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Canon PIXMA G3260 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 03, 2021 at 10:22 am
Canon PIXMA G3260 Picture
7.5
Family
6.4
Small/Home Office
8.3
Student
7.4
Black & White
7.5
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 MegaTank Wireless All-in-One printer is a supertank printer with a high-resolution flatbed scanner. It uses four high-capacity ink tanks that yield an incredible number of pages, particularly for color documents, making it a good choice if you intend to print lots of color media like photos or school projects. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, so it isn't particularly suited for small or home office use, but its high-resolution flatbed is perfect for capturing fine details in old photos or diplomas that you want to save. Unfortunately, its two-line dot matrix display screen is a lot more cumbersome to navigate compared to a modern color touchscreen, and it doesn't include a USB-A to USB-B cable in the box if you want to print directly from your computer.

Our Verdict

7.5 Family

The Canon G3260 is good for family use. It features a flatbed scanner with a high resolution and color depth, which is great for digitizing photos. Its photo printing quality is good, with decent color accuracy, so it's more than enough for hobbies and casual photo prints. It has an incredibly low cost-per-print for both black and color documents. It offers Wi-Fi printing and is compatible with a mobile app, but sadly, it can't print directly from a USB thumb drive or SD card.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Good-quality photos with decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Can't print directly from external storage.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
6.4 Small/Home Office

The Canon G3260 is passable for small or home offices. It yields an exceptionally high number of pages at a very low cost, but it's terribly slow at printing documents. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder so it can't automatically scan double-sided pages, and it also can't automatically print double-sided sheets. It feels decently built, but some of its parts feel flimsy. It supports printing via Wi-Fi, but it doesn't have an Ethernet port, and the USB-A to USB-B connection required for wired printing isn't included.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Lacks an automatic document feeder.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
8.3 Student

The Canon G3260 is great for student use. It has an exceptionally high page yield, keeping its cost-per-print very low for both black and color documents and helping you stay within budget. It also has a flatbed scanner with a high resolution and color depth, which is great for digitizing photos. You can easily print from a variety of devices via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, but it doesn't support Bluetooth. Sadly, it takes a while to start printing if you haven't used it for a while, and subsequent pages aren't much faster.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Can't print directly from external storage.
7.4 Black & White

The Canon G3260 is decent for black and white printing. Although its build quality is only decent, it provides easy access to the ink tanks for quick and easy refills. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't automatically scan or print double-sided sheets. Also, it's very slow at printing black-only text documents. On the bright side, it yields an outstanding number of pages at a very low cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
7.5 Photo

The Canon G3260 is good for printing photos. Thanks to its incredible supertank system, it's extremely affordable to print color photos, and the cost-per-print for photos is among the cheapest we've tested. The color accuracy is decent, and it produces good-quality photos that are more than good enough if you want to fill up a photo album. It can print in most photo sizes except for 2" x 3".

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth.
  • Good-quality photos with decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Slow at printing photos.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photos.
  • 7.5 Family
  • 6.4 Small/Home Office
  • 8.3 Student
  • 7.4 Black & White
  • 7.5 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 26, 2022: We've updated this printer to the new test bench and have added text to previously unwritten tests. Additionally, we've combed through the entire review and side-by-side text to ensure that it's still accurate with the updated results.
  2. Updated Mar 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Aug 18, 2021: Fixed an error with the color depth value in the Scanner box.
  4. Updated Feb 03, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Canon G3260 has decent build quality. It has a sturdy-feeling plastic body and a removable power cable that makes it easy to replace if it gets damaged. It provides good access to the ink tanks if you lift the top cover. The scanner lid can stay open on its own, but the lid dampener isn't great, so it could slam shut if you don't guide it down carefully. Unfortunately, the individual ink covers feel flimsy. Also, it only has a USB Type-B port, so you can't plug it into your router with an Ethernet cable.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Height When In Use
9.4" (24.0 cm)
Width When In Use
17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth When In Use
21.7" (55.1 cm)
Weight
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)
6.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has typical maintenance procedures you can expect from an inkjet. If you experience degraded print quality, you can perform a variety of tasks, including nozzle checks, cleaning, deep cleaning, and alignment for the printheads. There's also roller cleaning, bottom plate cleaning, and ink flushing to clear out any other ink-related issues in other parts of the printer that could degrade or smudge prints. Additionally, it features a transport mode to make it safer to bring around in case you have to move it. As a supertank inkjet, you refill the ink by inserting the ink bottle's nozzle upside down into the proper tank input, which takes some time for a full refill but is very easy to do. Since each ink bottle color only fits into its corresponding tank, it's almost impossible to accidentally fill a tank with the wrong ink.

Although it can yield many thousands of pages, it only has a small input tray with a 100-sheet capacity, so you have to take the time to refill it often. The only way to reach potential paper jams is by gently pulling on the sheet from the input or output trays; you could also reach them via theaccess door of the ink tanks, but you have to be careful not to touch the tubes.

4.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.9" (4.9 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Canon G3260 has a poor display screen. It's a two-line, mono LCD that's tilted vertically. While it has good visibility if you're looking directly at it, it's hard to read the text from the side. It has the same physical buttons on its panel as the Canon PIXMA G2260, but it also includes an Easy Wireless Connect button, which allows the printer to become discoverable by your computer during the setup process. You can also use it every time you pair to a new computer or mobile device to make the process quicker.

10
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-21 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
259 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4,921 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-21 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
292 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
6,693 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has an incredible cartridge system. Thanks to its four high-capacity ink tanks, it yields an exceptional number of pages for both black and color ink, so you don't need to refill them often, even if you print a lot. While you can technically fill the supertanks with any third-party ink, we didn't try it and don't recommend doing so. Low-quality ink can damage the print heads, and, unlike standard inkjet printers, the ink can't be simply removed if there's a problem. Using third-party supplies can also void your warranty.

5.0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.83" (21 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
1 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has a disappointing array of scanner features. Unlike the Canon PIXMA G1200, it has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with hinges that can raise to scan thick items; however, it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, so it takes a while to scan multiple sheets at a time. On the bright side, there's built-in OCR, which lets you save scanned documents as searchable PDFs so you can easily search for passages or keywords without having to manually comb through lots of sheets.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit

Although the Canon PIXMA G3260's manual specifies that it has internal 48-bit color depth, the printer can only send scans with up to a 24-bit color depth, meaning scans look the same as what you'd get from other typical all-in-ones. The scanner defaults to a resolution of 300 DPI, which is more than enough to capture text and graphs, but if you want to capture fine details in photos, you can bump it up to 1200 DPI.

Design
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
670 g/m²

The heaviest compatible media that the Canon G3260 supports is Canon-brand Magnetic Photo Paper (670 g/m²).

Design
In The Box

  • User manual
  • Power cable
  • 1 x black print head (not pictured)
  • 1 x color print head (not pictured)
  • Canon GI-21 ink bottles:
    • 3x pigment black
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x magenta

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
10
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
17.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
38.97 US$
Black Only Printing
0.004 US$/print
Color Printing
0.006 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.014 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has an incredibly low cost-per-print. Since its supertank system yields many pages, you don't have to refill the tanks or buy new ink bottles often, keeping costs very low. Also, its cost-per-print for photos is among the lowest we've tested. You can also register for Canon's Auto Replenishment Service, which automatically orders and delivers ink bottles to you when you're running low. However, your printer has to have an active Internet connection for it to work.

4.9
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
9 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
87.2 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
17.8 s
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has poor printing speeds. It takes a while to begin printing after going unused for a long time, and it prints both black and color sheets very slowly. Unlike the Canon PIXMA G1220 and the Canon PIXMA G2260, photos also take a long time. Also, you need to manually flip over each page when prompted since it can't automatically print double-sided.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 doesn't let you print in black if the color tanks are empty, nor in color if the black ink tank is empty. That said, it's best not to let any of the tanks completely run out of ink, since doing so could introduce air bubbles that could damage the printheads.

Photo
7.5
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has good photo printing quality. It's similar to the quality produced by the Canon PIXMA G2260, but the G3260 produces better-looking blues. There's some slight banding present in certain areas.

The scanned images provided above are for reference only, and they look a bit worse than the actual physical photos due to the scanning and uploading process. The score is based on the actual physical photos.

7.0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
5.99

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has decent color accuracy. It produces most hues accurately, although it has a bit of trouble with darker shades that could cause it not to properly render some parts of dark scenes. It's still more than enough for casual color printing, but if you need exact color reproduction, it's best to look elsewhere.

7.5
Photo
Color Gamut

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has a good color gamut. Although the vibrant zig-zag line is lost in most of the image except the pinks, yellows, and oranges, the printer doesn't attempt to wrongly render them as darker shades, like the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. The white gradient extends too far down in the dark blues and oranges, meaning it can't produce very light shades of those colors. On the other hand, the black extends too high up in the yellow and pink, so it can't produce very dark shades of those colors, specifically. Additionally, the transitions between colors are smooth and have almost no grain, so photos of sunsets won't have banding.

Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has decent connectivity options. It uses a USB-A to USB-B cable for printing while hard-wired to a computer, but oddly, the cable isn't included in the box.

8.9
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Canon G3620 has an excellent mobile app that lets you print, scan, and copy, as well as order ink. When you use the app to scan, you can save the scanned item directly to your mobile device. You can print Microsoft Office files and PDFs directly from your mobile device, but the app needs to convert them first.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Partially

The Canon PIXMA G3260 is fully compatible with Windows and macOS. You need to manually install drivers to access the full range of printer settings on Windows, whereas you don't have to worry about manually installing anything on macOS. On Chrome OS, you can print without manually installing anything, but you can't use the built-in software to scan. While you can install the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app on Chrome OS (ver. 2.8.4) to get the same range of features as on a mobile device, it crashes whenever you try to launch it.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has a few variants, like the Canon PIXMA G1220, which doesn't have a scanner, and the Canon PIXMA G2260, which also has a flatbed scanner. However, neither can print wirelessly like the G3260 can. Note that the model number changes slightly depending on the region. You can see the label of our unit here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Canon PIXMA G3260 is a very good family printer. It also yields an outstanding number of both black and color pages, and its cost-per-print for color documents and photos is among the lowest we've seen. While you can print via Wi-Fi, it doesn't support Bluetooth or printing directly off a USB thumb drive or SD card.

For other options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best office printers, and the best printers with cheap ink.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjets with supertank ink systems that perform similarly. The Canon requires less maintenance as it yields much more black and color pages, and the cost-per-print for color documents and photos is much cheaper. On the other hand, the Epson produces much better-detailed photos with deeper blacks.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Canon PIXMA G6020 and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are both all-in-one supertank color inkjets. They have similar features and printing performance, with flatbed scanners and superb page yields, but the G6020 prints faster overall, can automatically print double-sided, and produces better-looking photos. It also has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the G3260 produces more accurate colors, but the average person shouldn't notice a difference, and both should be fine for casual use.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 both use a supertank system, but they have different strengths. The Canon yields far more color pages, supports much heavier media like cardstock and magnetic photo paper, and it's faster at printing photos. While its printed images have more banding than the Epson's, it has much more accurate colors, so your photos will look truer to reality. On the other hand, the Epson is better if you primarily print black-and-white documents. It has a higher black page yield, and it can print double-sided sheets automatically, so you don't need to flip them over yourself like you do with the Canon.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2760 are both good family printers with supertanks. However, the Canon yields more color pages and offers a slightly lower cost-per-print for color documents and photos. It also has better photo quality since pictures don't look like they have a veil over them. On the other hand, the Epson yields more black pages at a marginally lower cost, and it can print double-sided documents automatically, making it the better-suited model for more office-oriented print jobs.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is a better printer for casual photos and families, while the Canon PIXMA G3260 is better if you print in black and white frequently. The TR8620 produces significantly better-looking photos and prints them much faster, it has an Ethernet port, and it can print directly from SD cards. Additionally, the TR8620 has an automatic document feeder and can fax. On the other hand, the G3260 uses a supertank system for far superior page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon PIXMA G7020 and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers with supertanks. As a result, they both have an incredibly high page yield and superbly low cost-per-print. However, the G7020 is a better for small or home offices, with an ADF, larger paper tray capacity, automatic double-sided printing, and an Ethernet port. It also produces better-quality photos. On the other hand, the G3260 has much better color page yields, so you need to refill the tanks a lot less often.

Epson EcoTank ET-4800

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-4800 are both inkjets with supertanks, but the Epson has more features that may be useful for your work. The Epson has an automatic document feeder, built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Canon is a better choice if you only need a flatbed scanner to scan. Additionally, it can print many more pages than the Epson, and its color cost-per-print for color documents is cheaper. Unfortunately, neither printer can print double-sided sheets automatically, so you need to flip over the sheets yourself when prompted.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both inkjets with supertanks that are designed for families, but the Canon is better for most uses. The Canon yields more pages and offers a slightly lower cost-per-print for photos and color printing, and it has better photo quality. Also, the Canon prompts you to flip sheets over when duplex printing, whereas the Epson doesn't allow for duplex printing at all. On the other hand, the Epson starts printing sooner than the Canon after going unused for a while.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 is better for small or home offices than the Canon PIXMA G3260. The Epson has a better black page yield and black-only cost-per-print, and it has an automatic document feeder and an Ethernet port. It also supports duplex printing. On the other hand, the Canon is better for family use, with a better color page yield, and cheaper color document and photo cost-per-print.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are both high-yield family printers. The Canon has a supertank system which gives it a higher yield and a lower cost-per-print, keeping maintenance and costs to a minimum. However, the Brother has a sheetfed scanner with an ADF that's useful for offices, significantly faster print speeds for color documents and photos, and you can print off a USB thumb drive or SD card. Also, the Brother supports automatic duplex printing, making it easy to produce double-sided sheets.

Canon PIXMA G1220

The Canon PIXMA G3260 is better than the Canon PIXMA G1220. While the G1220 yields slightly more color pages, it isn't enough to make its cost-per-print lower. The G3260 has a flatbed scanner, better color accuracy, and prints photos with less banding. However, the G3260 is much slower at printing images. It can print via Wi-Fi, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, but like the G1220, the G3260 doesn't come with a USB cable for wired printing.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are both all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the Canon uses a supertank ink system for a far superior page yield and cost-per-print, and the Canon produces much more accurate-looking colors. On the other hand, the Brother has an automatic document feeder, faxing capability, and an automatic duplex print feature. It also prints faster overall.

Canon PIXMA G2260

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Canon PIXMA G2260 are both supertank printers with nearly identical costs-per-print, but the G3260 offers wireless printing. The G3260 has a higher color page yield and slightly better photo quality, but its color accuracy is marginally worse, and it prints significantly slower than the G2260. Also, neither printer comes with the USB-A to USB-B cable required for wired printing.

Canon PIXMA MG3620

The Canon PIXMA MG3620 and the Canon PIXMA G3260 are all-in-one color inkjet printers, but the G3260 is a better printer overall. The G3260 uses a supertank ink system for far superior page yields and a much lower cost-per-print. Also, it can print via Wi-Fi Direct, making it easier to connect wirelessly to some devices. On the other hand, the MG3620 prints black text documents and photos faster, and it can automatically print double-sided.

Canon PIXMA G1200

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Canon PIXMA G1200 are very similar, but the G3260 offers more features. The G3260 yields more pages, and it has a flatbed scanner, which the G1200 lacks. Also, you can print to the G3260 wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, while you can only use the G1200 through a direct connection to your computer. Otherwise, neither can print double-sided pages automatically, and they take a long time to print documents.

HP DeskJet 4155e

The Canon PIXMA G3260 is a better printer overall compared to the HP DeskJet 4155e. The Canon is a supertank printer with a significantly better print yield, cost-per-print, and photo printing quality than the HP. Also, it prints documents and photos a bit faster. On the other hand, the HP has an automatic document feeder and is HP+ enabled, which gives you six free months of HP's Instant Ink subscription.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is overall a better printer than the Canon PIXMA G3260, but the G3260 yields significantly more pages. The TR8520 has an automatic document feeder, a faster black page printing speed, and significantly better photo quality. Also, it can print double-sided pages automatically. However, since it uses ink tanks instead of cartridges, the G3260 can print many more pages before you need to refill the tanks. Since you shouldn't need to buy new ink bottles often, the cost-per-print is much lower.

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