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Canon PIXMA TS8220 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 30, 2020 at 07:57 am
Canon PIXMA TS8220 Picture
Small/Home Office
Black & White
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a good all-in-one inkjet printer for everyday home use. Although it's already been replaced by its successor, the Canon PIXMA TS8320, it still outshines it in certain aspects. It has a sleek design and its compact size is well-suited for tight spaces. It prints great photos, it has decent color accuracy, and its connectivity options are outstanding. The black ink cartridge does run out rather quickly, which means that you have to replace it regularly; however, the color cartridges can last much longer. Its printing speed is a bit middling, as it can print photos very quickly but it's slow at printing black and color documents. Unfortunately, the scanner is pretty basic, as it lacks an automatic document feeder, so it's not the best option for those who need to scan long documents.

Our Verdict

7.8 Family

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a good family printer. It's able to print great photos full of vibrant colors and it has pretty decent color accuracy. Although it doesn't yield a lot of black pages, its color page yield is much better, and its overall cost-per-print is great. It has wide connectivity options and it's compatible with Canon's outstanding mobile app.

  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Exceptional mobile app support.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Low black page yield.
4.6 Small/Home Office

The PIXMA TS8220 is a bad printer for small or home offices. It doesn't yield many black pages, so the black ink cartridge needs frequent replacement. That said, its color page yield is significantly better. Unfortunately, it's very slow at printing black and color documents, and the scanner lacks an automatic document feeder.

  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Low black page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder.
8.6 Student

The PIXMA TS8220 is an excellent printer for students. It's relatively inexpensive to print in black and in color, which is great for students who are on a budget. It has outstanding connectivity options, including support for SD cards, and it supports printing from mobile devices. Sadly, it takes a while to print out the first page of a document, and it doesn't get much faster after that.

  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Exceptional mobile app support.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Low black page yield.
5.9 Black & White

The PIXMA TS8220 is a sub-par printer for printing black and white documents. While it's fairly cost-effective to print in black, you still have to change the black ink cartridge often due to its low yield. It's also quite slow at printing black documents.

  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Wide connectivity options.
  • Slow printing speed for black and color documents.
  • Low black page yield.
  • No automatic document feeder.
7.6 Casual Photo

The PIXMA TS8220 is a good printer for printing photos. Printed photos look great and the printer's color accuracy is quite decent. It can print on glossy photo paper and most sizes are supported, except for 2" x 3". It has a very good color page yield, so it doesn't get overly expensive to print over time. Also, it prints photos exceptionally fast.

  • Great overall cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on 2" x 3".
  • 7.8 Family
  • 4.6 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 5.9 Black & White
  • 7.6 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Build & Design Quality

The PIXMA TS8220's design is passable. It feels pretty sturdy overall and there are no obvious issues with the construction. The power cord is removable and is easily replaceable should it get damaged. The scanner's lid can stay open without needing to be held, which prevents it from slamming down, and it can also extend slightly if you need to scan thicker documents. The display panel needs to be raised manually to start printing, to allow the output tray to extend outwards.

Unfortunately, the printer does need to be on when changing the ink cartridges, and paper jams are a little difficult to get to, as it requires lifting the rear input tray and the printer's back panel before you can get to them. Lastly, the rear input tray and the output tray feel a bit flimsy and of inferior quality.

Height 5.6" (14.2 cm)
Width 14.6" (37.2 cm)
Depth 14.2" (36.0 cm)
14.6 lbs (6.6 kg)

The TS8220 is a compact printer. It's nearly identical to its successor, the Canon PIXMA TS8320.

Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
4.3" (10.8 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The PIXMA TS8220 has an excellent display screen. It's large and it has great viewing angles, so you can see it easily whether you're standing or sitting. The menus are easy to navigate and there are instructional videos to show you how to load paper and change the ink cartridges.

In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Setup CD
  • User guide
  • Sample pack of 5" x 5" photo paper (3 sheets)
  • Set of starter ink cartridges:
    • 1 x PGI-280 Black
    • 1 x CLI-281 Black
    • 1 x CLI-281 Cyan
    • 1 x CLI-281 Magenta
    • 1 x CLI-281 Yellow
    • 1 x CLI-281 Photo Blue

Canon indicates on their website that the multipurpose tray is included in the box as a separate piece. Our unit came with the tray already installed; however, your experience may vary.

Photo Cartridge
Number Of Color Cartridges
Black Cartridge Model
Tested Black Page Yield
12.13 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
230 prints
Color Cartridge Model
Tested Color Page Yield
21.55 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
541 prints
Third Party Cartridge
High Yield Cartridge
XL and XXL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The PIXMA TS8220's cartridge system is okay. The black page yield is quite bad, so you'll likely need to replace the PGI-280 black ink cartridge often, as it's the default black ink cartridge for printing black documents. On the other hand, the color page yield is significantly better. If you print a lot, there are high-yield cartridges available.

This printer accepts third-party cartridges, but using them may void the manufacturer's warranty. Additionally, special attention must be paid as this printer uses a combination of dye and pigment-based inks.

Scan Flatbed
Scan Sheetfed
Automatic Document Feeder
Duplex Scanning
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"

The TS8220 has mediocre scanning features. It lacks an automatic document feeder, so it's not the best option if you need to scan long multi-page documents regularly. The lid can extend slightly to make it easier to scan thicker documents.

Note that when using Canon's IJ software to scan, the resolution is set to 600 DPI by default. To scan at a higher resolution, you have to change the output resolution manually under the 'Advanced Mode' settings tab.

Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
15.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
52.99 US$
Black Only Printing
0.070 US$/print
Color Printing
0.098 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.245 US$/print
Ink Subscription

The PIXMA TS8220's overall cost-per-print is great. The black cartridge needs frequent replacement due to its low yield. However, black ink cartridges are relatively cheap, which helps to keep the cost of black-only printing from rising too quickly. For color printing, the cartridges are more expensive, but they don't need to be replaced as often, so color printing ends up only being slightly more expensive than printing in black in the long run.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridges for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace them eventually.

Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
Color Document
Photo Printing Time
27.3 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Input Tray Capacity
200 pages

The TS8220's printing speed is okay. It's pretty slow at printing both black and color documents; however, it's very fast at printing photos compared to other printers.

Color Accuracy
Average Color dE

The PIXMA TS8220 has decent color accuracy. There are inaccuracies with all colors, and like most printers, greens and blues are the most inaccurate. That said, it shouldn't be an issue if you're just using a bit of color in a document.

Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing

The TS8220's photo printing quality is great. Colors look good and there's very little graininess, but there's some presence of color in the grayscale.

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 Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) No
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 PIXMA TS8220 has two input trays that can hold up to 200 sheets of paper combined. Most common paper sizes are supported up to the standard legal size.

Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App and Connectivity
USB Input To Computer
Wi-Fi via Router
Wi-Fi Direct
External Storage Support
Apple AirPrint
Mopria Print Service

The PIXMA TS8220 has outstanding connectivity options. It supports various wireless connections, including printing from mobile devices using AirPrint or Mopria. For external storage devices, it supports SD cards but not USB thumb drives.

Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Canon Print Inkjet/Selphy
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Microsoft Office Files
Text Files (TXT)
Webpages (HTML)

The Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY is an exceptional mobile app. It allows you to perform all the basic tasks such as printing, scanning, and copying. You can also order replacement ink directly from Canon. To print CDs and DVDs, you need to install a separate app called Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Editor.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is the predecessor of the PIXMA TS8320, which we have also reviewed. In Europe, it's known as the PIXMA TS8250, or TS8251 for the white variant. The TS8220 and the TS8320 have nearly identical features and perform similarly overall.

Compared to other printers

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a good printer for home use. Compared to other similarly priced inkjet printers, it performs quite well. And since it's an older model that has already been replaced by the PIXMA TS8320, you can often find it at a reduced price. The red and white variants have been discontinued already, although some retailers may still carry a few.

For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best printers under $100.

Canon PIXMA TS8320

The Canon PIXMA TS8320 is the successor of the PIXMA TS8220. They have near-identical features and they also perform very similarly. The TS8220 is able to yield more pages using the same ink cartridges, making it the more cost-effective option. The TS8220 has better color accuracy, but the TS8320 prints faster.

Canon PIXMA TR8520

Overall, the Canon PIXMA TR8520 performs significantly better than the Canon PIXMA TS8220. The TR8520 is better-built, it has an automatic document feeder, and it prints much better photos. The TR8520 prints out black documents faster, but the TS8220 is significantly faster at printing color documents and photos.

Canon PIXMA TS9120

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 and the Canon PIXMA TS9120 are very much alike. The TS8220 has a slightly higher yield for black and color documents, it has better color accuracy, and is much faster at printing color documents and photos. However, the TS9120 has an ethernet port and it's faster at printing black and white documents.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100

The Canon PIXMA TS8220 is a significantly better printer than the Epson Expression Home XP-4100. The TS8220 has a better display screen, its cartridge system can yield a lot more pages, and it has much better color accuracy. Additionally, the TS8220 prints faster overall, it has wider connectivity options, and it prints much better-looking photos.

Brother MFC-J497DW

For most uses, the Canon PIXMA TS8220 is much better than the Brother MFC-J497DW. The Canon has a better display screen, it yields more black and color pages, and it has a lower cost-per-print. The Canon also has better photo printing quality and wider connectivity options. However, the PIXMA TS8220's scanner lacks an automatic document feeder, which the Brother has.

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