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Podcast 292 : Canon PIXMA MG6120 All-in-One Wireless Printer Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Canon PIXMA MG6120 Wireless Photo All-in-One Printer. This is basically an A4 or Letter paper size printer, with a scanner built into the top, but despite that, it's a sleek looking machine, with various feature that make it well worth the...

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  • Susan
    Posted at 21:46h, 06 August Reply

    Hooray! I was researching for my next printer. This is very timely for me.
    Thanks Martin!

  • Walter Lustig
    Posted at 18:37h, 08 August Reply

    Great review as always, Martin.
    Just had a look what the price is back home (Austria).
    Looks like it is called
    Canon PIXMA MG6150 Multifunktionsgerät (3 in 1, Drucken, Kopieren, Scannen)
    and amazon.de sells it for EUR 156,89 – that’s 225 USD – just unbelievable.
    But 6 ink cartridges is nice.

    Love yr reviews, Martin and so glad you are back and all went well!

  • adam
    Posted at 18:43h, 19 August Reply

    thanks for such a detailed review. I was saw this printer at best denki, and was tempted to get it, but not sure. now i suppose i have no reason not to get it. My main purpose is for printing postcards. So I was wondering if you tried any matte prints (even though you said in the podcast that it wasn’t necessary to test it out).


  • anubis
    Posted at 18:04h, 23 September Reply


    Thanks for this review.
    If you want to print a photo on a 2L format, it seems that a part of the photo (the border) is cut.
    Do you know how to print the full picture ?

    Thank you.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 18:20h, 23 September Reply

    Hi Anubis,

    Do you mean that the photo is cropped a little around the edges? If so, this is normal, because 2L are a slightly different aspect ratio to your photos.

    Otherwise, as long as you have selected 2L (Borderless) as your paper, it should be pretty straightforward.


  • anubis
    Posted at 19:40h, 23 September Reply

    Wow thanks for your prompt answer, but it’s not that 🙂

    Actually I have 2 boxes, 1 red and 1 white, as in this picture:

    What I want, is to print the picture inside the white box but I can’t. What is printed is the photo on the red one.

    I don’t know if there is an option because everything is in Japanese.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 22:02h, 23 September Reply

    OK, so the white box is what’s called the bleed, and the red box is what will actually appear on the paper.

    If you do want to print to the edge of the paper, the only thing you can do to reduce the amount of bleed is to select the “Borderless Printing” option, which is the seventh option down in the list on a Mac. Then drag the slider on that screen to the far left.

    The other option would be to not select Borderless printing, but then you’d get a white border all around the image.

    I hope this helps.


  • anubis
    Posted at 18:42h, 24 September Reply


    Because you said that this option exists, I checked all the various Japanese characters and finally it worked.

    Thank you !

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 19:45h, 24 September Reply

    Susan, Walter and Adam, sorry I missed your comments until now! It seems the mail to alert me to these wasn’t working for a while.

    Adam, I still haven’t tried matte paper, but I don’t expect any problems. This is a great little printer.

    Anubis, You’re welcome. I’m pleased my advice helped.

  • Amornthip Green
    Posted at 10:25h, 22 November Reply

    I have a problem finding my printer,PIXMA MG6120, from my ipad2. it said that no printer founds: even though, i truned on the printer.
    How can i make it work?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:50h, 22 November Reply

      Hi Amornthip,

      Are you able to print on the Network from a standard computer? If so, you have the printer connected to the Network correctly, so it’s difficult to guess what the problem might be. Assuming you’re actually using Canon’s iEPP app already, I can’t think what the problem might be. My printer just appears once I’ve selected an image to print.

      I guess you’ll need to contact Canon support.


  • luis corona
    Posted at 01:46h, 30 January Reply

    i have a canon mg 6120 .
    how you set it to print bigger letters ?
    thanks a lot

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:53h, 30 January Reply

      You’ve lost me Luis. What do you mean by print bigger letters?

  • SharonPulvermacher
    Posted at 07:17h, 03 March Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I have been enjoying my MG5120 until it started printing the black tones in reddsh sepia. I have cleaned the heads and the cartridges are full. Check all over the internet for help, to no avail. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:27h, 03 March Reply

      Hi Sharon,

      If you mean that the reddish sepia is the problem, as in it’s supposed to be pure black and white, then it might help to create an ICC Profile for your paper/printer combination. For this you’d need something like the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.


  • Suzanne Bowen
    Posted at 02:34h, 05 September Reply

    Just read your review …(2yrs after my purchase) lol
    Just starting to understand a few things about the printer other than the straightforward work I have been doing.
    luv my ‘mini workhorse’ Canon MG 6120
    Thank you very much for your time putting your blog together. Lovely!
    Now following!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:42h, 05 September Reply

      Thanks for reading Suze! Better late than never. 🙂

      I guess you already know, but this printer is still going strong, and although I don’t use it for printing photos very often, it is really impressive just what this little guy can do.

      Thanks for following the blog now too!


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