Canon PIXMA MP495 review

What price Wi-Fi printing? Canon's new MP495 cuts a few corners to reduce the cost

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As a bare-bones Wi-Fi all-in-one printer the MP495 is just about adequate, although what you save in the reduced purchase price you may well end up losing in higher running costs, thanks to the absence of individually replaceable colour cartridges. It's some of the other omissions, however, that are more telling.

We liked

The MP495 is very compact for an all-in-one printer and the inexpensive purchase price is refreshing if you only need a very basic set of features. Wi-Fi compatibility is a nice addition on a printer at this price and print speeds aren't too sluggish.

We disliked

The absence of a colour or even mono menu screen makes onboard control quite limited, and there's no possibility of printing direct from memory cards or a PictBridge camera because the MP495 lacks media card slots as well as a PictBridge port.

Canon's usual feature of dual paper input trays is also lacking, leaving only a single rear-mounted feed tray. You can't print onto CDs or DVDs either.

Wi-Fi set-up is a bit long-winded and has to be done through a connected computer, rather than on the printer itself, again due to the lack of onboard controls or a menu screen. Photo quality is also a little shabby, with poor contrast and depth.


Considering that the street price of the MP495 is only £15 less than the MG5150, it's a far inferior printer, even if the latter does lack Wi-Fi connectivity.

Most of the refinements that make Canon's models so popular, such as the five-ink print system, dual input trays and excellent photo quality output, are all lacking.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed41 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLED
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)5
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)8.8
Product FamilyPIXMA MP
Maximum Print Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Legal, Letter, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height153 mm
Width450 mm
Depth335 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Paper, T-shirt Transfer, Envelope, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Photo Paper, Photo Sticker
Product SeriesMP
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelMP495
Product NamePIXMA MP495 Multifunction Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberMP495
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PIXMA MP495 allows you to print your photos directly from compatible memory cards. High resolution and microscopic ink dots ensure you produce quality borderless photos at home. Fast printing in approximately 41 sec for a 6" x 4" photo. The PIXMA MP495 is the everyday solution to convenient photo printing, copying and scanning at home.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedMac, PC
Package Contents
  • PIXMA MP495 Multifunction Printer
  • Setup CDROM
  • 2 x Ink Tanks
  • Print Head
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.60 kg