Canon Pixma MG5250 review

The Canon Pixma MG5250 excels at high quality digital photo printing

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  • Great quality photo prints
  • Separate colours
  • Good scanning options
  • Wireless
  • Price

As you might expect from a Canon printer, the Pixma MG5250 has clearly been designed with amateur photographers in mind. Thankfully, it does photos justice with excellent colour reproduction, especially when printing on photo paper.

Photocopying is also fast, quiet and accurate. A photocopy of hand-written notes was practically indistinguishable from the original; as with the Brother MFC-J6510DW, subtle details were picked up perfectly.

Even with more complicated documents, the Pixma MG5250's copying function produced very good results, proving equally adept with documents and photos.

Scanning is impressive, with resolutions up to 600dpi. While the more expensive all-in-ones can scan at much higher resolutions, the resultant file sizes are very large. If you don't need incredibly detailed scanned images, the Pixma MG5250 will suit your needs perfectly.

Although it's one of the cheaper all-in-one printers, it doesn't feel like Canon has skimped on many features. Along with print, scan and photocopying, the Pixma MG5150 has wireless connectivity and the ability to print directly to blank discs.

The device is controlled via easily identifiable buttons and a menu wheel similar to the one found on old iPods.

Unlike most budget all-in-ones, it has separate cartridges for each colour, which means better quality colour prints and cheaper running costs, because you only need to replace colours as they run out rather than replace them all at once.

The device also supports duplex printing, which uses both sides of a sheet of paper.

The Canon Pixma MG5250 exceeds expectations in many areas, and offers quality and features that you wouldn't expect for under £100.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)9.3
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)11
Product FamilyPIXMA MG
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 203.20 mm x 254 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Height160 mm
Width455 mm
Depth368 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Sticker, T-shirt Transfer, Envelope, CD/DVD, Photo Paper, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Matte Paper
Product SeriesMG
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelMG5250
Product NamePIXMA MG5250 Multifunction Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size6 cm (2.4")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberMG5250
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PIXMA MG5250 is an advanced solution to producing quality prints, copies and scans. Maximum print resolution of 9600dpi combined with microscopic dots of a minimum size of 1pl and 5 efficient individual ink tanks ensure lab quality photos.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA MG5250 Multifunction Printer
  • Setup CD-ROM
  • 5 x Individual Ink Tanks
  • Print Head
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.10 kg