Canon PIXMA iP4850 review

Canon's new super-fast printer builds on the runaway success of the iP4700

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Considering its very compact footprint, the iP4850 offers a full range of features, including auto duplex printing, direct printing onto CDs and DVDs and dual paper input feeds, along with super-fast, ultra-high-quality output.

We liked

Photo quality is dazzling, with beautiful colour rendition, excellent brightness and contrast, and highly flattering skin tones. Reserving the full-size rear paper feed for photo paper up to A4 in size is another bonus, so you can keep the lower input cassette for plain paper.

The iP4850 does a brisk and excellent job of document printing thanks to its mix of pigment-based and dye-based inks.

The printer also features Canon's latest Full HD Movie Print gizmo, so you can print individual frames of video clips captured on Canon cameras via the software that comes as part of the package.

If you're using genuine Canon inks (which we'd always recommend), you also get access to Canon Creative Park Premium, enabling you to download top-quality photos and illustrations for projects such as greetings cards and calendars.

We disliked

Being 'just a printer', rather than an all-in-one, you don't get a scanner for scanning or stand-alone photocopying, and there are no built-in memory card readers or LCD preview screens here. That said, you can still print photos directly from PrintBridge-compatible cameras.


If all you want is a printer, as opposed to a multi-function device that can do everything apart from making coffee, the iP4850 is an absolute stunner. Print quality is exceptional for both photo and document printing; running costs are reasonable; it's got a neat range of features, including auto duplex and CD printing; and it's immensely fast. At the price, it's an absolute steal.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed20 Second
Green CompliantYes
Standard Input Media Capacity300 sheets
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)9.3
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)11
Product FamilyPIXMA iP
Maximum Print Resolution9600 x 2400 dpi
Brand NameCanon
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, A5, B5, Letter, Legal, DL Envelope, Com10 Envelope, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 127 mm x 177.80 mm, 203.20 mm x 254 mm
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity300 sheets
Height153 mm
Width431 mm
Depth297 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Photo Paper, Photo Sticker, Specialty Paper, Envelope, High Resolution Paper, T-shirt Transfer, CD/DVD/BD, Borderless Media, Glossy Paper, Semi-gloss Paper, Matte Paper
Product SeriesiP
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModeliP4850
Product NamePIXMA iP4850 Inkjet Printer
Product LinePIXMA
Manufacturer Part Number4496B008AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Superior print quality, advanced features. Superb photolab-quality printer with built in Auto Duplex print and Single Ink tanks. Print from your movies using Full HD Movie Print, or take control of web printing with Easy-WebPrint EX.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • PIXMA iP4850 Inkjet Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Photo Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Set Up Software And User's Manual CD
  • Multilingual Set Up Guides
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Power Cord
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.70 kg