Canon PIXMA MP150
Compact and stylish All-in-One photo printer
One compact machine, three big functions.
The compact PIXMA MP150 Photo All-In-One lets you get more done, right at home. Now, you can easily print high-quality photos and text, copy your important documents, and scan your photos and other images. One big reason for its superior printing: Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses an innovative print head with 1,472 nozzles that eject consistent, precise ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters. It's simple: More Nozzles + high accuracy = better photo results. This patented technology produces an outstanding resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi1 for superb detail and photorealism. And you won't wait long for the results; printing a beautiful 4" x 6" photo lab quality borderless photo takes only about 55 seconds2.
Want to copy family recipes, or even bulky items such as personal notebooks? This is the perfect machine. Its unique Z-Lid™ expansion top lifts vertically, then lies down flat on the item you are scanning for clear, complete scans from edge-to-edge. When scanning your photos or graphics, you'll produce high-quality 1200-dpi reproductions with vibrant 48-bit color depth. Plus, the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enables the fastest possible image transfers and scanning speeds3.
Direct printing made easy.
With this versatile All-In-One, you can even print directly from your PictBridge compatible digital camera or DV camcorder. Just capture your images, connect, and print right on the spot! There's no computer required, and your subjects' faces will automatically be enhanced for brightness- giving you better "people pictures" than ever before.
91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
This printer is a question of value. Clearly, there are higher quality printers even from Canon. Likewise, there are printers that are less expensive. What I am most interested in knowing about when shopping for something is the relative value of the item. In that way, the MP150 should receive 5 stars. It is an extremely good value for what it is: a quality, at-home moderate use printer.Printing quality is fast and of high quality. Borderless 4x6 photos are what I would call very good (I h
ave not yet printed larger). I have seen better photos, but not at this price point. You will be very happy with the occasional or semi-frequent picture you print off for friends, family, or yourself. Pictures seem a little skewed to the beige, but I don't notice any grain or lines. It will not quite replace a photo studio or online provider, but with the low cost of printing digital pictures at your local drug store, 90% of us should not be overly concerned with very, very high quality, at home printing. The Pict Bridge is nice and Canon claims pictures will not fade for 100 years if stored in proper albums.
Normal document printing is good too. Not quite laser, but anyone who need regular business printing should invest in at least a low cost laser. No ink based printer will do what you need if you have a business office in your home.
Scanning is very good and easy. Their software allows for all sorts of imports and scanning, while not lightning fast, is quite good. Copying is a breeze: place your document on the glass (and with an auto-adjusting top, you can easily copy books up to 1-2 inches thick), hit the black or color button, and you're done. No need to have the computer on.
The paper tray leaves a little to be desired, but not too much. It's a bit flimsy and doesn't give you a great deal of confidence that it will pull paper correctly, although it has so far for me. I like the non-turning path the paper takes. Paper goes in the top and comes out straight from the front. This makes labels easier and more successful. The printer seems very good at pulling your paper media quite well without the stutter or mistakes of some HP printers.
Canon offers four ink cartridges for this printer: PG 40 (black) and PG 50 (black high capacity) as well as CL41 (color) and CL51 (color high capacity). Some have said that it won't accept the high cap cartridges. I haven't tried yet.
As for what I would have liked to see, the printer, while somewhat fast, can take forever to start printing. It almost always takes enough time for me to think the printer is not going to print. When I then go to remove the paper and try again, it starts up just before I get there like it was waiting for me to make the first move!
The tray is rated to hold 100 pieces of paper. No way. More like 50 if you're lucky. Ink is high quality and the heads are part of the cartridge, but ink use is higher than average. Normal cartridges are rates for around 200 pages and, because there are not multiple color cartridges, if you run out of one color, you run out of everything.
Finally, when compared to its competitor (HP1401), it is both more expensive and bigger. However, I would take the MP150 over the HP (and since I have both, I should know).
Photo Print Quality: A-
Letter Print Quality: A-
Ink Usage: B-
Ink Cost: B
Overall: B+ to A-
USB cable (sold separately)
Photo Paper (comes with a few 4X6 glossies)
CD/DVD Rom for install
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I just purchased this printer and am VERY impressed with the print quality. Especially the borderless prints that look every bit as good as professionally printed photos.A couple of small nits to be aware of: The setup instructions that I recieved with my printer bear absolutely no resemblance to this printer. They're supposed to be for this and a couple of other models, but it asks you to do things that aren't available on this model (select your language from the LCD panel - when there's no
LCD panel, for instance). Having said all that, it still sets up very easily. Windows XP detected it right away and I was up and running in minutes (love that plug-and-play feature of XP, thanks Microsoft!)It's not the quietest printer in the regular mode, but there is a special "quiet" mode that you can engage if it bothers you.Overall an outstanding combination of quality and price.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Wow, what a great price! I purchased this printer because the cost was about the same as new cartridges for an HP printer I had. After about 2 weeks of minimal use, the half-filled default cartridges needed replacement. New cartridges for this printer run at almost $50 each so I was out twice the purchase price. After replacement, barely 3 weeks go by and the printer software tells me I'm almost out of ink. Again, this is not with excessive use. I've printed out about 65 pages (90% black & white
) in this time. To go along with this, the paper ends up with ink blotches as it is feeding through the printer. This problem has existed since day 1 and I've found no way to remedy the problem. Maybe the head cleaning is where all my ink goes? On my network, I've given this printer the name Hummer because it consumes ink the way a Hummer sucks fuel. The final problem I have with this printer, and Canon in general, is the complete lack of support for other operating systems besides Windows. Don't even attempt to hook up your printer to a Linux machine because it won't work without the additional cost of specialized software. Canon makes great cameras but, if this printer is any idication, their printers are garbage!