Sheets Photo Paper 5″ x 7″
Copy Speed (up to) FCOT(Color): Approx. 19 seconds5
Reduction / Enlargement 25% – 400%
Copy Features 4-on-1 / 2-on-1 Copy, Auto Exposure Copy, Auto Photo Fix II, Borderless Copy, Disc Label Copy, Fade Restoration, Fit-to-Page, Frame Erase Copy, Photo Reprint, Preset Copy Ratios, Two-sided Copy
Scanning Element Contact Image Sensor (CIS)
Max. Resolutions Optical:2400 x 4800 dpi7
Interpolated:19,200 x 19,200 dpi7
Scanner Features Auto Scan Mode,20Push Scan, Network Scan, Wireless Scanning
Color Depth 48-bit internal/24-bit external
Max. Document Size 8.5″ x 11.7″
Photo Connect
Media Card Support SD Card14
SDHC Card14
miniSD Card14
miniSDHC Card14
microSD Card14
microSDHC Card14
Memory Stick Duo14
Memory Stick PRO Duo14
Memory Stick Micro14
Other Features Intelligent Touch System with 3.5″ Touch LCD, 6-Color Ink System with Gray Ink, CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM,21Rated EPEAT Silver, Auto Power Off, Auto Power On, Quiet Mode, Self-Opening Output Tray, PIXMA Printing Solutions,2 Quick Start
OS Compatibility Windows:22
Windows®8, Windows 8.1
Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1
Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2
Windows XP SP3 32-bitMac:23 Mac OS® X v10.6.8 – 10.9Mobile Operating Systems: iOS®, Android, Windows RT
Standard Interface Hi-Speed USB
PictBridge (Wireless LAN)15
Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)9
Card Slots
NFC (PIXMA Touch & Print)3
Dimension (W x D x H) 17.2″ (W) x 14.6″ (D) x 5.9″ (H)
Weight 17.4 lbs.
Warranty 1-Year limited warranty with InstantExchange Program. 1-Year toll-free technical phone support.24
  1. Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.
  2. Requires an Internet connection and the PIXMA Printing Solutions (“PPS”) app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, and iPod touch 3rd generation or later devices running iOS 5.1 or later, and Android mobile devices running Android 2.3 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability as your printer. For users of compatible Apple mobile devices, document printing requires Apple AirPrint, which requires an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base station, or Time Capsule is not supported.
  3. Requires an Android mobile device with NFC hardware running Android 2.3 or later, and the PIXMA Printing Solutions (“PPS”) app, available for free at Google Play.  PPS app must be open to use PIXMA Touch & Print.
  4. Based on accelerated testing by Canon in dark storage under controlled temperature, humidity and gas conditions, simulating storage in an album with plastic sleeves. Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See for additional details.
  5. ISO/IEC 24734, 24735 define the default print and copy speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. Copy speed is the average of FCOT, ISO/IEC 24735 Annex D. ADF copy speed is the average of ESAT in General Performance Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24735, excluding time to copy the first set. See for additional details.
  6. Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed is measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used, and page coverage. See for additional information.
  7. Optical resolution is a measure of maximum hardware sampling resolution, based on ISO 14473 standard.
  8. To install using Windows® OS, .NET Framework 4 is required. Compatible still image formats are PDF (created using Canon PDF Creator only), JPEG (Exif), TIFF, and PNG. Compatible video formats are MOV (from select Canon digital cameras only) and MP4 (from select Canon digital camcorders only).
  9. Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
  10. AirPrint functionality requires an iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, or iPod touch 3rd generation or later device running iOS 4.2 or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base station, or Time Capsule is not supported.
  11. Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App Store, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app available for free on Google Play, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Windows RT, available for free in the Windows Store. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5,5S, 5C iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod touch, Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later, and Windows RT devices.
  12. Requires an Internet connection and Google account. Subject to Google Terms of Service. Certain exceptions may apply.
  13. Requires an Internet connection.
  14. Compatible memory cards include SDTM Card, SDHCTM Card, Memory Stick DUOTM and Memory Stick PRO DuoTM. The following can be used with the addition of a special adapter sold separately: miniSDTM Card, miniSDHCTM Card, microSDTM Card, microSDHCTM Card and Memory Stick Micro.
  15. DPS over IP compatible device required.
  16. Envelopes and High Resolution Paper are NOT supported for borderless printing.
  17. Works edited by using this application cannot be displayed, edited, or printed without this application.  Compatible with Android device of 7 inches or more using Chrome (latest version compatible with your current version of Android OS), iOS Devices of 7 inches or more using Safari 5.1 or later, Windows PC (excluding RT) using Internet Explorer 10 or later of Microsoft Modern UI version, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later, Mozilla Firefox 31 or later, or Google Chrome version 36 or later, and with Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later using Safari 5.1 or later.
  18. “Full HD Movie Print” is available from “MOV” and “MP4” movie files created by select Canon EOS Digital SLRs, PowerShot, and VIXIA digital cameras and camcorders. Requires PC or Mac with Intel® processor and Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later for “MOV” files, or Canon ImageBrowser EX 1.0 or later for “MOV” or “MP4” files. Print quality is determined by the video resolution.  Function does not upscale video resolution.
  19. Print From Email service (the “Service”) prints pdf and jpeg attachments only; emails are not printed.  Printer and all email addresses from which an email may be forwarded via the Service must be registered with the Service.   Service may not be available when traveling outside of the United States. For full details, including file size requirements, restrictions on attachments that can be printed, and adding members, see
  20. For network users, Auto Scan Mode is only available when scanning at a computer using MP Navigator EX software and selecting the 1-click feature then “Save to PC.”
  21. CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM is a premium content service available exclusively to users only when all of the colors of genuine Canon inks and all of the software that came with the printer are properly installed.
  22. Operation can only be guaranteed on a PC with pre-installed Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP.
  23. Internet Connection required during software installation.
  24. Warranty programs are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. See for details.
Canon PIXMA MG7520 Printer Review
October 1, 2014
I liked quite a few aspects of the Canon Pixma MG7520 all-in-one photo printer, including its better-than-average image quality when printing photos at the highest quality setting. This printer has numerous options for connections, including an easy-to-use Wi-Fi connection and two memory card slots. But it does run a bit slower than other all-in-one options out there, and the six-ink tank system means it will cost you a bit more to make prints with the MG7520 than would a four-ink printer. For those people who are seeking an all-in-one model that excels in print speeds with extensive copy and scan capabilities, while also doing an adequate job with photo printing, better options are in the market. But if you want a consumer-level printer that excels with high-quality photo prints while offering adequate multi-function features, the Pixma MG7520 is a strong option.
8 Overall Score
Excellent printer for consumers!

I liked quite a few aspects of the Canon Pixma MG7520 all-in-one photo printer, including its better-than-average image quality when printing photos at the highest quality setting. This printer has numerous options for connections, including an easy-to-use Wi-Fi connection and two memory card slots. But it does run a bit slower than other all-in-one options out there, and the six-ink tank system means it will cost you a bit more to make prints with the MG7520 than would a four-ink printer. For those people who are seeking an all-in-one model that excels in print speeds with extensive copy and scan capabilities, while also doing an adequate job with photo printing, better options are in the market. But if you want a consumer-level printer that excels with high-quality photo prints while offering adequate multi-function features, the Pixma MG7520 is a strong option.

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    • Roland Org says: February 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Hello Kyle:
      I took my son’s advice and went online to find out what photographers think about the Canon think about the Canon Pixma 7520 printer. I almost immediately decided the photos I selected to copy were not sharp enough, either contrast or brightness, and of course, not comparable to the Canon Pixma PRO I. However, after my reliable Lexmark 543dn color laser printer imaging kit became too difficult to repair, I found the Canon Pixma 7520 in the local Staples store. I finally decided I would have to either learn how to adjust its colors, contrast and brightness, or keep shopping for another high quality printer. On the other hand, some people have better experience than me, have struggled through the flowchart maze that Canon seems to prefer, and now I am seeking your advice.
      Would you please tell me how to adjust Contrast and Brightness for this printer? I haven’t dared to use glossy paper yet;

      Thank You.

    • Susan says: August 1, 2015 at 8:56 am

      I just bought the Canon Pixma MG 7520 for photo printing. Everything seemed to get up and running OK as long as I print from my laptop to the printer via the wireless connection. What I cannot do is print from the SD card using the slot on the printer. I am lost. Is someone able to offer some suggestions?

      As an FYI, printer seems incredibly slow to print – even black and white. I do not care as long as quality is good but some people may not be as patient and would do better with a different model.

      Thank you.

    • B says: March 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Prints quality is good, when it works. For some reason it will OFTEN, print have an image then spit out the paper. The it won’t print anything again. It is not worth the frustration of owning a printer any more.

      Also an ink hog, you will spend a lot on ink.

    • Robert Strang says: March 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

      I now have the Canon MG7520 printer and it is the best photo printer I’ve ever had or used and in over 50 years of printing photos, that is saying the printer is just wonderful. I haven’t used all the features yet, but I will over time and expect superior results. One concern – the printer say there is an update for the software and says to “go to the net and download it etc.” Where the #$%^ in the net is one supposed to go? Trying to get help from Canon is a complete total waste of time.
      As the printer still works wonderfully, I an not going to worry too much.
      Nice review and most accurate, in my opinion.

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  • John Miller says: October 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    The major problem with this printer is that you will need to replace ink cartridges at an alarming rate. Stock up, you will burn through them very fast. The earlier versions of Pixma printers were hard to beat and didn’t need ink as often.

  • William Lacey Group says: October 9, 2014 at 6:14 am

    That is 1 smart printer! I have been furiously searching for a printer that will suit us for our business. This looks great, maybe I am being blind but how much does it cost per print? and how much does this printer cost? Thanks for sharing the reviews!

    • Vicki says: April 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      I have one of these after a ton of research. For 145 bucks it is a great deal. As for ink , you can get the XL sized ones for this machine as well! As per PC mag, it is one of the cheapest out there on ink. That is saying a lot about the color ink section! Since you can also refill at your local GOOD ink store, it is even cheaper to use! I go to someone who is also a computer expert. The inks are hybrid, which means they tend to also last longer.
      There are a few glitches with the machine, but for that kind of money, and a 4 year full replacement at low cost (10 per year) at Best Buy, hard to go wrong! If you run it at least once per week you should never have dry ink issues that occasional users run into no matter what printer they use. Remember too, what you are going to do with the machine also matters! For copy, and nice picture reproduction, you have a great printer. After all, for scan, and memory keep sake items, you often take in for a much higher quality for such records anyway! For my money and time, this fits the bill. As for fax, unless you own a business, who cares?? Also for my CD library copies etc, I love the idea to print labels etc. However, I really do miss the scribe that was once on HP…that did not wear off and was a great feature! Sadly, I can’t find that driver any more. Have the old one that is in perfect shape, so may find a way to set it up externally. Any ideas:)
      Well, I will give my printer a good work out and see how well it holds up. Being an artist, I can sure give it the gears. But I am not one to abuse a machine either, so it should last fine. At least until my warranty runs out! I was thinking of the Epson printer, but, it cost more and I did not need all the fax stuff on it. Plus it is not as clear on the text printing, nor nearly as high resolution as this one is. Resolution used right is what matters in the end. You can also lower your resolution to save on ink as well.

      • Zebrabus says: May 29, 2015 at 5:33 am

        Hi & THANKS for your review! It was the deciding factor for me to get this printer to replace my wonderful old Canon MP600 : )

      • Linda says: September 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        I had my PGBK ink filled at Costco for my Canon MG7520 printer, but it is not printing that ink cartage. I was wondering how you get it to work.
        Costco said that ink cartage has a secure block they can’t break through, they can fill it but that maybe my printer won’t except it when refilled.
        If you have any idea’s to try please let me know.

  • Erik says: November 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I came across your review while researching a replacement for my Epson XP-800. I decided to base my new printer decision primarily on which cartridge models Costco refills (they did not do refills for my Epson). I know some are wary of not using OEM ink, but for my everyday purposes refills work just fine. Any critical photo printing I can send out.

    So thanks for your review – it helped me in my decision!

  • eddi_cogopa says: December 11, 2014 at 5:42 am

    всем приветики

  • Ben Young says: December 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I can’t tell by the review if the Canon MG7520 prints directly to DVD and CD printable discs or if it only prints paper labels.

    • Vicki says: April 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      direct onto printable CDs….

    • WetCoast Dave says: August 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      The Canon MG7520 prints either to a letter sized CD sticker page or directly to the CD. Remove the top paper cassette and turn it over. On the bottom is the carrier for the CDs. Remove this carrier, insert your CD with the printable side up. Open the small door on the front of the printer. It is behind the main door that opens when a print is being made and is just below the lid that opens to install new ink. There is a white triangle mark on the carrier that shows how far to insert the carrier into the printer. (another white triangle on the now open little door. Choose print to CD and follow instructions.

  • Jack S. says: December 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This printer was on my list of five printers which included Epson and HP, that were in the same price range and that I decided to make my selection from.
    This review of the Canon MG-7520 made my choice for me and after reading it I immediately purchased it from Amazon.
    Thank you so much for making the evaluation for me!

    • Robert Strang says: March 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Jack S.
      For what it is worth, over the years (many) I have had 5 HP printers. All of them worked well to really well – for a relatively short time. None lasted over 3 years and the last one lasted 24 hours. That did it for me – I bought this Canon printer MG-7520 and have used it weekly for 1 1/2 years now and it is still working perfectly. It is (so far) the best printer I have purchased over 50 years of printing photos. Good luck with your choice.

  • Roy L. says: January 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I thought this printer would suit my needs as both a high quality picture printer and light-duty scanner, until I discovered it does not scan to memory cards inserted in the printer’s memory card slots.

    I’m puzzled that the developers packed so many useful features into this device but failed to include such a simple function. Maybe they figured that not enough consumers would bother to use this as a scanning device.

    • Vicki says: April 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      most scan files to the web or onto computer, not to a card. However you can save to your mini memory sticks, which is what most use now too due to the higher memory capacity.

      • Kevin says: May 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

        How do you do that Vicki? The documentation is pretty poor and I agree with Roy, this is a basic function that has been in devices like this for many years

  • Marilyn says: January 25, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for having more details than Canon makes easily available, BUT, no one gives info regarding paper weights. I want to print mailable post cards. Maybe 110 or 120 lb. paper.

    • Jorge says: March 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Marylin, I do print in stock card, they come out ok, but ink ran out after 22 pages. On top of that, please consider that scanning documents is a nightmare. Avoid this printer.

      • joanne says: January 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

        I completely agree, scanning documents is a nightmare. I am getting rid of this printer. This thing sucks ink like no other printer I’ve ever seen before.

      • Robert Strang says: March 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

        Don’t know what makes it difficult to you, but I scan at least weekly to send photos and other papers to my daughter (out of town) and the scanning works easily and well. I’ve found I have to watch the instructions closely, and when I do, the scan works just fine. Maybe this helps but if not, sorry to hear you are having difficulty with scanning.

  • Jim says: March 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I purchased this printer for the wireless and AirPrint compatability. However the printer is not detected when trying to print. You must physically go to the printer and re-enter the network settings each time, even though it shows that it is connected to the access point. I would not recommend this printer.

    • Robert Strang says: March 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

      For what it is worth, I have always had mega difficulty with ALL printers while trying to print wirelessly. I have solved the problem with all those printers by connecting the printer with the computer with the included connecting wire. Always then works. Good luck – wireless printing sucks, in my view.

  • Jorge says: March 31, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Besides the fact that there are so many cartridges to be replaced and that are hard to find at “every corner store”, the ink packages do not include all necessary cartridges to replace in the printer, the regular pack comes with 6, and gray is sold separately, as well as black. They do include a bunch of photo paper, which is nice is I was into printing pictures all the time, which is not the case because I normally use it for printing documents. Another annoying feature is the USB protocol for scanning. Seriously??? I mean, you have this device that can print wireless -Yay!- but cannot scan and send into a PC/laptop using the same magic??? It’s ridiculous! And on top of that, there are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many steps to set up ANYTHING! Tons of ‘legal’ notices to agree, registration thru Canon, Gmail, Dropbox, etc! What happen with the moto “computers are tools for making man’s life easy”??? I have over 40 minutes trying to set this thing up and I am done with it! I’m going to Fedex Office! So, if you can avoid a headache with this wonder printer and just need something that does the work, save some bucks, talk to a sales rep in your electronics store (Best Buy so do speak) and ask him to tell you the truth. Those people just want to make the sale and don’t really care whether you need it or not. So No, be happy, avoid this printer. And with this comment, I consider myself to have executed my good deed of the day.

  • Vicki says: April 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    A simply way to get around all those steps is to get rid of much of the things you will not use in the set up on your computer. Canon has a ton of addons. Get rid of those, and many of the steps will go away. That is what my friend does, and presto, way fewer steps etc.! Try it out…see if it also works for you!

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  • Suzanna says: July 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Throwing Myself on your Collective Mercy!

    I’ve been looking in all the usual places (Canon USA for instance, at the manual etc). I want to scan to a usb stick but I cannot find out the actual physical location on the printer where I put the damn thing. I see where the memory cards go, but there isn’t a slot there for my flash stick. Beginning to think the printer doesn’t even have this option.
    Please help!

    • NewsView says: August 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      I own this printer and as far as I know, there’s no USB port for a flash drive.

    • WetCoast Dave says: August 22, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Stuff your USB stick in your computer and scan to it. Problem solved. Now how can I get it to play my movies? It has a colour screen but no movies? shame. (TIC). that means tongue in cheek for those that don’t know. This is a great printer but it lacks the ability to save to my 5 1/4″ floppys too!

  • NewsView says: August 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    The scan quality of this printer is very poor compared to my old but excellent Canon photo scanner. I scanned a black & white photo and the results were visibly more degraded than the original photo, which is over 65 years old! I think if Canon is going to go to the trouble to make this all-in-one a competent photo printer, the same should be said for the scanning fidelity. It’s okay but not good. Here’s a second thing that has been even more over-looked in the reviews for this printer: Few have covered the DVD/CD functionality on the Canon Pixma MG7520..

    I bought this printer so I could print to DVDs. Unfortunately, it’s super, super slow. Once you are ready to print, at least as I’ve experienced it under Mac OS X, a dialog pops up stating that the printer is being “found”. The locating process takes 3 minutes! After the printer is found, the job is sent to the printer and that takes another 2 minutes using the included DVD/CD print software.

    For those who need to print labels to DVDs/CDs, my suggestion is an app called Disc Cover 3. Although the Canon MG7520 isn’t listed as a supported model, I find that the software for printing CDs/DVDs and related media is compatible (Tray “J” is the option for direct-print to DVDs/CDs using this printer). With the use of this third-party software, DVD/CD print jobs spool in the same amount of time a normal print job would using the Canon driver.

    Beyond being incredibly slow, the software Canon includes for printing DVDs/CDs is very non-intuitive. When designing a DVD/CD label from within Canon’s included utility, the typeface choice is limited (less than the number of system fonts installed), the option to bold type is not available in all cases and a lot of the options are menu driven. What’s more, when typing text into a text box the size of the box does not scale in real time to accommodate the amount of text. Therefore, it is necessary to leave the text window, go back to the design view and drag the box open, proceed and realign the text box (because it doesn’t align itself beyond the initial size of the text box provided, either). It’s a very halting, tedious process to design even a very basic DVD/CD label this way! Because I bought the Canon Pixma MG7520 to complete a project I was in the midst of when my very old Epson R300’s print head gave out on me and because Canon’s DVD-label creation software is so clunky, limited and S-L-O-W, I very nearly took this otherwise decent printer back to the store. (I already own the old but much beloved Canon i9900 large format photo printer so obtaining nice photo prints was icing on the cake in my case. I was after just the DVD/CD print functionality!)

    In conclusion, most of the reviews on the MG7520 DVD/CD print functionality are very limited and/or didn’t test this aspect of the printer and software at all. Fortunately, there is a solution albeit at an extra cost: Disc Cover 3.

  • Steve says: August 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

    How can I scan and save to the SD Card on the Canon MG7520?

  • susan says: September 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I’m having trouble capturing accurate color even with the highest photo setting. Doesn’t seem to capture subtle color tones -makes muddy. Have to use printer manages color rather than photoshop elements and still isn’t really great. Any suggestions?

  • Ray Phoenix says: September 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for an informative, thoughtful review.

  • Shawnee says: September 13, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Can you print from a cd inserted into printer?

  • Joe Hova says: September 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Can’t print accurate photos from my iPad…They come chopped off at the sides…HELP….The adjustment on the 7520 states 4X6, and the paper used is 4X6, but both sides of the photo are chopped off…Can’t figure out how to adjust it.

  • Dave Ewing says: October 14, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Have found this printer to be hair pullingly slow if one can even get it to respond!! Sometimes it says on the screen new software download on server (or close to that) but what server is the question and the Cannon site is impossible to follow this up as well. I think I will have to trash this nearly new printer and try another brand!!

  • Kelly says: December 10, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I hate this printer with a passion. This isn’t my first rodeo so why is it so difficult to decide what paper size it is using. Constantly getting error codes. Paid WAY TOO MUCH for this thing for this to be happening

  • Greg says: July 24, 2016 at 6:48 am

    When the power goes out and then comes back on, a red indicator light (triangle with a lightening bolt inside of it) comes on and I cannot get the printer to work. I can power the printer on, but the red indicator light stays lit and the touch screen does not work and none of my devices can locate the printer. I have powered the printer down (unplugged it) for several hours and powered it back on, but the red indicator light still comes on. This indicator light is not referenced anywhere in the 800+ page manual. I am assuming its purpose is to alert you to the fact that the power went out, but how do you get the printer to operate again? Is there a reset button somewhere?

    • Karel Claessens says: August 15, 2016 at 7:59 am

      I have exactly the same issue (red triangle and no action possible).
      Did you get an answer on this?

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