Finally, Canon's HD Movie Print feature rewards adopters of the Canon hardware ecosystem with the option to pull still snapshots out of videos shot with compatible HD video cameras. I tested the software with a Canon PowerShot S95 and was impressed with the Canon Solution Menu EX software's step-by-step instructions.
The software lets you edit video images to prepare a clip for capture; grabbing still shots from the video is as simple as selecting a video snippet and either capturing a group of 10 frames or hitting the Capture button to select single images. Once that's finished, you can also edit the image to reduce noise and sharpen images. Of course, the SD95 is only capable of 720p video resolution, so you'll see better performance out of a true 1080p dSLR, like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Don't assume that the Pixma MG2220's low price means you'll be tapping your feet waiting for it to print your documents, presentations, and photos. It churned out average scores in both black and color jobs, though the Epson Stylus NX430 remains the best of the bunch by a large margin, printing 14.11 pages per minute (ppm) of text and 4.43 presentation pages a minute, more than double the speed of the rest.
Black text printed by the Pixma MG2220 on HP's own line of coated inkjet Premium paper reveals near laserlike quality, an impressive feat for a two-cartridge printer. Canon raises the bar for both black and color performance with sharp, clean, and consistent quality; gradients look smooth with decent color reproduction in the photo elements, especially taking into consideration the MG2220's limited ability to display a wide gamut of color shades. If printed on the aforementioned Premium photo paper, 4-inch-by-6-inch color photos are certainly worthy of a family album, though some details appear grainy. Still, I'm satisfied with the amount of "pop" to the pictures I printed; just keep careful track of your ink consumption.
Service and support
Canon usually offers a standard one-year warranty, but printers that cost less than $100 get the 90-day treatment, which includes the company's Instant Exchange program that provides a replacement unit for defective product (within the warranty period) before the next business day. Unfortunately, the price break also means you don't get to call customer service if you run into problems after a few months, but the product page on Canon's Web site offers detailed troubleshooting tips and FAQs along with a downloadable manual for both Mac and Windows users.
Canon cuts the right corners to keep costs low for the Pixma MG2220. By lowering the warranty period and skipping fancy features like a large LCD screen, an autoduplexer, and an auto document feeder, this device offers only what you'll need for it to perform its basic copy, scan, print, and fax functions. It's an excellent performer at its core, and families on a budget will be impressed by its output of school projects, presentations, and the occasional snapshot photo.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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