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Canon PIXMA MP780 All-In-One Photo Printer

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3.6 out of 5 stars 256 customer reviews
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  • Prints and copies up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color
  • Faxes up to Super G3 speed in color or black-and-white
  • Scans up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth
  • 35-page auto document feeder, dual paper path, built-in 2-sided printing
  • USB 2.0 and PictBridge interfaces; 1-year warranty with InstantExchange
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes: Easy-PhotoPrint, Easy-WebPrint, ScanSoft OmniPage SE, Presto! PageManager, power cord, print head, & ink tanks. Canon Pixma MP780 All-In-One Multi-Function Machine - Combining 4 popular office devices into one machine, the Pixma MP780 saves you money and space when compared to purchasing them separately! Speed - Up to 25 ppm (black) / Up to 17 ppm (color) Resolution - Up to 600 x 600 dpi (black) / Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi (color) Color Copier Speed - Up to 25 cpm (black) / Up to 17 cpm (color) Resolution - Up to 600 x 600 dpi (black) / Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi (color) Reduction / Enlargement - 25% to 400% Color Scanner Resolution - Up to 2400 x 4800 dpi (optical) / Up to 9600 x 9600 dpi (interpolated) 48-bit Color Maximum Document Size - 8.5 x 11.7 Color Fax 33.6 Kbps Modem Speed - approx. 4 sec. per page (black) / 1 min. per page (color)

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer The feature-rich Canon PIXMA MP780 Photo All-In-One delivers the ultimate combination of speed and quality to your home-office projects. It can print or copy up to 25 ppm in black and up to 17 ppm in color, and a 4-by-6-inch borderless photo takes about 36 seconds (1). You'll achieve up to Super G3 fax speed in color and black-and-white (2), and the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enables the fastest image transfers and scanning speeds possible today (3).

To further increase productivity, the integrated 35-page auto document feeder helps you speed through larger copy and fax jobs. A dual paper path allows you to keep a second type of paper ready for printing, an built-in two-sided printing (duplexing) saves time and paper. Plus, electronic sorting automatically collates your copies, so you don't have to.

Precision Color Distribution Technology
Unlike other systems, nozzle configuration in Bubble Jet printers is simple, so it is easier to make them smaller and more dense. Using its superior semiconductor manufacturing technology, Canon has succeeded in developing an ultrahigh-precision, multinozzle print head. The problem of color inconsistency has been solved by positioning a mirror-image line of 128 nozzles (600 dpi pitch for each color) at a half-pitch offset from the existing line. This configuration also provides the added advantage of enabling high-resolution printing at 1,200 dpi.

The unit's ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system--four dye-based inks plus a pigment-based black ink--produces exceptional photos, along with laser-quality text. Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance 1,856-nozzle print head that ejects precise and consistent droplets as small as 2 picoliters. The results? Outstanding resolution of up to 4,800 x 1,200 color dpi and clear, detailed images (4). When scanning photos, you'll produce brilliant 2,400 dpi scans with intense 48-bit color depth.

Easy-PhotoPrint v3.0
While most photo-editing software applications will brighten the entire image, Easy-PhotoPrint 3.0 accurately detects the subject's face and adjusts the skin to the optimum tone. Brighten dark faces caused by bright backgrounds. Choose from one-click automatic to correct the entire image all at once, or manual to correct just a selected area.


Easy-PhotoPrint 3.0 also lets you select and print any image on your PC, perfectly trim images, correct images using lab-quality retouching features, correct red-eye, smooth facial lines and skin tone, sharpen faces, remove blemishes, and print in a variety of sizes and layouts.

This printer can connect directly to select digital cameras. Learn more about PictBridge.
The Canon Think Tank System has five individual ink tanks, so you replace only the color that runs out, not an entire cartridge containing unused ink. Plus, a low-ink sensor alerts you when a tank's ink level gets low. The bottom line is higher efficiency and lower printing costs (5).

With direct photo printing, just connect to any PictBridge compatible digital camera or DV camcorder, and print! It's easy and there's no computer required (6).

What's in the Box
PIXMA MP780 Photo All-in-One, PIXMA MP780 print head, BCI-3eBk black, BCI-6Bk black, BCI-6C cyan, BCI-6M magenta, BCI-6Y yellow, power cord, documentation kit, setup CD-ROM

(1) PPM print speeds are based on the highest speed printer driver mode. CPM copy speed based on fast mode when copying a letter-sized document. Photo print speed based on maximum print speed using Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy. Print/copy speed will vary based on system configuration, software, document complexity, print mode and page coverage.
(2) The Public Switched Telephone Network currently supports fax modem speeds of 28.8 Kbps or lower, depending on telephone line conditions. Sending and receiving fax machines need to conform to ITU-T V.34 guidelines.
(3) USB 2.0 Hi-Speed performance requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 with pre-installed USB 2.0 port. Note The Canon PIXMA MP730 is not network compatible.
(4) Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 inch at minimum.
(5) Will vary based on composition of images/documents printed.
(6) For a listing of select Canon digital cameras and DV camcorders featuring Bubble Jet Direct or PictBridge direct printing technology, visit www.usa.canon.com/consumer/directprint. To determine if a non-Canon brand camera or DV camcorder is PictBridge compatible, please consult the manufacturer.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 12 x 18.5 inches ; 30 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 39.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00030CHOE
  • Item model number: 9791A002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2004

Customer Reviews

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First off, if you're in the market for a printer, you can't go wrong with a Canon. Canon printers consistently beat out the competition in independent tests for print quality. Their items are elegant, well designed, and most importantly, ink is affordable.

We all know the razor and blade scheme: sell the printer below cost and make it up with pricey cartridges. Canon, however, saves you a lot of money by including the print head with the printer and not on each cartridge. Because of this, genuine Canon cartridges can be had for around $12, while 3rd party cartridges, which many claim work just as well, can be found for as low as $2.

If you've already decided on a Canon multifunction, lets see which model is right for you. Canon's current market list is as follows:

MP130 - New model, and the most affordable yet.


18ppm black, 13ppm color

2 ink tanks

No auto sheet feeder!

Card slots

MP390 - Has a fax, About half the cost of the MP7xx's.


18ppm black, 12 ppm color

2 ink tanks

card slots

MP750 - Older model - exactly the same as mp780 but no fax.


25ppm black, 17 ppm color

5 ink tanks

Built in Duplexing

MP760 - New Model - geared towards photo enthusiasts.

Copy/Print/Scan + Special Photo Features

25ppm black, 17 ppm color

5 ink tanks

No auto sheet feeder!

Built in Duplexing

*Unique photo features:

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We simply love this thing. We had been looking for a all-in-one for a long time. Late last year, we settled on the Canon MP730, only to find out that it had been taken out of production. Then we saw pictures and stats for the MP780 on Canon's website. Well, after several months of waiting (due to production issues I believe), we finally got ours a few weeks ago. It is amazing in every way. First, it really looks neat. Like another reviewer mentioned, the automatic door for the paper is kind of neat (I just wish it would close when the printer goes into sleep). Scanning and printing quality is fantastic. The document feeder is a godsend (nice for scanning stacks of documents). And to top it all off, the machine really feels solid. Not like some of those creaky models by other manufacturers. I really recommend this printer.
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After owning a Brother MFC (garbage) and a HP D145 (a work horse but mediocre print quality) I decided to upgrade to the Canon MP780. What caught my eyes was the double sided feature that until now was exclusive only to HP machines.

Print quality is excellent as the MP780 is basically a Pixma photo printer. The borderless feature is great. It accepts paper from two (2) sources. From the back, in almost a straight path which allows you to print on heavy card stock, and from a cassette. This is a rather big plus.

BUT the MP780 that is sold in North America is crippled because the ones that are sold in Europe and Asia can also print directly on CDs/DVDs. I looked inside the machine and I believe that mechanically the machine should be able to print on a CD (even though the special CD tray is not provided it would be easy to make one) but the driver does not come with this option (I tried using a UK driver but it recognized that I have a US machine). Maybe a creative programmer can un-cripple the drivers? That would be awesome!

Scanning is good, not the fastest in the world but acceptable with good quality.

Copying, which is a factor of scanning, is also good in quality and descent in speed (but I've seen faster scanners)

One small issue is that black copying in draft (fast) mode produces a faded result. I suspect this is because the unit is using the dye-based black cartridge as opposed to the pigmented black cartridge (this machine has 2 black carts) . Since I am a refiller of carts, I plan to refill both black cartridges with pigmented ink which I believe will significantly improve the faded look.

For non-refillers simply copy in normal quality and you'll get excellent results.

Faxing is fast and beats my HP D145.
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This is a very good all-in-one device but not perfect. There are plent of glowing reviews to be read, so I'll just touch on a few things that I did not see in the other reviews.

One of the main reasons I bought the Canon MP780 was for the auto document feeder.

Unfortunately the auto document feeder (ADF) was not up quite up to my expectations. Scans and copies made using the ADF tended to come out a little crooked. Not horribly, but enough to make a document look unprofessional.The ADF also added considerable weight to the scanner lid, making it necessary for the user to be extra careful when lowering the lid or risk having it come crashing down.

The scanner also does not scan both sides of the document. You have to flip the documents over and then rescan. The MP780 includes software that allows you to convert your scanned documents to Adobe Acrobat. When scanning a stack of document you end up with thumbnails of the documents that you can then select and convert to an Adobe Acrobat file. This worked easy enough, but I could find no way to re-order the pages before converting to Adobe. So, if you scanned one side of a stack of documents then flipped them over and scanned the other side. You would end up with a Adobe Acrobat file with the pages out of order (and crooked). Unless you own a full copy of Adobe Acrobat you would not be able to correct this.

Also note that the paper is pulled through the ADF and then is redirected over the scanner head. Heavyweight paper cannot be scanned.

I thought seriously about keeping the MP780, as the other features seem to work great.
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