Saturday, December 25, 2010

Canon PIXMA MG8120

My husband did an amazingly wonderful thing and got me a new Canon PIXMA MG8120 printer for Christmas! It replaces a squeeky HP Photosmart 7960 which has done its service valiantly for about 6 or 8 years give or take.

After reconfiguring the office to get rid of a scanner (which the MG also has) and my old printer and getting the new one set up I got busy with experiments on print quality to determine the exact character of my newfound friend.

From left to right (in geek speak):
  1. Paper: Canon PhotoPaper Plus Glossy II, Selections: Printer Manages Color Space, Perceptual, High Quality
  2. Paper: Canon PhotoPaper Plus Glossy II, Selections: Photoshop Manages Color Space, Adobe RGB (1998) Color Profile, Perceptual, High Quality
  3. Paper: HP Photo Paper Glossy, Selections: Printer Manages Color Space, Perceptual, High Quality
  4. Paper: Canon PhotoPaper Plus Glossy II, Selections, Printer Manages Color Space, Perceptual, Standard Quality
My plainspoken observations from all this:
  1. The third one is clearly darker and grayer. So, out with the HP paper, alas.
  2. The differences between the other 3 are not as extreme but on closer examination, some do exist. 
    • When the Canon manages the colors the orange in the gingerbread house doors has more pop in both Standard (#4) and High Quality (#1)  than when Photoshop uses Adobe RGB (1998) to manage colors (#2). 
    • When comparing the High Quality (#1)  with the Standard (#4), the Standard is slightly lighter which can be an advantage sometimes.
Key Takeaway: While #4 is a close second, #1 takes the prize!

Postscript: I also have this posted on flickr where I've received the opinions and feedback of other photographers if you're interested.

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