Canon PIXMA G3260 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Feb 03, 2021 at 10:22 am
Canon PIXMA G3260 Picture
7.8
Family
5.9
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
7.0
Black & White
7.5
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 MegaTank Wireless All-in-One printer is very good for family use. This all-in-one printer uses four ink tanks which yield an incredible number of pages, keeping its cost-per-print exceptionally low. Photo quality and color accuracy are decent, but it isn't recommended if you need exact color reproduction. It has a flatbed scanner with high resolution and one of the highest color depths that we've tested, which is great if you want to digitize photos and maintain their true colors. Unfortunately, it prints both color and black-only documents very slowly, and photos take almost a minute and a half. It supports wireless printing via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, but it doesn't include the USB-A to USB-B cable needed to print wired.

Our Verdict

7.8 Family

The Canon G3260 is very good for family use. It features a high-resolution flatbed scanner with one of the highest color depths we've tested, which is great for digitizing photos. While its photo printing quality and color accuracy are only decent, they should be fine for hobbies and casual photo printing. 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.
  • Highest color depth we've tested.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Decent color accuracy and photo quality.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
5.9 Small/Home Office

The Canon G3260 is disappointing 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 and can't automatically scan double-sided pages. 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.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
8.6 Student

The Canon G3260 is excellent for students. It has an exceptionally high page yield, which keeps its cost-per-print very low for both black and color documents. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with the highest color depth we've measured. It also offers a few wireless connectivity options, like Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, but it doesn't support Bluetooth. Sadly, its first page takes a disappointing amount of time to print out, and subsequent pages aren't much faster. It also doesn't come with the USB-A to USB-B cable needed for wired printing.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Highest color depth we've tested.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
7.0 Black & White

The Canon G3260 is decent for black and white printing. Although it feels only decently well-built, it provides easy access to ink tanks and paper jams. It doesn't have an automatic document feeder, and it can't scan 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. Oddly, it doesn't come with the USB-A to USB-B cable required for wired printing.

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Exceptionally high page yield.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing documents.
  • No sheetfed scanner.
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
7.5 Casual Photo

The Canon G3260 is good for casual 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 lowest we've tested. While the color accuracy and image quality are only decent, it should be fine for filling up a photo album. It can print in most photo sizes, but sadly, it can't print 2" x 3".

Pros
  • Outstandingly low cost-per-print.
  • Highest color depth we've tested.
  • Decent color accuracy and photo quality.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing photos.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" photo sizes.
  • Doesn't include USB-A to USB-B cable.
  • 7.8 Family
  • 5.9 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 7.0 Black & White
  • 7.5 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build & Design 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 needed. It provides good access to paper jams and ink tanks by lifting 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 or use it wirelessly. Oddly, the required USB cable isn't included in the box.

Design
Dimensions
Height 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Weight
14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)

The Canon G3260 is fairly compact and should fit in most tight spaces. It's the same size as the Canon PIXMA G2260.

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

The Canon G3260 has a bad 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.

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
    • 3 x GI-21 PGBK
    • 1 x GI-21 Cyan
    • 1 x GI-21 Yellow
    • 1 x GI-21 Magenta

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
GI-21 PGBK
Tested Black Page Yield
259.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
4921 prints
Color Cartridge Model
GI-21 CMY
Tested Color Page Yield
292.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
6693 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

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 shouldn't need to refill them often, even if you print a lot. However, the printer doesn't let you continue printing in color if the black ink tank is empty.

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.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
48 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has passable scanner features. It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with hinges that can raise to scan thick items, and like the Canon PIXMA G2260, it has one of the highest color depths we've tested. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner.

Printing
10
Printing
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 a remarkably low cost-per-print. Since its supertank system yields many pages, you shouldn't have to refill the tanks or buy new ink bottles often, keeping the 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.

4.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
5 PPM
Color Document
4 PPM
Photo Printing Time
87.2 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
17.8 sec
Duplex Printing
Manual
Input Tray Capacity
100 pages

The Canon PIXMA G3260 prints very slowly. The first page of a black-only text document takes a while to come out, and subsequent pages hardly get faster. Color documents are also very slow, and unlike the Canon PIXMA G1220 and the Canon PIXMA G2260, photos also take a long time. It can't automatically print double-sided, so you need to manually flip over each page when prompted.

7.0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.92

The Canon PIXMA G3260 has decent color accuracy. While it should be fine for casual color printing, it isn't recommended for tasks that require exact color reproduction.

7.4
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

It has decent photo printing quality. It's similar to the quality produced by the Canon PIXMA G2260, but blues look better on the Canon G3260. There's some slight banding present in certain areas.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
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

The Canon G3260 supports most common paper sizes.

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. Unlike the Canon PIXMA G1220 and the Canon PIXMA G2260, this printer can be used over Wi-Fi, as well as with Mopria Print Service and Apple AirPrint. It requires a USB-A to USB-B cable to print wired, but oddly, the cable isn't included in the box.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
No
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Canon G3620 has a superb 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. Although Microsoft Office files and PDFs need to be converted first, they can be printed from your mobile device.

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 has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with one of the highest color depths we've tested. 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-2720

The Canon PIXMA G3260 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are both good family printers with supertanks. However, the Canon yields more pages and offers a slightly lower cost-per-print for photos and color printing. It also has better color accuracy, slightly better photo quality, and you can print double-sided pages manually, whereas the Epson doesn't have the option at all. However, the Epson prints black-only documents much faster.

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 color accuracy, much better photo quality. However, the Epson yields more black pages at a marginally lower cost, and it can print double-sided documents automatically.

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.

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. It also has better color accuracy, and its scanner has a higher color depth, which is great if you want to stay as true to colors as possible. However, the Brother has a sheetfed scanner with an ADF, significantly faster print speed, and you can print off a USB thumb drive or SD card.

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, significantly better photo quality, and it supports Bluetooth printing. 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.

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 it 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.

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