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17 September 2012

Canon introduces three new design-focused PIXMA printers

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 17 September 2012 – Canon today announces the launch of three new premium PIXMA printers that produce photo-lab quality prints at home and boast advanced design features, the PIXMA iP7250, PIXMA MG5450 and PIXMA MG6350.

Joining Canon’s All-in-One Photo printer range are the MG5450 and MG6350, two high-performance PIXMA devices which feature fast print speeds, the option of cost-saving high capacity XL inks, and enhanced connectivity for printing around the home.  Also launching today is the new PIXMA iP7250, a document and photo printer replacing the iP4950, with faster print speeds and Wi-Fi connectivity. The iP7250 also supports tablet and smartphone printing.

Advanced design

All three new PIXMA printers have been designed with the living environment in mind. Low-profile in design and featuring two front-loading paper trays, the new printers can easily be stored and used in tight spaces, such as on shelves in rooms where space is at a premium.  The two trays also make it easier to switch between printing documents and photos, by enabling two different paper sizes to be loaded simultaneously. 

The ‘Snap Edge’ design on the MG5450 and MG6350 sharpens the look of the printer and allows easy access for replacing ink tanks. All three printers can be used with Canon’s high capacity XL ink tanks, which provide up to 2x[i] more prints per tank compared to standard size ink tanks, saving both money and time by reducing the frequency at which replacements are required. 

The latest PIXMA printers have been designed to be even easier to use. The MG6350, for example, features a large 8.8cm colour touch-screen display that combines with Canon’s Intelligent Touch System, which is integrated into the surface of the printer, for easy and intuitive, light-guided touch operation.

The new printers also feature Auto Power Off, an energy saving function that allows the PIXMAs to automatically switch off if left idle for a set amount of time. For added convenience, Auto Power On turns the printer on automatically when a print job is sent to it, particularly useful when printing wirelessly.

Hassle-free connectivity

Easy connectivity through Wi-Fi is a key feature of the new PIXMA printers and ensures they can be shared wirelessly by multiple PCs, tablets and smartphones in the home. The MG5450 and MG6350 also both support PIXMA Cloud Link which includes Google Cloud Print, enabling Google Docs or Gmail attachments (jpeg or PDF files) to be printed on the go from any smartphone, tablet or laptop. For even greater freedom, PIXMA Cloud Link also enables direct access to online photo albums and useful print templates, such as calendars, over the internet.

Printing direct from compatible digital cameras and digital video cameras is also possible with the new Canon PIXMA printers. Based on the PictBridge standard, cameras can be connected to the same Wi-Fi router as the printer, which enables direct photo printing without the need for a cable connection. 

Creative Software

All three printers come with Canon’s latest My Image Garden software as standard, which includes access to the new-look CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM[ii]. Photos can also be printed using Canon’s new Print Your Days Facebook app[iii], which has been designed to make it easier to enhance and print photos directly from Facebook to a Canon PIXMA printer, without the need for any additional software.

PIXMA iP7250

The high performance PIXMA iP7250 is Canon’s first single-function printer to feature Wi-Fi connectivity.  The iP7250 has a 5-ink system and produces fast A4 ISO ESAT print speeds of 15ipm for mono and 10ipm for colour.  Additional key features include direct printing from tablet and smartphone devices, double front paper cassettes, Direct Disc Print, Auto Power On/Off  and Auto Duplex Print, which by printing double-sided, can reduce paper consumption by up to 50%.


The new PIXMA MG5450 is an advanced All-In-One photo printer which features a 7.5cm TFT display and 5-ink system. The MG5450 also offers Wi-Fi connectivity, PIXMA Cloud Link with Google Cloud Print and tablet and smartphone printing, making it a great choice for young professionals. Extra features of the MG5450 include a smart, low profile design, double front paper cassettes and Auto Duplex Print. The MG5450 prints quality documents with A4 ISO ESAT speeds of 15ipm for mono and 10ipm for colour. The option of using XL single ink tanks is also available. 


The PIXMA MG6350 is a premium All-In-One Photo printer perfect for photo enthusiasts looking to print high-quality images. The printer features a six ink system, including a grey ink for quality greyscale results. It also features Canon’s intuitive Intelligent Touch System with an 8.8cm TFT touch-screen display. The MG6350 comes with Wi-Fi and includes a range of connectivity options for PC-free printing. Extra features of the MG6350 include Auto Duplex Print, Ethernet connectivity, Direct Disc printing and the option of utilising Canon’s new XL single ink tanks. The printer produces high quality documents and images with ISO ESAT speeds of 15ipm for mono and 10ipm for colour. The new MG6350 will also be available in an attractive white finish, making it a smart addition to any home.


The PIXMA iP7250, PIXMA MG5450 and PIXMA MG6350 are available across Europe, Middle East & Africa from November 2012.

PIXMA iP7250 – key features:

  • High performance 5-ink photo printer with Wi-Fi
  • Fast photolab quality printing
  • Low-profile design with integrated paper trays
  • Tablet & Smartphone ready
  • My Image Garden software
  • Direct Disc Print & Auto Duplex
  • Print more with optional XL inks

PIXMA MG5450 – key features:

  • High performance 5-ink Photo All-In-One
  • Internet printing with PIXMA Cloud Link
  • Low profile, stylish design
  • Tablet & Smartphone ready
  • Fast, quality printing
  • My Image Garden software
  • Direct Disc Print & Auto Duplex
  • Print more with optional XL inks

PIXMA MG6350 – key features:

  • Premium 6-ink Photo All-In-One
  • Internet printing with PIXMA Cloud Link
  • Intuitive touch panel with 8.8cm touch screen
  • Low-profile, stylish design in black or white
  • Tablet & Smartphone ready
  • My Image Garden software
  • Direct Disc Print & Auto Duplex

Availability and pricing

Available from November.

- PIXMA iP7250 – £79

- PIXMA MG540 – £129

- PIXMA MG6350 – £169

[i] Page yield may vary depending on texts/photos printed, applications software used, printing mode and type of paper used.

[ii] When used with genuine Canon inks.

[iii] Compatible with Windows 7 and Vista only, requires Silverlight 5 or later.



Mini News

22 November 2012: Sigma 18-250mm now available in Sony's A-Mount

Sigma Imaging UK Ltd has announced that the 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens is now available at a suggested retail price of £499.99. Sigma's APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens will shortly be available in Sony's A-Mount for a suggested retail price of £1499.99.


17 October 2012: Firmware update for Sony NEX 7 v1.01

Sony NEX firmware update provides the following;

  • Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  • Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  • Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  • Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  • Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.

Visit the link: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/updates

Firmware updates are also available for the a77, a65, and a57.


15 October 2012: Purchase Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra wide angle lens and claim FREE 77mm UV DG filter

From Monday 15th October 2012, Sigma Imaging UK Ltd are introducing a short term special offer that enables anyone who purchases Sigma’s multi-award winning 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra-wide angle lens to claim a FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter worth over £60!

A Sigma Ultra Violet filter is the perfect accessory to protect your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter.