Canon PIXMA MG5250 multifunction inkjet printer

This mid-range Canon inkjet multifunction has some useful features and prints detailed photos

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  • Good print quality in High quality mode, easy to use with on-screen prompts via 2.4in LCD, cheap monochrome document printing


  • Not the fastest document or photo printer, set up takes a while

Bottom Line

The Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an all-in-one printer that manages to fit in almost everything a home user could want. A reasonable asking price makes it a good purchase, and ongoing costs are fine as long as you aren't printing large volumes of documents or photos.

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The Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an inkjet printer that also scans, copies, prints directly from memory cards or USB sticks, and wirelessly connects to your home network. If you've got a household with multiple computers, the PIXMA MG5250 is a not-too-expensive way of meeting your printing needs.

The Canon PIXMA MG5250 inkjet multifunction is easy to set up, although the process does take some time if you're not familiar with it. You’ll need to unbox the printer and remove all its protective padding and wrapping, and then install the print head and each of the five ink tanks before a print head alignment and test page. Then comes the powering up, connecting to your PC and installing all necessary software. We managed to get from opening the box to printing in around 20 minutes, which is slightly longer than average for an inkjet printer.

The 2.4in colour LCD of the Canon PIXMA MG5250 is an invaluable addition to the printer — we think that if you’re buying a multifunction printer for home, a colour LCD is almost mandatory because of the useful information it can display. It also makes the printer a lot easier to use when you’re printing directly, or scanning or copying documents without the help of a computer. The PIXMA MG5250's 2.4in screen is bright and tilts with a wide range of motion, and provides constant updates on the printer's status.

Wireless connectivity is a useful extra that makes the Canon PIXMA MG5250 attractive to multi-computer households. It's easy to connect the PIXMA MG5250 to a wireless access point using the scroll wheel and display, and accessing it over a network is similarly trouble-free. The front-accessible card slots and USB ports make direct printing from a PictBridge-compatible camera or memory card simple, although there is not much scope for editing your photos before printing.

The Canon PIXMA MG5250 impressed us with the fine quality of its photo prints. Using individual cyan, magenta and yellow ink tanks with a dedicated photo black cartridge, the PIXMA MG5250 can output images that are vibrant and full of detail. We ran through around thirty A4 full colour prints in High quality settings, and the included ink cartridges were all still around half full. Colour images display great levels of detail, and we were also surprised with the fine gradation and lack of visible banding in monochrome prints.

The Canon PIXMA MG5250 isn't a particularly fast printer. In Standard quality mode we managed to just top 10 pages per minute with our monochrome test document, while colour documents were printed at just under eight sheets every minute. If you're desperate for speed you can switch the PIXMA MG5250 to Draft mode but this takes its toll on quality, especially in the saturation of solid colours. High quality photo prints are even slower, with colour A4 printouts taking over a minute to complete.

A full set of inks — using PGI-525BK black, CLI-526BK photo black, CLI-526C cyan, CLI-526M magenta and CLI-526Y yellow cartridges — will set you back $119.75 at Canon's recommended retail price. You should get an average of 469 prints from the photo/colour cartridges for a combined ongoing running cost of 4.98 cents per A4 colour page, while black documents are incredibly cheap at 0.7c per A4 sheet — this figure comes from the quoted 3005-page yield of the Canon PIXMA MG5250’s black cartridge, which only costs $23.95 on its own.

If the black ink yield can be believed, the Canon PIXMA MG5250 is a relatively cheap printer to run. It's a strong performer in almost all other areas as well, making its $229 asking price more than reasonable.

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Rob Crombie


I am trying to post a question (forgive me).
I set the printer up for a neighbor.
He wishes to only use the black ink cartridge.
I tried various settings, but they do not appear to be remembered for the next session.
Could someone spell it out for me (in detail) ?
Much appreciated,
PS Can it be used wirelessly, without needing a Router ?
OR, Advice on using Bluetooth instead ?



It is not working even after extensive cleaning, works for five mins, then same again????? not sure what to do next



I have Cannon MG5250 all in one printer. It looks fabulous, it works well only if I have full set of cartridges. Does not work on Black& White only, it uses color whether I am printing grey scale or not. I could never get such number of prints as specified in the above article. There is no way to use black ink only and save on color. I was not told this when I purchase the machine, and I explained my requirements to the salesman. Another thing and a big problem is the scanner doesn't work if you don't have full set of cartridges. So, if you want to scan on the weekend, or in the area where there is no close supply of ink you can not scan nor fax, and machine is useless. The manufacturer should advise customers in advance about this, so we could make the wright decision and not being stuck with product that we don't need. I will try to sell mine on the net, and hope to get another brand that works to my specification. If it is not sold will go to the tip!



Utterly fed up with this printer, it cleans the heads and uses ink EVERY time you switch it on. going through ink at an incredible rate, absolute rubbish......



yes this printer is utterly rubish. Iprinte veryseldom. About 2 papers a month. Everymonth it says the ink is low and doesnt alow me to print so every month Ihave to buy new ink cartridge. Its incredible. So each print is extremely expensive. All prints are black and white but I cannot choose black and white so some how it consume color when printing 2 black and white reciepts! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! I think its pre programmed to say ink is out once a month. becaus ethis hapens even if I dont print even once that month...its a con printer. I live alone so dontr try tell me people use it when Im not home. I work offshore and am not home often. I print out once a month a time schedual which I send to the company. But sometimes I print a recept too. thats it and color is always out. hahahahahah drives me FU crazy. Are companies allowed to con like this? isnt it sae as theft? Why are companies allowed to steal money from us?



I agree - this printer is a cartridge eater!! I should pre-face this by saying I use an iMac. This printer uses heaps of ink, even though it is rarely used! I can't print with black and white only which is annoying for document printing. If you want to print in black and white, but your cyan (for example) is empty (so it says!), then forget printing ANYTHING until you replace that cartridge. While you are at it, buy a whole set of new cartridges because they all tend to go at the same time. This is extremely annoying given most of my printing is documents in black and white. I have also found the functionality for scanning a unique experience each time. It has been a frustration since day one. On a good note, when you have ink and you do print, it works well.

john fullard


just put new canon cartridges 5 in will only print or copy in colour why



I keep having reset my wifi set up... is there ay way for it to store the password?

its really tedious having to reenter it all the time

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Thirsty Lemon



canon printer mg5250
Slow, software faulty, uses colour cartridges to print black and white pictures
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When I bought my Canon MG5250 I did quite a bit of research online, in store and with friends who had purchased this device - all good reviews and saw it in action as well.
So when I bought this device with its attractive exterior and advanced technology offerings, I didn't observe that the black shiny shape should have actually been ovular and yellow, like a lemon. Because thats what it is!
Firstly, as observed by many reviewers already, it doesnt allow you to print a normal black and white picture without tapping into the colour cartridge ink. So why is there a separate black cartridge which we have to pay an exorbitant price for? I have tried to get around this by not installing the canon software, and using Windows basic printing functionality. At least I get a "print in black and white" preference! So this appears to be a manufacturers feature to get the user to chew through more ink. Not nice.
Secondly, the timing it takes to print. It takes me back to the days of old big printers when you had to wait for them to warm up etc. Are we in the 21st century now?
Thirdly, I've only managed to ever print 5 pages before I get a ink warning - the software that manages the ink cartridge levels is seriously flawed. How can I start printing a black and white page with a full cartridge of cyan and by the time (2 minutes+) the page decides to print, the cyan has a warning message for low ink, and I have to override this just to print the page? Wondering where all that ink has gone?

Dont Buy. Epson do better printers.




Easy to install
Unhelpful error messages
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After having the machine work perfectly for over a year, error message "U052". Apparently during the night someone came to my place and changed the print head. The message reads "The type of print head is incorrect. Install the correct print head." Some searching on the net revealed ways of cleaning the print head but the message remains unchanged. Also as has been mentioned previously, uses colour even if only printing in black. Found it strange that the yellow cartridge started flashing when all I was printing was black outlines of drawing so kids could paint then in colour!

What dissapoints me is that I've been an avid Canon user since my days of the BJC-210.

AVOID the Canon MG5250 like the plague.




Nice quality printing, duplexing is great
Cost of ink is outregous, if you're on a budget stay away, at times it is unreasonably slow to print
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I bought what I thought was a good quality printer to use while at university. 6 months in I had the 6C10 error and it had to be repaired, timing was terrible (just before exams) but at least it was fixed under warranty.

I'd give it a much higher rating despite the break down and despite the occasional amazingly long delay in printing (up to a few minutes while it makes up its mind) if it weren't for the issues I have with ink consumption.

Unfortunately for this little printer it is unburdoned by a "use black ink only" setting, and as a fairly unhelpful individual from Canon explained, since PDF documents are seen as "images" by the printer, rather than hammering the high capacity black cartridge when it's printing 20 pages of journal articles, it's actually mixing colours to make black. Hurrah!

Smart huh? No, not at all. I have had this printer for 18 months and have yet to print a single photograph, or more than a few words of colour. And yet I've been through 4 sets of colour cartridges which as you can imagine has cost a small bloody fortune. I've started printing at uni instead because it's just costing too much to print a PDF from home.

Canon's response to the above problem was more or less "Suck it up".

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