Hands-On Review: Canon’s PIXMA G620 Wireless MegaTank Photo Printer


As a photographer who is borderline neurotic about print quality, “everyday” print jobs have always been a thorn in my side. My office is home to a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17" printer and an Epson Stylus Pro 9800 44" printer. While both units produce brilliant, high-quality photographs, neither was designed for practical home office applications or high-volume, small-scale print workflows. Any other poor souls who have found themselves hand-feeding letter-size copy paper through a printer designed for 44-inch wide rolls of photo paper just to make a return shipping label will understand my struggle. When I was asked to try Canon’s new PIXMA G620 Wireless MegaTank Photo All-in-One Printer, I was hopeful that it might cover the bases my larger printers have left empty.

The first thing I noticed out of the box is the relatively small footprint and compact build of this printer. When folded up, it occupies only 17.2 x 12.5" of space, so you don’t have to worry about it competing with everything else on your desk. When printing, it extends to an equally manageable 17.2 x 21.8". The second thing I noticed was its use of a 6-Color Ink System. Sharing its design with previous refillable MegaTank printers, the G620 uses bottles with keyed nozzles to ensure that only the correct color can be added into its designated tank. I became aware of this clever feature while attempting to make the exact mistake described above, so—nice foresight, Canon. Another useful feature of the MegaTank design is the inclusion of transparent windows for each color so you can quickly eyeball levels without even needing to turn the printer on.

While the G620 is billed as an all-in-one printer, it has a handful of features that exceed what I would usually expect from this category. For example, the addition of red and gray inks to the usual cyan, magenta, yellow, and black configuration provides a wider color gamut, resulting in exceptional color accuracy for a printer in its class. Print quality further benefits from 4800 x 1200 dpi printing for crisp and sharp details, as well as Canon’s ChromaLife100 technology, to prevent fading over time. A common complaint about consumer printers—especially from those of us accustomed to photo printers loaded with massive ink cartridges—is how quickly their cartridges empty. Canon states that the G620 is capable of printing up to 3,800 4 x 6" photos per set of ink bottles, and I believe it. I printed well over a hundred 8 x 10" black-and-white images and observed only a small dent in supply levels. I have always wanted to print small physical copies of the thousands of photos stored on my phone, and the G620 seems like exactly the printer to handle this type of task. In terms of print dimensions, it produces borderless prints up to 8.5 x 11" and is capable of making up to 47" long prints—which, incidentally, is twice the maximum print length of my PRO-1000. Custom print sizes can also be entered, and a variety of paper types are supported for creative applications.

The G620 features an 8.5 x 11.7" flatbed scanner on its top. Scans are possible in either color or grayscale modes, capturing at 600 x 1200 dpi using a Contact Image Sensor (CIS). Up to 99 copies can be made at a time and images can be scaled from 25-400%. A 1.5" LCD screen and intuitive set of controls make it easy to adjust settings on the printer itself. Wired connectivity is provided via a USB Type-B port. Alternatively, Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to print remotely. You can print directly from a smart device using the Canon PRINT app, AirPrint (Apple devices), or Mopria Print Service (Android devices).

Overall, I was impressed by the G620’s versatility and could see it rounding out my collection of photo printers to cover my office needs, as well as small photo tasks.

What do you think of Canon’s latest printer? Have you tried any of the MegaTank printers? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!


Is it desirable to only use replacement ink bottles from Canon, or can supposedly compatible ink replacements be trusted?

B&H only carries and recommends using the original Canon ink cartridges with the Canon PIXMA G620 Printer.  We do not recommend using third-party inks with the printer as they may void the printer's warranty.

About how long should the waste ink diaper last?  None were in stock with I purchased the printer.  None anywhere, except clones.  I currently only print with borders in hopes of saving the diaper.  Any other suggestions?

Canon does not list how long the Canon MC-G02 Maintenance Cartridge will last before it needs to be replaced. There are too many variables that make it difficult to estimate. Many say, maintenance cartridges in general can last at least 6 months to a year and more.

How is the quality of type? Sharp or fuzzy? 

Both the Canon Pixma G620 and the imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 would yield high quality prints with excellent sharpness. 

Have you tried a 47 inch print? I've ordered the printer and am interested in printing panoramas. Is paper (cut or roll) available in the right size? 

47-inch prints are theoretically possible, but you would need a roll of paper for this. Unfortunately, we do not carry any great options for roll media in this size. 

We have this Premier Imaging PremierPhoto Canvas Textured RC Photo Paper (8" x 328' Roll) linked here as a special order. https://bhpho.to/35WCL24

Or we have the Epson Premium Luster Photo Inkjet Paper (8.3" x 32.8' Roll) linker here in stock. https://bhpho.to/3xSDZr9. This second one is your best option.

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At this time, Canon has not released the full details regarding the available languages in the menu. As more information is released, we will update it accordingly. We are sorry for any inconvenience. 

I am curious about the ability to print 8"x12".  The official Canon literature states borderless 8.5"x11" but that isn't a typical photo print size.  I prefer to print 8"x12" instead of 8"x10".  Did you try 8"x12" and if so, will it print that size borderless?

While we haven't tried the Pixma 620 with 8 x 12" paper, there should be no problem getting a borderless print on it. 

I'm disappointed you didn't review the print quality for photographs, and for business documents.

Hi James-- Thanks for the comment. In terms of document printing, it was fast and consistent -- no issues there. Reviewing photo quality was a little bit trickier and I did not want to mislead readers. When I had the G620 there were no icc profiles available to use with it for photo printing. Despite that setback, print quality was decent--- but I'm certain even better results will be achievable once the printer begins shipping and icc profiles become available for use with it. I hope this his helpful.

I am a photo amateur and would print intermittently or I might be gone on a 2 month vacation.  Even though it uses all dye inks, could intermittent printing cause nozzle clogging?  If so, how frequently would it have to be used for continuous good performance?  Thank You!

Generally best practice is it use it at least once a month. Using it less will waste ink on cleaning cycles and runs the risk of clogging. That being said Canon printers very rarely clog and as long as you generally use it fairly frequently you will be fine. 

Excellent question. So what should I do if I am going to be away for 3 months? 

How did your prints look from this new 6 ink system compared to the Pro-1000?  Also, can you confirm wether this is using ChromaLife 100, or Chromalife 100+ ink?  Thanks!!

Hi Anthony, it uses ChromaLife 100 ink. While the G620 produced decent quality prints-- especially for its price point, I would still recommend the Pro-1000 if print quality is your primary concern.